“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.”
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council n. 112
The musical tradition of the Catholic Church is rich and valuable. It raises hearts and minds to God and teaches us about God and the salvation He offers us. Beyond mere taste, we attempt to “sing the Mass” not simply “sing at Mass.” As the Second Vatican Council says, Sacred Music, “it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites.”
We utilize the Ignatius Pew Missal which gives simple, yet elegant settings of the parts of the Mass. We are in the process of building a library of the music to assist our cantors. The library can be found here.
There are many ways to get involved in Sacred Music at the Petersburg Parishes. There are various choirs and you can be a cantor. Cantors are individuals who lead the congregation in their sung parts of the Mass.
St. Joseph, Wapakoneta – contact: Adam Fahncke (419)-738-2115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Roles: Cantor, Adult Choir, Funeral Choir, Children’s Choir, Bell Choir
Immaculate Conception, Botkins – contact: Anthony Moeder email@example.com
Roles: Cantor and Funeral Choir
St. John, Fryburg – contact: Louise Westbay firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Lawrence, Rhine – contact Judy Meyer after Mass at St. Lawrence in the choir loft
Roles: Cantor and Choir
There are also possibilities to sing at weddings, which are oftentimes paid. Please contact Adam Fahncke if you’re interested.