The Music Ministry of St. Cletus Parish is so blessed to offer so many opportunities to those who enjoy using their God-given musical talents! We strive for excellence and to be instruments of God in order to encourage the congregation to fully and actively participate in the Mass.Get Involved Today
The St. Cletus Music Ministry is filled with wonderful people who desire to share their love for singing and music by putting it to use in service to their church. We welcome singers – from the professionally trained to those who simply enjoy singing along – to join us this year! The opportunities to join are detailed below; all choirs begin their seasons in September. If you are interested in attending a rehearsal, joining a particular choir or just want to know more about our music ministry, please contact: Karen Ziemba, Director of Music Ministries: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-215-5423.
Our Chancel Choir is our “traditional” adult choir which leads the congregation in song each week at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy. This group of nearly 40 men and women work together to foster musical relationships as well as friendships. Rehearsals are weekly on Thursday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Our Contempo Choir leads song, approximately twice per month, at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday mass. This ensemble, open to singers and instrumentalists, typically rehearses at 4:00 p.m. prior to the 5:00 p.m. mass with occasional additional rehearsals as needed. While there is no prerequisite to join, some experience reading music or participating in a choir/band is helpful. We are looking for singers as well as instrumentalists.
Our Teen Choir sings approximately twice per month at the Saturday, 5:00 p.m. mass with an occasional appearance at the 11:00 a.m. mass on Sunday morning. Rehearsals are at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday; a schedule with additional rehearsal times will be published shortly. High school students will enjoy singing more contemporary music; additional instrumentalists would also be welcomed. All Teens are welcome to join!
Our Youth Choirs….are open to all boys and girls, grades 3rd through 8th, attending either a public school or St. Cletus School. These choirs generally sing at the Sunday, 11:00 a.m. mass approximately one-two times per month and also participate with the other adult choirs in several special masses throughout the year. Parents are requested to schedule other activities around choir rehearsals times/masses however if your student is in sports this Fall perhaps they’d like to start mid-year. Registration forms for the two Youth Choirs have been distributed through St. Cletus School and Religious Education Ministry; registration form and flyer are also available here:
Junior Choir is open to students in grades 5 through 8. Rehearsals are held on Monday, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Children’s Choir is open to students in grades 3 and 4. Rehearsals are held on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Our Good Shepherd Choir is part of the St. Cletus Compassionate Care Ministry. This choir provides music for funerals, memorial services and the annual evening mass in November for those families, who have within the past year, experienced the loss of a loved one. This choir sings on an “as needed” basis, frequently on fairly short notice. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the mass; additional rehearsals (2-3 per year) are on an as needed basis. Funerals are typically scheduled for either 10:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Volunteers do NOT have to be available every day of the week. All that is required is a servant’s heart and the willingness to attend whenever your schedule permits.
“To sing is to pray twice.” — St. Augustine
For additional questions regarding any of the above, please contact: Karen Ziemba, Director of Music Ministries: email@example.com or call 708-215-5423. Come sing with us!