Music Ministry

Sue Schmidt,  Music Coordinator

515-689-9949

sschmidt@saintmaryhc.org 

Where's the Music? 

Like many of you, I and the musicians at SMHC are anxious to bring back singing to our weekend Masses. However, we're erring on the side of safety for both musicians and parishioners and have decided to continue with only instrumental music until further notice. With all of the precautions that Fr. Andrew, Barb and the Parish Council have taken since Masses resumed, we don't want to add any unnecessary risks. Since cantors can't wear masks when singing, our concern is spreading aerosol droplets to the congregation while they sing. We also are respectful of the same exposure to our cantors and accompanists. At their discretion, you may see accompanists playing from the choir loft as a precaution to them. Thanks for your patience with the limited music during Mass - we all look forward to the day when we can bring back prayer in song!

 

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 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!


 
 
 

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

Cantor
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.

Instrumentalists
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!