Music Ministry

St. Catherine Laboure Parish has a vibrant music ministry.

Ms. Linda Di Franco is our Director of Music. She comes to us with more than 40 years of experience, and we are happy to have her here. For more information about Ms. Di Franco, please visit her website at http://lindadifranco.com

Musicians and singers in age 8 to 80 plus years, participate in the various choirs. We encourage anyone who is so inspired to join one of the choirs as a singer or as an instrumentalist or to volunteer to cantor at the 5 pm Mass.We strive to have the congregation fully participate in the Mass through spoken word and song.

5:00 pm Mass on Saturday evenings has more of a traditional style of music. Led by piano or organ and a cantor, the congregation is encouraged to fully participate in the liturgy through spoken word and song.

7:30 AM Mass on Sunday mornings has more of a traditional style of music. Led by piano or organ and a cantor, the congregation is encouraged to fully participate in the liturgy through spoken word and song.

9:00 am Mass on Sunday offers a more traditional adult choir. The SATB choir leads the congregation in prayer and song throughout the calendar year. The choir is directed by Linda DiFranco.

10:30 am Mass on Sunday morning features a children’s choir. The children’s choir sings every other Sunday from September through May. They are directed by Ms. Linda DiFranco. When the children’s choir is not singing, Linda leads the congregation in song.

12:00 pm Noon Mass is the “Youth” Mass. Led by Karl Zimmermann and his liturgical band, the music is contemporary. Song sheets are available at noon Mass to encourage the congregation to fully participate in the liturgy.

The Children’s Choir

The 10:30 am children’s choir is led by Linda DiFranco. The choir sings from September through May and sings the 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve, Holy Thursday and the First Communion Mass in the spring. A flyer is sent to the children in the SCL day school and PSR each September so children can sign up for the choir. Children from grades 3 through 8 are welcome and encouraged to join. The choir practices on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 pm throughout the school year. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to increase their vocal talent and to learn to give back to the church with their time and talents.

The 9:00 am Choir

The 9:00 am Choir is led by Linda Di Franco musicdirector@sclparish.org. It is an SATB choir. We practice Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in church The choir sings every Sunday at 9:00 am Mass, the Christmas Eve 10:30 pm service, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and other special services throughout the year. The choir has a good mix of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses, but new voices are always welcome. To join this choir contact Linda Di Franco at musicdirector@sclparish.org. The choir offers a welcoming and dedicated community of singers who are always striving to provide the best music for the parish and support each other musically and spiritually. The choir welcomes string, brass, percussion, and woodwind musicians willing to offer their talents to this group.

The 12:00 Choir

The 12:00 Choir is led by Karl Zimmerman. The band includes drums, guitar, piano, bass, vocals and other instruments. They provide a mix of contemporary Christian worship songs and traditional Catholic liturgical music for Noon Sunday Mass, the annual Mass in the Grass, Christmas, Easter, Confirmation Masses, and other special parish events. For information about this group, please contact Karl at 618.616.3417.

Cantors

Cantors lead the congregation in song. Specifically, cantors are needed for the 5 pm Saturday and 7:30 am Sunday weekend Masses. The cantor must have the ability to learn new music in a timely fashion. The ability to read music is beneficial. For more information or to try out to be a cantor, please contact Linda Di Franco musicdirector@sclparish.org.