Ways to Serve in the Music Ministry of St. Raymond Parish:
Adult Choir members can sing at the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturdays or at the7:30 am, 10:30 am or 12:00 pm Masses on Sundays. All are welcome to join the Adult Choir.
Spanish Choir sings at the 1:30 pm Mass on Sundays. Everyone is welcome to join the Spanish Choir. Fluency in Spanish is recommended, as the entire Mass is celebrated in Spanish.
Cantorum is a newly forming music ministry that will sing for special Masses, offering worship through traditional Catholic hymns, anthems and other liturgical music in Latin and English. This choir is the only ensemble at St. Raymond that requires an audition.
Youth Choir sings at the 6:00 pm Mass on Sunday evening. Membership is open to all students from 5th grade through college.
Children’s Choir sings for the Mass at 9:00 am Mass on Sundays. Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to join.
Bell Choir rehearses periodically in the fall and spring in preparation for Christmas and Easter Masses. All are welcome to join.
Men in the Morning sing the first Sunday of the month at the 7:30 am Mass. All men in the parish, of all ages, are invited to join this ensemble. Men in the Morning is an outreach ministry of this parish and meets occasionally to serve needs in the Diocese.
Instrumentalists who have reasonable experience and can demonstrate a proficiency on their instrument, are invited to play at one of our Masses. Occasional rehearsals and the ability to come to Mass on time and prepared are also essential. Please set up an appointment if you are interested.
Music Ministry Rehearsal Schedule
|Adult Choirs||Wednesday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Spanish Choir||Thursday: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|Cantorum||TBD – Fall of 2015|
|Youth Choir||Sunday: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm (before 6 pm Mass)|
|Children’s Choir||Wednesday: 4:30pm – 5:30 pm|
|Bell Choir||As needed.(Usually six weeks prior to Christmas & Easter)|
|Cantors||Wednesday: 8:30pm – 9:00 pm (once or twice a month)|
All members of our Music Ministry are asked to attend weekly rehearsals throughout the school year. Regular rehearsal enhances our abilities to offer beautiful music for the Mass. Careful preparation leads to developing and refining both musical and liturgical skills. Rehearsals also offer the important opportunity for deepening faith through fellowship and service to the parish through the discipline of music. Although most of our members are not trained musicians, we always strive for perfection with the sincere intention of offering our “first fruits” to God at each celebration of Mass.
For more information about joining one of our adult choirs or being an instrumentalist at one of our Masses, please contact Rob Lappa, Director of Music at 925-574-7447 or email@example.com. For the children or youth choirs, please contact Hannah Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Music Resources:
Musica Sacra – Resources for Catholic Music from the Church Music Association of America.
Sancta Missa – Tutorial on the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass.
Catholic Sacred Space – Traditional Catholic Music. ♪♪
Gregorian Chant – Dedicated to the ancient and timeless music of the Catholic Church. ♪♪
CatholicJukeBox Radio – Music from Contemporary Catholic and Christian Musicians. ♪♪
Liturgical music must meet the specific prerequisites of the liturgy: full adherence to the text it presents, synchronization with the time and moment in the liturgy for which it is intended, appropriately reflecting the gestures proposed by the rite. The various moments in the liturgy require a musical expression of their own. From time to time this must fittingly bring out the nature proper to a specific rite, now proclaiming God’s marvels, now expressing praise, supplication, or even sorrow for the experience of human suffering which, however, faith opens to the prospect of Christian hope.
Saint John Paul II
SING TO THE LORD – This is a link to an important document from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) designed to provide direction to those preparing for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the current liturgical books. Music Ministers in the Catholic Church are required to use this guideline in planning and celebrating Masses so that are appropriately aligned with the reforms of Vatican II and other church documents, but most are unaware of these directives, or choose to ignore them. If you want to know more about why we sing Gregorian Chant, traditional hymns and no longer use Psalms settings that are popular paraphrases of the Word of God, this booklet will be very informative.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Singing and Music
1156 “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.” The composition and singing of inspired psalms, often accompanied by musical instruments, were already closely linked to the liturgical celebrations of the Old Covenant. The Church continues and develops this tradition: “Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” “He who sings prays twice.”
1157 Song and music fulfill their function as signs in a manner all the more significant when they are “more closely connected . . . with the liturgical action,” according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration. In this way they participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful:
How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your Church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face – tears that did me good. (St. Augustine Confessions 9:6,14)
1158 The harmony of signs (song, music, words, and actions) is all the more expressive and fruitful when expressed in the cultural richness of the People of God who celebrate. Hence “religious singing by the faithful is to be intelligently fostered so that in devotions and sacred exercises as well as in liturgical services,” in conformity with the Church’s norms, “the voices of the faithful may be heard.” But “the texts intended to be sung must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine. Indeed they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.”
Links to Mass Settings and Hymns Recently Added to Our Masses:
Gregorian Chant Mass (Advent/Lent)
Save Us Savior
Mass of Creation (Christmas/Easter Seasons)