Music at St. Rita Church is a vital and essential part of all our liturgies.
We strive to provide excellent music in choice and quality while keeping
the assembly in mind. All our music programs offer a blend of musical
styles which provides the best balance for all parishioners who worship
You are welcome to join us. The only criteria is that you possess a
love for Christian music, the desire to serve the Lord and your
community, the gift of a good, healthy, on-pitch voice and the time to
attend weekly rehearsals (more during the holiday seasons). Please speak
to the music director after Mass or call 793-8544 X113 (or listen to the prompts) to leave a message for the Director of Music Ministries, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC MINISTRY GROUPS
4:30pm Saturday Vigil Choir
This choir accepts members 18 years of age and older and is accompanied by piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar and percussion
7:00pm Saturday Vigil Spanish Music Ministry
This Mass accepts all singers and is accompanied by piano, percussion and a choir..
7:30am Mass Music Ministry
This Mass is supported by an a cappella soloist most of the time.
9:00am Sunday Mass Choir
This choir accepts members 18 years of age and older. It is accompanied by piano, organ, bass guitar, guitar, and percussion.
11:00am Sunday Mass Choir
This choir accepts members 18 years of age and older. It is accompanied by piano, organ, bass guitar, guitars, and percussion.
1:00pm Sunday Spanish Choir
This choral group accepts members of all ages and serves the Sunday Spanish Mass. It is accompanied by piano and percussion.
5:00pm LifeTeen Band
This music ministry serves at the LifeTeen Mass. High School teens are asked to speak to the leader of this music ministry to see if there is a need for added voices and/or instrumentalists at the current time. Click here to be connected to the official LifeTeen web site.
St. Rita Young Singers
The young singers sing at Sunday masses from October trhough May. These Masses take place once a month at the 9:00am or 11:00am Sunday Mass. The choir also sings at a Christmas Vigil Mass. Please visit the Young Singers Choir Page for more information.
This choir is for open for all active members of any adult music ministry serving our church. We combine our talents and sing at special Masses and Holy days, including Christmas Midnight Mass and the Triduum Liturgies which may require extra rehearsal times. Announcements will be made prior to any special event that would require your participation. Rehearsal schedules vary according to the event.
Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music. Her feast day, celebrated both in the Catholic and Orthodox Church, is November 22. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband Valerian(us), his brother Tiburtius, and other friends whom she had converted, suffered martyrdom, C. 230, under the emperor Alexander Severus.
The martyrdom of Cecilia is said to have followed that of her husband and brother by the prefect Turcius Almachius. The officers of the prefect then sought to have Cecilia killed as well. She arranged to have her home preserved as a church before she was arrested. At that time, the officials attempted to kill her by locking her in an overheated bathhouse. However, the attempt failed, and she was to be beheaded. The executioner attempted to decapitate her three times unsuccessfully, at which time he fled. Cecilia survived another three days before succumbing.
A Prayer to St. Cecilia
O God, who does make us glad with the annual feast of blessed Cecilia, your virgin and martyr, grant that, as we venerate her in our liturgy, we may also follow her example in Godly living, through our Lord Jesus Christ.