The assembly of the faithful, the people in the pews, is above all other musical organizations, the principal choir of the parish and is the primary means that all parishioners can participate in the music of the Liturgy.
Our Roman Catholic Church is steeped in a rich and noble sacred music tradition of nearly two thousand years. From the very beginning of the Church, the faithful sang the praises of God in their worship. Even on the last night of Jesus’ earthly life, he and his disciples went to the Mount of Olives, singing hymns of praise. (Matthew 26:30)
When we celebrate the Mass, we are called to join our voices with the heavenly choirs of angels singing, Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus — “Holy, Holy, Holy.” We become part of the universal and Divine Liturgy of praise and thanksgiving. Our musicmaking is directed to God and is always an offering of our best gifts and talents.
For information on joining any of the ministries listed below, please contact Dr. John J. Hoffman in the parish office.
St. Austin Parish Choir
St. Austin Parish Choir sings primarily at the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday from 7–9 p.m. The Choir performs sacred music from all periods of the Church’s musical heritage. Membership is open to all high school and adult parishioners. There is no audition.
In 2008 the Choir completed a pilgrimage to Italy. The Choir sang for a Mass in St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi, Mass at the Duomo in Florence, The Chapter Mass on Sunday at St. Peter's Basilica, a concert at the Church of St. Ignatius, and for Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly Papal audience. The choir also visited many other sacred sites in the Eternal City and toured ancient sites throughout the region.
The choir completed a second pilgrimage of France in the Spring of 2011. The pilgrimage included masses at Notre Dame, Lourdes, and other sites along the way.