There is no shortage of music ministers at Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais. In fact, since coming out of the pandemic, the number of parishioners involved in the many ensembles has grown. The group photos from the choir members and musicians who performed for Holy Week liturgies confirm it. A children’s choir also performed on Easter.

“It’s such a blessing to return to singing together,” says Chris Lord, Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy, “and I’m so grateful for several new singers.”

Music Ministry has always been a strength of the parish. In fact, for its momentous 175th anniversary celebration last year, parish leaders chose to showcase its music ministry at the opening event.

“We are fortunate that our parish community is enriched with a tradition of beautiful music, said Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV, pastor.

In all, music ministry ensembles include an adult choir, praise band, its youth ensemble, its Mustard Seeds Children’s Choir, an area wide festival hand bell choir, and individual soloists.

It all adds up to one of the core missions of the Viatorians, to raise up communities where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated. Plus, these vibrant musicians and singers confirm what St. Augustine said: “The one who sings prays twice.”