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St. Malachy’s folk choir celebrates 25 years of harmony

St. Malachy’s folk choir sings in harmony for a very special concert to be held at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Kinkora.
St. Malachy’s folk choir sings in harmony for a very special concert to be held at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Kinkora. - Desiree Anstey

All proceeds from the event go towards Lennon Recovery House

Kinkora - A folk choir is getting ready to raise the roof, of St. Malachy’s Roman Catholic church, with their voices as they celebrate 25 years of harmony on Sunday, Dec. 3.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the not-for-profit Lennon Recovery House, located in Rustico.

A choir member who sparked the idea for the fundraiser, Cynthia Lawless said, “We have all been touched by someone suffering from depression or mental illness, and I can’t imagine there are too many families on the Island who haven’t in some way been touched by someone who took their own life.”

Lennon Recovery House will bring hope and support to people who often battle with severe despondency or dejection.

“Dianne Young is a mom who lost her son to suicide and it’s her mission since he died to have a place of recovery for people who are suffering from depression and mental illness,” said Lawless. “Lennon Recovery House will open in honour of Lennon Waterman, her son.”

Lawless has been a member of the choir for two years, and a parishioner for 30. She acknowledged that music has a healing power.

“You could be having the worst day ever and then go to Mass, and be part of the choir or just in the congregation, and you leave peaceful. Music is very healing for anyone and it’s a nice thought to think of it tying into Lennon House.”

Lennon Recovery House plans to open soon.

Lawless added, “We’re celebrating our music, church and anniversary, but what Lennon House can give back to the Island will be tenfold of what we can give back to them.”

Cathy Arsenault, member of the choir, agreed that music is good for the soul.

“I love music it’s in my blood. You feel so much better when you come back from choir, especially in church. It has a healing power. I find it spiritual, uplifting, and adds so much more to the Mass,” she said.

Ramona Roberts, choir director, says the choir kicked off 25 years ago as an alternative to the organ accompaniment.

“I grabbed a few friends and acquaintances and we decided to make a guitar choir, so it’s more of a folk choir,” she said.

The choir will take to the stage at St. Malachy’s church in Kinkora to celebrate their 25th anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.  

“This is a great heritage church. It’s the same architect that built Indian River, and the acoustics in this church are unbelievable. We can’t wait to get inside and raise the roof with our singers and musicians.”

Guests can expect sacred and Christmas music, with a sing-along at the end.

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