Contact: Director of Music – Cynthia Arsenault 978 475-0050 x34, firstname.lastname@example.org
“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. We invite anyone who loves to sing and those who are proficient in their instrument. There are no auditions, the door is always open!
The Music Ministry Program at St Augustine Parish consists of over sixty parishioners ranging from third grade to adults! We are truly blessed to have ten active cantors, four instrumentalists (organists, pianists and guitarists), a twenty-one member adult choir, a growing Youth Choir and an eight member contemporary ensemble. All these musicians provide music at our six weekend liturgies! We also have members who play the violin, cello and flute!
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.
Grieving families planning funerals are provided this brochure from which they may select many music offerings. For questions regarding anything pertaining to music for a funeral, please contact Cynthia Arsenault
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
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 11:30am Sunday Mass from September to May, along with several special liturgies such as Christmas Eve and Holy Week. Contact – Cynthia Arsenault
This choir sings at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass and/or Easter morning. Parents and siblings are encouraged to join their children in our youth choir. We also welcome anyone who just wants to sing for these two Masses. No commitment to the music program is required, only the desire to sing! Contact-Cynthia Arsenault
“Restless Hearts”, our contemporary ensemble, is open to teens and adults. We rehearse the Thursday before our scheduled Teen Mass from 5-6pm in St Augustine Church. Instrumentalists and singers welcomed! Contact – Cynthia Arsenault
Students in grades 2-8 are welcome to join the 3 J’s, our Youth Choir. The children are taught the understanding and enjoyment of the Mass through song. They rehearse on Sunday mornings from 8:45-9:15am in St. Rita Hall just prior to singing at the 9:30am Sunday Mass. We encourage youth from within our parish and from our parish school to participate and help us reach our goal of fifty members. Contact – Cynthia Arsenault
St Augustine’s Roaming Singers-This group is open to anyone who likes to sing popular music from many different eras! We sing at least once a month at different nursing homes and other venues. The group rehearses the week before our scheduled gig to prepare our program. You can join this group any time, come to as many or as little events as you can…
Just another fun group for people who like to sing but can’t always commit. Contact-Cynthia Arsenault
The handbell choir plays 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