DCF at Castlewellan
At a recent day seminar in Castlewellan, organised by the Youth Commission, the Down & Connor Folk Group taught music for Mass to the 34 participants. Folk groups from Kilkeel, Newcastle, Portaferry, Castlewellan and ‘the Fin’ attended with a few visitors from Belfast.
The Director welcomed DCF and participants to the event in St Malachy’s Parish Centre and invited all of the young people attending to the 2nd Annual Youth Gathering at St Mary’s University College on Palm Sunday (24th March 2013) and to check out the new website for news of other upcoming events.
The day started with DCF showcasing the music followed by tea and then melody, harmony and instrumental workshops. The group then reassembled after lunch and practiced for Mass. The leader of DCF Brendan Dowd spoke to the group about the importance of music ministry and the role of folk groups in enriching the Liturgy. He then interviewed the leader of Newcastle Folk Group – Frances Small about her group and the support they get from their parishioners and their clergy.
The Parish Priest Fr. Denis McKinley was delighted that so many local people had taken part in the day and that even more local musicians and singers had joined the group for the Vigil Mass that evening. Fr. McKinley was delighted to hear of the work of the Youth Commission and keen to be kept informed of future events.
The Director offered her thanks to all those who made the day seminar possible particularly the members of DCF who gave so generously of their time to practice and lead the event. Also Maire and Brendan Scullion who organised the hall and provided a steady supply of tea and coffee throughout the day. Also to Megan Smyth who helped with registration and shared useful advice about the Tooth Fairy and Amy Smyth who was a great help with registration but just couldn’t open the doors.
The next DCF day seminar will be in St Louise’s Comprehensive College on Saturday 9th March 2013, everyone welcome.