If you enjoy singing or have a talent for playing an instrument, then there is a place for you in the SMG Music Ministry! Many opportunities await parish men, women, youth and children in our music ministry.
Contact: Eileen Ericsson 215-721-0199 x210
A new season is upon us in the choir room! And you are invited to see what God may be calling you to do for Him at St. Maria Goretti Parish this year! Please consider joining the group that suits you best! Each group participates in Mass once per month. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 20th. Please call Eileen Ericsson with questions or to say that you can’t wait to join! (215-721-0199 x 210)
Children’s Choir – boys and girls in grades 1-8 rehearse on select Sunday mornings 10:30 to 11:10.
Youth Bell Ringers NEEDED – Students in grades 6 to 12 who have played at least one year of any instrument are needed for our Youth Bell Choir. Rehearsals are Tuesday 6:30-7:30 beginning September 20 and ending December 20. Our Masses are October 16, November 19, Christmas Eve at 7 PM, and January 8. Please contact Mrs. Ericsson in the choir room if you would like to participate. Playing in the bell choir is a fun way to give back to your church community!
Adult Bell Choir – same time slot as the youth (January to April)
Adult Choir – high school students and adults rehearse Tuesday 7:30 to 8:45pm but not the first Tuesday of the month
Guitar Ensemble – rehearses first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm
Men’s Ensemble – sings at Mass two or three times per year and rehearses on select Tuesdays at 8:45 PM
Octet – sings at Mass three times per year and rehearses on select Tuesdays at 8:45pm
Youth Bell Choir & Adult Bell Choir:
SMG parish has two bell choirs. The Youth Bell Choir consists of students who are in grade 6 through 12 who are music readers. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30pm from September to December. The Adult Bell Choir rehearses the same time slot from January to April. The bell choirs play at one Mass per month.
Guitar Ensemble/High School Instrumentalists:
The SMG Guitar Ensemble rehearses the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm and plays one Mass on the weekend following the rehearsal. Presently, we use guitars, flute, and vocals. High School Instrumentalists are asked to play from time to time for weekend Masses as their schedule allows.
Vocal Choirs ~ Children, Adult, Men’s Ensemble, Octet:
For the 2016-2017 season the Children’s Choir, grades 1 through 8, will rehearse on select Sunday mornings after the 9:30am Mass. The children sing at one Mass per month from October through May. The Adult Choir, high school and up, rehearses Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:45 pm (except the first Tuesday of the month) and sings at one or two Masses per month from September through June. The SMG Men’s Ensemble is for men who like to sing or can play an instrument. It is a low commitment; the group sings only three times per year. Rehearsals are on select Tuesdays at 8:45 pm. The SMG Octet, a group of eight singers, also rehearses on select Tuesdays at 8:45 pm and provides music for three Masses throughout the year.
Our parish cantors, high school age and adults, lead the assembly in song and responses at weekend Masses and holy days. Currently, we are blessed with 18 cantors who are scheduled as their time permits, one Mass per month.
The SMG Music Ministry is a blessing to all those who participate in it. We would love to have you join the group that appeals to you!