Do I need to be able to read music to join a choir?
No, you don’t.  Many of our choir members learn by “ear” or by rote.  The ability to read music, however, is not difficult and does make learning go a bit quicker and easier. Most of our music ministers are only too happy help new members with learning this skill.  Either way, by ear or by sight, your gift for music will improve greatly the more that you use it…join us! Your gifts are needed. 

How can I join a choir if I go away for the holidays?

 We welcome choir members who can serve only at our weekly liturgies, can serve only for our holiday celebrations or can serve at all of these.  Just let the director know of your obligations, so they can plan accordingly.


I’d like to join a choir, but my spouse doesn’t sing and would have to sit all alone in the pew.

Many spouses of our choir members over the years have sat in the first few pews, so they are still near each other or have sat in the same pew with other spouses.  They could be a caretaker of the music or folders for that group (handing out and collecting back) or a fellowship coordinator who organized get-togethers or outings that build up the camaraderie and synergy of a choir.  We even have had choir members who joined just because their spouse did, and they ended up being as good a blessing to our choirs as their “singing” spouse. Choir voices are meant to blend and as long as your spouse wasn’t completely tone deaf—they could add their “average” voice to everyone else’s and be amazed at the results.


 I can play the piano (or keyboard) and would like to serve, but, the organ—no way!

Our organists all started out first as pianists and then carried these skills over to the organ.  In fact, it is required from most organ teachers that you first learn on the piano.  The organ is not so overwhelming once you actually sit down and look it over.  We have handouts that briefly explain the basics and are always eager to pass on our love for the “King of Instruments” and the great blessings of OURSELVES being an instrument that our Lord uses for the benefit of His people. Call our Director of Music to take your skills to a whole new level.

Why can't we sing the name "Yahweh" anymore?
In June 2008, the Vatican announced a directive that the word "Yahweh" may no longer be used or pronounced in songs and prayers during liturgical celebrations.The primary motive for this decision was to "remain faithful to the Church's tradition, from the beginning, that the sacred Tetragrammaton was never pronounced in the Christian context nor translated into any of the languages into which the Bible was translated." This early tradition followed the long-standing Jewish tradition of great reverence towards the holy and powerful name of the Lord. This change affects three hymns that we are used to singing: I Lift Up My Soul, Sing a New Song and You Are Near. The composers of these songs have sent us the changes that they wanted made to their texts and these changes have been made to our Glory & Praise hymnals. This will be very strange and difficult as many of us know these hymns by heart, but the changes are not too drastic and, hopefully, the new changes will soon become part of our hearts as well.

Why don’t we sing more Mary songs in May?
Marian hymns are usually chosen when the liturgy of the day is a Marian feast, such as Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1), the Assumption (Aug. 15), the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12) or a celebration such as the Fourth Sunday of Advent or Mother’s Day. Sunday liturgies during May have music chosen that coincides with the antiphons, scriptures and themes for the day, which take priority over devotions outside the mass. 


Why don’t we sing more new music?

 We are encouraged (Psalm 98) to “Sing to the Lord a new song…” and we do try to introduce new pieces each year that the Holy Spirit inspires in today’s composers.  Prudence urges us to do this with care and depth so that our assembly, who are the main leaders of song at mass, keep their confidence and sing with full, active and conscious participation. If there are hymns that you like and are used to singing that have not been done here at Precious Blood, tell our Director of Music—it could become a new favorite here as well.

Why don't we sing more latin/traditional/praise/contemporary music? and I hate the hymm "xxx" and think we shouldn't sing it anymore.
Our liturgies are gatherings of a parish family.  A family comprised of little ones, teenagers, adults and senior citizens all gathering together to hear God’s Word, receive the Eucharist and give thanks and praise to our one Lord.  As such, we try to strike a balance between maintaining the traditional heritage of beautiful music written throughout our church’s history and the discovery of fresh, inspired creations that should be included in our parish’s repertoire.  We hope to have our music program reflect the great variety and diversity that our Lord himself shows in all His creations. He himself uses different music in different ways to bring different hearts closer to Him.  A hymn that one finds to be an obstacle, another parishioner may find to be just the one that they needed to hear/sing that day. With charity, we can have diversity and unity coexisting in His love.


Any more questions? 

 Please contact our director of music Mrs. Hannah Masson at or 825-8945