The Cathechism of the Catholic Church #1156 states "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 a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy. The composition and singing of inspired psalms, often accompanied by musical instruments, were already closely linked to the liturgical celebrations of the Old Covenant. The Church continues and develops this tradition: 'Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.' 'He who sings prays twice.' "
At OLPH, we have several ways in which you can become involved in music ministry. For more information, contact Barbara Fraticelli.
- OLPH Choir: The OLPH Choir is a volunteer, non-auditioned choir for adults and youth in 8th grade or higher. The choir provides musical leadership at Sunday and Holy day liturgies through the year. Attendance at rehearsals and faithful participation in the choir’s assigned liturgies are essential. A good ear, ability to read music, and choral experience are helpful. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM throughout the school year, and there is a 30-minute warm-up before each Mass.
- Children's Choir: The Children's Choir allows children in kindergarten through 7th grade an opportunity to develop a sense of ministry and to learn basic choral techniques. The Children's Choir rehearses from 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM on most Sundays throughout the school year, and they sing at Mass approximately once per month.
- Cantors: Cantors combine the roles of lector and musician, using their musical and vocal gifts to proclaim the psalms and canticles, as well as to assist the assembly's participation. Vocal experience, music reading ability, and a desire for prayerful reflection and study of the Psalms are required.
- Instrumentalists: Various instruments can be used, either regularly or on special occasions, to augment choral and congregational singing. Instrumentalists must have at least High School level proficiency. Improvisation skills are useful, but not necessary. Instrumentalists are expected to attend the choir rehearsal prior to the Mass at which they are playing.