“Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16)


· St. Mary’s Parish Choir is for dedicated volunteers who can learn and sing the chants and hymns for Holy Mass and other liturgical functions of the parish.

· 8:00 a.m. Mass. This Mass is a High Mass on the first and third Sundays of each month. All the hymns are in Latin.  The other Sundays in the month, the choir sings hymns suitable to the feast or season in English or in Latin.

· 10:30 a.m. Mass. The choir at this Mass sings hymns in English or in Latin.

· Practices are at the following times:

             Sunday: 7:15 a.m. practice for the 8:00 a.m. Mass

                10:00 a.m. practice for the 10:30 a.m. Mass

              Tuesday Evening: 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. Altos & New Choir Members

                                  6:15 – 7:15 p.m. All Choir Members

During this time, we learn new hymns, or review and practice for upcoming feasts and ceremonies.


·  Some of the Masses sung by St. Mary’s Choir at High Mass:

Mass of the Shepherds (Messa dei Pastori) by Pietro A. Yon

Missa Brevis in honor of St. Anthony by P. Ignatius M. Wilkens, OFM

Mass in honor of St. Angela by Rene Becker

Mass in honor of St. Agnes by Rev. L. A. Dobbelsteen

Gregorian Chant Masses:

Mass I – Tempore Paschali - lux et origo                           

             (at Easter time)

             Mass VIII – in festis duplicubus – de Angelis                    

                         (of the Angels)

             Mass IX – in festis BVM – cum jubilo                                

                           (Blessed Virgin)

             Mass XI – in Dominicis infra annum – orbis factor            

                           (Ordinary Sundays)

             Mass XVII –in Dominicis Adventus et Quadragesimae           

                           (Sundays of Advent and Lent)

             The Requiem – Mass for the Departed


The ‘Proper’ of the Mass for the Entire Ecclesiastical Year set to Gregorian Psalm tones by Rev. Carlo Rossini is used for the Proper parts of Mass.


It is a privilege to sing at Mass and for the Liturgy. We are bringing double meaning to the words of the Liturgy by raising them to the level of song.


If you are interested in volunteering to be a choir member, please contact St. Mary’s Church and we will get back with you. We could use tenor, bass, or baritone voices, and will always welcome alto and soprano.


 "Those who have a part in the sacred music -- composers, organists, choir directors, singers, and instrumentalists -- should above all be outstanding Christians, and give example to the rest of the faithful, conformable to their role as direct or indirect participants in the sacred liturgy,"
(De Musica Sacra; Ch.III-5, par. 97).

St. Mary’s Parish Choir

Text Box:

St. Mary's Parish

757 138th Street South

Tacoma, WA 98444


Phone:    253-535-9477

    Fax:    253-535-3637