Music in Catholic Liturgies:
Check the following link to read what the Catholic Church has to say about the importance of singing through rubrics detailed in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) in Chapter II: The Structure of the Mass, Its Elements, and Its Parts, Section II: The Different Elements of the Mass – The Importance of Singing (paragraphs 39-41).
A truly good place to read about why music is such a vitally important aspect of our Catholic liturgies is at the following link:
Read about the San Francisco project to promote beauty in music, liturgy By Carl Bunderson in the Catholic News Agency (CNA) at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/san-francisco-project-to-promote-beauty-in-music-liturgy/
Concise Encyclopedia defines a cantor as follows. “In Judaism and Christianity, an official in charge of music or chants. In Judaism the hazzan (cantor) leads liturgical prayer and chanting. In medieval Christianity the cantor had charge of a cathedral’s music—specifically, of supervising the choir’s singing. The term also designated the head of a college of church music.”
Quoted from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantor
If you are a good singer, have the confidence to lead the congregation, and are willing to make a commitment to enhance the liturgies at St. Joseph Church, then please contact Gene Werner, Director of Music and Liturgy, through the church office, 556-4611. Practices will be scheduled with Mr. Werner based on his calendar.
We welcome you to join us if you are willing to make a serious commitment of time to make liturgies at St. Joseph as meaningful as they can be. Contact Gene Werner, Director of Music and Liturgy, through the church office, 556-4611. Practices begin promptly at 7PM on Tuesday evenings AND at 9:30AM on Sunday mornings in Room B of the Family Life Center. The choir sings during the 10:30am Sunday liturgy. All are welcome – sing, and pray twice!
We welcome anyone over the age of 10 years old if you are willing to commit to regular practices. Please contact Gene Werner, Director of Music and Liturgy, through the church office, 556-4611. Practices begin immediately after the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass.