“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
The music ministry strives to invite and lead the congregation in full worship through songs. The songs chosen are often directly related to reinforce the scriptural readings of the week, or to draw attention to the offertory, preparation of the altar, or Eucharist. The singers in the choir are not performers or rock stars, but representatives of the congregation in support of the singing of the whole congregation. Sometimes anthems or meditative hymns can feature a cantor or choir without the congregation, the purpose of which is to allow the congregation to meditate on the text and focus on personal prayer. Choirs consist of strong singers, strong readers, and regular folk. The best choirs are made up of a mix of all people, representative of the community.
The choirs rehearse on Thursdays from September to May. The “Traditional Choir”, which sings at 4pm on Saturdays, rehearses from 6:30-7:30 pm and the “Contemporary Groups” (all other Masses) meet from 7:30-8:30 pm.
The groups combine for special presentations for the Christmas and Lenten seasons.
Who can be in the Choir?
“Those who sing, pray twice.”
To be in the choir you must:
- Attend weekly practices (Sept-May)
- Arrive to church 30 minutes prior to Mass
- Desire to worship God through music & prayer
- Work to build and use musical skills (singing techniques and music reading skills)
- Complete Safe Environment training annually
Oh Lord, please bless this music that it might glorify your name. May the talent that you have bestowed upon me be used only to serve you.
Let this music be a witness to your majesty and love, and remind us that you are always watching, and listening, from your throne above.
May your presence and beauty be found in every note, and may the words that are sung reach the hearts of your people so they will draw closer to you.
May your Spirit guide us through every measure so that we might be the instruments of your peace, and proclaim your glory with glad voices.