Lector

Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord at weekend liturgies. They are on a rotating schedule for Masses and may be requested to read at special liturgies throughout the year. New lectors must attend a training session.

For more information contact:
Fr. Cordonnier
937-372-3193 / Parish Office

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers are called to serve the Parish community by offering the Body or Blood of the Lord to each person during the communion rite at Sunday liturgies. New ministers must attend a training session.

For more information contact:
Fr. Cordonnier
937-372-3193 / Parish Office

BRIGID CHOIR

“Singing is for the one who loves.” 

(St. Augustine, Sermo 336)

“I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also.”

(1 Corinthians 14:15)

The St. Brigid Choir consists of two separate groups who rehearse separately during the week, and combine on Sunday morning for the Mass:

  1. The St. Brigid Choristers, open to all children Grades 3-8.
  2. The Adults of the Choir, open to high school students and older. If you are an adult and interested in participating, please contact Dr. Douglas O’Neill at the contact below.

The St. Brigid Choristers is a choral training program preparing children for music ministry and life-long praise of God. Under the guidance of our patroness St. Brigid, we allow children to experience the joy of music in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Created in the image of God, all children have the potential to discover their God-given voices, leading to a life of experiencing beauty. 

The Roman Catholic Church has a tradition of “singing schools” that is as old as the system of Western education itself, and choirs as we know them owe their very existence to the Roman Catholic Church. The Second Vatican Council affirmed the important role of choirs in the Mass, and encouraged the sustenance and development of “schools of singing.” Every child has the potential to use their God-given voice to the best of their ability. In addition, through the rehearsal and performance process, children grow more confident in their abilities and in their social interactions, becoming well-formed and responsible adults who contribute to society. A parent who actively supports and encourages a child’s development through music ministry is practicing good stewardship of the child’s developing spirit and soul, gifts from God that must be nurtured, cared for, and cultivated. 

  • Eligibility

Boys and girls Grades 3-8 may participate in the Choristers. For more information, or to register for the choir, please contact Dr. Douglas O’Neill at doneill@stbrigidxenia.org. For more information on Dr. O’Neill, visit his website at www.douglasoneill.com

  • Commitments

Sunday Mornings 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Mass at 9:30)

Midweek Rehearsals 

Tuesday 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Thursday 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

 

  • Affiliations

The St. Brigid Choristers are affiliated with RSCM America, an ecumenical association of children’s choir programs, holding in common a children’s choir training method that has proven effective over decades of use. Through RSCM, choristers increase their knowledge of singing technique, musical skills, and the church liturgies. As they achieve the goals that are set for them, the are awarded medals and ribbons. RSCM also hosts summer choir camps, where the children can interact with others who share their interest. St. Brigid is the only RSCM affiliated choir in the Miami Valley. https://www.rscmamerica.org/

  • Registration

Registration is required in order to join the choir, so that we can adequately determine needs. Either contact Dr. O’Neill, or complete the Google Form.

Dr. Douglas O’Neill, Organist and Choir Director

St. Brigid Catholic Church

doneill@stbrigidxenia.org

937-372-3193, x116

Vide, ut quod ore cantas, corde credas, et quod corde credis, operibus comprobes.

“See that what you sing with your lips you may believe in your heart, 

and that what you believe in your heart you may show forth in your works.”

(Blessing of Cantors, from the 10th Canon of the Council of Carthage, c. 398 A.D.)

Sacristan

The Sacristans prepare vestments and vessels for specific seasons and liturgies. They also ensure that vestments, vessels, and other liturgical materials are maintained, cleaned, or replaced as necessary, and set up for each rite.

For more information contact:
Tina Gwin, Dottie Cain and Kay Berner
937-372-3193 / Parish Office

Server

Servers assist the priest and members of the congregation during the liturgy. They lead the entrance procession and hold the book for the priest when he lifts his hands to pray in our name. They help prepare the altar before the Eucharistic prayer and do various tasks on special occasions such as carrying incense or holy water. Children are eligible to become altar servers in 5th grade. Adults serve at morning Masses during the week.

For more information contact:
Parish Office
937-372-3193 / Parish Office

Usher

Ushers greet members of the congregation as they arrive for Mass and help in finding seating for parishioners. They arrange for individuals or families to take up the offertory and collection and assist with the Communion procession. Additionally, they are attentive to special needs during the Mass, such as ensuring Communion is brought to those unable to walk. Any man, woman or older youth is invited to become a member of the Ministry of Usher.

For more information contact:
Paul Burr
937-372-3292 / Home

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