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In September Jo Boyce and the talented musicians of the CJM Music Collective embarked on a “Joy of The Lord” Concert Tour across the UK. The Concert was inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel.

Bishop Ralph meets Jo Boyce at Mother of God Church

Bishop Ralph meets Jo Boyce at Mother of God Church during the ‘Joy of the Lord’ Concert Tour

At the end of September Jo and friends, along with a choir of sixty young voices from five of our Diocesan schools, performed for an audience of over two hundred people in the Mother of God Church on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield. Much to everyone’s delight Bishop Ralph joined the celebrations.

Lorraine Healy, manager of St Vincent Furniture Store, tells us, “The Concert was entitled ‘The Joy of the Lord’, and there was so much joy contained in these 90 minutes of entertainment. There were many favourite songs and hymns including “Our God Reigns” and a medley of joyful songs which included, “Let There Be Joy Shared Among Us” and “Give Me Joy in My Heart”.  The children’s choir belted out the songs and they also signed the chorus in a couple of them.

“There was participation from the audience too, as we all joined in with Jo and the children.

Mgr William Kilgannon plays his tin whistle with the band

Mgr William Kilgannon plays his tin whistle with the band

“One of the highlights of the evening was Mgr Kilgannon joining the band on his tin whistle to play the Trinity Song, to the Irish tune of “Come by the Hills”. The performance brought the house down.  I think Jo and Friends were tempted to ask Mgr Kilgannon to join them for their remaining three concerts.

“The great winner in all of this is the Furniture Store; we have managed to raise over £500. This money will help us in our work assisting those coming out of homelessness or those who are experiencing traumas and/or difficulties in their lives.

“Thanks must go to the schools that took part and formed the magnificent choir. The schools are All Saints’ Catholic High School, St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School.  A special mention to the teachers, Steve Trotter, Bernie Twomey, Karen McKeown and Steph Coles who, along with their support staff, parents and guardians, managed to get the children ready for their big performance.

Children from Diocesan Schools formed a magnificent choir and performed with Jo Boyce

Children from Diocesan Schools formed a magnificent choir and performed with Jo Boyce

“Thanks also to all those who helped with the arrangements on the day, Patricia who prepared the meal for the band, the ticket collectors on the doors and raffle ticket sellers, the merchandise sellers and the volunteers who made and served the tea and coffee in the Parish Centre after the concert.

Lorraine Healy (right front) and other members of the audience meet Jo Boyce (at the back) after the performance

Lorraine Healy (right front) and other members of the audience meet Jo Boyce (at the back) after the performance

“The biggest thanks must go to Mgr Kilgannon for his support, allowing us to use the Church, the Parish Centre and the Presbytery.

“Jo Boyce and Friends were so inspiring; everyone left the concert feeling uplifted and full of joy. Jo has promised that they will return to perform for us again, so those of you that missed out on this occasion will have the chance to see them in the future.”