The goal and purpose of Music Ministry is to enhance the experience of worship by heightening the Word of God with music and to provide beauty to the liturgy through music. Through strong musical leadership, music ministers strive to enable the song of the assembly to encourage full, active and conscious participation. Cantors, Choirs and Instrumentalists also minister to the assembly by providing music which allows and encourages spiritual reflection.
Christina Blalock, Director of Sacred Music – firstname.lastname@example.org, (908) 725-0552 x807
Parish Choir: Parish Choir is open to all singers high school age and above. Rehearsals are on Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:15 pm in the church. Parish Choir sings for Mass on Sundays at 10:30 am. Parish Choir also sings for major Holy Days and special events.
Children’s Choir: Children’s Choir is open to all children in grades 3 to 8. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:25 pm. The Children’s Choir sings for Mass on a monthly basis, usually at the Saturday, 5:15 pm Mass.
Youth Music Group: The Youth Music Group is open to 8th graders, High School age and Young Adults, both singers and instrumentalists. The group will sing on the first and third Sunday of the month at the 12 noon Mass beginning in October. Rehearsals are twice a month on Sundays, usually following Mass from 1:15 – 2:30 pm. This group does contemporary sacred music in addition to current parish repertoire. The Youth Music Group is led by Christine Spodnick (email@example.com).
Cantors: Cantors are experienced singers who lead the assembly at Mass when there is no choir. They are required to know extensive repertoire and to learn new music quickly. Cantors are required to also be choir members. In addition to choir rehearsals, Cantors participate in two cantor rehearsals per month. Those interested in participating in the cantor ministry should plan to be in choir and contact the Director of Sacred Music.
Instrumentalists: All instrumentalists who would like to participate at Mass at any time should contact the Director of Sacred Music, Christina Blalock(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wedding Preparation / Liturgical Music:
Music selection information for couples being married at St. Bernard can be found on the Wedding Liturgy Page on this website.
Also be sure to refer to the sacramental preparation page under marriage.