Music Ministry

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


We're looking for accompanist(s) for our Christmas Eve Mass and for choir practices for that Mass. There is a stipend for these rehearsals and for Christmas Eve. Having an accompanist so I can direct makes things run so much more smoothly! Practices are in November and December after 10:00am Mass for adults and Wednesdays from 6:00-6:45pm for children. Thanks for even considering this position(s)!


Can you believe our Christmas Choirs will begin rehearsing soon?!? The Good News Singers (our Children's choir) meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 6:45pm.  I would also love a few "big kids" to be special Student Directors. We have limited space in the choir loft and I will be able to accept the students who sign up first. Our Adult Choir will meets on Sundays right after 10:00am Mass. We also welcome people willing to play their instruments or percussion. If I hear from interested musicians I'll be better able to judge how many will fit in the choir loft.  I look forward to hearing from you!  


We would like bring our Liturgy Committee to life again! We are looking for people who love our sacred liturgies and want to help plan and evaluate them.  We all have busy, busy lives - but please take the time to really consider this. We can be creative in setting this committee up as far as meeting "virtually" or in person, sharing resources and anything else we want the committee to look like. I pray you'll open your heart to the Holy Spirit and take an enthusiastic role in this vital ministry!


Now is the PERFECT time to ease into helping with our music at St. Mary!          I have the idea of several people helping with small bits of music at one Mass. There are many ways for people of ALL ages and backgrounds to help! You don’t have to be a musical pro! We need singers, pianists, guitarists, organists, band and orchestra musicians, drummers, the list goes on and on. Please contact me and we’ll see if we can put something together. Many hands make light work! If this idea sounds intriguing to you, why not give it a try?!? With our small Parish, it takes EACH of us contributing our talents for the benefit of our entire Parish. Please consider helping! 

There has been a call for a funeral choir.   We are looking for several people who are available during the day to sing.  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 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!

We have a "Drum Box."  This provides rhythm for our contemporary music.  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!


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!