The short version of this story is that I started out talking to the director of the music ministry, and offered to fill in at the organ/piano and as a cantor when needed.
After several months of not hearing anything (and talking to the director more than once), I decided to call the rectory to offer to fill in. I’ve been to several masses where there is no cantor or organist (or the fill in organist was so unprepared they just stopped playing in the middle of songs). Still haven’t heard anything. I have no idea if the lady in the office even gives my information to the priest. I’ve offered to play for funerals in the summer for free, in exchange for practice time at the organ once a week.
Our priest is new this summer. Our family is new to the parish since last year. I have YEARS of experience as organist/cantor/director, and would really love to be involved here - and they have a definite need. I would talk to the priest in person after mass, but the music is always so poor that I feel like it would be awkward.
What should I do? I’m really distressed in that I feel strongly that I can fill a need at the parish, but it seems that I’m not welcome or wanted. I mean, no one has even called back or told me that they don’t want any help.