Music Ministry

Celeste Muehlenthaler is our Music Coordinator, or 515-577-9394.


Deo Gratias Choir (adults) practice:  Sundays after 10:00am Mass on Dec. 17.


Good News Singers (children’s choir) practice:  Wednesday, 6:00pm Dec. 20.

Would you be willing to provide accompaniment for our Masses at St. Mary or do you know anyone who would? There can be training and we can work into it slowly. You can help with the Spiritual needs of our community by assisting with our music! Please contact me about your willingness to answer the call, or give me the name of someone I should contact. God bless people willing to share their God-given talents! 

There has been a call for a funeral choir.  I have one person who has already said they would be interested.  Are you available during the day?  We'd like to have several people who would be available to sing during the day at funerals.  This would not be a huge time commitment and it means so much to the families.  Please contact me if you'd be willing to help with this.                                                                                                      

We have purchased a "Drum Box."  This provides rhythm for our contemporary music without having to drag a big drum set to church.  We are looking for people who'd be willing to play it.   Please contact me and I'll have it ready to try out and will have more info on how to play it.  If you know of someone that might be interested, please let me know.  This will really add a lot to our worship!

From the results of our Parish Survey, we found that our community would like to have more contemporary music.  We are looking for people that would be interested in forming a “Praise Band.” That would include singers, drummer(s), instrumentalists, keyboard(s), etc.  This is in the formative stages  - who would be interested in helping set this up?  This is open to all ages, come and join us!

The primary purpose of our St. Mary-Holy Cross musicians is to bring people closer to God through music. Our focus is to enhance congregational singing, thereby uniting us as one through sung prayer. Through a cooperative spirit and a willingness to learn, our singers and instrumentalists strive for quality in order to bring themselves and our community to a closer union with God. 

The St. Mary-Holy Cross choir is composed of members who show a talent and/or interest in sung prayer.

The cantor is a Parish member/s who lead the responsorial psalms and acclamations.  Alone, they provide music at one of our weekend Masses each week.

Keyboardists, pianists, organists, woodwind players, percussionists and guitarists are among our instrumental players.  They provide their own type of prayer through instrumental arrangements of musical works.

Thanks so much to our Liturgy Committee, cantors, pianists/organists/guitarists that sing and play at Mass.  You are all wonderful!  We really and truly appreciate all you do for our Liturgies. Bless you all!