14 October 2014

November is traditionally the month of remembrance – a time of calling to mind all those who have gone before us marked with a sign of faith. This November we will remember and celebrate the life and musical legacy of our friend and co-founder, Mike Stanley.

We Will Remember

Mike Stanley died on 6th June 2013 after a two and half years living with cancer. 18 months on, we can think of no more fitting tribute to him that to gather the voices and instruments of those who shared in the past 25 years of his music and ministry.

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05 September 2014

This autumn, Jo Boyce and the talented musicians of the CJM Music collective embark on a six-date Joy of the Lord Concert Tour across the UK.

Joy of the Lord Concert Tour with Jo Boyce & Friends - Autumn 2014As you’ve probably guessed, the theme of the tour – like our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes earlier this year – is inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation, EVANGELII GAUDIUM, The Joy of the Gospel.

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15 July 2014

Bread of Life was the first song co-written by Jo Boyce and Mike Stanley when they began their song-writing partnership in 1994. 20 years on, it remains one of their best-known and best-loved songs.

 

In this video Jo Boyce shares a few of her secret guitar tips for playing the song.
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24 June 2014

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.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2014
The pastoral theme in Lourdes this year is “The Joy of Conversion” – carrying echoes of Pope Francis’  Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel“.
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09 June 2014

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.

Lord we turn our hearts - FREE song download

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…

06 June 2014
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…

25 May 2014

In Lourdes on Monday 26th May, the newly launched Fisherman (UK) Music will release Grace – the third solo album by Mike Stanley, and the first to be released posthumously.

Grace CD by Mike Stanley

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.

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15 May 2014

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.

Singing the Revised Translation

Which made me read the recent Bishop’s Conference announcement in a different light:
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27 April 2014

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.

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Maria Bracken – A Passion for Youth Ministry

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.

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