Music Ministry

St. Mary's Music Ministry

"Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith. The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way.... Music can also unveil a dimension of meaning and feeling, a communication of ideas and intuitions which words alone cannot yield." (MCW 23-24)

Ministers of Music at the Cathedral of St. Mary--whether they be cantors, organists, instrumentalists, choir directors, choir members of all ages, soloists, or those in ensembles--are committed to excellence, to fostering not only a sense of mystery and awe in worship but also a sense of joy. There are a number of opportunities offered at the Cathedral for people to share their musical gifts and thus to respond to the call to serve the church. Talent shared and the gift of music, both given and received, enrich the lives of all who worship.

Contact the Director of Music Ministry for more information.

Explanation of Mass Setting for Lent

As we journey through the Lenten season, we will be singing the Greek “Kyrie “ beginning on the 1st   Sunday of Lent.  The Kyrie can be found in the green breaking bread hymnal, #839.  The cantor will lead the assembly in chanting the “Kyrie” after the recitation of the Confiteor (“I confess to almighty God…”) and the prayer of absolution. 

Other parts will include from the green breaking bread hymnal:

#9 pg. 12 Holy English chant

#12 pg. 16 Save us Savior of the world….

#14 pg. 28 Lamb of God

Here is the link to listen to these parts.... select from the list “congregational”, click on “play” or download under each listing.  Enjoy.  These parts can be sung acapella or with light accompaniment. Your active participation is encouraged.

Lent Schedule
Palm Sunday / Easter Schedule
Easter Schedule 1, 2


Lent Hymns
Palm  / Easter Sunday Hymns
Easter Hymns

Opportunities for music ministry:

Children's Choir: The children’s choir is for children in grades 3 through 8. The choir meets each Wednesday from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Hartmann Hall and sings for Mass once per month. For more information contact Patrick at the parish office.

Young Person's Choir: open to Catholic and non-Catholic youth that respect the Catholic liturgy as well, and you do not have to be a cantor to participate. The Young Person's Choir is for all youth in grades 9-12 and all college students too. Repertoire will include a mixture of contemporary and traditional hymns and may include an anthem or two for each Mass. Students should be a member of one of the choirs at school.

Young Person's Orchestra: open to Catholic youth or non-Catholic youth that respect the Catholic liturgy as well, and we are calling for violin, flute, guitar, cello, oboe, keyboard, clarinet, trombone, drums, viola and trumpet players especially in grades 9-12 and all college students as well. Students need to be enrolled in one of the music classes at school and receive a recommendation letter from their teacher. A simple audition will include performing one music selection of the students choice.

Saturday / Sunday 5:15 Mass: If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument in a folk group on Saturday or with either Ellen Olsen's group or the Damian Aldana's Music Group at the 5:15 p.m. Mass, please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021 for more information on how to become a member.

Mixed Schola Cantorum Sancta Maria: This group sings music in Gregorian chant style and includes polyphonal singing in Latin and English. A lot of the music is sung acapella. The group sings on the third Sunday of each month at the 9a.m. with the Adult Choir. For information call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021. The rehearsal is the Wednesday prior to the 3rd Sunday, starting September 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary Music Room. This group involves an audition for new members.

Youth Cantor Training: for students in grades 11 and 12 who are Catholic and have either completed training previously at St. Mary's school under the direction of Patrick Stolz and would like to begin cantoring in the fall OR who are interested in cantoring without any previous training. Also accepted in the training would be students in grades 9 and 10 who may have cantored before. Cantors would be a part of a young person's choir.

The Adult Choir: sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass from the week after Labor Day to Pentecost Sunday and sings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and several other Masses throughout the year. Rehearsal is Wednesday evening beginning September 7 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the music room at the Cathedral of St. Mary. There is no audition required for this group. The group sings a wide variety of repertoire spanning the long traditions of the Catholic church. For information please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021.

Wedding/Funeral:Let us know if you are a musician that is available to sing for weddings or funerals so we can add your name to our list. To sign up, please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021.


Cantor Training for adult Catholics please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021
Upcoming Spring 2017 - Cantor training school workshop for grades 4 - 8 students from the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Mary's Catholic School.


A new calendar coming soon!



Message for Music Ministers from Patrick

Music Ministry Report on Faith, Holiness and Evangelization


The mysteries of our faith are revealed in the spoken word and are augmented through the sung word. Our music feeds the hungry soul. The words we sing speak to the heart. The music fills us with a sense of wonder and awe as we marvel in the power of what is being celebrated in the Holy sacrifice of the Mass. Although, words alone cannot comprehend the depths of our faith, they can help us reflect on these mysteries with strong conviction.

We the music ministry team at the Cathedral vow to be a people of faith reflecting on the words we sing and proclaiming the message contained within with great reverence and prayerfulness. In this year of Mercy, our music will reflect this theme.


We grow in holiness by living a life built on Christ. This life of holiness includes recognition of our dependency on God in all things. Holiness requires us to surrender to the will of God. It allows for quiet reflection and guides us in the ways of Christ. It invites us to reflect on the Word of God each day and to pray without ceasing. Holiness calls us to action and to see Christ in others. To sing is to pray twice, as the saying goes. Therefore, the musical experiences we encounter at Mass should be quite different from what we encounter in the secular world. The music should include the rich traditions of our church from Gregorian chant and Palestrina to contemporary praise songs sung in a manner worthy of the space we occupy.

We the music ministry team at the Cathedral vow to be a people of holiness by reading and reflecting on a short passage from that particular Sunday's readings and praying an intercessory prayer at the conclusion. We will use the NPM Reflection as a guide. Cantors will vow to reflect on the psalm they will proclaim on Sunday during the week and apply the message of the psalm to their daily lives. We resolve to be peaceful and kind to all we meet.


Evangelization requires us to "go out to all the world and tell the Good News". We spread the Good News in the words we sing at Mass. As musicians, we cannot help but evangelize every time we open our mouths or strike up a tune.

We the music ministry team at the Cathedral vow to be prepared to deliver the message, to bring people together, to invite their active participation and to send them forth with a tune in their hearts and the words ringing in their ears. We vow to be hospitable and energized as we fulfill our role as ambassadors of Christ. We recognize that we are proclaimers of Christ's message of hope to the world as we perform our ministry.