Music Ministry

musicalNot surprisingly, music ministry entails both aspects and what a blessing they are to all.  If you are interested in participating in our music ministry, please contact Eileen Bockheim, Director of Liturgical Music (459-4662, ext. 207) or Kathy Proulx, Assistant Director of Liturgical Music (459-4662, ext. 310).

As we enter the “spirituality” of the music, we rise above the music itself and place it in its proper context within the worship experience. Although we constantly strive for musical excellence, it is the prayerfulness of our music that is the focal point of our efforts; and it is this prayerfulness that allows us to minister to one another as well as to our parish. Thus, it is ministry that drives everything we do, musically and otherwise.

Ministry in music is absolutely vital. It is this firm conviction that drives our efforts night after night at rehearsal. We strive to support our parishioners worship needs through music and ministry.

Just Sing! All through the scriptures human kind is called upon to sing to the Lord. “Take up a melody” (Ps. 81:3) for to “God we owe a hymn of praise” (Ps. 65:2).

Not once in the bible does it mention the “quality” of the voice or song, but only to use the voice God gave you. If you can speak, you can sing. A song can lift your spirits, express your feelings and bring people together. So you are invited to Just Sing!

There is something for just about everyone. We have a wide variety of ensembles for a wide variety of interests and ages. Whether it is singing, playing an instrument or being part of planning, there is a place for everyone to share their music gifts. Often with this sharing of gifts, the music minister receives blessings so much more than the time and energy put forth. Faith, Fellowship and Fun!

CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHOIRS

Kindergarten-2nd grade: Rehearsals every Tuesday, 6:00-6:45pm, September to May,
Sings 5 times per year, Sunday 9:00am Mass and Christmas Eve 5:00pm Mass

3rd-5th grade: Rehearsals every Tuesday, 6:30-7:25pm, September to May,
Sings once per month at various Masses

6th-8th grade: Rehearsals every other Tuesday, 7:30-8:30pm, September to May,
Sings every other Sunday at 9:00am Mass

ADULT CHOIRS – 9th grade and older

9:00 Choir: Rehearsals every other Tuesday, 7:30-8:30pm
Late August to early June
Sings every other Sunday at 9:00am Mass

11:00 Choir: Rehearsals every Thursday, 7-8pm, September to May
Sings every Sunday at 11:00am Mass

Seasonal Choir: Seasonal for Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holy Week
Rehearsals 6 to 8 weeks prior to special Mass
Rehearsals on Thursday, 7-8:30pm

Handbells: Seasonally: Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter
Rehearsals every Thursday, 5:40-6:55pm
Must have some ability to read music and rhythm

Cantor: Preparation ahead of scheduled Mass
Attend periodic training seminars
Schedules for summer or school year

Instrumentalist: Variety of instruments
Accompanying, supplemental and solo possibilities

Music Selection Committee: Preparation of readings for the liturgies and music selections appropriate to the readings
5 to 6 meetings per year