Choir members and musicians are devoted and enthusiastic people who use their talents by serving the Lord and the community through music. Week after week, we strive to use music that is liturgically correct, pastorally sensitive and musically sound, and then prayerfully sing and play it to the best of our abilities; all for the glory of God. We believe that the assembly is the central focus of our ministry. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where in which the parish has full, conscious, and active participation of her assembly. St. Francis is very fortunate to have several singers, instrumentalists, organists and keyboard players dedicated to this ministry, and there is always room for more! Joining the Choir: The best time to join our music program is late-August or early in January when we are learning the new music for the upcoming seasons. Members do not need to read music; all that is needed is a good listening ear and the desire to learn. New members will meet with the music director to talk about the specific requirements needed to be a member of our music program. The Traditional Choir (SATB) This choir sings the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings. Our practices are on Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the choir room. The choir sings many styles of music ranging from traditional four-part songs to contemporary music. The traditional choir also sings the 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve and the liturgies for the Triduum, Easter Vigil and Easter morning. The Harmony Choir This is a choir of women’s voices that lead the 5 p.m. Saturday evening Masses. At this time, we would like to add more voices to the alto section. While the ability to read music is not necessary, the talent to learn quickly is certainly helpful. In addition to the weekend liturgies, the Harmony Choir also sings during the 4 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals are TBA. The Men’s Choir This choir sings on the second Sunday of the month during the 8:30 a.m. Mass. We rehearse on the Thursday before our scheduled Sunday from 7:45 – 9 p.m. in the choir room. Tom Hannan is the coordinator for this group and has done a fantastic job recruiting men to sing with us. Our men’s choir is one of the largest Catholic Men’s Choirs in the area. Contact: Tom at 937-885-3515. The Folk Choir The folk choir leads worship on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. liturgy. This group uses guitar, string bass and mandolin (basically a string band setup). Self taught musicians make up this roots type of group. Singers that can add harmony are needed as well as those that can sing lead. Contact the parish office, (937) 433-1013, if you feel a calling to be part of this ministry.