Music Ministry and Choir
Chris & Jim Goodell – (904) 813-8132 email@example.com
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
The OLSS Music Ministry is grounded in the following:
Vision: Offering our God-given gifts to provide music that encourages full engagement not only in liturgy, but in living-out our faith.
Christ-centered ministry – To ensure that all we do is in line with Christ’s teachings and example.
Inclusion – To provide a creative, encouraging environment that allows musical talent to be recognized and offered at liturgies across a variety of musical styles.
Humility – To understand that we are the accompaniment to the liturgy and not to detract from the Altar.
Musical Excellence – To give Jesus our best.
Mission: Combining our ministry values and musical gifts, we will strive to attract, develop and place into service music ministers who will in turn enhance the celebration of the Mass and other liturgical celebrations and to support the congregation in singing, so that all who attend services will be inspired and engaged in their faith.
Cantors rehearse individually with the Music Directors and/or during group practices. Cantors are generally selected from the ranks of the OLSS Choral Groups and serve with those groups. They also serve at the 7:30 am Sunday Masses.
The Chancel Choir sings at the 11:00 am Mass on Sundays. The core musical style is classical in nature, but also embraces Gregorian Chants, as well as Contemporary Christian songs, including original compositions.
Sacred Sound (Adult Contemporary Ensemble):
Sacred Sound sings at the 5:30 pm Mass on Saturdays. This vocal/instrumental group specializes in Contemporary Christian Music. Instrumentation includes, for example, guitars, bass, keyboard and percussion. Music is both established contemporary, as well as original compositions.
Grace Band (Young Adult Contemporary Ensemble):
Grace sings at the 5:30 pm Mass on Sundays. These young people sing and play Contemporary Christian Music, as well as Classical Church Repertoire. Young Adults are also featured for solo and ensemble preludes and reflection moments during the Mass. Instrumentation includes, for example, keyboards, bass, percussion and guitar. Teens are the focus of this group. “We are blessed to have Jill & Kevin Alderfer as the leaders of this group” said Chris.
Joy Youth Ensemble:
The Joy Youth Ensemble sings at the 9:00 am Mass on Sundays. These talented youth sing and play Contemporary Christian Music, as well as Classical Church Repertoire. Youth are also featured for solo and ensemble preludes and reflection moments during the Mass. Youth K through 6th grades are welcome.
Taking It on the Road:
The Music Ministry actively participates in Diocesan-wide events, community outreach and special programs. From the Eucharistic Congresses to Youth Rallies & Retreats to Prison Ministry to Gabriel House & Mission House and beyond the Music Ministry offers support.
Christmas 2016 will, once again, feature a variety of musical styles:
- Christmas Eve 4 pm (Sanctuary): The Grace Band – Contemporary Christian and Christmas Classics.
- Christmas Eve 4:15 pm (Cultural Center): The Joy Youth Ensemble with guest Pianist, John Haugen – Christmas Classics.
- Christmas Eve 7 pm (Sanctuary): Sacred Sound – Contemporary Christian and Christmas Classics.
- Christmas Eve 10 pm (Sanctuary): Chancel Choir with guest organist, John Haugen, and the Belle Fleur Brass Quartet – Christmas Classics.
- Christmas Day 8:30 am (Sanctuary): Jim Goodell with guest organist, John Haugen – Christmas Classics.
- Christmas Day 11 am (Sanctuary): Chancel Choir with guest organist, John Haugen, and the Belle Fleur Brass Quartet and String Trio – Christmas Classics.