Just today, one of the kids were humming to the tune of the hymn “Hail Queen of Heaven”. I told her it reminded me of Fr Cummins. In fact, each time I hear this hymn, Fr Cummins is who springs to mind!
As a kid myself, I remember this is the one hymn Fr had the Streaky Bay congregation sing after every Low Mass we attended. I’m guessing in his early days he “experimented” with other hymns, but quickly worked out we could all rally together with this particular one to at least make it sound half decent.
Oh they were the days! If only I appreciated his courage, strength, hard work and simplicity back then.
Oh yes, the sheet! The photocopied sheet! That was all we needed. I’d forgotten about that.YES FR. CUMMINS PROVIDED US WITH A HYMN BOOK BUT THE ONLY ONE HE TRUSTED US WITH WAS ' HAIL QUEEN OF HEAVEN . SO ONE SHEET WITH ' HAIL QUEEN OF HEAVEN' WAS ALL THAT WAS NEEDED.000000000000000000