Music, Faith and Worship
There is a venerable saying that to sing once is to pray twice. Music adds beauty as we lift our minds and hearts to God in worship.
At Holy Trinity, the music ministry strives for excellence as we seek to give glory to God.
From the first note of the prelude to the final chord of the postlude, the Mass is a prayer in song. The music must be cohesive, make sense, and inspire those gathered for worship.
The majesty of the organ as the leader of our hymnody reflects the majesty of the heavenly hosts as they worship God in realms unseen by our human eyes. In creating a meaningful liturgy, sensitivity to text and quality of music are imperative.
Holy Trinity Mass Choir
Our Choir is comprised of very dedicated parishioners and sings at the 10:00am Mass each Sunday morning between September and May. They also sing for special liturgies throughout the year including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
Over the last several decades, the choir has become a beloved blessing to the parish community as they offer their gifts to God through song.
The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings 7:00-9:00pm in the church and is always in need of more dedicated individuals to join. Vocal training and experience is ideal but not necessary. If you like to sing, come and join your voice with ours!
Holy Trinity Cantors
Cantors are leaders of song for our liturgies. Each Cantor sings an average of two or three Masses each month, depending on availability. Ideal individuals for this role are those who read music, are familiar with the Catholic liturgy, and have had vocal training. Cantors meet for practice as needed.Holy Trinity Choir website
Holy Trinity Worship Committee
The Worship Committee exists to ensure that the liturgical and musical life of Holy Trinity parish is vital, appropriate, and relevant. It is a collaborative effort that includes members from various aspects of ministry at Holy Trinity including, but not limited to, Music Ministry, Art and Environment, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Pastoral Council, and the Ushers. We recognize that our ultimate goal is to give glory to God. We actively discover ways to touch the hearts of those who worship with us so that we may all grow in our faith, love, and ministry together.
The Great Organ at Holy Trinity
In 1981, the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois was contracted to build a pipe organ of 22 ranks for Holy Trinity at a cost of $87,000. The installation of the new pipe organ was the fruition of the shared visions of Mr. Thomas Stehle (then Minister of Music) and Fr. Bob Hermann (then Pastor) to replace the Thomas “Celebrity” electronic organ that once occupied the balcony with a pipe organ suitable to lead the Roman Liturgy. Dr. John Raevens, a former Assistant Professor of Music at Duquesne University and Mr. Stehle’s organ instructor, played the dedicatory recital.
In 1996, under the direction of Mr. Richard Moser (then Minister of Music) and under the leadership of Fr. Bob Hermann (then Pastor), the Wicks organ was enlarged with the addition of a new Rodgers console, MIDI system, and 80 ranks of digital stops. The magnificent organ now boasts three manuals and 102 ranks. The dedication recital series included notable organists Diane Bish, Ted Allan Worth, and Hector Olivera. With the expanded organ and fine acoustic of the church, many parishioners commented that, “our church now sounds like a cathedral!”