We are very proud of our Music Ministry here at St. James. We offer different styles striving to encourage all to consider becoming part of one or more groups.
THE TRADITIONAL CHOIR
The Traditional Choir leads and enhances the congregational singing at the Saturday 4PM Mass. The Choir also plays a very important part in the Solemn Christmas and Holy Week Liturgies. No musical experience is required. If you enjoy singing, please consider joining this group. It is made up of a group of people who genuinely care for each other and look forward to seeing each other at practice sessions and Mass. For our members, the Traditional Choir is a place of belonging where we can share our diverse talents and bring something extra to each liturgy we take part in. The sincere affection of our members for each other is reflected in the quality of our contribution to St. James’ spiritual life. The choir is composed of many voices joining together in unison, yet sounding as one. We enjoy singing and blending our voices with each other to form one “Choir Voice”. We request that members be able to dedicate themselves to our Monday evening practices in the Music Room from 6:15 to 7:45 and worship with us at our Masses. Our choir is open to all from high school sophomores to senior citizens and every age in between. Come, sing with us! For additional information, please contact the Director of Music at 869-3130, Extension 308.
THE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP
The Contemporary Music Group is a music ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists who lead our assembly in Worship at the 10 o’clock Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of each month as well as several other liturgical celebrations during the year. The music at this Mass enables the assembly to be active participants in the Mass by encouraging those who gather together to also join together in song. This group rehearses before their Masses on Sundays. We are always seeking to expand our group. If you would like further information on becoming part of the group please call the music office at 869-3130, Extension 308. Your name will be given to the Director of the group who will be in contact with you.
THE YOUTH BAND
This group leads the assembly with music geared to young adults at the 1PM Youth Mass each Sunday. If you play any instruments come add those sounds to our Youth Masses. Singers and instrumentalists always needed. If you would like to offer you talents to this group, speak to Tina McCann, Youth Mass Music Director after Mass or you can call the music office at 869-3130, Extension 308 to leave your name and number and a short message. Your call will be returned in a timely fashion.
4PM “SUMMER CHOIR”
As the Traditional Choir ends their season each year, we realize that many could not be part of that group due to not being able to commit weekly rehearsals. we now have a yearly SUMMER CHOIR for ANYONE who would like to be a part of the choir at Mass. All we ask is for you to just show up at 3:30 in the East wing for a quick run through of the music for the day. This is a great way for those who have thought of becoming a choir member but can’t make the commitment to the weekly Monday night rehearsals. We hear some wonderful voices singing at Mass and hope that you will consider becoming part of the Summer Choir. All voices, regardless of age or vocal ability are invited to come and sing with a great group of fellow parishioners. No audition or advance notice is needed! Simply “Show up” and join the choir!
This choir is made up of a faithful group of parishioners that provide Music at our funeral liturgies. Please consider joining this group, which provides comfort and support to families during trying times. Members are notified of upcoming funerals through a phone chain calling system. Just call the music office at 869-3130, Extension 308 and leave your name and number and a message that you want to be added to the list. This is a great service as many funerals have a small number of family members and the choirs support is comforting to them.