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A New Choir at the Cathedral!

  • We are fortunate to have Bishop Raica as celebrant for most Sunday 8:30am Masses at St. Paul’s.
  • While Cathedral Choir has long been (and continues as) the principal choir of the parish, presenting the “treasury of sacred music” recommended by the Second Vatican Council and the pontiffs, it is only fitting that a pontifical Mass (that is, one celebrated by a bishop) celebrated by the diocesan bishop have a choir present.
  • While the liturgical repertoire will remain constant (hymns, antiphons in the vernacular, and Gregorian ordinary), the 8:30 choir (with the proposed name “Saint Cecilia Choir”) has as its principal role support of singing and providing more varied psalmody.
  • The group is hoped to be in place by September 12.
  • Our first goal is to ascertain an appropriate rehearsal time. Input is requested, although no guarantees are made!
  • Please contact the Director of Music ( or 205.251.1279×107) if you are interested, and spread the word!

Cathedral Choir and Children’s Schola Cantorum resume soon!

  • As is customary in the late Summer, our choral ensembles resume!
  • Cathedral Choir is the principal choir of the parish, presenting the “treasury of sacred music” recommended by the Second Vatican Council and the pontiffs. It is an auditioned group; members should be able to read music and commit to rehearsal/the 11AM Mass/at-home practice. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 1, 6:30-8:30PM. It should be noted that there is a nursery next to the choir room in which families are welcome to watch their children during rehearsal! Please contact the Director of Music for more information!
  • Children’s Schola Cantorum is our training choir for children grades 3-8 (NB: with unchanged voices). Rehearsals are Wednesday afternoons (beginning September 8) from 3:45-4:45PM. There is a modest fee for participation, but an audition is not necessary. Interested parents should contact the Director of Music.

Anna Catharine Grace Memorial Pipe Organ Installation


Liturgical Music week-to-week

  • For the most current information on liturgical and sacramental schedules, check the Cathedral frontpage.
  • The 5:00pm (anticipated) Mass has hymn-singing led by cantor, organ accompaniment, and so on.
  • The Sunday 8:30AM Mass is ordinarily led by a cantor, who leads the proper of the Mass in English. The ordinary is Gregorian, sung by all, and hymns are sung, as well.
  • The 11:00am Mass is led by Cathedral Choir (or Cathedral Choir staff singers during the Summer). This allows us a unique opportunity to plumb the depths of the “treasury of sacred music” recommended so heartily by the Second Vatican Council and every pontiff since Pope St. Pius X.
    • The Ordinary of the Mass is sung to one of the Masses from the Gregorian Kyriale or to a polyphonic setting. Should you wish to follow along, the CMAA and Solesmes Abbey have graciously made the Gregorian Missal available free for download here.
    • The Proper of the Mass (including Gradual and Alleluia) is usually sung according to the Graduale Romanum, but occasionally polyphonic settings are represented as well (Byrd, Handl, Rheinberger, and Willan, to name recent examples).
    • Motets and anthems are sung ad libitum, especially during Holy Communion.
  • The Orders of Worship and Music Lists subpage is kept current so that you may see what we are preparing for upcoming weeks!

Livestreamed Masses 

  • Our 8:30AM Sunday Mass is livestreamed at the Cathedral of Saint Paul YouTube channel. These Masses are not archived, but may be viewed for a day or two after the actual liturgy.
  • Diocesan Masses and other special events (Holy Days of Obligation, etc.) can also be found on the Cathedral YouTube or Facebook pages.

In the “Sacred Music” section you can learn about the following sub-topics (also accessible through the menus). In addition, please check out the sacred music information on the diocesan Office of Sacred Liturgy website.