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2019 Conference Program Brochure Now Available

Paul Mason - Monday, May 13, 2019

The APMN Conference Brochure, including full program details, is now available here.


Early Bird discount on tickets is available until 30 June. There are a limited number of student discount tickets also available.


Registrations Now Open for the 2019 Conference

Paul Mason - Thursday, April 04, 2019

Registrations Now Open

The APMN 4th National Conference, Listen to the Spirit and Sing, to be held in Melbourne 1-3 October 2019, is now open for registrations. Please go to the Conference Website and check out the program and breakout options.

Once you have made your breakout choices go to the Register page, review the registration process and press the "Register Now" button.

2019 Conference Website Launched!

Paul Mason - Tuesday, April 02, 2019


The 2019 Conference Website is now available to access. Checkout the Program, Keynotes, Breakouts, Venue and Registration process.


Registration opens later this week. Go to the site:




Paul Mason

Secretary, APMN

Presenter Expressions of Interest Now Open

Paul Mason - Wednesday, January 09, 2019



We are now seeking expressions of interest to present a Breakout Session at our 2019 conference - Listen to the Spirit and Sing! The 4th national conference for the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) will be held in Melbourne at the Australian Catholic University, October 1-3, 2019. More information is available on our website.

Here is a list of suggested topics; but other topics are also invited: please name your own Breakout Session title and focus in the Expression of Interest Form. The closing date has been extended to Friday 25 January, 2019.


In keeping with the aims of the APMN, Breakout Session Leaders will open ways to

“actively assist parishes, schools and other Church agencies to have educated, skilled musicians and composers available for the vital ministry of providing suitable quality music for worship, church life and religious education.”


There are three primary Breakout Session formats - Workshop, Masterclass, and Showcase.


A Workshop will generally have a strong practical music-making component that invites and supports participation by all attendees. All music used in a Workshop must speak to the context for which it is most suited and explain why (E.g. Mass, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Prayer Service, RE Classroom Catechetics, possible crossover points if any, etc). One composer’s work may be used to demonstrate a concept or theme in a Workshop but active promotion of works for sale is suited to a Showcase format and/or a booth in the Exhibitor Hall. Workshops that suggest music appropriate for the Catholic Mass must also refer to Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963), Musicam Sacram (Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, 1967), and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2011).


A Masterclass will be led by an acknowledged music ministry professional in the instrument/area that is highlighted. It allows participants to engage in practical opportunities to upskill in a practical music area, as applied to music ministry (E.g. Choir Director, Psalmist, Composer, Cantor, Leader of Song, Guitarist, Organist, Pianist, Percussionist, etc). Places may be limited for some Masterclasses.


A Showcase provides an opportunity for a composer or commercial publisher to present a range of their works or products in an interactive format for commercial purposes and promotion. Preference will be given to presenters of Showcases who have purchased a sponsorship / booth in the Exhibitor Hall, as Showcase sessions are strictly limited. All music used in a Showcase must specify the context for which it is most suited and explain why (E.g. Mass, Adoration, Praise and Worship, Prayer Service, RE Classroom Catechetics, possible crossover points if any, etc). A Showcase that suggests music appropriate for the Catholic Mass must refer to the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.


For All Breakout Sessions:


  • Sessions will run a maximum of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Sessions will adhere to copyright law. Please see Guidelines: Copyright in Parish and School Liturgy, Version 2.1, produced by the Diocese of Wollongong.
  • Sessions should make reference to the key Church documents on music:
  • Leaders will be provided with IT Support, a projector / screen, a table for notes, a keyboard (if required), a simple sound set up, and two music stands. Leaders will provide all handouts, instruments other than keyboard, and other materials.
  • Sessions will clearly delineate between music that is appropriate for different settings and purposes, as well as possible crossover points.
  • Workshop and Masterclass Breakout Session Leaders will receive a voucher towards the cost of Conference registration for each Session they lead (one voucher is issued per Session: a Session with more than one presenter will only receive one voucher).


Thank you in advance for your consideration of this Request for Expression of Interest. All applications will be given respectful consideration for inclusion by the Conference sub-committee and applicants will be notified by the end of January 2019.


Please submit your workshop topic preference and proposal using the Expression of Interest Form by Friday, 25 January, 2019.


I look forward to your participation at our 4th national conference in Melbourne in October 2019.

Paul Mason
Australian Pastoral Musicians Network
for and on behalf of the Conference sub-committee.

2019 APMN Conference

Paul Mason - Tuesday, November 20, 2018


The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network is pleased to announce its 4th National Conference, 1-3 October, 2019 at the ACU in Melbourne.


Celebrating liturgical, catechetical and religious music for parishes, schools and beyond. For all musicians, cantors, conductors, composers, choristers, teachers, catechists, campus ministers, clergy, liturgy teams ... and all who love sung prayer.


The conference features 3 keynote presentations, 2 plenary workshops, over 40 breakout workshops, exhibitions, showcases, conference Mass and conference dinner.


Note the dates in your diary! Registrations open 1 March, 2019.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Paul Mason


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Lay Pastoral Ministry 2018

Paul Mason - Sunday, October 07, 2018




The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently launched important document Lay Pastoral Ministry 2018 – Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace at the Proclaim Conference in Brisbane.


The document is a foundational resource for those of us involved in Lay Pastoral Ministry and formation here in Australia, and this includes Pastoral Music Ministry. For those who are familiar with Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord from the USCCB, this can be viewed and understood as an Australian equivalent to that helpful and comprehensive document.


Some sections of the document are of particular interest to pastoral musicians:'


P 27 Christian Vocation of Discipleship

P 28 Vocation to Ministry

P 30 Lay Pastoral Ministry

P 34 Discernment and Formation

P 35 Authorisation: Certification and Appointment


As we listen to to what the Spirit is saying, it is important to reflect on the opportunities this document opens up.


You are welcome to comment below in the comments section of this blog.



Plenary Council 2020 - Power of the Spirit

Paul Mason - Tuesday, August 21, 2018




All around Australia people are engaging in the Listening Process in preparation for Plenary Council 2020. There are some simple but important things you can do right now.


Visit the website which provides great resources that will enable individuals and groups to learn more, pray for guidance, commence dialogue and subscribe for regular updates.


The Diocese of Wollongong have prepared a song for the plenary and made it available for free download at Performed by Michaela Rose, Seth Harsh and Fiesta Mataele (members of the Catholic Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Wollongong), with John Lappan on violin, and composed by Paul Mason, the song can be used in Listening Sessions in parishes, schools and other faith communities. It also may be used in Masses for Entrance, Song of Praise and Sending Forth.


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