The primary purpose of the Music Ministry at St. Francis Xavier Parish is to support the full and active participation of the assembly at each Eucharistic celebration and to add beauty to the liturgy through music.
Below you will find a description of the various musical groups offered at St. Francis Xavier. We welcome and encourage your participation in one of these ensembles!
For more information or to get involved, please contact Carissa Young, director of music: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Adult Choir is open to any parishioner of St. Francis Xavier, high-school-aged or older, who has a desire to promote a full, active and conscious participation in the liturgy through music. This group primarily sings at the 10 a.m. liturgy each Sunday as well as major feasts and holidays from September through May. While reading music and/or professional training is not required, a pleasant voice, eagerness to work together, willingness to learn new music and the desire to sing well are strongly encouraged. This group practices on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church.
Current Adult Choir members: click here for practice recordings
The Children’s Choir is open to any student of the parish, grades 2 through 6, who enjoys singing. Our focus will be on learning sound musical techniques and basic musicianship while having fun and making music for the glory of God. Rehearsals are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the church. The Children’s Choir typically sings once a month as well as for special feasts and holidays.
The Bell Choir is open to any parishioner of St. Francis Xavier, high-school-aged or older, who has a desire to ring hand bells joyfully, prayerfully and for the glory of God! This group practices on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the choir loft. The Bell Choir plays at various Masses as scheduled, approximately once per month. Music reading skills are recommended, but not required.
The Resurrection Choir provides sung support for Funeral Liturgies celebrated at St. Francis Xavier. Open to any individual with a pleasant voice who is available to sing on weekday and Saturday mornings. New members are always welcome, even if your availability is limited. There are no regularly scheduled rehearsals; instead, members typically meet 20 minutes prior to each Funeral.
Cantors lead the assembly in singing and serve as psalmists by leading and proclaiming the verses of the Psalm Response and Gospel Acclamation. A cantor must possess confidence and have a pleasant singing voice. An audition is required to serve in this role at St. Francis Xavier.
Any parishioner high-school aged or older who is proficient on a string, wind or brass instrument is encouraged to share his or her musical talent at St. Francis Xavier. Extra instrumentation is welcome at all liturgies, but especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Life Teen Band
The Life Teen Band leads music for praise and worship during our weekly Life Teen Masses at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. High school students are encouraged to take an active role as instrumentalists or vocalists; adults with music experience are needed to support their ministry. The band is directed by Mickie Getz. To contact Mickie, please call our parish office at 330-725-4968.