Music in Our Liturgy

Music in our liturgies is a most important part of our worship and has been since the earliest Christian days. Remember in the scriptures that the disciples gathered often and sang “hymns, songs and spiritual songs.” We are encouraged in scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers to find our voices in worship. There is no such thing as a person who cannot sing, only those who are reluctant to do so! We encourage all people to gather their musical talents, as humble as they may be, and offer them in our worship experience. The Director of Music and Liturgy is most happy to talk to you about how you may find your place in the liturgical and musical ministries of the church. Contact him through the parish office or email at: musicliturgy@stalbg.org.

CantorOrgan at St Al's

The cantor has the special role of leading our sung responses at mass. The cantor most often serves as the psalmist, leading the responsorial psalm, and also other music that requires an assembly response. The cantor is not a soloist but a leader, along with the accompanist, who leads the assembly in the music of the liturgy. In addition to the Sunday and holy day masses, cantors also assist at weddings, funerals, and other special liturgies. Cantors should possess a clear, accurate and pleasant voice. Auditions are required for cantors.

Canticle Choir

The Canticle Choir is a choral ensemble that leads the music ministry at one Sunday mass each week between September and Pentecost Sunday in the spring. They also provide musical offerings of unison, two, three and four part choral music ranging from early chant to the music of today.This singing group is open to women and men from high school age on up. It is divided into the usual voice parts of soprano, alto, tenor and bass. We also welcome BGSU students into our lively and happy group of singers! Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 and we meet one half hour before our Sunday mass.

Adult Handbell Choir

A relatively new musical group at St. Aloysius is the Adult Handbell Choir. Our parish owns three octaves of both Malmark handbells and handchimes and we ring them at weekend masses about once a month. A handbell ringer needs to have some knowledge of musical notation and rhythm, but the rest can be learned as one progresses with the group. The membership remains pretty constant, but we do have the occasional opening, and often have the need for a substitute ringer. The bell choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Folk Choir

The Folk Choir is a contemporary music ensemble that leads the music ministry at one Sunday mass each week. They also provide music for our monthly bilingual mass. Singers and instrumentalist are welcome to offer their talents. The group centers around guitar, bass, woodwinds, percussion and other instrumentation and rehearses weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the church.

School Masses

The weekly school masses are usually accompanied by keyboard (piano/organ) and lead by singing groups assigned weekly from each classroom. Talented singers are also sought out to serve as cantors. The Music Director is happy to train and assist students who want to serve in such a leadership role.

Instruments

Along with our new handbells, St. Aloysius Church houses a very fine Letourneau organ of 27 stops and 32 ranks of pipes in the rear gallery, installed in 1998. We also have a fine Yamaha grand piano in the church sanctuary.