Director of Liturgical Music: Don Billings
“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises. A cry from the deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. As St. Augustine says, ‘Singing is for the one who loves.’ Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for him….Obedient to Christ and to the Church, we gather in liturgical assembly, week after week. As our predecessors did, we find ourselves ‘singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God.’ This common, sung expression of faith within the liturgical celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired voice of the Church at prayer.” – Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (copyright 2007 USCCB)
The mission of the music ministry at St. Francis of Assisi is to inspire the congregation to raise their voices together in the worship and praise to God as we bring these words of inspiration and direction from our bishops to life. We provide opportunities for people to share their musical talents within our parish family. We are a vibrant and diverse one with opportunities for children and adults with groups ranging in size from small ensembles to large SATB (4 part) choirs. Our parish, like the whole church, is diverse in music preferences and we seek to provide variation in style and genre of music to reach out to our entire community.
Soloist opportunities may exist as a cantor or a psalmist, and our instrumentalists range from piano to organ, strings to brass, and guitar to wind instruments. If God blessed you with a musical talent please share your talent with our parish family and join the music ministry. Contact our music director for more information.
For a schedule of music ministry events, mass coverage, and rehearsals please visit our calendar.
About Our Ensembles
Don Billings, a lyric baritone and choral conductor, is a Colorado native from Pueblo, CO and received his professional training at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Earning his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance he studied with Dr. Ron Worstell and sang in the Lamont Chorale and Lamont Opera Theater. While singing in the Chorale he began to study conducting with Robert D Penn and became the Graduate Teaching Assistant in Choral Conducting with Dr. Catherine Sailer while working on a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. Don left the University of Denver to accompany his wife to Michigan while she completed her graduate work. While in Michigan he began performing with the Ann Arbor Choral Union and performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he moved back to Colorado and began singing at St. Francis of Assisi in Castle Rock. In 2011 Don was name Director of Liturgical Music at the church. He is also the Executive Director of the Evan’s Choir, a professional Choir based out of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Saturday Vigil Mass 5:30 PM – Youth Ensemble and Revelation alternate weekends
Revelation is a vocal ensemble primarily accompanied with guitar. Revelation sings on the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of the month and rehearsals are Monday nights at 6:30 PM
The Youth Ensemble is primarily a contemporary group with our middle and high school students serving as the base of the group and their accompaniment includes a wide range of instruments. They sing the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month and rehearse on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM
Sunday 7:30 AM – Cantor Mass
Music is typically led by a Cantor and may or may not be accompanied.
Sunday 9:30 AM – Chorus of Faith
Chorus of Faith is a large SATB ensemble that provides a blend of traditional and contemporary music. Their rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM – Mack Choir
Mack Choir is a traditional SATB choir that rehearses on Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM
Sunday Spanish Mass 1:30 PM – Gethsemane Choir
Gethsemane Choir is the Spanish ensemble that leads music during the weekly Spanish Mass.
Sunday 5:30 PM – Assisi Contemporary Ensemble
Our Sunday Night Mass is led by a contemporary ensemble
Our St. Francis of Assisi Children’s Choir is open to young singers typically ages 6-14. The Children’s choir does not regularly lead a Mass but will join in special occasions like Lessons and Carols, Christmas, or Easter. They also lead music at special liturgies like 1st Communion. They rehearse on Monday Nights at 4:45 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Festival Choir
The St. Francis of Assisi Festival Choir is a collaborative effort from all our music ensembles. The Festival Choir is used for special occasions such as Easter Vigil, Lessons and Carols, and other Sacred Music Concerts. The Festival Choir does not meet regularly.