“O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” (Psalm 98:1)
The adult choir leads and supports the congregation in worship and song during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy. The choir sings also for Christmas, Easter, and other special feast days throughout the liturgical year, for example, during Advent, Lent, and Holy Week.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anyone with a willingness to commit to Sunday liturgy at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday rehearsals is welcome to join the choir. Prior choir experience is helpful but not required.
"They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloudof your righteousness.” (Psalm 145:7)
Cantors direct and guide the congregation in song during the weekend liturgies. One of their main functions is to sing the psalm and lead the responsorial psalm after the first reading during the Liturgy of the Word. Cantors commit to regular Mass times, usually two or more weekends per month. Prior experience in singing or speaking before a congregation is helpful, but not required. Cantors rehearse with the OLMC Music Director.
“This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” (John 6:40)
The Resurrection Choir sings at funeral and burial liturgies celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Initiated in September 2011, this choir has already brought comfort to many grieving families in our church community in their time of loss. Rehearsals are held 30 minutes prior to the liturgy. Everyone is welcome to join this special group.
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord., among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.” (Psalm 108:3)
Junior cantors are members of the junior choir who direct and guide the congregation in song during one of the weekend liturgies, usually on Saturdays. Junior cantors usually sing in pairs and may be accompanied by an adult cantor. To date, two junior cantors have led the congregation during Thanksgiving and Christmas liturgies. This important role is open to members of the junior choir who are in Grades 4 through 8. The OLMC Music Director instructs junior cantors. Parental permission and support is encouraged.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop then; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (Luke 18:16)
Young people from Grades 1 through 8 form a junior choir who sing during the liturgies of the major feasts of the liturgical year, for example, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost. They may also participate in some sacramental liturgies, for example, Baptism and First Communion. Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings in the weeks prior to the feast days. All young people of OLMC are encouraged to join this special choir. Parental permission and support is encouraged.
"Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn, make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.“ (Psalm 98:5-6)
The ensemble is a group of instrumentalists who accompany the choir and congregation in worship and song during the weekend liturgies. The organ, piano, cello, guitar, drums, and percussion comprise the core ensemble that plays for all weekend liturgies. During the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, flutes and violin regularly join the ensemble. For special feast days, other musicians from the local community are invited to participate. All instrumentalists are invited to join the ensemble, provided they can read music and are proficient with their instruments.
Music Ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel would like to include handbells in the liturgies of special feast days, for example, Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. All adults who may be interested in forming a handbell choir are invited to speak with the OLMC Music Director. Rehearsal times will be determined once the group is formed. The ability to read music is a requirement.