MUSIC MINISTRY of OLPH-Saint Agnes Church

The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, “Singing is for one who loves.” There is also the ancient proverb: “One who sings well prays twice.” *

The harmony of signs (song, music, words, and actions) is all the more expressive and fruitful when expressed in the cultural richness of the People of God who celebrate. Hence "religious singing by the faithful is to be intelligently fostered so that in devotions and sacred exercises as well as in liturgical services," in conformity with the Church's norms, "the voices of the faithful may be heard." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1156-1158) *


Cantors/Leaders of Song are volunteer singers that welcome the congregation to Mass, announce the music, rehearse new music with the congregation, lead songs during the liturgy while encouraging the congregation to participate, and sing the psalm and gospel acclamation for the Mass. If you have a good voice, can read music, and are comfortable singing and speaking before an audience, please consider helping to lead the music at our liturgies. Even if you are not comfortable reading music, though you are familiar with the liturgical music and hymns of our parish, we still welcome you to cantor as ample rehearsal, preparation, and teaching can be done by our music ministers. Please contact us at (732) 291 - 0272 ext 123 or  for Saint Agnes and Courtney Grogan for OLPH at with any questions or inquiries.


The Saint Agnes Choir is conducted by Tom Elliott and is accompanied by Patrick B. Phillips. They rehearse on select Thursdays at 7:45pm in the Saint Agnes Church Hall and sing at the 10:30am mass at Saint Agnes Church every Sunday.  Please contact Tom Elliot at (908) 489-6688 or with any questions or inquiries. 


The OLPH Choir is conducted and accompanied by Courtney Grogan. They sing at the 9:30am mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church every Sunday.  Please contact Courtney Grogan at (732) 720-7318 or with any questions or inquiries.  

OLPH choir rehearses on Tuesdays at 7:45. 


Tom Elliot, Saint Agnes Choir Director

Courtney Grogan, OLPH Choir Director and Music Coordinator

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