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Sacred Music Ministry

It is our mission to give glory to God by leading the assembly of believers in sung prayer with beautiful music that lifts our hearts and minds to the heavens to honor God and guide our complete conversion to God's plan for our lives. This ministry is comprised of both volunteers and professional musicians dedicated to this ministry.

We strive to follow the correct teachings on the selection of Sacred Liturgical Music. 
We recommend that you read the articles by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, on this subject published in the Catholic Sun, the newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix. 


Singing the Mass: Pastoral Letter by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix  (PDF download)

 

Sacred Music is one of the Church’s greatest treasures, and participating in the choir is a sacred responsibility.

The role of the choir is to lead and augment the assembly in sung prayer. The choir 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 Sacred Reading of the Day and the liturgical season of the day (Advent, Christmas Season, Ordinary Time part 1, Lent, Easter Season, Ordinary Time part 2, Solemnities, and Feasts). The sacred music tone, style and contect help to reflect the mood and purpose of the liturgical season and the particular liturgical service being attended.

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...

 

ADULT CHOIR

Our adult 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.

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.

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 Worship IV GIA Hymnal.


HYMNAL

For a complete index to our Red Hymnal, see:
Worship Hymnal Index
Worship Hymnal Completely Indexed by Themes, Titles, Seasons, Composer, Scripture, Language, etc. (PDF download)
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.

 

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
 

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR - 5:00PM SUNDAY

The Sunday 5PM Mass uses worship music sheets and selects its 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 director, Jay Soto, and encourge our teens, young adults and others to share their vocal and instrumental talents.

Read more about our Sacred Fusion Music. 


 

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...

 

 

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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