The important roles of music are:
We need singers at all Masses! You don’t have to be a virtuoso. You don’t even have to know how to read music. Our choirs are fun and welcoming, and you can come to a rehearsal without committing.
Please call Joseph at the church, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We REALLY need you!!!
Music is essential to the Catholic Liturgy. It is important that music be a part of every Sunday and holy-day Mass. "A liturgical service takes on a nobler aspect when the rites are celebrated with singing, the sacred ministers take their parts in them, and the faithful actively participate."
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, art 113.
Currently, the most important needs of the Music Ministry are:
- to encourage the faithful to participate,
- to encourage those musically inclined to join the ministry,
- to provide quality, liturgically appropriate music at every Sunday and holy-day liturgy, and for the sacraments, such as First Communion and Confirmation,
- to make available music for important occasions, such as weddings and funerals.
Should you consider joining the Music Ministry?
- accompanists and cantors, especially during Christmas, Easter and the director's vacation,
- help with directing the school choir at the school liturgy, Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.,
- vocal coaching,
- help with office tasks.
If you are unsure of your musical ability, but would like to be a part of the ministry, Joseph invites you to contact him and set up an appointment. He will help you determine where your talent lies, and what you might do to develop it. Even if you're not ready to join, we encourage you to spend a few minutes with Joseph. You might enjoy a few tips for singing from the pews. Maybe you'd like to learn an instrument, but don't know where to begin. He can point you in the right direction.
Variety of Music:
Some Sunday liturgies vary in their musical flavor. The Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass is more contemporary, with drums, trumpet, and other instruments. At other masses the music is simple and more traditional. However, we do our best to maintain a consistency between all liturgies, using the same service music and responses, and most of the same hymns. After all, we are all a part of the same faith community!
Music for weddings and funerals
Music for any liturgy at Our Lady of the Snows must be reviewed by Joseph, the Director of Music Ministries. Joseph can also help you find professional singers and musicians to provide music for your event.
Joseph DeRosa, Director of Music Ministries
Phone: 775-323-2954, ext. 513, Wednesday through Sunday
Messages may be left 24 hours, 7 days a week.