The Parish Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8pm. It is open to high school aged singers and beyond. Rehearsals on Thursdays are in the Shepherd of Armagh room, with a brief rehearsal on Sunday mornings 45 minutes before Mass and occasional additional rehearsals for special programs and Masses. The Parish Choir leads and enhances a rotation of the weekend Masses, as well as special liturgies during the week. The Parish Choir sings a wide variety of choral literature celebrating our great musical heritage as well as the most durable music of our time, with an emphasis on musical excellence and liturgical leadership. A sense of pitch, love of singing and commitment to regular attendance are essential; a music background is not required.
Cherub & St Cecilia Choirs
The Cherub and St. Cecilia Choirs are two ensembles open to St. Patrick School students and parishioners grades K-8. The choirs will rehearse every Thursday that school is in session, until the VanHouten boys make their appearance. Cherub Choir (K-2nd grade) meets from 3-3:30pm. St. Cecilia Choir (3rd - 8th grade) meets from 3:30-4:30pm. The Cherub and St. Cecilia Choirs will sing at a number of weekend Masses leading up to the Feast of Christ the King, and pick back up sometime in Lent.
The Schola Cantorum is a choir that serves any parishioner aged 16+ who prefers low time commitments and self-led practice time! This year’s Schola will serve at Solemnities and Feasts with 2 rehearsals leading up to those Masses. Similar to the Parish Choir, this ensemble will be versed in great choral literature fitting for each Mass. It is highly encouraged that these singers are proficient at reading music and able to practice on their own.
The Resurrection Choir is open to all friends and parishioners. This choir meets 30 minutes before funerals, which are usually held weekday mornings. This special group of singers ministers to those whose loved ones have passed on to eternal life. This choir is for those who have a love of music and a joy in ministering to those in need of comfort, healing and peace.
Cantors lead the assembly in song on Saturday evening and Sunday Masses as well as other liturgies throughout the year. The cantor also is the psalmist, proclaiming the psalm during the Liturgy of the Word. Formation and training is provided. Scheduling rotates and is flexible. Music reading skills, a coachable spirit and love for the Word of God are required.