The music ministry at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church is, above all, devoted to
enhancing the liturgy, and it it is our hope that, through the music we sing and
play, we add to the beauty and solemnity of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Participating in the music at Mass is an important way to focus on the reality
of what is really happening at the altar, as well as reminding us of the
readings and Gospel for the day. As St. Augustine said, “Those who sing well,
pray twice.” Singing well does not mean being a trained singer, however! It
means giving glory to God with humility and joy with the voice He gave you,
which is something that everyone is capable of doing.
Our Lady of the Gulf is fortunate to have a large and active choir, which typically
sings for the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays. During the school year, we rehearse on
Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 pm. The choir sings a variety of music, from
traditional hymns (including those in Latin) to contemporary songs, and enjoys
constantly learning new material. The 5:30 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and
the 8am Mass on Sunday morning are both led by our Music Director, Rebecca
Smith, as she cantors from the piano. The 6pm Mass on Sunday night is led by
Shea and Matt Ladner, and features Praise and Worship music.
If you would like to get involved in the music ministry at our church, you are very
welcome! There is no audition required--you may either show up or send Rebecca
Smith an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.