Music Ministry

“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises. A cry from the deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. As St. Augustine says, ‘Singing is for the one who loves.’ Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for him…Obedient to Christ and to the Church, we gather in liturgical assembly, week after week. As our predecessors did, we find ourselves ‘singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God.’ This common, sung expression of faith within the liturgical celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired voice of the Church at prayer.” – Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (copyright 2007 USCCB)

We in the music ministry at Corpus Christi Church are committed to bringing these words of inspiration and direction from our bishops to life. Our parish, like the whole church, is diverse in music preferences. Though we retain most of our song choices in common between our weekend masses, to keep our parish unified in prayer, we have some variation in style and emphasis due to our different ministry groups. Thank you for raising your voice with us in praise of our Savior and Redeemer!

– Dr. Sharon M. Hershey OCDS, music director or 633-1457 ext. 17


Mass Schedule with Music

Saturday Anticipatory Mass at 5 PM: Diverse songs with organ and piano accompaniments with the music director, guitarist Kathy Sullivan, violinist Joy Haaland, and Ana Fouts, co-cantor.

7:30 AM Mass: cantor Jeff Hodur leads unaccompanied songs

9 AM Mass: Valerie Nicolosi Niemerg, mezzo-soprano, and the music director lead diverse songs with organ and piano accompaniments. The Peaceable Kingdom and Mary’s Angels Children’s Choirs offers occasional ministry during the school year.

11 AM Mass: Angels and Saints Choir supported by organ and piano accompaniments. This mass has more traditional choral repertoire.

6 PM Mass: Hear ye, musicians searching for the joy of music ministry, come one and all! Our illustrious Anthem Ensemble retires during the summer 2019. So we welcome discernments for music ministers, either volunteer or professional, to serve this Mass! Contact Sharon with ideas.