from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1157:
“Song and music fulfill their function as signs in a manner all the more significant when they are “more closely connected . . . with the liturgical action,” according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration. In this way they participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful:
How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your Church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears, distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face — tears that did me good. (St. Augustine, Confessions 9:6, 14)
With this in mind, our varied music ministries lead the faithful in prayer and song during “the designated moments” of the Mass, which are the following: the Opening Hymn or song, the Gloria, the Psalm Response, the Alleluia, the Offertory, the Holy, Holy, Holy, the Memorial Acclamation, the Great Amen, the Lamb of God, Communion and Recessional Hymn. Note that full participation in music and spoken responses is everyone’s responsibility, and we are encouraged to support and encourage one another by our own presence, attentiveness and good spirit.
This ministry is an offering to God of first-fruits of time and talents, and a ministry to the congregation seeking to provide appropriate music for prayer, reflection and meditation. These musical offerings draw from the Church’s rich musical heritage and ministers of music are encourage by the Church to develop their talents in the service of the liturgy. The instrumental music and choral works are offered not as mere entertainment or performances, but as a form of prayer which hopefully can move others to pray as well.
We are fortunate in our three church buildings that we can project the songs for viewing by all, inspiring fuller participation in the Liturgy.
If you would like to share your musical and/or singing talents, please let us know!
Saturday 4 pm Mass
St. Augustine’s, VH
Contact Cindy Krauss
Portuguese Music Group
Saturday 7 pm Mass
Contact Lucia Matos
Sunday 9 am Mass, St. Augustine’s, VH
Summer: all Masses in St. Elizabeth’s, EDG
Contact Cindy Krauss
Sunday 5 pm Mass, St. Augustine’s, VH
Summer: Sunday 9:30 am Mass,
Our Lady Star of the Sea, OB
Contact Cheryl Lowe
Music for Weddings or Funerals
Contact Cindy Krauss 508-509-4141