The 2014 pilgrimage was joyously bittersweet. Jo Boyce returned from her brief sabbatical to lead the music ministry team alongside Andy Ross and Dan Callow. Yvonne Stanley (Mike’s wife) and three sons were with us for the launch of Mike’s posthumously released album, Grace, in the place that was very much like a second home to him.
This sung prayer response was written for the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2014. The pastoral theme for the year – The Joy of Conversion – was a rich source of inspiration in the planning of the music for the liturgies.
The short text tries to capture a two-fold “turning of our hearts”: We turn our hearts back to God on our ongoing journey of conversion. And we turn to God in prayer and petition. Continue Reading…
This beautiful obituary was featured in the 2014 Birmingham Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage booklets. On the first anniversary of his homegoing, we remember Mike with much love and deep gratitidue.
Many of us have fond memories of Mike going as far back to his days with Drowsy Maggie; his time at the Diocesan Youth Centre, Soli House; Charismatic Renewal gatherings; and on stage with his wife, Yvonne in Shenanigans; and many other settings besides.
It was in 1998 that Mike joined our pilgrimage to Lourdes travelling on the overnight Train Section armed with guitar and tin whistle. This was a return visit having been taken there as a youngster by his grandfather, Joe Stanley KSG who served the pilgrimage for many years, including a term as Chief Brancardier resplendent with eye patch and leather bretelles! Continue Reading…
The album, inspired by many of the Church’s liturgical texts, is distinctively reflective and prayerful. It carries profound echoes of the deep faith that carried Mike through the final stage of his journey from learning that treatment was no longer viable to the realisation that he was soon to leave us.
I didn’t think it would be the case, but this Sunday as I heard the choir singing “Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Power and might”, I realised it was true – some parishes are still singing settings of the previous translation of the ordinary of the Mass.
Which made me read the recent Bishop’s Conference announcement in a different light:
In this episode Jo Boyce will be talking Maria Bracken and Celebrating our Youth Ministry Roots – it is how Mike Stanley and Jo met more than 20 years ago – and we still have strong links with many Diocesan Youth Services across the UK.
Maria Bracken, is the Youth Ministry Co-ordinator for Birmingham Catholic Youth Service; she shares some of the hilarious and inspiring highlights of her own faith journey; and her passion for working with young people.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) with acclamations of “Hosanna” celebrating Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and culminates in the “mother of all holy vigils” on Easter night.
As ever, the responsorial psalms provide a beautiful and poignant soundtrack as we recall the events of the story of our salvation.
Here are the links to accessible, contemporary settings that have been tried and tested. They are free to download for use in your school or church. Continue Reading…
In Lent 2006 the team from CJM MUSIC had the opportunity to spend time in the parish of Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas.
For three Brits abroad, the sights and sounds of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert gave new resonance to the Gospel that first Sunday of Lent. We heard the words of Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert in a whole new way Continue Reading…
In this episode Jo Boyce will be talking about Born for This - Our musical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, which, over the past 20 years or so, has been a key part of the Lenten journey for more people than we can really begin to fathom.
One of those people is 20 year old, Hannah Kelly – who shares her wonderful memories and experience of being part of our Born for This cast for more than 10 years.