Liturgical Music Ministry
The Liturgical Music Ministry provides prayerful musical leadership appropriate to the various styles of worship within the faith community of Mary, Seat of Wisdom. This leadership hopes to empower others to use their talents to further enhance worship and give praise to God.
This ministry endeavors to lead the faithful to a full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations that are inspired by the very nature of the liturgy so that the community will enter more fully into the mystery of Christ.
- To establish a core group of musicians and directors to assist this ministry in maintaining a high quality of liturgical music, and to provide for recruitment, leadership succession, and delegate representation for the commission
- To foster in the congregation a sense of joy and spiritual energy so that the celebration will raise up the Spirit within worshipers and renew their lives
- To help parishioners to understand their own personal involvement in the mystery of Christ
- To foster a sense of unity and community among the various music ministries, while respecting their unique musical expression
- To recruit new cantors, instrumentalists, choir members including junior and high school age musicians for established ensembles/choirs
- To form new ensembles as the need arises
- To provide formation and training of cantors
- To offer opportunities for continuing education, course work, spiritual support and renewal for all involved in music ministry whether directors, assistants, singers, or instrumentalists
- To hire professional musicians for major feasts and festivals to enhance the celebration
- To provide appropriate music for weddings and funerals
- To empower the children of the Parish School and Public Schools to participate in liturgical music
- To create a prayerful and welcoming environment for members of the parish and guests of Mary Seat of Wisdom
- Musical leadership for the variety of congregations that worship on weekends and for additional liturgies as needed or as they occur
- Recruitment, formation, support and renewal of ministers
- Youth Ensembles : Children's Ensemble (Gr 3-8), Little Singers (K-2), Teen Ensemble
- Adult Ensembles: MSW Parish Choir (11 am Mass), Celebration Choir (5 pm) and Contemporary Ensemble (7 pm)
For a complete description of each ensemble and opportunities in Music Ministry, view our Music Ministry Guide.
The use of God-given gifts to uplift and move people spiritually and the sense of fulfillment that these gifts are being used.
Glenn deCastro, Director of Music Ministries – Music Office (847) 692-2705
Cathy Hamilton, Associate Director of Music
Christopher Mahieu, Assistant/Accompanist
Kathy Petritis, Accompanist
Joe Kregor, Sub-Director