Sacred Music

Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the ministers of each degree fulfilling their ministry and the people participating in it.


Indeed, through this form, prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem. (Musicam Sacram 5)

Welcome to the sacred music program of St. Francis Xavier Parish

The music program at St. Francis Xavier parish, full of men and women, boys and girls, who love God and want to sing to him and play for him, has a long history of providing faithful music for divine worship in the Holy Mass. You are warmly invited to consider joining the music program here to offer your talents for the worship of the Heavenly Father.

Director of Music: Dustin Austreng – (763) 489-9222;

Music in the Mass

Learn more about sacred music and its place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church here!

Musical Groups

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir sings at Mass each month, as well as Christmas Eve and Easter. The students in this choir are expected to listen and be respectful of others and of the liturgy. They need to be able to follow music.  This year, the group is open to all singers Grades 2 and up.

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir sings quality part music at two Masses a month, in addition to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. This group has a lot of fun together in  rehearsals that include prayer and devotion.  This group is open to confirmed high school students up to adults. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:00pm, in the Church Sanctuary.


These ensembles are small groups designed to take advantage of the agility of individual voice parts.  These groups are formed by the musicians themselves, and are ever-developing and growing.


Cantors direct and support the singing of the people, fulfilling the liturgical role proper to it, which includes singing alone.  Cantors also proclaim the responsorial psalm, which requires a deep reverence and understanding of the word of God so that it may be worthily proclaimed in the liturgy.

“Jesus said, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.'” -Matthew 28:19

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