Music Ministry at St. Mary’s
Daily liturgy, especially Sunday Eucharist, expresses the essence of our parish life. Respectful of the Church’s tradition and in communion with all the faithful, St. Mary’s parish musicians strive to illuminate the richness of scriptural and sacramental experience, and enhance the beauty of the liturgy through their sung prayer.
St. Mary’s liturgical-musical profile is representative of classic and Catholic contemporary hymn, psalm and service music, and includes: Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass that is led by either by a guitarist/cantor or a pianist/organist and cantor September - May; Sunday 7:30 a.m. ‘quiet’ Mass; 10:30 a.m. Mass that is most often led by the choir mid-September – May.
St. Mary’s Parish Choir is recognized as a cherished and vibrant parish organization. Its dozen members include amateur and trained singers who are animated by a love for liturgical music and service to the parish community. The choir generally rehearses Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30.
The choir’s musical repertory encompasses a breadth of styles from Gregorian chant to 21st century sacred choral literature, including Renaissance and Romantic period motets, movements from classical Mass settings, hymns from the Taizé community and the Mexican Baroque, spirituals, gospel arrangements and music from an African sister community, and, or course, choral pieces that exemplify the finest writing among contemporary composers spanning a variety of genres. While English is, naturally, the most common language we employ, we are comfortable with Latin and Spanish, and have sung pieces in French, German and Polish, reflecting the richness of many cultures!
St. Mary’s 10:30 a.m. Mass Choir welcomes anyone who might like to share in its commitment to excellence in liturgical choral music!