Saint Theresa Church - Rye Beach, NH

A Catholic Community

Rev. Msgr. Maurice D. Lavigne , Pastor

815 Central Road, PO Box 482

Rye Beach, NH 03871

Music Ministry



14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Praise to the God of our salvation breaks open the Scriptures today with: the Entrance Antiphon – “Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice.”; the First Reading from Zechariah – “See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he…His dominion shall be from sea to sea.” and the Responsorial Psalm –  “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.”. For this we sing at the Entrance, Praise to the Lord, LOBE DEN HERREN. “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation!”

At the Offertory we sing, Come to Me, whose text is taken from today’s gospel passage from Matthew. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

In the Second Reading, St. Paul speaks of the Spirit of God that dwells in you. “The Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you.” Romans 8:11. Live according to the Spirit, and not the flesh, and you will have eternal life. For this we sing, Spirit and Grace, at Communion, knowing that the Spirit is present in the holy meal that we take at the table of the Lord. At the Closing we sing, Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, HYMN TO JOY, ending our celebration with a joyful note of that same praise with which we began.

“Did you not realize that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living inside you?” 1 Co 3:16. Help us to live good and holy lives, Lord. Make us worthy temples.


Matthew 9:37-38.

As you probably know, I’m always looking for new members for my Choir. A Choir Director can never have enough choristers in the loft! St. Theresa’s Choir is one of the best in the Diocese of Manchester, and I want it to grow! In Matthew, 9:37-38, Jesus says: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so pray to your Father in heaven who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Please help me pray for more members to join the Choir! Prayer that is lifted up for the same intention by many people is powerful. Maybe you, or a loved one or friend would like to sing in our Choir, needing only a gentle nudge to come forward. The whole summer is before us. Let’s get to work and pray!


Mary Lou Arcidi – Music Director





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