The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.” The composition and singing of inspired psalms, often accompanied by musical instruments, were already closely linked to the liturgical celebrations of the Old Covenant. The Church continues and develops this tradition: “Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” “He who sings prays twice.” CCC1156
Providing Musical Leadership
Music Ministry is a vital part of life at Mary, Mother of the Church. These choirs, individuals, and groups provide music leadership for our liturgies:
- Exultation Choir
Provides music leadership for the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass, as well as some Holy Days and other special liturgies. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., September to May. All men and women, high school age and older, are welcome.
- Living Spirit Choir
Provide music leadership for the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass, as well as some Holy Days and other special liturgies. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., September to May. All men and women, high school age and older, are welcome.
Proclaim the responsorial psalm and lead the assembly in song at weekend Masses and Holy Days. Must be experienced singer, dependable, and comfortable with public leadership. Audition and monthly formation required.
- Children’s Choir
Provide music leadership at varying Masses. Rehearsal dates vary.
- Festival Choir
Provide music leadership for Christmas Midnight Mass, Easter Vigil, Confirmation, and other special Parish liturgies. Rehearsals to be determined. All men and women, high school age and older, are welcome for any and all events.
- Funeral Choir
Provide music leadership at funeral liturgies throughout the year. One rehearsal in fall or spring, plus 45 minutes prior to each funeral. All adults welcome. Daytime availability helpful, but not required.
- Hand Bell Choir
Support liturgical music with hand bells at rotating Mass times. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. No prior experience necessary, but basic music reading skills required.
Provide instrumental support at our weekend and Holy Day liturgies. Rehearsals depend upon Mass time or special liturgy being served. Instrumentalists of all kinds welcome. Ensemble experience helpful, but not required.