The Music Ministry at Saint Catherine of Siena Church is a vibrant program that serves the parish community in all aspects of liturgical life. The musicians maintain an active rehearsal and liturgy schedule, which seeks to provide music of the highest possible quality for our parish liturgies.
The parish vocal quartet sings at the 11am Mass each Sunday. The quartet is socially distanced across the church choir loft, while also maintaining a significant distance away from the main seating area of the church.
The quartet sings the hymns, acclamations, and antiphons of the Mass, along with choral works that are carefully chosen as a meditation on the readings of the day. Additionally, the quartet sings a choral setting of the Kyrie and Agnus Dei of the Mass, drawn from the Catholic Church’s rich liturgical patrimony. See the weekly worship aid for citations and translations of the pieces being sung by the quartet.
The Revised Liturgical Norms for the Diocese of Bridgeport will be promulgated on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018. We offer the following resource for you so that there is a more complete understanding of the changes, and also to raise awareness of and commitment to a celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that is both faithful and universal.
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:
Katrina Keat, Director of Sacred Music and Organist
Office Phone: (203) 377-3133 X 105.