I have been cantoring (as a volunteer) at the 4pm Sunday mass every week for 7 years now. I have no musical training but I enjoy singing. I joined the choir and was coerced into being a cantor. I enjoy it but it’s recently become more difficult. In January, our choir director cut down on the masses he played as the accompanist. There are now two hired, rotating accompanists. I never know which one will show up until they arrive at church 30 minutes before mass and they have different musical styles/tempos. We practice together but 30 minutes isn’t always enough and their schedules do not allow us to meet during the week (one’s a nurse who works night shifts and the other is not available in the evenings - not sure why).
Last Saturday, a fellow cantor called me at 1pm to ask if I could cover that day’s 5pm mass. She said she had agreed to cantor the mass but forgot she had a paddling race that day. I told her I could fill in for her. As a result, I wasn’t able to get all my planned housework and yardwork done but I figured I would offer it up and deal with a messy house and weeds in the yard for a week.
Anyway, today I received an email from the same cantor stating that she realized she will be competing in weekly paddling races every weekend through August and could I cover all the masses for her? I can cantor, but I’m concerned because Saturday is the only day of the week when I have enough time to complete house/yard chores. I’m trying not to do any housework or chores on Sunday and I already squeeze in some chores during the week, but if I take this Saturday mass on (in addition to Sunday 4pm mass), I’m honestly not sure I can keep the Sabbath without my house and yard turning into a total wreck.
So, the question is, if I cantor at 2 masses every weekend and can’t get my household chores done, would it still be a sin to do some chores on Sunday which I would have otherwise been able to do during Saturday when I’m cantoring? Or should I ask the choir director to find someone else. For what it’s worth, I cannot simply show up and begin singing. Cantoring at mass (for me) requires about a 3 hour chunk of time, not including practicing I do on my own. We don’t have a physical church because the 2006 earthquake damaged our church beyond repair. I cantor in a large open-air tent and we have to pull out all the musical and electronic equipment (electric piano, microphones, cords, speakers, etc) and set it up with all the wires, etc before mass. Sometimes extra precautions are needed if it’s especially windy (which is rather often) - binder clips or bricks to ensure music doesn’t fly away. For some reason, all the choir members only attend the 7am or 9am Sunday masses. The only other choir member who attends my 4pm Sunday mass is the lady who cantors the 12pm Sunday mass because she enjoys singing Alto parts when I sing the Soprano/melody. She can’t cantor the 5pm Saturday mass because she’s going out of the country for 6 weeks.
Not sure what to do. Any advice?