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Music Ministry
  The Music ministry at SS. John and Paul offers many wonderful opportunities to joyfully serve God through the gift of music and enable this community of faith to participate more fully in our liturgies. If you are interested in any of the areas below, please contact Mr. Al Eppens, Director of Liturgical Music.  

Cantor Program

The cantor serves as leader of the community’s song within liturgy approximately once every other week, preparing and singing music which expresses the texts of scripture and prayer. The cantors meet for two hours once each month, as well as engaging in individual practice and vocal coaching. This is open to all experienced singers.

Choir (Adults and Teens)

Singers of all ages and musical abilities are welcome to join; no auditions are necessary and you are not required to read music. The Choir offers a unique support and embellishment to the song of the community, most often at the 9:30 Sunday Masses. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Junior Choir

All children with reading ability are welcome to join in this fun ministry, which provides leadership in liturgical song at various times of the year. You are not required to read music. The emphasis is on singing with spirit and understanding. We rehearse on Tuesdays from 5:00-5:40 p.m.

Contemporary Ensemble

Provides musical leadership at the 11:30 Sunday Mass and other liturgies. Any singer, instrumentalist or percussionist is welcome to join this group which practices on Sundays before and after the 11:30 a.m. Mass, as well as at other mutually-agreed upon times.

Adult Handbells

The ringing of handbells is a rhythmic, even athletic, activity which accompanies the assembly’s song by interpreting musical themes in a unique way, either through stand-alone pieces or accompaniment. Rehearsals are for one hour on Mondays after the 7:00 p.m. Mass.

Junior Handbells

Open to every child of grade school age on up who is able to reach and ring the bells appropriately (needs a certain height and strength). A superb opportunity to be part of the musical leadership, while learning rhythm patterns. Rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:45-6:30 p.m. and plays periodically throughout the year, with special emphasis on the Christmas and Easter seasons.

Resurrection Choir

Assist during Funeral liturgies to provide music ministry support. All who are available during the day are welcome. Meet twice a year for practice and fellowship, and then rehearse 1/2 hour before funerals.

Instrumentalist or Accompanist

Persons of any age who play an instrument can contribute to the leadership of music. Individual rehearsals and opportunities to play are fitted to your schedule. We particularly rely on volunteers during the Christmas and Easter seasons.


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