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Sacred Music Ministry

Sacred Music is one of the Catholic Church's greatest treasures. It is our mission to inspire every member of the parish to give glory to God with music during the Holy Mass and other sacred liturgies. The Catholic Church at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) called all Catholics to Full, Active, Participation. Sung prayer lifts our hearts and minds to the heavens to honor God and moved us to deeper conversion of hearts, minds and actions. We encourage everyone at Mass in our parish to sing, or if unable, then to read the words of the songs as prayers.

Our music ministry is comprised of both volunteers and professional musicians. We encourage more parishioners to offer their gifts and talents in the choir or as cantors or instrumentalists.

The choir leads and enhances the assembly in sung prayer. This adds  beauty and solemnity to the worship experience, enabling those in attendance to reflect more deeply. Thus the music selection is highly scriptural and theological and is linked closely to the Bible readings of the day and the Liturgical Seasons (Advent, Christmas Season, Ordinary Time Part 1, Lent, Easter Season, Ordinary Time Part 2, Solemnities, and Feasts). The tone, style and content reflect the purpose of the liturgical season and liturgical service being attended.

Singing the Mass: Pastoral Letter by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix   (PDF download)
Please read the articles published in the Catholic Sun, the newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix. 


TWO MUSICAL STYLES

We basically have two styles of music. Our Saturday evening Mass and Sunday morning Masses are directed by our primary and full-time director of Sacred Music and Liturgy.  Our Sunday evening Mass provides a more contemporay and modern style of sacred music and is directed by our part-time music director.  Read below for more information about these two choices. We understand that people have different spiritual musical comfort zones when it comes to sacred music, so we provide two basic ways to worship within the Catholic Mass on weekends.

ADULT TRADITIONAL CHOIR

Our adult traditional choir sings at 9AM Sunday Masses and on special occassions, but we would like to expand that with the help of parishioners. We can do greater things in sacred worship when we are willing to use the vocal gifts and spirtiual gifts that God has given us.

OUR HYMNAL

During Saturday evening and Sunday morning, we use the hymns from our Red Hymnal and Missal, published by GIA.
Index of all the music:  
Worship Hymnal Index
Index sorted by Themes, Titles, Seasons, Composer, Scripture, Language, etc. Sorted Index (pdf)

The Readings of the Day: The hymnal also include the Bible readings for Mass. The top number on the Hymn boards directs you for the readings of the day. Please leave the books under the seats at the end of Mass if there is a shelf there. Not all chairs have shelves, because the original chairs, purchased in 2001 did not come with shelves and cannot be retrofitted.
 

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR - 5:00PM SUNDAY

The Sunday 5PM Mass hands out sheets of paper each week with the music from contemporary sacred music sources, Life Teen sources and some traditional selections.   The instruments used are piano, electronic keyboard, guitar and drums. We welcome more parishioners to join our part-time director, Jay Soto, and encourge our teens, young adults and others to share their vocal and instrumental talents.
Index of many of our music choices here: Sacred Contemporary Music. 

Catholic Sacred Music Tradition

Many choices for the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass have a long history of use. If you want to read more about Favorite Catholic Sacred Music for Mass and see a list of what a polls from around the country tell us, we have another page for you:   Favorite Sacred Catholic Music - (List)

Chants of the Roman Missal

The latest revisions of the Roman Missal which is used at all Masses, puts much greater emphasis on the importance of chants by the priest, deacon and lay people in the pews. There are some standard parts of Mass that we are supposed to learn in Latin so that people of any language can be comfortable and familiar with at least some parts of Mass when they are traveling or attending Mass in a language that is not their primary language.  Latin can unify us when we all get together. Thus, in theory, if we all know the Lord's Prayer in Latin or in English chant, we can go to events and all sing which thunderous praise and supplication to God. 

The music of the Roman Missal has been developed by the International Commision for English in the Liturgy. This is the source for the chants used by our priests and deacons and the people's responses during the Mass.       Read more about the chants of the Roman Missal...

 

CANTORS

We have some trained cantors for the Saturday 4pm, Sunday 7, 9 and 11.  At these Masses, we use some polyphony and choral presentations, but mostly use sacred hymns for the entire congregation from our red worship hymnal.  The contemporary choir for Sunday, 5pm also includes some cantors for a mixture of mostly modern or contemporary music and some more familiar Catholic music.

WEDDING MUSIC

We can offer you beautiful music for your wedding from a selection of well-known composers or discuss other options. All music that is used in our church during wedding ceremonies must be sacred music which is appropriate for the reverence due to God in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar.  Click here to go to our Wedding Music Selection

FUNERAL MUSIC

If you are planning a funeral, please go to our list and listen to our uplifting funeral music selection here
 

BREVIARY HYMNS - LITURGY OF THE HOURS - THE DIVINE OFFICE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Many people throughout the world pray with the universal Church by joining in the prayers of the Breviary. "Office" in this context means "the work" of the Church which is first and foremost to worship God. If you would like to learn more about the Sacred Hymns of the Breviary or want to find a useful source for praying the Holy Hours on your smart phone, read more here...

CHILDREN

We have had children's choirs but have struggled to gain consisted participation and support by families whose pressing concerns and needs make it difficult to complete the necessary choir rehearsals with children.

Parish Director of Music and Liturgy:
Bernadette Wagner
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Phone her office (623) 975-5602




 

Director of Contemporary Music at the Sunday 5PM Mass:
Jay Soto, part-time.
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Phone Jay: (623) 628-1694
Learn more about Jay Soto on his personal website
jaysoto.com/


 

 

 


Saint Cecilia Window in our church near the choir section

 

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