This ministry comprises choirs and musicians who are responsible for the music, commentating, psalming and cantoring during the liturgy. Choir members participate in the practices, celebration of Eucharist and fellowship activities of each individual choir and community.
“Song and music fulfil their function as signs in a manner more significant when they are ‘more closely connected… with the liturgical action’, according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration. In this way they participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church #1157
The goal and purpose of the Liturgical Music Ministry is to heighten the Word of God and provide beauty to the liturgy through music. We serve as a ministry to the congregation seeking to provide appropriate music for prayer, reflection and meditation.
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER YOUTH CHOIR: Saturday 5:30pm Mass
- Saturday afternoons (4pm - 6.30pm), selected Sundays (9.15am - 12pm)
- Optional Prayer Sessions on Wednesday evenings (8.30pm - 10.30pm)
- Twice-yearly retreat sessions
- Year-end concert rehearsals
SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE CHOIR: Sunday 7am & 11am Masses
The Saint Maximilian Kolbe Choir was formed from an off-shoot of Filipino ladies singing for the 7am Mass led by Felicitas Yeo, Michelle Loh, and Sister Agatha Tan. In 1991, the formation of the choir began when members were enrolled from the 7am congregation, with the efforts and encouragement by the late Father Abrial.
Through the years, the choir has grown from a small group to its current membership size of more than 30, consisting of family members and many others from various walks of life. Recognising the importance of the Word of God in our ministry, the choir gathers to reflect on the coming weekend’s readings before practicing the music proper for the coming Sunday Mass.
In addition to our regular Sunday Mass duties, the choir assists at weddings and other liturgical feasts in the Parish. We also enjoy community gatherings, such as the annual community meal in honour of our choir’s patron saint, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast we celebrate on August 14.
“Come and see” – these words of Jesus in John 1:39 are our invitation to you, to come and see what being in this community is all about.
- Weekly practice with Bible sharing on Friday evenings (8pm - 10pm)
- Supplementary practices during Lent and Advent in preparation for Easter and Christmas: Sunday afternoons (2.15pm - 4pm)
- Community gatherings (minimally once a year)
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER CHOIR: Sunday 9am Mass
- Weekly practice at 8am
GENESIS FAMILY CHOIR: Sunday 5.30pm Mass
The Genesis Family Choir began in 1980, firstly as an Altar Boys Choir as suggested by then Parish Priest, Fr Louis Amiotte. It then took in members from the first ever post-confirmation group, Genesis, in 1985 and was then renamed as the Genesis Choir. In addition to our regular Sunday evening mass duties, the choir also performed at other church events. The choir has also organised fund-raising events and participated in Fun Fairs as well.
The choir has grown to be nearly 30 members strong and has seen an influx of youth and family members, hence the evolvement of its name to the Genesis Family Choir. The choir continues to sing at the Sunday evening mass and commits itself to be part of major feastday celebrations and weddings too. The members also enjoy community meals, lead prayer sessions and rosary devotions through the year along with the occasional spiritual retreat.
A good mixture of youthful exuberance and seasoned members, the choir takes delight in leading the music liturgy every Sunday and encourages more parishioners to join us.
- Choir practice every Sunday starting at 4.30pm and additional practices for major feast day celebrations
Sing for God
The Parish of Saint Francis Xavier has four choirs that serve at its weekend Masses. If you are interested in contributing to this ministry, please contact any of the choir coordinators for more information.
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER YOUTH CHOIR
Contact: Denis Leong
SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE CHOIR
Contact: Jonathan Maximilian Wong
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER CHOIR
Contact: Cheryl Nerva
GENESIS FAMILY CHOIR
Contact: Jerry Tan