The mission of the the Music Ministry is to encourage the parish to sing the musical portions of the liturgy.
Depending on skill level and preference, the following opportunities are available:
• Membership in the Choir: Choir members lead and support the singing of the entire assembly. Some of our members enhance the music experience by singing vocal parts. We are in particular need of tenors, but welcome all vocal parts: soprano, alto and bass. The Choir sings each weekend during the school year, rotating from the 5:00pm to the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses. We also sing during Holy Week (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil) and on Christmas Eve. While membership in the Choir is certainly a commitment, we are flexible and have a sign-out sheet for choir members who cannot attend specific Masses.
• Cantors: These are soloists who sing the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation for Choir-led Masses. In the absence of the Choir, they lead the singing for the entire Mass. Cantors typically sing 1-3 Masses a month.
• Musicians (flute, violin, and occasionally, trumpet) add beauty to the music of the Mass. The "Gather" music books are available for both C and B-flat instruments. Musicians typically play 1-3 Masses per month.
Participation in the Music Ministry requires specific skills: for singers, the ability to sing on pitch; for musicians, the ability to read music and to play an instrument skillfully. The Music Ministry welcomes high school and middle school students.
The Choir members meet for rehearsal on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 pm during the school year. Cantors and musicians are also strongly encouraged to attend. Please contact our Music Minister, Suzanne Doherty with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 810-300-0435.
"People frequently come forward after Mass to tell us how much the music means to them. (That's a good thing.) Choir members frequently comment that they have grown in their understanding of the Mass as a result of being a part of the Music Ministry. (That's an even better thing!) For example, many did not realize until joining Choir that the music we sing is carefully selected to support Liturgy for that particular Mass. That growth in understanding leads to a fuller, more active participation in the Mass, which is foundational to 'Unleashing the Gospel'."
-Suzanne Doherty, Music Minister