“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” - Johann Sebastian Bach
With these profound words we would like to invite every member of our parish who loves music to join our wonderful team of Music Ministers of Blessed Sacrament Church.
Music Ministry consists of the following groups:
- Youth Choir
- High School Choir
- Adult Choir
- Two Handbell Groups
- Funeral Choir
We, the Music Ministers, are very enthusiastic about our service to the parish because we lead the congregation in prayer and help the faithful to worship during our weekend and Holy Days liturgies.
Additionally together with St. Mary’s music ministry, all music groups participate in major Feast Days such as Christmas Eve masses, Christmas Midnight Mass, Holy Week, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Confirmation, First Communion Masses, etc. We also perform at various concerts throughout the year, we “sing and ring” at nursing homes and senior centers bringing Holiday music to those who cannot come to our church. While it seems to be a serious commitment it is also a very joyful one.
We are truly blessed with deeply devoted, open-minded and warm-hearted people involved in Music Ministry. All the music groups work together embracing the challenge of bringing the musical part of liturgy to the new level of emotional and spiritual expression.
Great Saints of the past such as St. Augustine, St. Cecilia, St. Gregory and others highly appreciated the role of music in the worship. We all know the famous quote from St. Augustine’s:
“Bis orat qui bene cantat” or “He who sings well prays twice”. And we believe that “singing well” means singing with all your heart!
We invite anybody who loves to sing, to ring the bells, to play an instrument – please come and join us!
All choirs and groups rehearse from September through June.
Our current schedule:
|Group Name||Rehearsal Day and Time||Mass Time|
|Youth Choir||Thursdays 5-6pm||Sundays at 9:30am (except last Sundays of each month)|
|High School Choir||Meet once a month in the Chapel
at 8:45am prior to mass
|Last Sunday of each month at 9:30am|
|Adult Choir||Thursdays 7-8:30pm||Sundays at 11am|
|Thursday Handbells||Thursdays 6-7pm||Last Saturday of each month at 4pm|
|Sunday Handbells||Sundays 12-1pm||Last Sunday of each month at 11am|
If you want your child to join Youth Choir or High School Choir, please contact Director of Youth Choir Susan Glancy at [email protected].
To join the Adult Choir or Handbell Groups, please contact our Music Director Oksana Berezkina, [email protected].
Funeral Choir is a wonderful music ministry where we have an opportunity to manifest our catholic faith in a very special way. Funeral Choir provides music for funeral and memorial services throughout the entire year. They meet before each service for the instructions.
Out of all the choirs and groups Funeral Choir is the easiest in the sense of commitment because the members of this choir sing only when they are available depending on their own schedule. It is also one of the most important ones because it proves us to be a true community, to show our support to the families in hard times, to share their grief, and to remind them that they are not alone.
If you want to join Funeral Choir, please, contact Oksana at [email protected] or Kevin DiLorenzo at [email protected].
Whatever Choir or Music Group you want to join, please, be sure that we will cherish your dedication and your talents. Commitment can be difficult at times but the reward is great: we grow in faith and devotion pouring our hearts and raising our voices in song!
Echoing St. Francis of Assisi, we pray to become “an instrument of peace” and to bring love and joy to the hearts of believers.