The Voices of Mercy
Music has a beautiful way of making God’s word remain in our hearts. The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes the famous expression of St. Augustine: “He who sings, prays twice.” Have you ever pondered those words? When we sing, we are participating in something more powerful than spoken language. Harmony and rhythm create an active atmosphere of spirit-filled prayer. Our intention becomes wholly focused on God, and we are able to feel His grace and feed our souls. It is an incredible and humbling experience!
The Mercy Music Ministry strives to provide beautiful and purposeful sacred music to our parish. We have several opportunities available to congregation members that feel called to serve in this special way. Do you play an instrument or have a background in voice? Is your child a songbird in the pew? Ever had the urge to ring a shiny, brass handbell during Mass? Now is the best time of year for joining one of our esteemed ensembles! All choirs are eager to reach out and welcome new members with a passion for music. Please see the descriptions below for details about each group. If God is calling you to serve and become involved in the Music Ministry, I encourage you to reach out to us for an audition!
Ms. Mary Kannenberg
Director of Music
“I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” – Psalm 104:33
Chancel Choir & Schola
The Chancel choir is in residence for 10:30 am Mass from August through the Feast of Corpus Christi. The choir’s repertoire covers the entire range of traditional Catholic liturgical music from chant and motets to hymns and anthems. Our chamber choir, the Mercy Schola, consists of the highest caliber of trained singers and serves at special liturgies and events including the Easter Vigil. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm beginning August 16th.
The handbell choir at Mercy is made up of ringers who have experience reading music and rhythms. We ring for special feast days including Christmas and Easter. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 beginning September 6th.
Life Teen Choir
Life Teen Choir strives to move young and old alike closer to Christ through sacred song. We specialize in a blend of traditional and contemporary music and lead worship at the 6:00pm Life Teen Mass twice a month during the school year. We rehearse once-a-month on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm beginning August 8th. High school and college students from all schools are invited to participate.
The Children’s Choir sings for 9:00 am Mass every week during the school year. The choir rehearses from 3:00 – 4:30 pm every Thursday after school in the school choir room beginning mid-August. Children in grades 3-8 from all schools are invited to participate. Registration is available online, www.olomyouthchoir.weebly.com, or contact Director Eleanor Bach, email@example.com for more information.