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.
A year ago, my family was visiting Orlando. Saturday night we were checking out our Mass Times app (which by the way is an awesome app to have) to see which Church would be the closest to our hotel. Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine was just around the corner from where we stayed.
We got to Mass Sunday morning and I heard their choir sing. It was most beautiful music! I was so inspired by them that I didn’t want the music to end. While at Mass there, an idea was born – why couldn’t we have a 4 part singing at Mass too? Later, that’s how Saint Andrew Quartet was born.
Then another idea was born – why couldn’t we go to the Shrine and sing at Mass some day? And we did just that last January. We sang at Mass and experienced God at the Shrine in a very unique way. None of us wanted to leave the Shrine. The hymn “Tis’ Good Lord To Be Here” was in my head. We were like the disciples who didn’t want to leave the Jesus’ Transfiguration site.
Our friendship with the Shrine continues. We will be able to catch a little glimpse of the Shrine this November when their Music Director will perform an Organ Concert and play at the Silent Movie at our beautiful Saint Andrew Church. The free organ concert is at 3 PM and the $15 tickets for the Silent Movie are available at the church office.
I hope and pray that after the celebration you will have the hymn “Tis Good, Lord, to be Here” rung in your hearts as well.
Dovile Krempasky is the Music Director at St. Andrew Church. She and her husband Jim, have 2 sons, Andrew and Matthew.