While you’re still rousing the kids from bed or figuring out what to wear, St. Ann’s Music Ministry is days into the planning the liturgy you’re about to attend. Ed Bolduc, Graham Kuhn and their musical cohorts are on a mission to encourage a singing and praying assembly.
“When Mary appeared to the children at La Salette, she encouraged them to ‘pray well,’ ” said Bolduc, a parish employee for 27 years. “We try to do that with our music at every liturgy.”
From the popular Christmas sing-a-long to the must-hear band at Life Teen Masses, music at St. Ann’s underscores so much of what we do. Each week, the Music Ministry looks at the readings and considers which songs would help bring the scripture to life. There are a lot of factors to consider: How often have we done a song? Is it too difficult? Is it too new?
“We often use the ‘simple, scriptural and sing-able’ rule,” Bolduc said. “The songs and hymns need to serve the liturgy, but also inspire the singing assembly.”
Longtime ministry members relish the work they do because it gives them an opportunity to share the gifts God gave them. Three decades ago, Rick Rhodes was reluctantly drawn into the ministry.
“The church hired this long-haired, Richard Marx-looking piano boy named Ed Bolduc. I was immediately impressed with his music, his style, his devotion, his faith and his leadership,” Rhodes said. “I watched in awe as Ed would continuously find the most creative ways of linking the music with the liturgy for that week.”
pictured: The music adds joy to Mass, said ministry member Claudio Alvarez.