Like many Catholic parishes, music at St. Paul of the Cross plays an important role. We take great pride in having one of the best music programs in the Archdiocese. With six weekend Masses we are lucky to have professional musicians who use their talents and skills to enhance all of our services. Our cantors are trained singers and they sing not only for the weekend Masses but also are available for the sixty plus weddings and over ninety funerals conducted each year.
We are indeed proud of our Casavant pipe organ dating from the 1920's. It had been stored for a number of years and in the early 1980's the parish acquired it and it was rebuilt and installed in the Upper Church. In spite of its age, it is reliable – played nearly every day of the week for all those funerals and weddings and Sunday liturgies. We are indeed blest to have this wonderful instrument lead us in such a variety of worship occasions.
The parish is somewhat diverse in its worship. The Upper Church provides a more traditional approach to both liturgy and music. The Lower Church (Holy Family Chapel) offers a more relaxed family oriented service. Therefore we have several musical groups to address these needs.Another group providing music in the Upper Church Masses and other liturgical observances is the Contemporary Ensemble which has been singing for a number of years at the 9:00 Mass on the first and third Sunday of each month.
On the third Sunday of the month, and sometimes more often, the Teen Choir sings at the 12:00 noon Mass. Once again their style is more contemporary.
In the Lower Church, the music is provided by a number of capable musicians. At. times there might be keyboard or guitar with a cantor, and sometimes they are joined by members of the Teen Choir. The players that do the 9:00 Mass in HFC have been extremely loyal for over twenty-five years and the parish appreciates their dedication.
Hopefully in the Fall of 2010, we will once again have a children's choir to enhance our worship. St. Paul of the Cross has a music tradition that every parishioner should relish, and a style of music with which everyone can feel comfortable. To find out more information about which group you might be interested in joining, just tab to that group and you will be given all the appropriate contact information.
Remember the words of St. Augustine...."Those who sing, pray twice."