Mass and Music at St Francis

Some good news during this Easter season:

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Our parish priest, Fr Paul, has announced that the St Francis-St Joseph community will  live stream mass during this time when we are unable to celebrate together in person. Mass will be streamed via Facebook twice per week at the following times:

Wednesday 5pm

Saturday (Vigil) 6pm

The weekly Saturday Vigil mass will be accompanied with liturgical music where possible, including a cantor or small group with physical distancing in accordance with government regulations.

Anyone can watch these live or after the event:

  • Links to previous and upcoming live streams on the parish website here
  • Parish bulletin with news, readings and intercessions here
  • Follow the St Francis-St Joseph Parish Facebook account here

Easter Crosses Resurrection


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Easter Message from St Francis Choir


Dear friends,

This Easter is one unlike any other for many of us. We celebrate our greatest Feast with muted joy in isolation with our immediate household, or alone. The world suffers and we may feel powerless.

But today we are reminded:

Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified… he has risen, just as he said.”
Matthew 28:5-6

Remembering the promise we will never be abandoned, we find time to reach out to one another and share this cause for celebration.

As we observe this Easter, many in our own homes, we consider how we can remain a community, helping others with our care and practical assistance.

The St Francis Choir wishes all our friends peace and joy during the Easter season.

Christ is risen, alleluia!

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Update – Choir in Recess


Dear friends,

Recognising the extraordinary circumstances arising from pandemic COVID-19, public Mass has been suspended until further notice at St Francis, Paddington. During this time, the St Francis Choir will be in recess. We will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with Fr Paul and the Franciscan Friars, and will advise on our website when we are able to return.

For more information on how you can do your part to reduce the spread of the new virus, we suggest you visit reliable government websites, such as the NSW Health Coronavirus page.

During this time we are confident our parish community will continue to support one another and everyone who is ‘our neighbour’. We can do this by practicing physical distancing and hand hygiene, and remembering to check in over the phone or use electronic media to communicate with those who may be lonely or isolated, offering practical assistance where needed.

As Pope Francis recently asked, please also “keep praying together for the ill, their relatives, for parents with children at home” and for authorities and those having to make difficult decisions during this time.

Pax et bonum,

The St Francis Choir


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Sunday 15 March 10am – CHOIR

3rd Sunday of Lent (A) Year of Matthew

Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42


  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme
  • Motet: If ye love me (Tallis)
  • Communio: Qui biberit aquam, quam ego do, dicit Dominus Samiratanae, fiet in eo fons aquae salientis in vitam aeternam “Whosoever drinks the water that I shall offer”, said the Lord to the Samaritan woman, “shall have within them a spring of water welling up unto eternal life.”
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende DomineTIS 585 I heard the voice of Jesus say KINGSFOLD
  • Organ Music: TBA

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*If ye love me (John 14: 15-17, Thomas Tallis)

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
And I will pray the Father,
And he shall give you another comforter,
That he may ‘bide with you forever;
E’en the spirit of truth.

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Sunday 8 March 10am – CANTOR

2nd Sunday of Lent (A) Year of Matthew

Gen 12:1-4; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17:1-9


  • Mass setting: Mass Shalom (C.D. Smith)
  • Offertory Motet: Clouds and darkness are round about Him* (Dvorak)
  • Communio: Visionem quam vidistis, nemini dixeritis, donec a mortuis resurgat Filius hominis. Tell no one about the vision you have seen until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; TIS 497 Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY
  • Organ Prelude: TBA
  • Organ Offertorium: TBA
  • Organ Voluntary: TBA

Organist: Bransby Byrne

Cantor: Nicole Smeulders

*Clouds and darkness are round about Him,
Righteousness and judgement are His habitation.
Fire goeth before Him and burneth up His enemies,
His enemies on every side.
Lo from the sky the flashes of His lightning lightened the world.
The earth saw it and trembled.
Mountains like wax were melted at the presence of the Lord Jehovah,
Lord of the whole earth,
And the glory of His majesty was beheld of all men.

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Sunday 1 March 10am – CHOIR

1st Sunday of Lent (A) Year of Matthew

Gen 2:7-9, 3.1-7; Rom 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11


  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Communio:  Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi: The Lord will overshadow you with His shoulders, and under His wings you shall trust: His truth shall surround you with a shield.
  • Motet: Remember not Lord our offences* (Purcell)
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine; TIS 463 May this Lenten discipline LINDFIELD
  • Organ Prelude: TBA
  • Organ Offertorium: TBA
  • Organ Voluntary: TBA

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Remember not, Lord, our offences,
nor the offences of our forefathers;
neither take thou vengeance of our sins:
spare us, good Lord, spare thy people,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood,
and be not angry with us for ever.

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Wednesday 26 February 7pm – CHOIR

Ash Wednesday: Mass with Distribution of Ashes

Joel 2:12-18; 2Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 Ash Wednesday

  • Mass setting: Missa Deus genitor alme (Gregorian)
  • Motets: Emendemus in medius* (Byrd); Call to remembrance** (Farrant)
  • Communio: Qui meditabitur in lege Domini die ac nocte, dabit fructum suum in tempore suo. The one who meditates day and night on the law of the Lord, shall bear fruit in due season.
  • Hymns: Lent prose Attende Domine, et miserere Hear us O lord, and have mercy; TIS 591 Forty days and forty nights HEINLEIN

Organist: Bransby Byrne

*Emendemus in melius quae ignoranter peccavimus;
ne subito praeoccupati die mortis,
quaeramus spatium poenitentiae, et invenire non possimus.
Attende, Domine, et miserere; quia peccavimus tibi.
Adjuva nos, Deus salutaris noster, et propter honorem nominis tui libera nos

Let us amend for the better in those things in which we have sinned through ignorance;
lest suddenly overtaken by the day of death,
we seek space for repentance, and be not able to find it.
Hearken, O Lord, and have mercy: for we have sinned against You.
Help us, O God of our salvation, and for the honour of Your name deliver us.

**Call to remembrance, O Lord,
Thy tender mercies
and Thy loving kindness,
which hath been ever of old,
O remember not the sins and offences of my youth:
but according to Thy mercy
think Thou on me, O Lord,
for Thy goodness.

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