When music is ministered at a Catholic Mass, the vocalists and instrumentalists are active participants leading others to more profound worship. "Music does more than enhance the liturgy," explained Jim Susic, Director of Music at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School. "It draws us all together into a common body, united in our worship, as we praise God. Our Music Ministry's primary purpose is to lead our congregation in sung prayer, but our music enhances all aspects of parish life."
St. Joan's Parish Choir features a pleasant mix of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass vocalists. Some have sung for more than 50 years, but there are newer members, too. "This group sings for the 9:30 a.m. Mass each week, and is the primary group for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and celebrations of Sacraments," added Susic. "We are probably one of the few churches that offers music at daily 8:15 a.m. Mass each Monday through Friday."
The Elementary Choir is composed of students in grades 4-8 who attend St. Joan of Arc School. "The kids rehearse one afternoon each week after school," said Susic. "They lead the singing at the Student Body Mass on Friday mornings and during one Mass each Christmas Eve. They also participate in the annual Lights of Lisle Festival."
Members aren't required to audition for either Choir; they just need to enjoy singing and commit to being faithful in attendance at all rehearsals and liturgies. "Our approach is blended; we perform recently written songs along with well-known 'around for ages' Catholic hymns, and we also sing traditional Gregorian Chants," said Susic. "I love being part of this wonderful parish. Our great worship team, including Fr. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B., supports music as an integral part of the liturgy. It's a joy and a blessing to me personally to come to St. Joan's each day and minister to this wonderful faith community."
Pre-K through 8th grade
820 Division Street, Lisle, IL