Contact: Charles Stephenson, Director Music Ministry
Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heav’n and voices raise;
Sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise.
Cymbals crash. A piano begins to play softly. Voices unite in song. God’s message resounds in parishioners’ hearts turning many into one.
Why do we sing? We sing because “God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes it source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.”
MUSIC MINISTRY VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is to enable the full, conscious, and active participation of the assembly at St. Catherine’s by inspiring those assembled to sing. We hope to achieve this by performing music that connects with the congregation’s hearts, minds, and spirits thereby fostering and cultivating each member’s relationship with God. This connection is prayer, and it is where true Christianity begins.
We realize that an effective music ministry needs to spiritually connect with the people in order for them to fully participate in singing. We also see that different people connect with different styles of music. In order to address the needs of the entire parish, we utilize many different genres of music. Distinguished by song selection and performance style, all the music attempts to draw parishioners into song through its distinctive sound.
We hope to accomplish all of our goals by having a “prayer-first” approach to our ministry. If we are not able to know our music well enough to pray with it, we will be unable to lead the assembly to do the same. The St. Catherine Music Ministry embraces its calling when approaching every note and every chord, being disciples of Christ first while striving to give breath to the spiritual life within each song.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
The Music Ministry, working together with other ministries, plans and provides music for approximately 294 weekend and Holy Day liturgies. Professionally trained keyboardists and cantors along with non-professional volunteers, lead the assembly in sung prayer at all of the liturgies. In addition we provide planning and resources for parish weddings, funerals, social events, concerts and many other parish liturgies.
2 Chronicles 5:13
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD.
1 Chronicles 15:16
And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.