“New” Pipe Organ to be Fired Up Next Sunday

Next Sunday, the newly installed, pre-loved pipe organ at St Philip’s (Junction Road, Blackburn North) will be played for the first time in its 110 year history for Holy Mass.

As is right and just, the first organist will be our virtuoso PP, Fr Nicholas Dillon. He will be enabled to perform this role as Fr Michael Gallagher (newly ordained son of the parish) will celebrate his last mass with us before returning to Rome to resume his studies in canon law.

Unfortunately, I will not be there for this historic occasion – next week is the annual Anima Education Weekend Seminar in Ballarat (full details here – this years topic is the book of Revelation).

But if you have not experienced Blackburn North’s own slice of the “Reform of the Reform”, the 10:30am Mass on the 23rd September might be just your chance!

(P.S. in case you are wondering, the blessing will not take place until later, as a new “cornopean” stop has yet to be installed.)



About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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