Cantabo Domino in vita mea, psallam Deo meo quamdiu sum
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.” ~Psalm 104:33
Sacred music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. Music, or sung prayer, is a vital part of the Roman Catholic Liturgy. With the Second Vatican Council, the treasury of sacred music was ordered to be "preserved and fostered with great care." In an effort to fulfill these directives in unity with our Bishops, we strive for excellence in our sacred liturgical music so that it may lead and illuminate prayer and enhance the rich liturgical heritage of our faith. Respecting the gifts God has bestowed on his people, Saint Patrick’s is blessed with an active and welcoming music ministry.
St. Patrick’s Schola Cantorum
The St. Patrick’s Schola Cantorum is the principal adult choral ensemble at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The mission of the Choir is to join the assembly with active participation in the Mass while also providing quality music to lift up the prayer of the people. To facilitate this, the choir’s repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and Polyphony to music of contemporary composers working in Catholic Liturgy.
The Schola Cantorum rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings from September to May, and sings at one Mass each weekend as well as Holy day Liturgies and special events planned throughout the year. Our members make up a wide range of the parish community. Freshman in high school and older are welcome to join. A wholehearted commitment to membership in the Schola ensures that its members can create glorious music that enriches their own spiritual lives, and uplifts and inspires those at prayer. An 80% attendance commitment is desirable.
The Holy Week Choir prepares for the holiest week of the liturgical calendar when we celebrate the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. This group provides music for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings beginning in February.
St. Patrick’s Cantors are selected by audition. A minimum of one year in St. Patrick’s Schola Cantorum is required prior to an audition.
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Liturgical Music Schedule - Not available at this time
Music Ministry Calendar - Not available at this time
Music Ministry Guidelines - 2012-2013