Music Ministry

 Dr. Rendell James, D.M.A

Director of Music Ministry

If you are interested in participation in the music ministry team, contact Dr. Rendell James, Director of Music Ministries, 817-421-1387. 

The weekend liturgies include the following instruments/ensembles:

Vigil Mass, Saturday, 5:00 PM: Organ or piano, cantor 

Sunday, 9:00 AM Mass: Organ or piano, cantor, various instruments, and choir (open to high school age and older) 

Sunday, 11:00 AM Mass: Organ or piano, cantor, various instruments, and choir (open to high school age and older)

Sunday, 4:00 PM Mass: Piano, cantor, various instruments, and choir (open to high school age and older) 

Music Ministry Creed

We the members of the Good Shepherd Music Ministry recognize our call to be ministers of music.

We recognize that the beauty of our celebration is enhanced in song and want to use our gifts and talents to give praise to God our Father, each in our own measure.

Our main function is to lead the congregation in prayer. The psalmist says, "Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; break into song, sing praise." We promise to be faithful to practice and prayer so that we may prayerfully execute each song.

We do not see our roles as one of performers but instead we stimulate, reinforce and sustain the congregation's singing and participation.

We ask the Lord's blessing on our music ministry that the words we sing and the notes we play may transform the lives and hearts of all present and draw us closer to Jesus Christ our Lord.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Worship and Music at Good Shepherd Catholic Community

The music ministry team of Good Shepherd Catholic Community aids the assembly in the sung prayer of the liturgy. There are opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to offer their talents and gifts for the greater glory and honor of God. The music ministry team serves through participation in the weekly liturgies as well as special events scheduled during the year. The music ministry brings song to the four weekend liturgies in addition to providing music for solemnities, feast days, special liturgical celebrations, wedding celebrations, and funeral liturgies.  

Good Shepherd Catholic Community Choirs and Ensembles

GSCC Children's Choir

FORMS

First Rehearsal Sept 8

GSCC Youth Choir 

FORMS

First Rehearsal Sept 6

GSCC 5:00 Ensemble GSCC 9:00 and 11:00 Ensembles
GSCC 4:00 Ensemble GSCC Cantors
GSCC Instrumentalists GSCC Youth Orchestra  FORMS
GSCC Handbells GSCC Crystal Bowls

Note the schedule for the remainder of the 2016-17 season for children and youth choirs.

Children’s Choir:  4/6, 4/27, 5/4, and 5/11: Regular rehearsals from 4:45 PM-5:30 PM in St. Cecilia Hall      

Youth Choir:4/4, 4/25, 5/2, and 5/9: Regular rehearsals from 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM in St. Cecilia Hall

5:00 PM Masses:

4/29 and 5/13: Combined children and youth choirs

  • Call time is 3:45 PM in St. Cecilia Hall
  • Attire: appropriate for a professional job interview
  • Parents of the children’s choir singers are strongly encouraged to sit in the choir area behind their children to help alleviate disruptions during Mass

Pizza Parties/Final Gatherings:

  • 5/16: Pizza party/final gathering of the season for youth choir in St. Cecilia Hall from 4:45-5:30 PM                       
  • 5/18: Pizza party/final gathering of the season for children’s choir in St. Cecilia Hall from 4:45-5:30 PM
  • Will need parental assistance with set up, serving, and clean up  

GSCC Children’s Choir: This choir ministers once a month for various liturgies. The ensemble is open to all kindergarten through third graders. Rehearsals will take place on Thursdays during the school year in the St. Cecilia Music Hall from 4:45 PM-5:30 PM. Required Forms    Top

GSCC Youth Choir: This ensemble ministers once a month for various liturgies. The ensemble is open to fourth through eighth graders. They rehearse during the school year on Tuesdays in the St. Cecilia Music Hall from 4:45 PM-5:45 PM.   Required Forms    Top

GSCC 5:00 Mass: A cantor and an accompanist serve as music ministers for this Mass.  Top

GSCC 9:00 and 11:00 Ensembles: The ensembles minister at the 9:00 and 11:00 AM Sunday masses, respectively, and comprised of singers and instrumentalists. The choirs welcome members of all ages—high school age through adults. The repertoire encompasses all styles of music, from chant and Renaissance motets to twentieth century anthems, sung a cappella or with piano or organ accompaniment. They rehearse Wednesday evenings in St. Cecilia Music Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 PM and one-half hour prior to each mass.  Top

GSCC 4:00 Ensemble: This group leads the worship at the 4:00 PM Sunday mass. The repertoire is both traditional and contemporary and is accompanied by piano, guitar, and other instruments. They rehearse Sundays in the St. Cecilia Music Hall prior to mass, 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  Top

GSCC Cantors: The ministry team members must have a pleasant singing voice, ability to read music, and capable of leading the assembly in the sung portions of the liturgy. An audition is required.

Cantor Guidelines Video    Cantor Directives

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GSCC Instrumentalists: This aspect of music ministry is for those players who possess an ability to read music and produce an acceptable tone quality on the respective instruments. An audition is required.  Top

GSCC Youth Orchestra:  Good Shepherd Youth Orchestra consists of students from grades seventh through twelfth.  Most of the players are GSCC parishioners but all are welcome. The season runs from October through July.  

Rehearsals occur twice a month on Sundays from 12:30-2:00 P.M. in St. Cecilia Hall. The orchestra plays at a parish mass once a month.  So, the ensemble meets three times a month.

The special events include: the GSCC Christmas concert in December, an outreach Christmas concert (TBA), Christmas Eve mass, stations of the cross in Lent, and Easter Sunday mass.

To join, a student must be in a school band program and/or taking private lessons.  There is no audition required.  Required Forms    Top

GSCC Handbells: The ensemble ministers for various liturgies. The ensemble rehearses on Mondays in the St. Cecilia Music Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Top

GSCC Crystal Bowls: The strikers call the assembly to prayer prior to each mass.   Top