Music is a powerful and beautiful way that we can give praise to God. Music can be used during the Mass to enhance the liturgy and to help parishioners enter more fully into the sacrifice that is taking place upon the altar. Here at Our Lady of Lourdes, children have the opportunity to participate in this beautiful form of worship through the Lyric Children’s and Youth Choir.
The choir is directed by Bernadett Horvath and there are currently five members. Most members are between fifth and 12th grade. They sing at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings and rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m.
Lily Murphy is brand new to the choir, although she has been a cantor at her school Masses for the last two years.
“I heard the girls singing at Mass, and I felt called to be a part of it,” Lily says. “I feel like I am a bigger part of the Mass, and that He hears me sing and I feel Him more.”
As Director, Bernadett believes that it is very important to let children get involved in the Mass and find ways to serve their Church. Being involved helps them to engage in the Church and to more fully understand the Mass.
“Their faith is in formation during these years,” Bernadett says. “As they are trying to understand it, it is important that they have something to do that draws them back each week. Every week, these girls have their friends, they have their community. If kids serve early, they will stay serving later in life and will become active parish members in the long term. This choir is one of those opportunities for young kids to get involved and form that community.”
The musical goal of the Lyric Children’s and Youth Choir is to sing traditional music. They sing a lot of Gregorian and Latin hymns/chants. Their goal is to praise God, help serve Him, and make the Mass beautiful.
Maria Pasquale has been a member of the choir for three years. She shares that singing in the choir helps her focus during Mass, as well as understand the different parts of the Mass. For her, an important part of being involved is the friendships and memories that are made through rehearsing and singing together.
“It is said that singing is praying twice, and that is really true,” Maria says. “Through choir, I have been exposed to many wonderful, different songs that all have the ultimate goal of praising God, and it has definitely helped me grow stronger in my faith. When I first heard about the choir, I actually didn’t want to join. But I am so thankful that I came to that first choir practice. I hope that many others will try out choir, and I am sure that they will like it just as much as I do.”
If you are interested in getting involved, contact Bernadett Horvath at email@example.com or register online at ourladyoflourdescc.org/youth-choir.