Parish Choir

The Little Singers of St Francis of Assisi and St Gertrude the Great gathered a group of talented musicians from the parish to bring greater glory to God with our voices. The focus of the choir is primary on the singing of Gregorian chant during the Sacred Liturgy. As His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote,

In the West, in the form of Gregorian chant, the inherited tradition of psalm-singing was developed to a new sublimity and purity, which set a permanent standard for sacred music, music for the liturgy of the Church.

The Spirit of Liturgy – Pope Benedict XVI

The choir carrying on the sacred liturgical traditions of the church with the singing of Gregorian chants as well as polyphonies during the Holy Mass.

Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendour of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.

Motu Proprio – Pope Pius X

The choir practices weekly in St Anne’s Hall on Friday 8pm – 9pm (after Mass) except on the First Friday week, practice will change to Thursday instead. Extra practices may be called if the choir is preparing for a Solemn Feast.

The choir sing in the 10:30am Sung Mass in Mt St Mary’s Chapel every Sunday as well as on selected Solemn Feasts.

If you are interested to join the parish choir or would like the choir to sing in a wedding or funeral, contact Fr. Sumich or Peter Yung peter@justcrafting.co.nz

May our voices be united with the choir of angels in heaven and our patrons St Francis of Assisi and St Gertrude the Great, give glory to God who reigneth forever and ever.

Peter Yung

Choir Master