“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:
- The St. Brigid Choristers, open to all children Grades 3-8.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Dr. O’Neill, visit his website at www.douglasoneill.com
Sunday Mornings 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Mass at 9:30)
Tuesday 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
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 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
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.)