Join Our Music Ministry - Because It's More Than Just Hitting the Correct Notes


“To sing is to pray twice....” is a saying attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo of the 4th century. The phrase captures the essence of why Music Ministry is so important in our worship as Catholics. Music in Mass is worship together! This is why singing is critically important, for in our Mass, we are celebrating who we are as His Church, and how, as children of God, we have a family relationship with one another. Singing doesn't have to be perfect. What is important is our sincere participation, with all our heart and soul!


This page answers common questions about St. Therese Parish's musical groups and choirs including: 

Why should you join the Music Ministry?

Singing and making music in one of our choirs enhances your personal worship experience. But you also get a chance to build prayer and fellowship with those around you. Aside from prayer, choir is a great place to grow as a musician, whether you sing or play an instrument. It can help you build your confidence. It’s also a great way to make friends! 


When you join our Music ministry you help lead others to Christ through your musical gifts. You encourage the general congregation to become more fully engaged in the Mass and with each other as members of the Body of Christ. 

Which Mass or Musical Group Is Best for You?

Each of the Masses at St. Therese Parish has different musical styles and groups/choirs. Here's a linked list to all the details on each to help you decide which you want to join:


Saturday - 5pm: Cantor-led music


Saturday 5pm & Sunday 7am Masses


Cantor: MIchael Ruhl

Phone: 619-770-7125


9am  Sunday Mass

Director: Renée McDade
Phone: 619-663-5385

Group Practice: Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Church. See our parish calendar for more details. Or join us on Sunday morning at 8:15 for a quick review of the music before Mass.


How old do you have to be to join this choir?

There is no specific age requirement, though we recommend that young singers should be comfortable reading the lyrics.

Is there an audition? There are no audition requirements. Just an open heart and a willingness to try! Pop into one of our weekly rehearsals for the full experience, or join us on Sunday morning for a quick review. If you play an instrument, we'd love to have you too!

What are the Church choir rules? It is important that we maintain a supportive and loving atmosphere for all singers regardless of their experience or skill level. We are a family; all are welcome.


Also, when we make music in Mass we are also part of the congregation. A reverent, attentive attitude is appropriate.

11am Sunday Mass
Director: Renée McDade

Phone: 619-663-5385



Group Practice: Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.

Find the next rehearsal on our parish calendar. We also have a quick pre-Mass run-through at Sunday morning at 10:30am.


How old do you have to be to sing with this choir?

If you are old enough to be comfortable reading the lyrics, you are welcome to join us!

Are there any try-outs for this choir?

No. We're open to all levels of musical expertise. If you can sing in church, you are welcome to sing with us! We are also looking for instrumentalists.

What are the rules of the Contemporary Choir?

Help and support others in the expression of their musical gifts, regardless of their ability. Make all feel welcome. Be present and attentive to the Mass.

5pm Sunday Mass



Annie Barrack

Phone: 619-573-5361


and Sara Osmus

Phone: 858-414-7766



Group Practice: Rehearsals are at 4pm Sunday, before Mass.


How old do you have to be to sing with this choir?

There are no age limits, but members tend to be teens or older.


How much experience do you have to have?

We are open to all singers and instrumentalists of any skill level. We welcome woodwinds, brass, strings, etc.

5pm Music group rules and regulations?

For the 5pm Mass, choir members are expected to come to the rehearsal for the respective Mass, usually 4pm before the Mass, which starts at 5pm.


Additional rehearsals are required for Christmas, Easter, and Confirmation.


Choir members should come dressed for church and should behave as if they were present in the congregation. We expect attentiveness and appropriate behavior.