Music Ministry

Contact: Director of Music – Cynthia Arsenault 978 475-0050 x34,

“The spiritual dimension of sacred music refers to its inner qualities that enable it to add greater depth to prayer, unity to the assembly, or dignity to the ritual. Sacred music is holy when it mediates the holiness of God and forms the Holy People of God more fully into communion with him and with each other in Christ.”
(Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship 69)

Music plays a vital role in liturgies celebrated in our Catholic faith. As members of St Augustine Parish, we “sing” the liturgy at all our Masses. Music is not an enhancement, a filler or accompaniment. The music we sing in its many forms is intrinsic to ritual; music is the nature of the liturgical moment itself. We provide music for both the joyful and difficult times in our lives. Nothing can soothe the soul and provide solace like music.

The Music Ministry Program at St Augustine Parish consists of over 60 parishioners ranging from first grade to adults! We are truly blessed to have 10 active cantors, 9 instrumentalists (organists, pianists and guitarists), a 21 member adult choir, over 20 in our Youth Choir and a Teen Band! All these musicians provide music at our 7 weekend liturgies! We also have members who play the violin, cello and flute!

Weddings – Couples planning to marry will be notified by the Director of Music several months prior to their wedding date and will be invited to either attend one of our Wedding Concerts offered each year, or if necessary, a private appointment. Concerts are scheduled in the early spring and, if needed, late fall.

Funerals – Grieving families planning funerals are provided a brochure from which they may select many music offerings.

Cantors (Youth and Adult) Cantors lead the assembly in song.  Anyone who has prior experience or has been a member of the music program for at least one year is eligible to cantor.  All adult cantors are expected to be available on a rotating basis at least twice a month.  Youth in grades 4 and up are welcome to train as co-cantors and eventually lead the assembly.
Contact – Cynthia Arsenault
Adult Choir Parishioners from high school age and older are welcomed! This choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Choir loft and sings each week at the 11:00am Sunday Mass from September to May, along with several special liturgies such as Christmas Eve and Holy Week.
Teen Band This band is for high school and college students. They rehearse on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm at St Joseph Church and sing once a month at the 12:30pm Teen Mass.
Contact for Adult Choir & Teen Band – Ian White
Youth Choir Students in grades 3-8 are welcome. This wonderful group of children are taught the understanding and enjoyment of the Mass through song. They rehearse on Thursdays in the church from 3:30-4:30pm and sing twice a month at the 9:30am Sunday Liturgy.
Contact- Patricia Jennings – Youth Choir Director
Handbell Choir The handbell choir performs seasonally for Christmas and Easter. You do NOT have to know how to read music to be in this choir. Open to all ages. We are truly blessed to have a wonderful set of handbells and handchimes! Contact –  Phil D’Agati.

Music Recordings by Tom O’Brien

Download Reflections II by Tom O’Brien

A collection of piano music from St. Augustine 8:00 am Sunday Mass

In the words of St. Augustine, “He who sings, prays twice.” Our ministry goal is to make our music song-prayer in praise of the Lord.