Bishop Anthony to launch ’To Jesus’, first CD from OASIS
|Members of OASIS recording in Melbourne.|
Originally published in Catholic Outlook February 2013
OASIS youth ministry at St Michael’s Blacktown South Parish has come of age with the launch of their first CD. With musician and singer Gary Pinto as a mentor, the raw but talented group has gained the confidence to write and perform their own music.
The launch of the CD, To Jesus, will take place on Saturday 16 February at a youth gathering at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta.
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, will be the principal celebrant a Youth Mass at 6pm, which will be followed by an international food fair. A concert to showcase the launch will commence at 8pm in the Cathedral cloister.
Bianca Pudadera is a co-founder of OASIS. “When we formed in 2004 we were known as SOC (Soldiers of Christ). We renamed in 2007 as OASIS and formed a larger youth group in anticipation of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney,” she said.
With little experience and limited musical talent, the group struggled to put together a choir to sing during Mass. “There were many frustrations,” Bianca said, “but after WYD08, God answered our prayers.
“We were blessed with more members, doubling our original size. Little did we know that these new youth members would soon form the core of our music ministry.
“At that point, the average age was 14 and so we were still forming and maturing in our faith and formation. Throughout the years, with prayer and the guidance of our music leaders, we were able to develop our voices and learn how to sing as a choir.”
Cecil Fernandes, a parent, was impressed by their talent and wrote to Gary Pinto in 2010.
“Within a month, we had met with Gary and were inspired and encouraged to write our own music,” Bianca said. “With this newfound confidence, our faith grew exponentially. We immersed ourselves in youth events and were heavily involved with diocesan and parish events.”
Reaching fellow youth, brothers and sisters in Christ
|OASIS continues to thrive at St Michael’s Blacktown South Parish.|
Within a couple months they had written about 20 songs and the process of recording the CD began. They recorded raw versions of the songs and sent them to Melbourne-based producer, Phil Turcio. The process of recording and picking songs took about a year.
“Early last year, 14 of us journeyed to Melbourne for three days to complete the recording. The whole process took just over two years,” Bianca said.
“We have been blessed to be guided by our parents, parish priests and advisers to ensure that we continue to come back to the well and drink the living water.
“It is not solely through the musicians’ efforts that all this has come together. A big team looks after our faith, formation, logistics and media, etc. We continue to have a thriving youth group and continue to be involved with our parish.”
The weekly music ministry always starts with a prayer and Bible sharing before an hour of practice. “In the lead-up to the launch, we have introduced a 10-week spiritual program with a different topic every week,” Bianca said.
“Each musician will lead those talks in preparation for their performance on stage and their personal relationship with God.”Bianca said the aim of the CD was not about selling, but evangelisation. “We want to be able to reach our fellow youth, brothers and sisters in Christ, so that they will know Him like we do, to start a relationship with him and to know that He is a merciful God.”
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