"Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!" (Psalm 103: 1) We are instructed by God to offer ourselves to Him as an offering to His holy name. We glorify God at Mass because Jesus said "do this in remembrance of me." (1 Cor. 11: 24). Our primary rseponsibility in the Holy Mass is the glorification of God, and we worship and praise his name through the sung prayer of the Mass.
The most important voice of the sung prayer is the entire congregation, and our music ministry strives to enhance that participation of the faithful through our various choirs and ensembles. We are always in need of more participants willing to give of their time and talent. If you have a musical ability or are just inquiring about how you might fit into this music ministry, please contact our music director.
Combined Choirs - The weekly 5pm, 9am, and 11am Mass musicians are part of a combined choir that rehearses on Mondays at 6:30pm in the chapel.
Contemporary Choir - The 6pm ensemble help lead music for the Sunday evening Mass, comprising more contemporary instrumentation and slightly varied repertoire.
Children's Choir - The children's choir sing throughout the school year at various Mass times and is open to anyone in grades 2 though 8. Rehearsals are Mondays at 5:30pm in the chapel. Details and registration can be found here.
Traditional Choir - This group features 4-part hymnody and sings for the 5pm Mass on the 1st Saturday of the month. Rehearsals are typically Sundays at 10am in Classrom 102.
Schola Cantorum - This 4-part a cappella small group explores the rich heritage of our Catholic musical patrimony by focusing on plainchant in both English and Latin, polyphonic motets, and a deeper dive into the Propers of the Mass. This group sings on feast days and throughout the diocese for special services.
Instrumentalists - We are always in need of instrumentalists to help accompany and add color to the music of the liturgy. We are in particular need of pianists, bassists, percussionists, and solo melodic instrumentalists.
For more information about the Vision and Mission of this music ministry, please click here. If you have a talent and passion for music and would like to volunteer, please contact Jake Ineck at 208-888-1182 x.3020, or [email protected]
Upcoming music: We have provided a YouTube playlist of upcoming weeks' music to help you better prepare to enter into the sung musical prayer of the Mass. Click here!
External links on sacred music:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Document on Music:
Sing to the Lord - Music in Divine Worship (2007)
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council:
Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963)
Instruction on Music in the Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council:
Musicam Sacram (1967)