Choir of Pope Benedict XVI
St Mary’s Church Mulgoa
The Choir of Pope Benedict XVI serves at St Mary’s Church, Mulgoa, for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The Choir sings every Sunday at the 10.45am Mass, also for major feasts that fall during the weekday at 7.00pm.
“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. Constitution on the Liturgy, Art. 112
The Choir specialises in Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony, it also sings a wide variety of music from the medieval period to twentieth century compositions. Its music enhances the beauty of the sacred liturgy.
“Gregorian chant, as proper to the Roman liturgy, should be given pride of place…”Constitution on the Liturgy, Art. 116
The Director of Music and Organist is Gregory Tondys, with Daniel Nekić as Choral Conductor and Assistant Director. Its members come from various backgrounds and ages.
“The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted…”Constitution on the Liturgy, Art. 114
The Choir rehearses on Thursday nights from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and normally one hour before Mass. The ability to read music, though desirable is not a prerequisite. What is required is a willingness to learn and a commitment to attending rehearsals and rostered Masses.
For further information about the Choir or if you wish to join the Choir, please approach Gregory or Daniel after Mass, or please speak to one the priests.