Duties and Responsibilities
A music minister leads the congregation in song during Masses. He/She is expected to play an instrument or sing. Creativity and originality is a must, as is learning about the liturgical year and the various themes that come up. Musicians help uplift the congregation to true worship of God through the liturgy of the Mass. The experience is meant to to be less of a performance and more of an opportunity to simply lead the congregation in raising their voices to God. Since music ministers may be exposed to children a police record check is necessary.
Duties: Include, but are not limited to; arriving on time for Mass, singing or performing with heart, listening to advice and direction, attendance at rehearsals if and when necessary (sometimes weekly, depending on the choir) and working well with other musicians.
Qualifications: We do not expect our musicians to be perfect! Just sing or play with heart. Whatever talent or experience you have is most welcome, as long as you are also open to coaching and being coached by those who have more experience. We sing with one voice.
Commitment: This is a heavier commitment than most other ministries, depending on whether you are playing or singing, We like our music ministry to participate every week if possible, including in some cases a weekly rehearsal. But it is so worth it! And our congregation is deeply grateful.
Scheduling and Training: There is rarely the need for scheduling, since we like our musicians to play and sing every week. However our essential musicians for our special services will always be arranged ahead of time. Unlike other ministries (like Lectors or Eucharistic Ministers) there is no formal training outside of rehearsals. Just come and sing!