Parish Commissions (Ministries) - 
for further information please contact our Parish office
  1. Worship Commission
    Altar Services Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Lectors
  2. Community Life Commission
    Catholic Women's League
  3. Education Commission
    1st Communion & Reconciliation Confirmation Adult Initiation Adult Faith Formation Children's Liturgy Children's Religious Education
  4. Christian Services
    Pastoral Home Care Pro Life St. Vincent de Paul Society Secular Franciscan Order
  5. Operational Services
    Environment Committee Parish Finance Council Parish Pastoral Council
  6. Please see bulletin for contact information on the above ministries.

IHM Music





AVE VERUM CORPUS


One of the songs you will hear performed by the IHM Choir during this Easter season is W. A. Mozart's beloved motet: Ave Verum Corpus.


In June 1791, only six months before Mozart's untimely (and yet unexplained) death at the age of 35, and still in the midst of composing The Magic Flute opera, he traveled to the spa town of Baden, about fifteen miles south of his home in Vienna, to spend a couple of days with his beloved wife Constanze, who was taking a rest cure at the famous hot springs. (Constanze was then in her last month of a difficult pregnancy for their sixth child, Franz Xaver, one of only two that survived infancy.)

While in Baden, he composed a four-part vocal musical setting of the text of a 14th century consecration prayer, Ave Verum Corpus, and presented it to a dear friend who was the church musician at St. Stephan in Baden, for performance on the feast of Corpus Christi. The text has been translated as: "Hail true body, born of the Virgin Mary, who was sacrificed on the cross for man, whose pierced side flowed with water and blood: may it be for us a protection in the trial of death."

In Mozart's time, Vienna was part of the Holy Roman Empire and still overwhelmingly Roman Catholic in politics and practice. In this short motet, Mozart is said to have captured the depth of Catholic Eucharistic theology, and we find that it is his most dissonant harmonies that accompany the most graphic descriptions of the Saviour's suffering. The piece has justly been described as, "forty-six measures of birth, death, salvation, and communion that have thus far transcended the centuries."



IHM Choir





"O SACRED HEAD SURROUNDED"


One of the most beautiful, most moving and by far the goriest of the hymns that we sing on Good Friday can be found in our CBW III, #378: "O sacred head surrounded by crown of piercing thorn..."  One observer perceptively noted: "Seeing Jesus suffer is heartbreaking, but without that suffering there would be no Christianity." (Sameer Rahim)

The song comes down to us in its present form mainly because J.S. Bach included it in his glorious oratorio Matthäus-Passion which he first presented at the Good Friday liturgical service in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, in 1727.

Don't know the tune?  You can prepare yourself to join in with the choir on Good Friday by looking up An American Tune, a thoughtful modern masterpiece by Paul Simon which is based on exactly the same piece of music: "...when I think of the road we’re traveling on, I wonder what went wrong...”
  

Singing in the Pews




When you open your Sunday Missal, the first thing you see is Introductory Rites: Entrance Chant.


Why do we sing an entrance chant? Is it just a kind of travelling music to accompany the procession of the priest and acolytes to the altar?

No, there are two very important functions of the entrance chant (or entrance hymn).


They are a) to foster the unity of the assembly, and b) to introduce their thoughts to the mystery of the liturgical time.

This is something for us to reflect on as we enter the season of Lent.

These beautiful functions can be promoted either by the choir (and cantor) singing - with the assembly, or by the choir singing alone, or by the assembly singing alone.


Speaking as a member of the choir, I definitely prefer singing with the assembly.


Brian McGurrin, choir member



The Pastoral Council




Who we are and what we do

The Parish Pastoral Council/Liturgy Committee provides guidance and recommendations to the Pastor on matters regarding liturgical activities at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.

The Council meets monthly, or as needed, and is comprised of the Pastor & a group of lay members of the parish.

The areas of interest for the Council consist of activities at (or associated with) the parish which relate to promoting the celebration of the Catholic Faith amongst the members of our community.

Individual pastoral activities are carried out by a variety of ministries, which are represented at the monthly Council meetings to comprise the Liturgy Committee, and whose roles are described separately on this website. 

These activities include:

  • delivery of the liturgy
  • sacramental preparation 
  • ministering to the sick
  • appropriate decoration of the church and altar
  • support from parishioners for celebration of Masses
  • musical and choir accompaniment 
  • organization of parish social events