In the third grade, I joined the St.
Andrew Youth Choir. At that time, I had no idea how involved I would become in
music ministry. Now I’m a part of the choir, serve as a cantor, and play the
flute at Mass.
Throughout the past 11 years, I have
met so many wonderful people, learned lots of fun music, and most importantly,
I have grown closer to God and the Catholic faith. Music is a special way to
pray, and it is a humbling experience to be able to guide others in worship
during the Mass through music ministry.
If you have musical talent and are looking for a fun way to become more involved in church, consider joining the music ministry program. We would love to have you!
In 2001, my husband and I moved to Milford and I began attending Mass at St. Andrew. After telling the new pastor, Fr. Rob Waller, I had sung with the choir at my previous parish he asked me what I was waiting for? Then he escorted me to the choir loft to introduce me to the Music Director, Dovile Krempasky. I have been a member of the choir at St. Andrew’s ever since.
I have had many opportunities to share the gift of song through our Music Ministry including singing at Mass on Sunday, Holy Days and other liturgical celebrations. Adding music to help comfort others during times of loss at funerals is another way this ministry provides service.
St.Augustine is quoted as saying, “He who sings, prays twice.”
Expressing praise, giving thanks and asking for God’s mercy have been a way of praying for me since I was a child attending a Catholic School. As an adult I continued to join others in choirs as I moved to different parishes.
Last year in October, we were fortunate to host a concert at St. Andrew to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fatima. Our choir was joined by several choirs from other local churches in addition to the choir from the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando, Florida. The event was open to the public, well attended and truly inspirational. As a member of the choir here I felt blest to be able to participate in this event.
Our relationship with Dr. William Picher, the Music Director for the Basilica continues. We recently were honored to welcome back the Basilica Choir for a Veteran’s Day Concert. Nearly 500 people attended, the church was full of Patriotic Music and we were able to thank the many veterans attending for their service. It was a beautiful and joyful evening.
So I ask,
what are you waiting for?
Maybe the Music Ministry at St. Andrew is another way you are being called to praise and worship God. It is for me.
Doreen is a Cantor with the St. Andrew Choir at the 9:30 am Mass.