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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about sacred music and its place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church here!
Children’s Choir is a youth choir that sings at mass each month, as well as on Thanksgiving, 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 through 8. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, in the music room of the Education Center.
Praise Choir is a choir, originally founded in the praise and worship style, with piano, guitar, strings, and other instruments, which gives the group the ability to engage with a variety of musical styles. In order to be in this choir, members must show the commitment and ability to sing well in unison and in harmony. This choir is open to middle school students up to adults. This group sings at 10:30 Sunday Masses. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30, in the music room of the Education Center.
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 who show the commitment and ability to sing in harmony. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights, 6:45-8:15, in the music room of the Education Center.
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