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, #18Although 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.
- 9:30 Contemporary Ensemble
- 11:15 Choir
- 5:30 Ensemble
- Spanish Ensemble
- Serenata Fil/Am Community Choir
- Resurrection Choir
- Combined Choir
The 11:15 Choir, singing mostly in multi-part harmony and accompanied by organ or piano, serves at the 11:15 am Sunday Mass from early September to late June. Their repertoire includes traditional hymnody, mostly for the organ, and contemporary pieces that are appropriate for the piano. They rehearse on Thursday evenings and on Sunday before Mass.
The Serenata - Fil/Am 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.
Serenata has participated in multi-cultural concerts sponsored by the Diocesan Offices of Multicultural Ministries, collaborates with OLGC choirs during Lent, Easter and Pentecost, sings at the monthly Filipino Mass at St. Bernadette’s Parish in Springfield, VA, provides the liturgical music once a year for the monthly Filipino mass in honor of the Birhen Ng Antipolo (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) at the Crypt Church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
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.
Through the Combined Music Ministries, the Music Ministry of Our Lady of Good Counsel, singers and musicians alike, share their unique genres and instrumentation throughout the Liturgical Year for various special events, such as the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service, Confirmation, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the great Easter Triduum, to name a few. Rehearsals are held in advance of the events.
Combined Music Ministries opportunities:
January - Feast of St. Francis De Sales
Spring - Triduum services of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter VigilFall/Winter - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sacramental Celebration of Confirmation