My parish choir has just announced in the bulletin that they are seeking new musicians. They then added, “We are especially interested in electric guitar, bass, drums and winds. A special invitation goes out to any of our teens and young adults.”
I’m 100% for getting younger people to be active in the Church, but I just don’t know what having an amplified electric guitar, bass, and drum set will do to our atmosphere.
Our Choir, this one at the 5:30 pm Mass, has their own mindset, and sometimes their own melodies they like the congregation to say the Our Father. Sometimes it bothers me that they have long flute interludes between the end of the Our Father and the “For Thine is the…” segment while we are all still holding hands.
There’s about 10 musicians in the choir now: One lead singer (who’s really, really gifted and good!), three back up singers, two acoustic guitars, a flute, a violinist, a bongo drum player, and a lead pianist (who’s the conductor/director)
Am I being over-reactive in wanting to write an email to the Pastors at our Church about not wanting amplified electric guitar, bass, and drums at the 5:30 pm Mass?
It’s difficult for me to get to the earlier Masses, so if they do start this rock band music, I see myself driving to a much smaller parish three miles away.
I’m wary of writing a letter because two of the musicians are also in another small ministry I’m in. I don’t want to upset that relationship. And, they may not want the electric amplified instruments as well, they’re 50’s or so.
I just see the new direction as ‘not really Catholic’ and not really conducive to feeling the Holy Spirit.The parish may see it as a way to bring in youth. Should I concede the 5:30 pm Mass to this experiment without voicing myself? Because it may workout.
I don’t know. Advice?