Valerie Polka, Director
Formal liturgical music can be traced back to the 4th century. In that century a heretical teaching denying the Resurrection arose. The followers of this heresy spread their beliefs by setting them to song. St. Ephrem, a deacon of that time, counteracted this heresy by doing the same thing. He set to music the true teachings of the Catholic faith. Formal sacred music began as a means of not only praising God, but also proclaiming the basic beliefs of the faith.
We are again living in a time where our beliefs are being challenged publicly every day, as seriously as in St. Ephrem’s time. It becomes more important than ever to use this treasury of liturgical music to teach and affirm our faith, along with offering praise and thanksgiving to our adorable God. This returns the focus of the Eucharist to the awesome mystery which is heaven coming to earth on our altar.
The challenge facing the choir ministry today becomes the reintroduction of our parish congregations to the treasury of music that was written for that precise purpose. The choir may enhance the congregational singing with harmony, but in no way should it replace your participation.
If you wish to join us the first requirement is your firm belief and love of your Catholic faith. Of course, being able to carry a tune is pretty essential. Anyone from a sophomore in high school on up is welcome. The choir practices on Wednesday evenings from September to June. Practices last from 6:45 to 8:15. We minister every other week at the 10:00 o’clock Sunday liturgy as well as the major feasts. We invite you to join our ministry either formally in the choir or by singing your hearts out in the congregation.