Music Ministry

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

Cantors and Liturgical Song Leaders: Please join us on Saturday, April 6 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 7075 Ashworth Rd, WDM, for a workshop to develop and enhance your cantor skills. Check-in and refreshments, 8:30am; program 9:00am-3:00pm. Free-will donation. Lunch provided. Program includes guidance on leading liturgical song, musicality, voice techniques, and “master class” skills enhancement. RSVP and pre-register to Dodie Bauman, or 515-988-4302.


March 24 Rehearsals: Men, 11am to Noon in the Social Hall and Easter Vigil choir, 12:30 to 1:30pm in the Church.


As we notice more silence in our Mass during Lent….We are silent after the readings of scripture and after the homily.   How else can God speak to us? How else are we to hear the divine voice, not only echoing from long ago in ancient words brought back to life, but speaking now, in this time, in the quiet that we provide here?   After the readings and the homily, we are silent together because we are listening together for the voice on which our very lives depend, the voice that bids us to come out of our dumb tombs to live and to love again. 

Copyright 2001 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications.

Text by David Philippart.  Art by Luba Lukova.  All rights reserved. 

Used with permission. 


Are you an instrumentalist? God is calling your name right now!  Instrumentalists are needed for Easter Vigil Mass, April 20, 8:15pm, for First Eucharist, April 28, 2:00pm, and for Confirmation, May 5, 2:00pm. We also need an accompanist for our Easter Vigil.  Please contact Celeste if you can help with any of these. God bless you for thinking about it!! 

 We are looking for musicians of all types. Singers, people who play piano/organ, instrumentalists, percussionists, guitarists...  If you are a musician (or know a musician) please come forward and give back to your church family. Ask God what you can do for him today. It’s never too late to get started. Today is a new beginning!! 

Our Liturgy Committee is Back!!


It would be beneficial though, to have more members contributing to this group!  Our goal is to discuss, evaluate, plan and carry out ideas for our liturgies. Much of our planning will be done via email with minimal meetings. We pray you'll open your heart to the Holy Spirit and take an enthusiastic role in this vital ministry! For more information or to join, contact Fr. Andrew, or Celeste Muehlenthaler, 

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!