The Catholic Community of St. Paul seeks to develop a rich and varied music ministry and gives much attention to its choirs, for as stated emphatically by the Second Vatican Council:
“Choirs must be diligently promoted,” provided that “the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightly theirs.” (Music in Catholic Worship)
Adult Choirs are made up of friendly parishioners of all ages who, in addition to providing this essential ministry of prayer to the parish, enjoy the exploration of music of all styles with much attention to learning about music reading and vocal technique. Members enjoy additional fun opportunities including festive combined choir presentations with orchestral accompaniment.
The ability to read music and the quality of your voice are less important than your love of singing and willingness to serve. Please consider joining one of these choirs:
- 4:00 PM Vigil Mass Choir
- 9:00 AM Sunday Mass Choir
- 11:00 AM New Life Ensemble.
Resurrection Choir is made up of parishioners who have flexible weekday schedules. Through music, this choir offers comfort and consolation, and helps to enliven and support congregational singing at morning funeral liturgies.
Our Handbell Program, was formed in the fall of 2007. It adds great beauty to our liturgical celebrations both musically and visually. Members rehearse weekly to learn handbell techniques and prepare the musical offerings they play at Masses once or twice monthly and at festive Holy Day celebrations including Christmas and Easter. We currently have a group for those that read music and one for those who do not.
Cantors have the unique privilege of bringing to life the songs of scripture, particularly in proclaiming the responsorial psalm. The Cantor also sings various other parts of the Mass in dialogue with the assembly and choirs. Cantors must possess an attractive voice and the mastery of certain musical skills. Interested candidates meet with the music director to further explore the possibilities.
Please contact Jeff Shaw, Music Director, for information regarding membership in any of these groups, (352) 787-6354, ext. 223.