Liturgical music weekend in Coalisland

Tom Kendiza
Tom Kendiza

Parish Priest of Coalisland, Father Paul Byrne, is inviting the local community to come along an enjoy a celebration of music and song weekend, beginning on August 22.

The weekend celebration of music will be led by internationally acclaimed professional, liturgical musician and composer, Mr Tom Kendzia.

Tom has over 30 recordings of liturgical and instrumental music including: ‘I, the Lord of Sea and Sky; Out of Darkness, Stand By Me and Taste & See.

He has also won the Unity Award on two occasions for his outstanding compositions in 2004 and 2007.

Tom has been in parish ministry since 1977 and has been music director in Christ the King Parish in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA.

With his wife Mary Carol, he is the author of ‘I Like Being in Parish Ministry Music’ published by 23rd Publications.

The weekend will begin on Friday August 22, with ‘A Celebration of Song’ at 8pm in Craic Theatre, Coalisland.

Followed on Saturday August 23, with a Workshop on Liturgical Music at 11am in the Church of the Holy Family, Coalisland.

Parish Priest Father Paul Byrne said: “Many of Tom’s compositions appear in well known hymn compilations and he is currently working on a number of new projects to be released in 2014.

“We are delighted that this gifted composer is taking time out from his busy schedule in Ireland to visit Coalisland and lead us in this celebration and workshop.”

The workshop is for all those involved in liturgical music on a parish or school level.

Tom will lead and prepare those gathered in liturgical song old and new; and will offer musical direction on specific occasions such as weddings, funerals and other occasions in the church calendar.

All of Tom’s suggestions should be useful to any parish/school choir and/or performer in the church setting.

For further information/enquiries or to book a workshop place please email