The Music Ministry at Saint Catherine of Siena Church is a vibrant, volunteer-centered program that serves the parish community in all aspects of liturgical life. The choirs maintain an active rehearsal and liturgy schedule, which seeks to provide music of the highest possible quality for our parish liturgies.
The Parish Choir is open to adult members of the parish (high school age and up) and sings for the 10:30am Mass each Sunday and for special Masses throughout the year. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm, September to June. The Choir’s repertoire covers the entire range of traditional Catholic liturgical music. At this time, we have openings in all voice parts. No prior musical experience is necessary!
The Children’s Choir is open to young members of the parish in grades 2-8. The choir sings at the 9am Family Mass on the first Sunday of each month, and rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00-6:00pm starting from September to May.
Parish cantors are selected through a process of audition and interview with the Director of Music. Because this is a specialized ministry, music reading and voice training are required. For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact the Director of Music.
Enrollment in our parish choirs is on-going, and new members are always welcome!
For further information on our parish music program or to enroll in one of our choirs, contact:
Dr. Bill Atwood, Director of Music and Coordinator of Liturgical Ministries
Office Phone: (203) 377-3133 X 24
Each week, worship aids (liturgical music leaflets) are prepared and distributed for use during our sung Masses here at St. Catherine's. These worship aids act as a supplement to our missalettes in order to encouraging the "fully active and conscious participation" so earnestly desired by the Church as part of the liturgical reforms of Vatican II. Our parishoners find these leaflets helpful in joining in the spoken and sung responses of the Mass, as well as in reading and praying along with the words of the hymns, especially as they relate to the scripture readings of the day. In this way, we can all unite our minds, hearts, and voices in praise to God during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Below is a sample of our worship aids from special liturgies in the past year.
Solemnity of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2018 (pdf)Download
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) June 3,2018 (pdf)Download
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 27, 2018 (pdf)Download
Solemnity of Pentecost, May 20, 2018 (pdf)Download
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, May 10, 2018 (pdf)Download
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 1, 2018 (pdf)Download
Sacred Paschal Triduum 2018 (pdf)Download
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 25, 2018 (pdf)Download
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (pdf)Download
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), February 2, 2018 (pdf)Download
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas 2017 (pdf)Download
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8, 2017 (pdf)Download
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reminds us that “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy” (CSL, 112). The liturgy is, in turn, at the heart of our Catholic Faith. The members of our music ministry participate in the program in service to the parish through the spirit of Christian Stewardship: Time, Talent and Treasure.
The Second Vatican Council stated emphatically that “choirs must be diligently promoted while ensuring that the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightly theirs.” The choir must not minimize the musical participation of the faithful. The congregation commonly sings unison melodies, which are more suitable for generally unrehearsed community singing. This is the primary song of the Liturgy. Choirs and ensembles, on the other hand, comprise persons drawn from the community who possess the requisite musical skills and a commitment to the established schedule of rehearsals and Liturgies. Thus, they are able to enrich the celebration by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone.
The choir may draw on the treasury of sacred music, singing compositions by composers of various periods and in various musical styles, as well as music that expresses the faith of the various cultures that enrich the Church. The music of the choir must always be appropriate to the Liturgy, either by being a proper liturgical text or by expressing themes appropriate to the Liturgy. (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, §28-30, Issued by USCCB, November 14, 2007)
For further information about our parish music program or to register for one of our choirs, please contact:
Dr. Bill Atwood, Director of Music and Organist
Office Phone: (203) 377-3133 X 24.