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Music Ministry

All liturgies at Saint Margaret of Cortona are blessed with the beauty of music that is expressive of prayer and enhance the solemn character of the celebration. Saint Margaret of Cortona parish embraces the beauty of song to the Lord with the talents of approximately 20 dedicated volunteer musicians.

Music Director Eileen Ballone

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One of the most excellent vehicles for the presentation of our worship to God is music. Time and time again we see people in the Bible praising God in song. Through the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, examples were given of people praising God in song. Again in Scripture we are encouraged to sing praises to God. The music that is practiced at Saint Margaret of Cortona reflects five major principles taken from Scripture.

  • Singing is a result of being filled with the Spirit of God and by being indwelt by the word of God.

  • Singing is a response to God from the heart.

  • Singing is a richly diverse experience.

  • Worship is reflective of our spiritual life.

  • Singing shows reverence to the Lord.

Offered in song are not only the classical sacred “standards”, but also contemporary, Gregorian, Taize, and Spirituals. The Cortona Choir sings for liturgies every first, third and fifth Sundays of the month. Also, Confirmation, Palm Sunday, the Paschal Triduum, and the Solemn masses of Christmas and Easter. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm - September through June. Additional rehearsals are scheduled as needed. 

Both men and women are welcome to join, all you need is a desire to sing to the Lord. There is lots of support from others in your section.The ability to read music is not essential. The choir presents the Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols program at Christmastime. This prayerful program of Advent and Christmas music offers a treasured time to many in the parish.


  • A Choir Makes Major Contributions to Church Liturgies

  • Choirs and Choir Music Praise God

  • Choirs create a reverent atmosphere and remind people they are in God’s presence

  • Choir music supports and amplifies the homily theme

  • Choir music inspires, blesses, soothes and admonishes listeners

  • Music helps the congregation to remember biblical concepts


  • The cantor is a disciple who has a calling to minister through music.

  • It is a privilege for the cantor to lead the assembly in singing of God’s

  • love for us and of our love for God.

  • Please call Eileen M. Ballone the Director of Music at 201-843-1097

  • or speak to her after any Sunday liturgy, if you should consider being a cantor.


                                                                           Singing is for the one who loves.

                                                                                                         -   St. Augustine

For more information • please call Director of Music  Eileen M. Ballone @ 201-843-1097 or the Parish Center @ 201-641-2988 or see her after mass.

St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians.  Her feast day is on November 22.  

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St. Lorenzo is the patron saint of of Filipino youth, Chinese-Filipinos, the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers, people living in poverty and Filipino altar servers. His feast day is on September 28.  

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Hymn for the Holy Year of Mercy

The Authors of the original music (Paul Inwood) and text (Eugenio Costa, S.J.) have donated the copyright of this work to the PCPNE in order to facilitate the distribution of the Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy throughout the Catholic Church.  


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Inno per l'Anno Santo della Misericordia - Original music - Paul Inwood, text -Eugenio Costa, S.J.
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