Music Ministry



Cantate Domino canticum novum!



Sing to the Lord a new song!
Ps. 95






"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 sacred song united to sacred words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn Liturgy"
Sacrosanctum Concilium, 112.

These words from the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council are a good introduction to the importance of liturgical music and the service of singing.  Sacred song lifts the heart and mind to contemplation of God in his splendor, and serves to edify the faithful here on earth.  We Christians sing as a response of joy to the everlasting salvation offered to us by Almighty God.  

Music ministry at Holy Family Catholic Church is a unique experience in serving the Lord and singing the psalms.  We focus especially on singing the proper processional chants at the Introit, Offertory and Communion, in addition to beautifying the liturgy with other songs and hymns.


 

Choirs, Cantors and Psalmists

Choir, Cantor and Psalmist

Since singing takes pride of place in liturgical worship, and Catholic liturgy requires so much singing, the roles of singers are divided into three groups:  choir, cantor, and psalmist

Choir

The choir forms an integral part of the corps of liturgical ministers.  Drawn from those faithful with the requisite skill and desire, the choir serves as a principal voice during the singing of the Liturgy. The choir supports and embellishes the voice of the faithful with beautiful harmonies and supplies a richness and depth that reflects the profundity of the God whom they worship.  The choir also sings works drawn from the centuries of sacred music.

Cantor

The cantor serves as a leader of congregational song, especially when the choir is not present. The cantor helps lead and intone the various parts of the liturgy and helps build the confidence of the congregation with surety in song.

Psalmist


The psalmist is the singer of the Responsorial Psalm, after the first reading.  This ministry requires special care and skill.  As one who proclaims the Word, the psalmist proclaims the text of the Psalm with clarity, conviction, and sensitivity to the text, inviting all who listen to a deeper appreciation of the mystery of the Word.

Contact Information

Position Choirmaster and Organist
Name Thomas Hochla
Phone 580.536.6351