As Christ himself came “not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45) so too musicians at worship are servants of the beautiful and prayerful expression of the Word through the medium of Music.
Musicians play an essential role in the work of God that is the liturgy. They leave an indelible impression on the minds of all who take part in the worship of the faith community. Music in the liturgy is so much a part of the fabric of worship that if it is done well, it gives a glimpse of the Divine and facilitates the prayer of all present. If it is poor or inappropriate, it tears the very soul of the rite, interrupts the prayer, and diverts attention from the mysteries being celebrated.
Why become a music minister at St. Paul’s?
- To promote the assembly’s singing and praying at Liturgies.
- To enhance and embellish the assembly’s song.
- To grow in individual spirituality.
- To facilitate the opportunity of participating in a larger choir and/or ensemble.
- To be exposed to a variety of musical styles which are appropriate for worship in the Catholic Church.
- To nurture the possibility of becoming a church musician in the future and an increase in the musicianship in the participants themselves.
- To participate in a variety of musical experiences: Sunday, Holy Day and weekday Eucharistic Liturgies, Undergrad (Alpha-Omega) and Graduate/Young Professional (Mustard Seed) large groups, the Advent/Christmas Celebration, memorial Services, weddings and other special events.
- To become an active member of the St. Paul University Catholic Center faith community. One does this by becoming an active, committed member of one of the choirs and supporting and attending other activities of St. Paul’s as best as one is able.
By choosing to be a member of the Music Ministry at St. Paul’s, you are making another kind of commitment. Philosophically, you are actually making a series of commitments. You are committing yourself to relationships: with a small group of people (the musicians themselves) and a large group of people (the faith community at St. Paul’s); to a set of ideals: the need to express yourself in music, the need to be exposed to and experience different styles of music, the need to pray – to be connected to God and to realize music helps you to do this, the need to share your faith and musical talents beyond the doors of a church building. This promise is not meant to be stifling to your person, but a reminder of the value you place in honoring your beliefs. We are diminished when you absent yourself from the group and the larger community. We are enhanced when you share yourself and your talents.
Getting involved is as easy as talking to a choir director after Mass, or contacting them directly.
Opportunities also exist for:
- Leading music at Weekday Mass
- Playing/Singing at Weddings, Funerals, etc.
- Seasonal Choirs (for Triduum or Advent/Christmas)
- Praise & Worship Team Participation (Alpha-Omega and Mustard Seed)
- Occasional Musical/Dramatic presentations