Music Ministry

“A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things…Singing together in church expresses the sacramental presence of God to his people.”

~ Sing to the Lord, US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Staff:

Mark J. Ludwig, II, Director of Music/Organist ext. 234
Carol McCarthy, Children’s Choir Director, ext. 234


Music is an important aspect of the Church’s worship. All pastoral musicians exercise a genuine liturgical ministry and are recognized as a valued and integral part of the overall pastoral ministry of the parish. There are several ensembles at St. Mary Parish for you to consider. To obtain more information or participate in an ensemble, please contact Mark Ludwig.
 
cantor
Cantors
The cantor is both a singer and a leader of congregational song. Cantors must possess a presence that is prayerful and welcoming. Cantors must be able to sing on pitch, use accurate rhythm and have an understanding of tempo. Cantor scheduling and music selection is done months ahead of time to assure preparedness for the Mass. The Director of Music is always available to help and answer questions before assigned liturgies. For an audition, please contact the music office. There are no age requirements.
 
Choir
The choir is composed of men and women of all ages and backgrounds. The choir leads the congregation at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday and occasionally at other liturgies. This ensemble is a rewarding ministry for those who like to sing in harmony and challenge themselves with a variety of sacred music. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm. The choir serves the Church at prayer; they are ministers who share the faith, serve the community, and express the love of God and neighbor through music.
 
Children/Youth Choir
Children’s choir welcomes students through eighth grade. Rehearsals, directed by Carol McCarthy, are held on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, September through May. The choir sings twice a month at the 11:30am Mass on Sunday. The Children/Youth Choir enhances the Church’s official prayer by offering a wide variety of musical repertoire and instrumentation. Many students develop a strong love of sacred music and continue to serve their parish music programs throughout their lives. For information, please contact Carol McCarthy or the Director of Music, Mark Ludwig.
 
Resurrection Choir
This ensemble assists in liturgical singing for funerals. Choir members are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the Mass. Sacred music has an integral role in the funeral rites, since it can console and uplift mourners while, at the same time, unite the assembly in faith and love. Members of this ensemble are contacted a few days in advance by volunteers.
 
Handbells
“…from the days when the Ark of the Covenant was accompanied in procession by cymbals, harps, lyres, and trumpets, God’s people have, in various periods, used a variety of musical instruments to sing his praise.”

(~ Sing to the Lord, US Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Those who would like to be a part of the Handbell ensemble should be able to read music and use accurate rhythm and tempo. The ensemble rings three octaves of Malmark handbells and chimes. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm and the ensemble plays at various liturgies throughout the year.
 
LIFE TEEN Music Ministry
Coordinated by Jeff Botos, this contemporary ensemble serves the 5:30pm Mass on Sunday evening. Currently, the ensemble is complete with musicians and vocalists. This ministry could benefit from substitute musicians. Students who wish to participate must be at least a junior in high school and adults are welcome. The ability to keep rhythm, tempo and pitch are required to participate in this ministry. Auditions are required. Please contact Jeff Botos or the Catholic LIFE TEEN office at ext. 253 for further information.