Welcome to the music ministry page of the St. Genevieve website. My name is Jodi Bollich and I'm the Director of Music at St. Genevieve. It is with great excitement that I share with you my vision for the St. Genevieve Music program. Some may ask “why do we sing at mass"? We believe that singing gets words into our hearts and our minds even better than listening does. No matter how good the preacher is, few people go home humming the homily, because it’s something that we listen to, not something that we do. Lots of people go to concerts to listen to their favorite singers, or they turn on the radio in the car or at home, or they switch on their iPods when they go walking or jogging. But pretty soon, even without realizing it, they find themselves singing along with certain songs. The words become part of them; they can recall these texts even if they can’t recall the words of our creed or of the Declaration of Independence. Music has a power to make words and events memorable!” My St. Genevieve vision consists of us as a community singing at Mass in order to remember, what it is that we’re all about as Christians. We sing to get the meaning of our liturgy into our hearts and minds.
In the document, Sing to the Lord, Music in Divine Worship it states; “Within the gathered assembly, the role of the congregation is especially important. The full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit.”
I wish to share with you a number of ideas to help us achieve this goal:
First, the adult choir "The Voices of St Genevieve" is looking for new members. To me, what makes a church choir unique is that the choir becomes the worship leaders. The choir assists the priest in setting the tone for the holy mass. What a privilege to be used by God for this purpose! Ultimately the best reason to join a church choir is that you get to praise God through song. You do not have to have any formal music training all you need to have is a desire to serve the Lord and your church. I will work with you on basic music knowledge and you will receive a CD with your music part to take home and rehearse.
The commitment is only twice a week with practice being held on Wednesday evenings promptly from 6-7:30 and the 10am mass on Sunday.
Second, I'd like to form a Christmas choir. This choir will sing with the adult choir for “Lessons and Carols” a new Christmas event which will be taking place on December 16, and Christmas Eve at 4pm mass. Practice will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7-7:30. This option will open up the possibility for someone who wants to try out the choir experience, but doesn’t want to commit to the choir for a full year. Rehearsals for this choir will begin the first Wednesday in October.
Third, the forming of a children’s choir that will practice twice a month and sing once a month at noon mass. This group I will teach music basics and simple anthems. Rehearsal schedule will be posted in September with rehearsals starting the beginning of October.
In closing, I want to officially ask you to become part of our choir family. You are greatly needed and you will be amazed at how the Lord will shower you with blessings for singing His praises. Music in Divine Worship says it best: “God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.”