Holy Family Catholic Church

“Cherish the Past, Celebrate the Present, Create a Bright Future”

15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713
Office: 302.368.4665
Religious Ed: 302.368.8976
parish@holyfamilynewark.org

Music Ministries

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir sings at liturgy every other week. Their repertoire includes: four-part hymnody, contemporary liturgical pieces, anthem-style meditation pieces, as well as some Latin and Spanish liturgical works. Solo piano and organ generally accompany the choir, although other instruments are occasionally introduced. The choir rehearses one evening each week. A choir member should be able to sing on pitch and possess a willingness to share their gift of music with the assembly. Proper phonation, diction breathing and vowel modification are some of the skills taught. Attendance at all rehearsals is expected.

Cantors
Cantors lead the assembly in prayerful songs and psalms during Sunday liturgies as well as weddings, funerals, Vespers, and Penance services. They also are called to share their gift of music by proclaiming the Word of God as psalmist and teaching the assembly hymns and acclamations. Cantors are scheduled approximately one liturgy every two or three weeks. All cantors are expected to attend a bi-weekly cantor rehearsal to review and prepare for their scheduled Mass. A cantor should possess leadership skills, an engaging voice, the ability to sing on pitch and a deep sense of prayerfulness, authenticity and reverence for the assembly’s sung prayer. Ongoing education and training sessions are also provided. A cantor also should possess a willingness to share their gift of music with the assembly. Attendance at cantor training sessions and all rehearsals is expected.

The Contemporary Ensemble
The mission of the contemporary ensemble is to enrich and enliven the liturgical experiences of the people of Holy Family Parish through music presented in a contemporary style. The ensemble is generally scheduled two Sundays per month. Rehearsals are normally held on the Thursday prior to the scheduled Sunday liturgy. We welcome new instrumentalists who enjoy playing in a group setting. Membership in the group is open to adults and older adolescents who have mastered their instrument. Vocalists should have clear, strong voices, be able to sing on key, be able to confidently lead the congregation in song, and blend well with other singers. Musicians should have a demonstrated proficiency on their instrument. Attendance at all rehearsals is expected.