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.
My wife and I truly appreciated the opportunity to be with the St. Andrew Music Ministry as we participated in the Mass on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando Florida.
The morning started on a good note by attending the 9:00am Mass. The celebrant of the Mass had a very ‘enthusiastic’ approach to the Mass and his homily. The music sung by the Basilica’s choir, under the direction of William Picher, DMA, AAGO, added to the overall experience of the celebration of the Mass. The St. Andrew Music Ministry was able to work with Dr. Picher that afternoon and then sing at the 6:00pm Mass that evening. This was really the highlight of the weekend.
Being one with God in the celebration of the Mass, whether at St. Andrew Church in Milford or the Basilica in Orlando is a joy unto itself, but the majesty, art, and grandeur of the Basilica certainly added to the overall experience of joining with God, the St. Andrew Music Ministry, and the congregation in the celebration. The Basilica itself is a facility anyone visiting the Orlando area should take the time to tour and stop in to attend Mass while on vacation. This National Shrine of Mary is a facility that all should experience, if given the opportunity. We look forward to our next visit to Orlando and being able to go back to the Basilica again.
Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 Cor. 10:17
Keith Janning is a member of the St. Andrew Choir and his wife, Sharon participates on the Worship Commission.
In February of 2011 I first attended the Christ Renews His Parish Women’s Weekend. This was an opportunity to share, pray and reflect with other Catholic women during a getaway from my routine. But my routine was altered after that weekend as family responsibilities and health issues changed. So 5 years later, I felt called to attend a second time after my mother passed away in January 2016, a significant spiritual experience for me. I have continued to meet for the past 6 months preparing for the next Women’s CRHP weekend on August 6, 2016. It may ben experience that will change you, as it has me.
Please consider joining a group of women this summer who seek to grow in our relationship with the Lord and with each other. You will make connections with others plus the weekend will include conversation, activities and plenty of good food in addition to time away for prayer and reflection. There is no cost to attend other than your time.
Dear Lord, please call those women that you want to attend this weekend so that their relationship with you will be enriched. We hope and pray that they will join us in August and will register soon.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. MT: 7; 7
To register contact Patty Norris, Director Religious Education St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; phone (513) 575-0119 or email email@example.com
Doreen Jackson is a parishioner at St. Andrew since moving to Milford in 2001. Her two adult daughters live out of state and are singers, like Doreen and usually join her in the choir loft at mass when visiting. Doreen is a cantor and a member of the St. Andrew, the Apostle Worship Commission.