2016 Christmas Eve - St. John Fisher Choir Ministry
30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447
2016 Christmas Eve - St. John Fisher Choir Ministry
|Away In A Manger||2.7 MB||2:57 min|
|Child Of Peace And Love||2.7 MB||2:56 min|
|Christmas Gloria||2.9 MB||3:08 min|
|Christmas Lullaby||2.7 MB||3:00 min|
|Christmas Sanctus||3.7 MB||4:00 min|
|Christmas Season Gospel Acclamation||0.8 MB||0:54 min|
|Christmastime||2.6 MB||2:47 min|
|Do You Hear What I Hear||2.9 MB||3:08 min|
|Down In The City Of David
|2.2 MB||2:26 min|
|God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen||2.5 MB||2:44 min|
|O Come All Ye Faithful||1.6 MB||1:42 min|
|O Little Town Of Bethlehem||1.6 MB||1:45 min|
|Today Our Savior Is Born - Psalm 96||2.5 MB||2:41 min|
Join us in musical praise!
The Saint John Fisher Genesis Choir
Who can Join
Anyone in grades K-5
What we do
Lead the congregation in song one Sunday per month 10:30 Mass
When we practice
Monday evenings from 5:00-5:45 per our calendar (we don't meet every single Monday)
When we begin
Monday October 3, 2015 5:00-5:45
Questions? Contact Kathleen Filosa - Director of Music Ministry
Introducing The New Young People’s Choir!
This choir is open to our parishioners in grades 6 through 12. This newly established choir will be a contemporary choir which will sing periodically through the season for our Teen Masses, Middle Grade Level masses, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday and Easter. Please be on the lookout for rehearsal days and times which will be posted in the bulletin and on the church website!
Rehearsals for The Genesis Choir will resume on Monday October 2 at 5:oo in the Church. Rehearsals run from 5:oo-5:45. The Genesis Choir is open to all children ages Pre-K through grade 5 and sings at the 1o:3o mass once a month at our Children's Masses as well as Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
ADULT WORSHIP CHOIR
Start warming up those voices and dusting off those instruments! The new choir season will resume on Monday September 12 at 6:oo in the church. The Adult Worship Choir is open to all adults ages 18 and over who would like to share their love of music, while lifting their voices in praise to our God! No prior experience is necessary and all music is provided. We rehearse on Monday evenings from 6:oo-8:oo and sing weekly at alternating masses, as well as Feast Days, including Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and the Easter Vigil. Come test the waters by moving from the pews to the "loft" and join us in songs of Praise and Thanksgiving to our God who loves us.
Two of our favorite songs for your enjoyment. This was recorded during choir practice on Monday, May 2, 2016. The selections are Sanctuary & Forever (We Sing Hallelujah). Our entire choir was not present, but there were enough members there to raise our voice in song. Take a look. Let us know how we did.
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) : https://youtu.be/IL4m17NxH0U
There is always room for more voices in our choir. We have some absolutly marvelous singers and I can assure you by my own voice, we have a few "just okay" voices as well. I can't read music and the look of confusion I occasionally display on my face is genuine. Kathleen will draw the best out of you. Our season is almost over, so there is plenty of time to consider joining us when we start up again. Contact the Parish Office at 295-0001 to get more information, or better yet, just tap Kathleen on the shoulder and ask her about it directly.
As we move through the glorious season of Easter, I'd like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thanks to the Adult Worship Choir. As Music Ministers, the Lenten and Easter Seasons is our busiest time. We jokingly call Holy Week (from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday) a "marathon”—an apt metaphor considering the training, hard work, determination and dedication needed to reach the "finish line."
While our journey through the Passion is nothing like Jesus' true walk, the Adult Worship Choir has showed tremendous dedication to the ministry, committing to longer rehearsals, more involved music, and a deeper understanding of Lenten and Holy Week liturgical music. Holy Week consisted of two Palm Sunday masses, an extra-long rehearsal on Monday night, (only two days of rest!), the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil), ending with two Masses on Easter Sunday.
I want to thank the choir for doing all of this for God's Glory. We have completed the "marathon" (until next year) and now you can rest knowing that "All is Well, All will be truly well!"
With love and gratitude,
Come sing with us as we worship our New-Born King!
Rehearsals begin on Monday, November 30.
Farewell concert performance in honor of Denise Mello who is leaving our parish for Ohio. Denise has offered many years of service to our music ministry. She will be missed very much. Good Luck Denise!
Beginning the First Sunday of Advent, you will notice a change in the Mass parts. We'll be using the Heritage Mass Setting. This new setting is posted here for you to listen to.
On Christmas Eve we will switch the settings yet again. Do not fear! We'll go back to the Heritage Mass when the Christmas Season comes to a close with The Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Mass Setting is sung to familiar Christmas Carols so will be very easy to pick up.
Finally, we will be using a common psalm throughout the Season of Advent-Psalm 85: "Let Us See Your Kindness." Please sing along through the entire psalm, not just the refrain!
Enjoy the Advent Season!
Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the ministers of each degree fulfilling their ministry and the people participating in it.
Indeed, through this form, prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem.
SECOND VATICAN ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
INSTRUCTION ON MUSIC IN THE LITURGY
I’m too embarrassed to sing in front of others!
This is understandable if you have not sung in the company of others for a long time…or ever. The beauty of singing in a choir is that people can “hide” in the big sound and come forward when they are ready. You will never be “forced” to sing a solo!
I can’t sing!
We are not seeking vocal aficionados, nor are we seeking those who are Broadway bound. We seek those who have a love of music, a love of fellowship and a love for serving God. That’s all we ask!
I don’t have time!
Rehearsals are only one night a week. And you’re going to be at Mass anyway. Why not come a little early and enhance your worship experience by singing and encouraging others in the congregation to join along in song?
10. Rehearsal on Monday night means one night away from the stresses of busy life AND it’s a great way to start the week!
9. You always have a great reserved seat for Christmas and Easter.
8. You will be setting a good example for all the children, teenagers (and reluctant adults.)
7. Intellectual Stimulation—when you make music, you are using both sides of your brain simultaneously.
6. Since warm-ups are a half-hour before mass, you’ll never have to worry about breaking the “one hour before Communion” fast.
5. No auditions or solos required!
4. People who are involved in music live longer and are healthier
3. From our beloved St. Augustine: “To Sing is to pray twice!”
2. Every once in a while, you might catch a glimpse of Heaven’s choir singing along with you. I’m not kidding!
1. Serving the Lord—considering all He does for us, it’s just a little giving back to HIM!