The Southern Cross : February 2011
Page 6 February 2011 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news SACRED MUSIC AUSTRALIA in association with the ADELAIDE CATHOLIC PARISH presents CHRIS KIPPIN (UK) FREE CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL on the Cathedral's Rodgers 905 Digital Classic Organ TUESDAY, 1 MARCH 2011 -- 1.10PM St Francis Xavier's Cathedral -- cnr Wakefield St. and Victoria Sq., Adelaide. Please be seated by 1.00pm. Featuring works by Buxtehude, Bach, Couperin, Brahms and Dubois, the program will include the 'Kyrie' from Couperin's Messe pour les Couvents with the Gregorian chant sung by soprano Cathy Cheeseman (UK). Chris Kippin took up serious organ study in 2001, initially with Alison Hogg at St Thomas', Salisbury, under the auspices of the St Giles International Organ School. During his Music degree at King's College London his organ teachers were Royal Academy post-graduate students, which included Thomas Wilson, who is now the Director of Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. Chris currently studies with Gerdie Troskie in Worcester. He has given recitals in a number of venues in the UK, including St Giles Cripplegate in the City of London. As a church organist Chris relates closely to organ music within or inspired by the liturgy, and although his range of repertoire is broad, he has a particular fondness for the baroque and French classical styles, for which the Cathedral's digital instrument is particularly well suited. Free admission. No bookings required. A retired nurse, a school teacher, a welfare worker and a general manager of Forestry SA are among a dozen parishioners in country South Australia learning the ins and outs of canon law in the face of a priest shortage. Canon law is a highly complex legal system difficult to master, but 22 men and women from the south eastern deanery, including some from Murray Bridge and Lameroo, are throwing themselves into legal theory for a genuine purpose -- to help their parish in a time of need. "We need a group of people who can keep the parish going, and if parishioners have concerns or needs, they can come to us and we can take some work load away from the priest," says Dulcie Hutton, of Millicent. "We want to learn as much as we can about the church and church law," she says. "I love it." Retired Mt Gambier nurse, lay missionary and social worker Fran Mullaney said: "We all thought; oh God, canon law, but it's actually been quite interesting." South Australia's ageing priests and the growing boundaries of amalgamated parishes in country areas means clergy is having to do more over larger distances. The Rural Ministry Formation program is one response to this growing problem. The four-year program began in the South East deanery in 2008. It gives lay people a better understanding of the liturgy, scripture, theology and the rules and regulations governing the Catholic Church from the Pope right down to the pastoral care worker. "The aim of the course is to prepare people for picking up leadership in the church at whatever level is necessary for them in the time of need of the church with the shortage of priests," said Sr Elizabeth Morris rsj, Adelaide Archdiocese co-ordinator of the Rural Ministry Formation Program. Sr Liz said those in the program came from five parishes in the South East, including the Mallee Border and six from Murray Bridge. The first graduates of the program are 12 men and women from Mt Gambier and Millicent. By the end of this year, they will have gained certificates in theology and ministry and pastoral liturgy. This year the group will focus on canon law and marriage, an introduction to pastoral care and initiating children of catechetical age. ̨ Anyone interested in the Rural Ministry Formation program can contact Sr Elizabeth Morris on 0439 858 924. Easing the workload UPSKILLING: Rural Ministry Formation Program graduates from the South East brush up on their studies. Musical auditions A team coordinating the production of the pro-life musical The Call of Guadalupe is looking for cast and crew for the Adelaide premiere. The Call of Guadalupe is a full-scale musical production, which began in 2005 and ever since it has enlightened national and limited international stages with over 40 performances, says co-ordinator Sally d'Assumpcao. "Melbourne playwright, John Lee, parallels our modern attack on life, through the millions of senseless abortions and other manifestations, with that of the ancient Aztecs of the Americas," she says. "The visitation of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Aztec people transformed their culture of human sacrifice into one of great beauty and of life." Our Lady of Guadalupe first appeared to an Aztec peasant, Juan Diego, in 1531. Many miracles followed and least of which was their new-found faith which encouraged the Aztecs to end the senseless sacrifices of their own people to pagan gods. The message is conveyed through the struggles of a modern family as they face current issues and this is paralleled to the triumph over death won by the humble Aztec people. Special openings for cast and crew positions are being allocated with auditions starting in February. ̨ For more information, including audition times, contact Claire Leahy on 8443 6521 or Sally on 8337 9123. Lourdes holy water The sick will have an opportunity to receive bottles of Lourdes holy water at the Lourdes Day World Day of the Sick Mass on Friday, February 11. The Knights of Malta have provided 500 bottles of water for distribution at the Mass, with priority being given to the sick. Lourdes holy water is always used in the Archbishop's blessing at the annual Mass held to honour Our Lady of Lourdes but this will be the first time individual bottles have been made available. ̨ The Mass will be held in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral at 10am.