“Sing to the Lord a new song, For he has done marvelous deeds.” --Psalm 98
The most important part of our lives as Catholic Christians is the celebration of the Eucharist, especially on Sundays. Since the founding of the Church, this has included the use of chants, psalms, and spiritual songs in praise of God. Indeed, Vatican II, the council that addressed sacred music more thoroughly than any other, states, “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, No. 112) Out of love for God and in obedience to the Church, we at Our Lady of Perpetual Help strive to live this wonderful vision.
“The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently developed…” (SC, No. 114) Chiefly the choir, whether in religious communities or parishes, has always provided the musical leadership for Catholic Mass. We are fortunate at Our Lady of Perpetual Help to have a fine tradition of choral music.
The congregation is important to our music! Through prayers, responses and dialogues, and singing, you support our work and act as one of the chief pillars of the parish music program. In addition to your active participation at Mass (St. Gabriel is known for fine congregational singing, we might add), your prayers support our musical mission.
Where do I fit in?
Chances are there is a place for you in the music ministry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Some roles, such a singing as a cantor or in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Choir or playing an instrument, require an audition and some basic musicianship skills. For some groups, though, an audition is not required, and parish membership is not strictly necessary. On behalf of our parish, choirs, musicians, and staff, welcome to our music program!