Gate of Heaven Youth Music Camp 2017

 Youth Choir

Age requirements: Boys and Girls age 8-18 (7 yr. olds may be admitted at the discretion of the director)

Obligations: Weekly rehearsals on Thursdays from 7-8 PM during the months of September through May

Sing at the 9 AM Sunday Mass as well as at the 4 PM Christmas Eve Mass

Events:

Numerous special rehearsals are held throughout the year including a Mardi Gras Rehearsal, Halloween Rehearsal, and Bring a Gate – er to Choir Night. A yearly summer outing is held at Frances Slocum State Park, and occasional Winter Outings have been held as well.

Recent performances: 

Dec. 7, 2013 Performed at the Gingerbread House Christmas Festival in the John Paul II Center

Oct. 20, 2013 Performed at the fundraiser talent show held in the John Paul II Center

April 28, 2012: Several members of the choir competed in the Cynonfardd Eisteddfod in Edwardsville

Dec. 17, 2011: Performed a Christmas show for the residents of Lakeside Nursing Center

Dec. 10, 2011: Christmas caroling to homebound members of Gate of Heaven Parish

May 1, 2011: Performed at the Ann Lohin Memorial Talent Show

Dec. 11, 2010: Christmas caroling to homebound members of Gate of Heaven Parish

Oct. 27, 2010: Performed at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party sponsored by the St. Therese’s Altar & Rosary Society at St. Therese’s Church, Shavertown

Dec. 13, 2009 Entertained at the Gate of Heaven Altar & Rosary Society Christmas Party at Apple Tree Terrace

May 15, 2009: The choir sang the national anthem at a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball game

Dec. 13, 2008: Went Christmas caroling to homebound members of Gate of Heaven Parish

Dec., 2007 Entertained at the Gate of Heaven Altar & Rosary Society Christmas Party at Apple Tree Terrace

Adult Choir 

Age requirements: Adult choir members should have reached the age of 18. (Younger members may be admitted at the discretion of the director.)

Obligations: Weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM during the months of September through May.

Sing at the 11:30 AM Mass and at other special occasions: Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Christmas Eve, Easter Vigil, annual Mass of Remembrance in November.

Psalmists and Song Leaders

Song leaders and psalmists are needed for the 5:00 PM Saturday evening Mass as well as for the 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Sunday Masses. Other special Masses (Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Funerals) require song leaders and psalmists as well. Psalmists and song leaders need not be choir members.

Handbell Choir Bell Choir 2016

Membership requirements: Must be able to read basic rhythms.

Obligations: Weekly rehearsals from 10:00-11:00 AM on Sundays from September through May

Performs throughout the regular season, usually at the 11:30 AM Mass.

Changing Habits (formerly known as “Sister Act”)

Changing Habits is an outreach ministry that performs when invited throughout the local region and beyond. With its upbeat and varied program of music, it strives to brighten the lives of those it entertains. All monetary donations raised through its performances have been donated to Gate of Heaven Church for the needy of the parish.

Requirements for membership: Membership is open to adult women. Ability to sing in tune a plus. Desire to share some joy a must!

Obligations: Rehearses on Monday evenings after the 7:00 PM Mass at Gate of Heaven as needed in preparation for upcoming performances.

Resurrection Choir

Separate from the other choirs at Gate of Heaven, the Resurrection Choir sings exclusively at funerals. Membership is open to adult men and women who can be available to sing during AM hours as the need arises.