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Music Ministry

Music Ministry

The liturgy is nobler when the rites are celebrated with singing. The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value and forms an integral part of the liturgy. Music ministers in their various capacities foster and encourage the active participation of the people in singing. The talents and skills of the St. Pascal Community are called forth to serve in this capacity.

Cantor
The cantor is particularly responsible for the singing of the psalms and litanies and also leads and animates the people in their work of singing the liturgy. It is important to lead prayerfully and with capable voice quality and enunciation for people to hear and understand the texts. The cantor also encourages the people to greater participation in their role as a singing assembly. Cantors usually minister alone, however they may be asked to join with another on occasion. Music proficiency is required and ongoing cantor development is provided on a seasonal basis or as needed.

Choirs
Choirs form part of the assembly of the faithful, but have a special function. Each choir or instrumentalist(s) serve to enhance the sung prayer of the community as well as to offer occasional meditative or festival works.

  • Adult Choir (SATB - 4 part choir) meets on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30pm in the music room and sings approximately twice per month as well as the major feasts and seasons of the liturgical year. The repertoire includes a wide variety of styles of music and instrumentation. This choir is open to all in the parish. No audition is required.
  • Music Groups - the Contemporary Ensemble and the Singing Ensemble are small groups who minister approximately every three weeks. Rehearsals are necessary for good music leadership and each has rehearsals scheduled periodically before their scheduled mass.
  • Handbell Choir rehearses one hour a week after 3:30pm on Wednesdays depending on the availability of the members. The 2 octave handbells could use 5-6 ringers. Ability to read music is required.

Instrumentalist
Instrumentalists who have presented a level of competency and training are invited to step forward on an 'as needed' basis to add to the splendor of the liturgical celebration. A prerequisite meeting with the music minister is necessary to ascertain competency level.

Pianist
Accompany groups and cantors during the liturgy. A level of competency and training is required as well as ongoing liturgical formation.

For further information email Sharon Balcom or call her at 651.774.1585 ext. 126.