To serve as a music minister in the Catholic Church is a privilege, as well as a serious responsibility. It is a privilege because the gift of music is not given to everyone, and it is a responsibility because musical leadership must help nourish and sustain the liturgical life of the people. The music minister is not merely a volunteer. He or she is someone who shares faith, serves the community and expresses the love of God and neighbor through music.
Our director of liturgy and music, Sandy Ashley, would welcome inquiries about sharing your talent in any of the following ministries:
||Cantors are leaders of sung prayer for our parish community and help to encourage full participation of the assembly. Cantors also proclaim the word of God through the singing of the psalm. To be a cantor, you should be able to read music, have a pleasant singing voice and a positive, welcoming attitude. Training is provided.
||The St. Mary Choir sings a variety of music, both traditional and contemporary. Their primary responsibility is to support the assembly's singing and praise of God through music. Our choir sings one Mass (time is rotated) on the first and third weekends of each month, as well as Christmas, Easter and during other scheduled times. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays (September through Pentecost) from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the church.
||The ensemble is a small group of musicians who enjoy singing a variety of music, but mostly contemporary in style. The group sings one mass (time is rotated) on the second and fourth weekends of each month, as well as Christmas, Easter and during other scheduled times. This group rehearses Tuesdays (September through Pentecost), from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the church.
||At St. Mary Church, we offer a great opportunity for the young singers of our parish to participate in our music ministry program. The Joy Choir is for young people in third through twelfth grades who enjoy singing and would like to help lead our congregation in the sung prayer. The group will lead the singing at one mass per month. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays (October through Easter) from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the church basement.
||Volunteer your time and talents to assist the grieving members of a funeral assembly by singing with the choir for the funeral liturgy. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled funeral. Your sharing in this ministry is a special blessing to the family and friends of those who have lost a loved one.