Sacred Music at St. Bernard
Director of Sacred Music
St. Bernard enjoys a very active and vibrant music ministry. All parishioners are encouraged to be a part of our music ministry program. The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing. "Cantare amantis est", says St. Augustine, singing is a lover's thing. In so saying, we come again to the Trinitarian interpretation of Church music. The Holy Spirit is love, and it is he who produces the singing. He is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ and so leads to the Father. (The Spirit of the Liturgy, p 142)
Andrew Kreigh is our current director of Sacred Music, and joined the parish staff in August, 2019. Andrew brings a host of musical skill and knowledge of the Sacred Liturgy to our parish, including choral music, knowledge and proficiency of the pipe organ and other sacred instruments and extensive experience in choral directing. We're blessed with Andrew's gifts and talents, and look forward to him sharing his gifts and talents with our parish family.
There are many ways to become involved in our music ministry. You don't need to be a professional musician or have extensive experience reading music. All that's needed is a desire to glorify the Lord with the gift of your voice or musical talent!
The adult choir is comprised of approximately 30 voices, and there's always room for more! The choir is a traditional four-part choir, and is responsible for leading the assembly in song during the 10:00am Mass on Sunday mornings. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The adult choir also sings one or two choral anthems during each Mass.
Cantors play an integral part in the liturgy as they serve both visual and vocal capacities in helping lead the assembly in song. Cantors are comfortable standing before the assembly and have a strong singing voice in order to help lead the people. New cantors are always welcome!
Our bell choir is currently in the process of reorganizing. The bell choir has had a strong presence here at St. Bernard, and we're looking to combine our two groups to form one group that can encourage one another and help each other grow in their skill and comfort of ringing bells. Some bell ringers can read music; other ringers mark their scores with the bell they are responsible for ringing.
Whatever is best for the individual ringer is what's best for everyone! Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to join the bell choir ... there's always room to grow.