After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the time has come to reconvene the parish choirs!
Rehearsals for both Sunday Masses will take place together on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm beginning August 26; all Sunday choir members are expected to attend regular rehearsals. Additional rehearsals for certain feast-day Masses will be announced. Choirs will begin singing at Masses in September. New and returning choir members are requested to please email Matthew Hall, Director of Music (email@example.com) to provide the following information:
The purpose of music ministry is to lead and coordinate the sung praise of the liturgical assembly, enabling it to speak as the voice of the Church, the Body of Christ. The harmony of music and the ritual action of singing together are icons of the Church’s mystical communion in Christ. “We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another” (Romans 12:5-6). While the spiritual refreshment of individual members is frequently a fruit of liturgical song, the primary purpose of music in the liturgy is to enable the Church to enter into the Trinitarian dialogue of love as a community—as the Mystical Body, through Christ the Head. The individual ministry and participation of each member is subordinate to and directed toward that communal goal.
For the congregation:
Hymnals and Singing during Covid-19
Parishioners are welcome to use their personal copies of Breaking Bread during Mass. Copies are available at the back of the church for you to take away. (A $1 donation is welcome.) Please be sure to take your copies home with you after every Mass.
Diocesan policy during the pandemic remains that congregational singing must be limited. We don’t want to do anything that could put the health of any parishioners at risk or jeopardize our ability to continue to celebrate Mass in person. It is true that “he who sings, prays twice” (St. Augustine), as it is also true that “the praise of God exists in the heart rather than on the lips” (St. Thomas Aquinas). Thank you for singing very softly with your mask on, or for singing along silently in your heart.
“Even when listening to…the singing of the choir, the assembly continues to participate actively as they ‘unite themselves interiorly to what the ministers or choir sing, so that by listening to them they may raise their minds to God.’” (Musicam sacram, no. 15; Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, no. 12)
For cantors and choir members:
We invite singers who can sing pleasantly and in tune to join us. It is not necessary to have experience singing in a choir or to read music; however, some musical background or ability to read music is often very helpful. Singers are encouraged Come sing with us!
For more information about joining a choir or to be a cantor, please contact Matthew Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our 1912 Tellers organ is a 29-rank, 4-division instrument. For more information, please see the Organ Historical Society database: https://pipeorgandatabase.org/organ/58669.
We also have a Yamaha Model C1 grand piano and two Yamaha electronic keyboards.