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  Our objective as music ministry is to enable the full, conscious, and active participation of the assembly at St. Maria Goretti Church by leading it in song.

We aim to foster assembly participation through faith-filled singing that is familiar, enthusiastic and inspirational. Because the Body of Christ is diverse in nature, it is necessary for the music minister to embrace a variety of musical styles.

Music can be very divisive, but it can also make a strong statement of what church is: a gathering of diverse – multi-cultural, multi-generational - people. Liturgical music must reflect that diversity.


We embrace both the rich tradition of our Catholic heritage along with the rich theology of modern liturgical composers for the mission of Church is to embrace its diversity.

Assembly singing is sparked by familiarity with literature. It is the music minister’s job to provide the assembly with literature that is well-learned and used frequently within the Church calendar. For the purpose of prayerful reflection there should also be the occasional opportunity - aside from assembly singing - for the choir to perform choral pieces as well as for instrumentalists to perform “songs without words”.
      When in Our Music God is Glorified

When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride;
It is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia!

How often, making music, we have found, a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound: Alleluia!

So has the Church, in liturgy and song, in faith and love, through centuries of wrong, borne witness to the truth in ev’ry tongue: Alleluia!

And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night, when utmost evil strove against the Light? Then let us sing, for whom He won the fight: Alleluia!

Let ev’ry instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise! And may God give us faith to sing always: Alleluia!

-Frederick Pratt Green-