Paul Lukasiewicz, Director of Worship/Liturgy
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.” Psalms 98:4-6
We have a number of opportunities for people in our faith community to join us and enhance our liturgy through song. We are always looking for new members to cantor or to join one of our ensembles. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact the office at (570) 842-4561, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantors are the leaders of song at our Liturgies. Cantors practice with the Director of Worship/Liturgy as necessary, to learn new hymns and psalms, and to be prepared for upcoming liturgies.
Accompanists & Instrumentalists
We have several musicians who serve as accompanists for our Masses & Services: Julie Lukasiewicz. Erica Castaldo, Mia Beviglia, Gina Beviglia, Marie LaRosa, and Paul Lukasiewicz.
We also have many instrumentalists who perform with us to enhance our music at holidays, feasts, and special liturgies. Our typical instrumentation includes 2 flutes, 2 violin, 2 trumpets, and timpani, in addition to piano/organ.
Julie Lukasiewicz, Flute
Amy Sekol, Flute
Sarah Jackson, Violin
Wesley Fenstermaker, Violin
Kevin Kreinberg, Trumpet
Rebecca Franko, Trumpet
Janelle Decker, Timpani
Ed Wargo, Flute
Emily Bly, Flute & Clarinet
Jessica Beckish, Violin
Nathan Kroptavich, Violin
Cameron King, Trumpet
John Andrews, Timpani
Steve Kurilla, Timpani
Our adult choir enhances the beauty of our weekend, Holy Day, and special Masses throughout the year.
Our choir season runs from September through the Graduation or Corpus Christi Mass in June.
We practice most Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 in the main church.
If you’re a new member planning to attend for the first time, please call the office at (570) 842-4561 or send an email to email@example.com first, to be sure practice is still scheduled for that night.
The ability/training to read music in an advantage, but is not required.
At Funeral Masses, in addition to a cantor, we also have our Funeral Choir, which is comprised of volunteers who are free during the day.
Some of our members also sing with the our other ensembles, and we’re always in need of more people who are available and enjoy singing with others. Even if you can’t join join us every time, please consider having your name added to the call list, and you’ll be alerted when we have a funeral.
Due to the nature of funerals, there is a standard music line up that changes infrequently; however, families may request appropriate hymns that were favorites of the deceased or the family.
Funerals usually start at 10:00, however, other times may be requested by the family. When a funeral is scheduled, a cantor, organist, and all the members of the Funeral Choir are called. There will be a practice,
usually 30 minutes before the funeral is scheduled to start, to review the music selections, if possible (sometimes the viewing is held in the church prior to the funeral.)
Funeral Liturgy Planning is handled by Father Muldowney. If you need to contact him about selecting music, readings, ect., for a funeral, please contact the office at (570) 842-4561.
If you are planning to be married at St. Catherine’s, please call the office to request a date and schedule a meeting with Father Muldowney, and email the Director of Worship/Liturgy at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can begin to plan the music for your wedding.