The goal for each liturgy in the Catholic Church is full and active participation. With this in mind, music plays an integral part of worship in our Church. Many parishioners generously volunteer to share their musical gifts to create and sustain this rich ministry and tradition in our parish community. If you possess a musical gift and wish to get involved in any of the music ministries listed below, please contact the Director of Worship: Teresa Gracyalny
Cantors have a role that is of singular importance in the life of the parish family. The role encompasses many areas, including ritual, musical, pastoral, and theological. At St. Mary, we split the role of the Cantor into two specific roles: the Psalmist and the Song Leader. The Psalmist is responsible for proclaiming the sung Psalm from the Ambo during the Liturgy of the Word. The Song Leader leads the rest of the music from the cantor stand. Women and men who sing well and feel called to lead the community in sung prayer are always needed. Both roles within the Cantor umbrella require preparation, prayer, and practice. Cantor training is available on an individual basis and Cantors are scheduled to sing according to availability and need.
Parish accompanists share their gift of music by accompanying all weekend Masses, special liturgies, and many prayer services throughout the year. By using the keyboard or organ to help lead us in song as we celebrate together, and with the use of contemplative and praiseful instrumental pieces before and/or after Mass, our accompanists assist us in preparing our hearts for worship and keep our hearts open as we worship. Parish accompanists commit a great deal of time, not only in playing for liturgies, but also in practicing in order to lead as well as they can.
The Resurrection Choir, which consists of a dedicated group of parishioners, volunteer their time to sing at funeral Masses. There is no requirement for musical training, just a love of singing and a desire to offer comfort and support to those who are grieving. The choir practice 6 times a year on the second Tuesday of each month (September, October, November & March, April, May) at 10:30am in the church. Members are notified by phone or email when a funeral is scheduled and make every effort to attend each funeral. However, there is no requirement that members be present at every funeral. New members are always welcome.
St. Mary Youth Choir:
St. Mary Youth Choir sings on the 2nd weekend of each month at the 11:00 Mass from October-May, as well as some special services including the 4:00 Mass on Christmas Eve. The youth choir is open to all students in 4th-12th grades. SMYC rehearses 40 minutes before each scheduled Mass in the school music room. Additional rehearsals are scheduled leading up to Christmas Eve Mass. There is no requirement for musical training to join and new members are always welcome!
Immaculate Conception Choir:
The Immaculate Conception Choir began in 2015 and sings at 2-3 Masses per month and for special liturgies including those during Holy Week. We strive to help bring the liturgy to life with our music. IC Choir is open to those who are high school age or older. IC Choir practices on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 in the church. This choir sings from September through the Feast of the Body and Blood (usually the beginning or mid-June). There is no requirement for musical training to join and new members are always welcome!
Millennium Choir began in 2001 and is made up of keyboard, guitar, percussion, flute, and voices. They use both traditional and contemporary music to “move” the congregation to sing along. Millennium Choir usually sings 1-2 times per month and practices an hour before the scheduled Mass in the church. They are always looking for new members! If you are interested in joining Millennium Choir, or if you would like more information, please contact Sara Shaver at 608-697-3411.
A few times throughout the year, we need extra instrumentalists to assist the choirs or Cantors and Accompanists in bringing our liturgy to life. If you play an instrument and would like more information on how to get involved in music ministry, please contact Teresa Gracyalny (contact information listed above).