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Music Ministry: Enhancing Our Liturgical Experience

Music Ministry Offers New Opportunities for Accompanists, Choral Voices

By Trent Barry, Parish Music Administrator

Our music ministry continues to renew and expand. As we have formed new groups and recruited new musicians, we prayerfully consider ways to enhance the influence and effectiveness of music in liturgy and our opportunity to create joyous and contemplative moments that inspire the faithful assembled. Our plan to enhance the experience of prayerful and joyous music in our weekend masses involves in part a rotation of music ministry staff from mass to mass, from weekend to weekend.

Music news this weekend:

Music for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, traditionally includes some beautiful Latin text we don’t often hear. At Saint Mary’s this Sunday at 8am, our core choir will present several settings of O Sacrum Convivium as prelude and after communion.

The following is an English translation of the text:

O Sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given. Alleluia!

At all weekend masses, during the Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction after communion, you will hear the familiar O Salutaris Hostia and Tantum Ergo Sacramentum, in Latin, English or Spanish. For an English translation of these Latin hymns, refer to the inside of the back cover of your Breaking Bread hymnal.

New Opportunities:

We are urgently in need of accompanists who are proficient at piano and/or organ. Accompanists should have the ability to read music well, learn music quickly, and/or sightread proficiently. This opportunity may include multiple openings, and persons of all ages are welcome to apply. (Developing music skills as an accompanist is an ideal developmental experience for a young pianist) Please contact our parish music director Trent Barry via text at (559) 367-3668 or via email at if you are interested in auditioning or have recommendations.

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