“The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” -Saint Gregory
“Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in “the great love with which the Father loved us” in his beloved son.” –Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph no. 1073
Did you know in a given year we celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass over 970 times at St Thomas? Each week, over 60 volunteers are a part of this incredible endeavor. For more information about any of our liturgical ministries, or to inquire about joining the team, connect with Dan Vincke at email@example.com.
“Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day!”
The Catholic Church has always affirmed the importance of Sacred Music and we welcome all to our vibrant ministry. If you are interested in serving with your musical gifts or volunteering to assist with music technology, the music library, or other support behind the scenes, please contact Jeanne Marie Gerig, Director of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Parish Choir sings regularly at the 9:30 am Mass on Sundays from September through Pentecost, as well as Holy Days including Christmas Eve,
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. We also participate in Lessons and Carols during Advent and the Easter Concert in April. This choir
sings sacred choral music in a wide range of styles. Participants need to be able to sing on pitch, and basic music reading skills are helpful. We rehearse
on Thursdays at 7 pm in Rm 252 and sing from the choir loft on Sundays. Please contact Jeanne Marie Gerig, Director of Music.
A cantor assists us at every weekend and Holy Day Mass by leading the hymns, psalms, and Mass parts. Cantors do not need to be professional musicians, but should possess a desire to serve the parish, a clear voice with good diction, basic music reading skills and knowledge of the flow of the liturgy. Cantors must audition, and they are scheduled in advance. Participation in the choir is not required to serve as cantor, though preparation is required.
Extraordinary Form Mass
Our cantor and Schola Cantorum sing at the Extraordinary Form Mass every Sunday at 11:30 am, and at numerous Holy Days throughout the year. We sing the Gregorian chant propers and a wide selection of Latin chants and polyphonic motets. The cantor and Schola positions are by audition only. We rehearse on Tuesdays at 7 pm in the choir loft throughout the entire year. Please contact Jeanne Marie Gerig, Director of Music.
We welcome skilled instrumentalists to assist our music ministry! If you play a band or orchestra instrument at a high school level, there are opportunities to play prelude music, enhance the hymns at Mass, or form small ensembles. Pianists and organists will be considered as substitutes for Mass and accompanists for parish groups. Those who play guitar are invited to consider
serving at our Sunday 6pm Mass or additional prayer services. Serving as an instrumentalist or accompanist is by audition.
Sunday Evening Ministries
Our current schedule on Sunday evening includes an Ordinary Form Mass with contemporary music at 6 pm. Our small ensembles for these ministries are by audition and may include piano, guitar, and cantors.
St. Cecilia Society
The St. Cecilia Society is dedicated to the promotion of sacred music within the setting of parish liturgies and special events. The aim is to bring to life the beauty of masterpieces of sacred music spanning the centuries, to offer periodic liturgies and concerts involving sacred music in our beautiful church, and to help defray the costs of supporting these ministries. To donate, please
select the St. Cecilia Society Fund on the online giving portal, or write a check directly to St. Thomas and note that it is for the St. Cecilia Society.
Please join us in singing Latin Vespers! This is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient practice of clergy and lay Christians that helps us to close our day in prayer. Please check the parish calendar for the schedule.
Special Events 2023-2024
Aug 15, 2023 at 6 pm
~ Marian Concert (Schola Cantorum)Ave Maria by des Prez Vox Patris Caelestis by Mundy Ave Maria by Bieble
Nov 2, 2023 at 7 pm
~ All Souls Day EF Requiem Mass with the Mozart Requiem (Schola Cantorum)
Nov 5, 2023 at 2 pm at Father Gabriel Richard HS
“Sacred Music in Catholic Liturgy” Panel Discussion
Panelists are Dr Donelson-Nowicka, Dr Charles Weaver, Dr Janet Smith, Deacon Tom Lowe, and Alex Begin. Topics will include defining sacred music, the power of music to shape our worship, the
role of silence, common misconceptions, the future of music in liturgy, what we can do to improve music in liturgy, and how we can support efforts toward improving access to excellent sacred music
in Catholic parishes.
Nov 19, 2023 at 3 pm
St Cecilia Hymn Festival
The St Thomas Parish Choir and Schola Cantorum will join together with area choirs for a Hymn Festival to honor the feast day of St Cecilia. All donations will go toward our music programs.
Dec 17, 2023 at 3 pm
Festival of Lessons and Carols
This annual tradition includes nine scripture readings that tell the story of the birth of the Christ Child. Each reading is followed by corresponding music sung by the St Thomas choirs and the
congregation. Following the concert, please join us on the plaza for delicious food, live music and vendors at the Cristkindlmarkt. You are also invited to attend the Guadeloupe Play in the parish hall beginning at 5:15 pm.
April 21, 2024 at 3 pm
This festive concert will be presented by the Parish Choir and Schola Cantorum.
Serving at Mass
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Parishioners who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. Women and men 16 years and older who are fully initiated, active participants in the sacramental life of the Church are welcome. Training sessions are held periodically, and formation is ongoing.
Ministers carefully prepare Scriptures for proclamation, utilizing an understanding of the Liturgy and basic knowledge of Scripture. Volunteers must be fully initiated, active participants in the Sacramental life of the Church, men and women who are willing to enter into initial and on-going formation.
Men and women are invited to assist in this ministry of hospitality. Ushers arrive early to assist in the preparation of a comfortable environment. They recruit volunteers for the presentation of the gifts, carry the collection baskets to the assembly, and are especially attentive to the needs of the elderly, the disabled and families with small children.
Parishioners who step forward to welcome everyone to Sunday Mass, striving to bring into reality the challenge of Pope Francis, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”
Servers assist the presider in prayer and in action at Mass and other liturgies. This ministry is open to boys and girls age 10 and in 5th grade and up.
Persons who provide the vital service of sanctuary preparation and care at daily and week-end Masses.
Volunteers take linens home for laundering and ironing. This may include purificators, corporals, hand towels, albs and/or altar cloths.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament occurs each Friday after the 7:00 a.m. Mass. We are in need of committed adorers who sign up to ensure the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended.
Divine Mercy Sunday
The Sunday after Easter has been designated by Pope John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday in accordance with our Lord’s request made to St. Faustina Kowalska. On Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Thomas offers Mass in the afternoon. Priests are present to hear confessions, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and the chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited. There is normally an information session several weeks before the celebration in which literature is distributed and the devotion is explained.