Music Ministry

Music has a powerful effect on the human mind and heart. It is able to convey to us God’s magnificence in Creation and our wonder at beholding it – God’s love and our need for his grace. When we worship God, we do so with our entire being. When we are invited at every Mass to “lift up” our hearts, it is more than just a figure of speech or a call to be joyful.  We are asked to lift our hearts to Heaven and join fully in the great Liturgy of all the Saints.  

 

The Music Ministry at St. Emily Parish strives to echo the unending sung worship of God in Heaven which we become a part of at every Mass by helping the worshipping community both praise God externally and deepen their own interior prayer life.  

 

Anyone of any age and level of musical skill is welcome to share his or her gifts with the parish community.  There are a number of opportunities both vocal and instrumental for participation in the Music Ministry:

 

  • The Adult Choir both helps to lead congregational song and enriches the Eucharistic Celebration by adding musical elements to the Liturgy above the capabilities of the congregation alone.  It is open to those high school age and older.  We sing every Sunday at the 9:30 Mass and on the great Feast Days of the Church.  Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 in the church.
  • The 11:30 Choir leads congregational song and enriches the Eucharistic Celebration by adding musical elements to the Liturgy above the capabilities of the congregation alone.  It is open to those high school age and older.  We sing every Sunday at the 11:30 Mass.  Rehearsals are Sunday mornings before the mass, at 10:30, in the Parish Center conference room.
  • Cantors proclaim the Psalms and help to lead the congregation in their singing.
  • The Kid’s Choir (open to grades 1-8) sings at various Sunday Masses throughout the year. We meet to rehearse Wednesday afternoons 5:15 – 6:00 in the school music room. If you would like to join Kid’s Choir, fill out the online form or download a hard copy and return it to school/religious ed/parish.  Kids Choir Sign-up Form Please note: completion of the on-line form will be considered a parent’s electronic signature for permission. Click kids-choir-calendar-through-December-2018.pdf for a copy of the schedule through December 2018.
  • The Handbell Choir is a wonderful opportunity for those who do not want to join one of the singing choirs to participate in the musical life of the parish.  No previous musical training is necessary.  All you have to be able to do is count and keep a simple rhythm.  Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 6:30 – 7:15 in the curch.

Instrumentalists of all types and ages are welcome to share their gifts at weekend Liturgies either occasionally or on a regular basis.  All that is necessary is the ability to read music.   

 

Free time comes at a premium.  Becoming a part of the music ministry does not require a huge commitment.  You are welcome to participate as often as you are able.  

If you are interested in learning more, please email our Music Director,  Mary Caldrone or call the parish music office at 847-824-5049 ext. 227.

MUSIC MINISTRY SCHEDULE (Please note: schedule is subject to change without notice)