Ministry Information

What is Music Ministry?

The role of a church musician, whether paid or volunteer, is a multifaceted opportunity and responsibility. There is much more involved in this ministry than merely showing up; the countless hours spent in rehearsal during the week, the time at home needed to review your music, and the care spent in developing your talent are all needed to prepare for worship. With each aspect of music we offer praise and thanksgiving to Christ, proclaim the Word, and assist the congregation in their own worship experience. Music stirs the hearts and minds of both performer and hearer in ways that no other element of worship can. There is an old Quaker proverb that says "Where many candles are brought together, there is more light." Singing in a choir is much like this proverb: an individual pools his or her given musical resources with the gifts of others to create something much larger or more beautiful than that which could be offered alone. This is one of the greatest benefits of singing in a church choir.

The Choir Member's Companion by Ginger G. Wyrick, Abingdon Press ©1997

Mission Statement

Our mission is to engage the gathered assembly in the full and active participation of the mass by encouraging sung prayer and offering music that might lift their hearts and unite their mind with God. Our aim is to reflect the excitement and passion of the church, people, and programs, adding to the attractiveness of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Roman Catholic Church as a place of worship and beauty. Our musical offerings are to reflect the best of our traditional and modern resources within our heritage and sending forth its people to be effective witnesses to the love and truth of the Gospel. The Music Ministry at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church is dedicated to promotion of assembly song, accomplished through the congregation's participation in various hymns, songs, acclamations, and psalms with special attention directed toward the preservation of our rich musical heritage through the singing of anthems, both ancient and new. The combination of these elements is an expression of our assembly's sung prayer in union with the entire Catholic Church. Our purpose is to have adults, youth, and children participate in our ministry recognizing that liturgical music is an important part of many people's spiritual and worship life.

Our Groups

YOUTH CHOIR

Your child is cordially invited to be a part of the choral program at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Combining excellent musical and liturgical training with an opportunity to serve the church, the Saint Kateri Youth Choir provides an opportunity for girls and boys in grades 2nd -10th. (Please note that the children need to be able to read, sit for mass and pay attention during our weekly 1 hr. rehearsals).

Directed by Mrs. Nina Ricci and accompanied by Mr. Peter Krauss, rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at 6pm to 7pm in the church. The choir sings at the 9am Sunday Mass twice a month and special holidays or events, such as Christmas Eve, Easter and for diocesan choral festivals. Choral members expand their musical horizons in a Christ-centered environment, and learn new techniques that develop vocal skills, leadership abilities, music reading proficiency, liturgical knowledge and more.

Parents and singers are welcome to visit the choir before deciding to commit to membership. For more information or to enroll in the Saint Kateri Youth Choir, please contact us.

ADULT CHOIR

The Adult Choir sings at the 9am mass every 2nd, 4th (and the occasional 5th) Sunday from October through early June. Practices are each Wednesday at 7:30pm. No musical training or background is required and there are no auditions. The Adult Choir also sings at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Holy Week services, and several other occasions. New members must practice with the group at least two months or at the discretion of the Director before joining in on Sunday mass.

CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE

The Contemporary Ensemble leads the 10:30 mass each Sunday. Practice is Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Please do your best to attend practices and Masses. New members must practice with the group at least two months or at the discretion of the Director before joining in on Sunday mass.

TEEN GROUP

The Teen Group is responsible for the music at the 5:30pm mass each Sunday. Practice is held at the discretion of the leader. The "Traditional" Teen Group covers the music on the first Sunday of each month. Practices are held prior to that mass. For more information please contact us.

CANTOR

The cantor must be singer, proclaimer, liturgical minister and spiritual leader. The cantor must have knowledge of music and be able to learn the psalms and hymns independently. The cantor must be able to display a proper presence at the altar. The cantor should never be intimidating to the assembled but encouraging. The cantor must show respect for the rules and directions given by the Music Director. Practice is independent as well as at the discretion of the Music Director.

Member Requirements

Current members of our Music Ministry will find updates and news on this page. Current members may also access the "members only" page for information on schedules; music line ups; and any other information pertinent to the ministry. You will need a password to enter this portion of the website. Please make sure to get your password from Nina.

Resources for the Congregation
For those of you interested in learning more about the changes in the Roman Missal, there are two PDFs posted here that may assist you:

Youth Choir Handouts

Members of our Music Ministry serve the parish by encouraging the sung prayer at weekend and Holy day Liturgies as well as sacramental celebrations. The Music Ministry involves the work of Adults, Teens and Children learning and performing music of varied traditions.

If you are interested in participating in the Music Ministry please email Nina Ricci using the Contact Us form on this website: Email Nina Ricci.

You can also download a Registration Form and return it to Nina.