St. Stephen Music Ministry
"Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord!" - Psalm 150:6
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.
Holy Scripture, indeed, has bestowed praise upon sacred song, and the same may be said of the fathers of the Church and of the Roman pontiffs who in recent times, led by Pope St. Pius X, have explained more precisely the ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord.
Therefore Sacred Music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites. But the Church approves of all forms of true art having the needed qualities, and admits them into divine worship.
Please see below the contact information to join our Music Ministry at St. Stephen or collect more information.
Are Leaders of Song at Masses.
They help facilitate the participation of the people, proclaim the Psalm between the Readings and lead the Gospel Acclamation. They work with the Music Director and their accompanist to accomplish these goals. Reading Music is helpful but not required for this Ministry.
St. Stephen has a long-standing custom of having volunteer organists and pianists play at Masses.
Anyone with those talents and skills are encouraged to talk to the Music Director.
If you plan an instrument, you are welcome to contact the Music Director, Debby Quinn, to explore ways to use your gift within the liturgies at our parish.