Cantors lead the assembly in song. Our cantors offer their time and talent to the parish by attending scheduled practices, using recorded media so that they might rehearse at home, exercise their ministry at an assigned Mass on weekends, holydays and other special liturgies.
They enjoy learning music and engaging our parishioners at Mass.
An audition and some “training” are required for those interested in this ministry. With the existing complement of cantors, one could expect to be assigned once every two to three weeks. Anyone -- teenager, young adult or senior – can serve as a cantor.
Choral Singing is an ancient and venerable tradition in the Church. Our choir likewise leads the assembly in song, but its function differs from that of the cantor. The adage, “There is strength in numbers” well describes choral singing. The joining of many voices to make one sound or a multi-lined sound adds to the dignity of the liturgy.The Choir practices Thursdays at 7:30pm. The group usually sings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, on holy days such as Christmas-Midnight Mass, Holy Week, and other parish celebrations. Choir participation requires an audition/interview with the Music Director.
While the use of bells in the form of song in worship is an ancient tradition, it is not a wide practice in Roman Catholic communities. Our Bell Choir, soon celebrating its 25th year, provides one of the finest examples of technical acuity and faithful participation in the liturgical life of the parish. This excellence we credit to the talent of our Bell Choir Director, Pat Potavan and the gifted “ringers” she leads.
The Bell Choir practices on Tuesdays at 7:30pm and performs at Mass on a rotating schedule. Those interested in joining the Bell Choir should contact Pat Potavan at 609- 306-6044 or the Music Office – 609-587-9876
Presently, the Instrumental Ensemble consists of guitar, piano and voice. We are hoping to add other instruments to our ensemble. We warmly welcome any parishioner who plays the violin, clarinet, oboe, cello, flute, or other instrument to share their time and musical talent with our parish.
Practices are held once a month. The ensemble performs once a month (usually at the 11:00 am Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church).
Please contact Mr. Amantia if you are interested.
If you are interested in playing an instrument at Sunday mass in a solo capacity, please contact Mr. Amantia. They are many opportunities during Mass for a solo instrument to complement assembly singing or to provide the background for meditation and prayer.