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the roles in Music Ministry

posted Feb 22, 2016, 7:19 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 7:20 AM ]
As our parish census continues, you may have noticed questions about our various parish ministries. If you feel called to express your faith musically, here’s an explanation of some of our roles…

The choir fosters “the active participation of the faithful by means of the singing” (
GIRM 103). It includes singers as well as instruments; guitars, keyboards, flute, handbells, percussion, etc. “Choirs and ensembles comprise persons drawn from the community who possess the requisite musical skills and a commitment to the established schedule of rehearsals and Liturgies” (USCCB, STL 28).

The psalmist is the “cantor of the psalm” that occurs after the First Reading, singing psalms “with clarity, conviction, and sensitivities to the text, the musical setting, and those who are listening.” (
Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship [STL] 34-35; GIRM 102). The cantor directs the singing of the various hymns, allowing the people to sing their parts. If necessary, these roles are combined (GIRM 104; STL 37-40).

Additionally, our Resurrection Choir provides a warm and caring liturgical presence that goes a long way in helping grieving families. Besides singing, it provides leadership in the spoken responses of the Mass, which is especially helpful to those who might not be familiar with Catholic liturgy.

If you’d like to be a part of any of these, please contact me...