Spreading the message through songs ...
Ms Janet Sullivan Whitaker (foreground in white) wowed the crowd with her smooth and powerful vocals.
Many Catholics are familiar with the song In Every Age. But what is it like to hear it from the composer herself? Well that’s what a group of people got at two parishes recently. And, they were just overwhelmed.
Ms Janet Sullivan Whitaker, the song’s composer, was in Singapore and performed at a concert titled Light and Hope, held on two evenings – at the Church of Divine Mercy on Oct 19 and the Church of St Ignatius on Oct 20. Organised by CANA The Catholic Centre, the event was an opportunity for the audience to encounter the Gospel through beautiful and contemplative music.
Ms Whitaker, a composer and recording artist from the Diocese of Oakland, California, wowed the audience with her smooth and powerful vocals. Joining her in the concert was Paulist Father Ricky Manalo, who has written numerous articles and books on liturgical ministry and music.
The stories shared by Fr Ricky and Ms Whitaker behind each music composition reinforced the message of hope in today’s world.
Two choirs – the children’s choir from the Church of St Mary of the Angels and another choir made up of parishioners from various churches – were also part of the performances.
Making a special appearance, Carmelite Fr Edward Lim joined Fr Ricky in singing This Holy Light (composed by Fr Ricky) and God of Mercy (composed by Fr Ricky and Mr Bob Hurd).