The direction of our parish music program has been transforming in recent months.
You may have noticed our expanding repertoire sounding more and more like the song rotation of Christian radio. The goal of any liturgical music must be to encourage participation among the people to give the greater honor and glory to God. Thus, it has been my mission to introduce into our parish familiar and meaningful contemporary music that already resonates with our people.
In your pews on select Sundays you will find lyric sheets that reprint the lyrics, and sometimes the melodies, of music not available in our hymnals and missalettes. Reprints are possible only thanks to newly obtained licenses, renewable annually, granting us reprint permission. One such license was graciously gifted to our parish through a contribution from the Knights of Columbus Council 17028.
What has not changed in our parish music program is the volunteer base. We continue to use cantors at our Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. liturgies, with the musical selections at 7:30 Mass remaining more traditional. At 9:30 a.m. we have recently seen the return of our choir, welcoming singers of age 13 and older. At 11:30 a.m. we have been blessed to have our CMG, a group of gifted instrumentalists. Cantors sing at 9:30 and 11:30 when our groups have a day off. I am always interested in lining up additional volunteer participants in our musical organizations.
We are all interested in the direction and sustainability of our parish as a whole. If you would like to have your voice heard, please join in the discussion at the monthly meetings of the Formation Committee. Meetings are regularly scheduled in the PAC at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Music usually comes up as a topic of discussion, and I am all ears. If I am not able to attend a meeting personally, I will follow up with those who did attend to find out what I missed, especially as pertaining to music.
-Steve Sauer, Director of Music
St. Philip The Apostle Catholic Church