Guide for Selecting Wedding Music

We want your wedding Mass to be memorable and filled with beautiful music. Wedding music should be carefully chosen based on the following criteria:

  • The prelude music before the wedding serves to prepare the congregation for the sacrament of Mass, and for witnessing the sacrament of Matrimony. The music inside the Wedding Rite serves the sacrament and should be from the Catholic Church’s sacred music tradition. The postlude serves as a joyful sending forth of the couple and the congregation.
  • During the Mass and/or Wedding Rite, the music should be drawn specifically from the sacred music tradition of the Catholic Church.
    • Some further guidelines for music during the Wedding Mass: music being beautiful is essential! But beautiful is not enough on its own, for the music within the Wedding Mass. The music must relate to the actions being taken in the Rite and/or Mass, while the music is being played or sung. The music inside the Mass must be sacred in character, tone, and text. In vocal music, this is easy to determine from the text. In instrumental music, whether or not the music is actually sacred is sometimes hard to discern. Often times, classical music is simply beautiful, but not particularly sacred. (Example: a Beethoven string quartet is certainly beautiful, but is not sacred; however, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” has no words, but is clearly sacred.) Put differently, sacred music is music during Mass which is directly connected to the liturgical action and draws its musical language from the musical traditions of the Catholic Church.

Hiring Musicians & Deadlines

  • As soon as you have met with the pastor, please contact the Director of Sacred Music, Damaris Zehner to begin making music arrangements.
  • All wedding musicians are engaged and approved by the Director of Sacred Music, Damaris Zehner. Any outside musicians must be approved by the Director of Sacred Music.
  • If you have a friend or guest musician you would like to play/sing at the wedding, please notify the Director of Sacred Music, Damaris Zehner at least 3 months before the wedding date, to request approval.
  • If you have special music you would like played, not listed on this sheet, it must be approved by the Director of Sacred Music, Damaris Zehner at least 3 months before the wedding date.
  • If your wedding is a full Mass with Communion, a Cantor and Organist are required.

Annunciation Catholic Church Strategic Plan 2020-23

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That this strategic plan for 2020 to 2023 is accepted and endorsed by the Annunciation Catholic Church Parish Council of Brazil, Indiana. The Parish Council further accepts the responsibility of assisting the Pastor in the oversight of this plan’s implementation and of conducting a regular review of its progress and any needed adjustments or modifications to the plan as needed during its implementation cycle. Click here to view and download our strategic plan.

Restoration CD Just Released!

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Celebrate the Christmas season with the CD of our own St. Ambrose Schola Cantorum of Annunciation Catholic Church!  This album showcases sacred music in hopes to create exceptional beauty at Mass.   Click here to read more and to purchase your copy today!

Announcements

Sunday Bulletin
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Weekend Mass Times
Saturday: 5pm in Greencastle (Open to Anyone)
Saturday: 7pm in Brazil (Open to Anyone)
Sunday: 9am in Brazil (Open to Anyone)
Sunday: 11am (Open to Anyone) Greencastle
5pm in Greencastle (Open to Anyone)

Weekday Mass Times
Monday 5:30pm in Greencastle
Tuesday 9am
First Tuesday of each month 6pm Latin Mass
Wednesday 5:30pm Mass (will change to 5pm on Sept 8th)
Thursday 9am in Greencastle

Reconciliation
9am-11am first Saturday of the month and after each daily Mass
Saturday: 4-4:45pm in Greencastle
Saturday: in Brazil after the 7pm Mass
Sunday 8-8:45am
Sunday after 11am Mass in Greencastle

Adoration
Every Tuesday's 930am-11am
Every Thursday Noon- 7pm
Last Sunday of the month 10am-1pm
First Saturday of the month 9am-11am

The Propers
What are the Propers? Do you have recordings of them? Why do we sing them?

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