The music group, Chenaniah, provides a combination of contemporary music and praise music. This band consists of piano, keyboards, percussion, guitars, flute, singers, and other instruments, as the music calls for it. Chenaniah provides music every other weekend at the 11:00 Mass and other liturgies as needed. The name Chenaniah comes from the Old Testament and means literally; “established by God”.
We read in 1st Chronicles 15: 25-28, So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy. Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres.
Appropriately named, this music group evolved from the Folk Group, which began in the 1970s. Joyful Heart has been joyfully providing music at Masses for many years at St Jude. Joyful Heart most frequently sings/plays for the 5 pm Saturday anticipatory Mass every other week. The music style of this group leans toward the contemporary. The group sings 3 and 4 part harmony, to the accompaniment of piano, drums, guitar, bass, and flutes. If you were to drop in on a rehearsal, you would see the smiles, hear the laughter, and be genuinely moved by the spirit-filled music which Joyful Heart brings with them to each Mass. This group truly provides a “Joyful” Ministry from their Hearts.
The Covenant Choir is a group of men and women who lead the congregation in song using a variety of music, including music from previous eras of the Church. The name – Covenant Choir – is derived from the many covenants throughout the Old Testament, all leading to the Covenant of Christ. Covenant Choir is accompanied by either piano or organ, and sings at the 9 am Mass, every other week. Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings.
Our Youth Band is made up of young people in grades 6 – 12 and includes singers, percussion, guitar, bass, or other instruments. They sing/play at the 11:00 Mass about once a month. If you play an instrument or sing in your school choir, consider joining this fun, contemporary group.
The Children’s Choir consists of singers from 2nd through 5th grade. They usually sing once a month during the school year at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
Singing in the Children’s Choir is a great way for kids to learn how to read music and learn about vocal technique. Additionally, it is a good way for them to grow in their understanding of the liturgy and the importance of serving their parish.
The St. Jude Men’s Choir is currently comprised of about 20 exuberant men from the parish, this group sings for Mass 4-6 times per year. To join, you need a desire to sing and praise the Lord, and a willing heart. The group rehearses on the two Mondays preceding a scheduled mass. Check these guys out – you will be moved by their music!
The Unity Choir consists of men and women vocalists and instrumentalists coming together “uniting” to provide music for various Masses throughout the year. It is a wonderful time for musicians to become acquainted with one another. This group is open to all current music ministers plus to anyone who would like to sing in a choir yet doesn’t want to make a regular commitment. The Unity Choir rehearses on Mondays for the two weeks preceding a scheduled mass. This group is talented, fun, and filled with faith.