Music Ministry

The Music Ministries at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish strive to pray and to praise God through music and song while assisting our worshiping assembly as they strive for "conscious, active and full participation" (General Instruction on the Roman Missal, #18).  Although the primary music minister at Mass is the worshiping assembly, the Music Ministry is an essential life-giving element in the spiritual life of the parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel.  

Music Ministries

9:30 Music Ministry

The 9:30 Music Ministry serves at the 9:30 am Sunday Mass throughout the year with a mostly contemporary liturgical music repertoire and instrumentation.  They rehearse on Tuesday evenings and on Sunday before Mass.      

11:15 Music Minsitry

The 11:15 Music Ministry, singing mostly in multipart harmony and accompanied by organ or piano, serves the 11:15 Sunday Mass from early September to late June.  Their repertoire includes traditional hymnody, mostly for the organ, and contemporary pieces that are appropriate for piano.  They rehearse on Thursday evenings and on Sunday before Mass.

5:30 Music Ministry

The 5:30 Music Ministry serves at the 5:30pm Sunday Mass throughout the year with a mostly contemporary liturgical music repertoire and instrumentation. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings and on Sunday before Mass.

Ministerio de Musica Hispana

The Ministerio de Musica Hispana serves the worshiping assembly in Spanish for the 1:00pm Spanish Mass.

Serenata FilAm Community Choir

The Serenata FilAm Community Choir provides liturgical and spiritual music in the Filipino style and language. In particular, they provide the music for the annual Simbang Gabi celebration during Advent and the annual Mass in honor of Filipino Saint Pedro Calungsod. They rehearse on Friday evenings and as needed.

Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir ministers to those in mourning by providing a presence through singing during funeral and memorial liturgies. As funeral liturgies are often during the work week, it is helpful for choir members to be available at those times. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed and before the Funeral/Memorial Mass.

Cantors

The Ministry of Cantor is the leader of the assembly’s song, especially when there is no choir present.  The Cantor proclaims the Psalm. The Cantor also intones the Gospel Acclamation and verse.

The cantors should have proficient musical skills and commitment to their craft.  In addition to having a pleasant, attractive voice, the Cantor must be a person of deep faith, with a love and understanding of the liturgy and of the Word of God as expressed in the psalms and canticles of the Lectionary

Following a successful audition, cantors are prepared through initial training and ongoing work on vocal quality and spiritual development.  

 

 

Instrumentalists

Our Lady of Good Counsel welcomes Instrumentalists, parishioners who play a musical instrument, to join the Music Ministries. There are a variety of opportunities to share your musical talent either through one of the choirs/ensembles or through the Combined Music Ministries who would play for special occasions, e.g., brass, strings, etc.