Welcome to the Music Ministry Page for St. Francis de Sales!
We have a thriving and dedicated team of musicians who help enhance and encourage our worship together. Opportunities are available in the Cantor Program, Chorale, Contemporary Choir, and Children’s Choir. We are always looking for dedicated instrumentalists to share their talents with us too. We hope that you will consider joining our talented group of musicians!
The psalmist has the special task of drawing all present into the proclamation of the word of God in the psalm by introducing the psalm responses and Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation and by singing the verses of the Responsorial Psalm and the Alleluia and Gospel verses. The psalmist may also introduce all antiphons and sing the verses of the psalms used. The role of the psalmist and cantor may be carried out by the same person.
The cantor’s function is to lead and encourage the congregation in singing. In preparation for the liturgical celebration, the cantor may introduce and teach new music to the people. Cantors lead the music at every celebration at our parish. They are our song leaders, animators, and psalmists. Rehearsals are once a month for two hours.
The organ and other instruments not only support and encourage participation through song but also, in their own right, can powerfully assist contemplation and express praise and a variety of human feelings before God. Even at celebrations when no choir sings, basic musical participation can be ensured by an instrumentalist and one or more cantors. Especially through responsorial singing, they can draw the people into singing together.
All Choirs are Liturgical:
The choir remains at all times a part of the gathered assembly. It can serve that assembly by leading it in sung prayer and by reinforcing or enhancing its singing — for example, by sharing the singing of the verses or sections of a hymn or song, alternately, by introducing a sung response or antiphon; or through harmonizing or elaborating in other ways. The choir may appropriately sing alone more elaborate music — for example, an anthem after communion — that can aid the prayerful reflection of the congregation.
The Chorale sings at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. In addition, this group sings for evening Holy Day Masses, Midnight Mass, Triduum, Confirmation, and other Special Celebrations during the Church Year. This choir sings from September through May each year, and sings a wide variety of congregational music as well as a varied repertoire of well-composed choral music. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Contemporary Choir sings at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. This choir sings year-round, and sings a variety of contemporary music including arrangements from the Newman Singers and the Notre Dame Folk Choir. This diverse group also includes an ensemble of guitars and various other instruments. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Choir of Angels:
The Choir of Angels is made up of students in grades 2-8 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. This group rehearses weekly on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. and sings regularly at the Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. School Mass. This outstanding choir has a membership of 30 students.
Currently, the Children’s Choir sings only seasonally for special liturgies, like Christmas Eve Mass. This group is open to all children in grades 3-8 who are members of St. Francis de Sales Parish or School. With the dedication of parents and students, this group has the ability to thrive and grow!
Excepts taken from “Introduction to the Order of Mass: A Pastoral Resource of the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy”