Welcome to our Music website!
A Special Thank You!
We are very lucky to have two beautiful musical instruments that support and enhance the liturgical music at Blessed Sacrament Church. As a result of the generous giving of our parishioners, we have an Allen RL 58 three manual organ, and a Baldwin Grand piano.
The Music Ministry of Blessed Sacrament Parish fosters the art of Musical Liturgy. Recognizing the human voice as the primary musical instrument, all our efforts are geared toward motivating and supporting the voice of the assembly.
“Obedient to Christ and to the Church, we gather in liturgical assembly, week after week. As our predecessors did, we find ourselves singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God. This common, sung expression of faith within liturgical celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired voice of the Church at prayer. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good celebrations can foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken it. Good music makes the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively.” (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 5)
Ministers of Liturgical Music
Those gathered at Sunday Eucharist have an important role as ministers of music. The voice of those gathered is the primary musical instrument of the liturgy. Our music ministry encourages the “full, active, and conscious” participation of the assembly. The Church believes that Christ is truly present when his body “prays and sings”.
Our Adult Choir ministers at the 10:30 am liturgy, as well as for the Sacred Triduum, and for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Membership is open to high school students and adults who can sing on pitch and want to share their musical talent. The Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm-9PM in the Music Office. The choir supports the singing of the assembly, and at times adds its own beauty by singing liturgically appropriate choral anthems. The choir is always looking for new members. If you love to sing, and can sing on pitch, please see Mike Burns after Mass.
Children’s Christmas/Easter Choir
The Children’s Christmas and Easter Choirs sing at the 5PM Christmas Eve Mass, and the 9am Mass on Easter Sunday. Membership is open to children of the parish in Grades 2-8. Rehearsals are on scheduled Thursday evenings 6pm-7pm in the Music Office or Church.
Children’s Sunday Choir
The Children’s Sunday Choir sings throughout the year, twice a month, at the 9:00am Mass. Membership is open to children in Grades 2-8. The Children’s Sunday Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6pm-6:30PM when Religious Education Classes are in session.
A new group of children and adults that enhance the music of the liturgy with Melody Hand Chimes. Membership is open to children in Grades 5-8 and adults. Rehearsal dates and times are to be announced.
Cantors exercise the ministry of leading the assembly in sung prayer. Cantors attend Choir rehearsals, and have a monthly meeting for ongoing training. Those with good musical skills, a strong voice to lead, and a nice personality, should apply for consideration for this important ministry.
We are looking to enhance our liturgical music with other instruments such as guitar, flute, and violin. Parishioners who are competent playing these instruments are always welcome to enhance our liturgy. Currently we have a drummer who plays at the 9:00 Mass. If interested, please see Mike Burns.
Sunday Music Selections
Christmas Vigil at 8 PM December 24
First Reading, Old Testament:
Second Reading, New Testament:
Planning the Wedding Liturgy