Music Ministry at St. Mary’s
I have enjoyed immensely serving St. Mary’s for the past 12 years as music director, but have recently come to a personal and prayerful “crossroads” decision to step down at the end of August. Although available to continue as pianist for one Mass each Sunday, I will be handing over the ministry to two interim Co-Directors – Cassandra DeBolt and Sherman Harrell. Both students have been actively serving for some time now.
Cassie, SFA piano major from San Antonio, has been my Assistant Music Director the past two years, is a terrific pianist, organized and dedicated, with a great knowledge of Catholic music styles. Sherman, SFA voice major from Nacogdoches, has been singing as cantor for many years, has extensive knowledge of church liturgy, plays guitar, a little piano, a little drums…and has talent and experience in conducting. I have great confidence in these two for not only continuing, but building the wonderful music program at St. Mary’s!
Please check out the www.sfacatholic.net website to view the results of our May 10th Music Ministry Survey! Overall, the congregation approved of the hymnals, styles of hymns, choice of Mass settings, and overall success leading the congregation in singing. This is good news indeed. There is overwhelming support for an established choir Mass one Sunday each week. Also, many are definitely on board for regular Praise & Worship sessions and seasonal pre-Mass devotionals. Improvements and fresh viewpoints are considered and appreciated.
Many of you have supported the music ministry’s needs with combined prayer and generous donations. This helped us acquire music books, hymnals, choral octavos, and a custom hand-carved bookcase; but more importantly it enabled our musicians to be continually and spiritually renewed through additional choir retreats - participating in group, church and monastery prayer and sharing their musical gifts with singing choir concerts. These are not just memories you have helped create, but spiritual tools and habits for a lifetime. The choir members and I are so very grateful for this and for your future prayers and support.
I will be available as Director through middle of August. For information on joining the music ministry, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-715-5148.