The Lenten season is almost upon us, bringing with it the talents of our Music Ministry as its members prepare to present beautiful works during this liturgical season. Christina Dupre, Worship and Liturgy Coordinator at St. Joseph Parish, is looking forward to seeing the efforts of this ministry coming to fruition this Lent.
“Our largest production, The Answer, is a full show with over 85 cast members plus the production team and tells the story of Christ’s Passion,” Christina says. “People of all ages participate — full families with little ones up to senior citizens. They volunteer their time and join us for rehearsals every Sunday. In some ways, our rehearsals are a living Bible study the group engages in each week.”
Auditions for The Answer occurred the last weekend of January. Rehearsals will take place throughout February and March in anticipation of the three performance weekends. This year, Christina is excited to present The Answer at three other parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland. The show is free to attend but donations are accepted.
“This incredible show would not be possible without our volunteers,” Christina says. “They give of their time to ensure a memorable performance. After every show, we have audience members asking how they can help and support. Many of them give financially to cover the expenses of this production. Others have given of their talents and joined our cast or production team the following year.”
Christina also eagerly anticipates the Taize music and prayer that will accompany the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
“Taize music has a gentle cadence that leads you to meditation,” she says. “This beautiful form of prayer is common in Eucharistic Adoration. We’ve invited the community at St. Peter Parish to join us on Good Friday for Taize and Stations.”
These initiatives of the Music Ministry are a testament to the participation of the community and our families that foster both a love of the faith and performance.
“I am always blown away by the dedication of our parishioners,” Christina says. “Children in our youth choir want to be a part of our high school and adult choirs because they enjoy it so much. So many of our high school and college-aged parishioners also participate. These ministries continue to grow because they want to do it and invest their time. I look back on Advent when choir volunteers were rehearsing two hours a day twice a week in preparation for the Christmas liturgies. That same devotion is evident in all those performing in The Answer and for that, I’m extremely grateful.”
All performances will occur at 7:30 p.m. and are as follows:
March 8 and 9 at St. Ladislas Church in Westlake (Friday and Saturday performances)
March 14 and 15 at St. Peter Parish in Lorain (Thursday and Friday performances)
March 22 and 23 at St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton (Friday and Saturday performances)