Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilkes-Barre

Invite your music directors, instrumentalists, cantors and choir members to join us for an Intercultural Music Ministry Workshop on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Damaris Thillet, Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, will be leading the day workshop designed for pastors, liturgical coordinators and music ministers serving in parishes with Hispanic and Latino populations. Topics will include:

    • Liturgical formation of music ministers
    • Planning music suitable for the liturgy as envisioned by the church document, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship
    • Preparing bilingual liturgical celebrations that are truly intercultural

A native of Puerto Rico, Damaris Thillet studied at Temple University in Philadelphia. She frequently collaborated with her late husband, Diego Correa, in music ministry.  As a team, they served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, for many years. Serving as the northeast regional representative for the Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia, Damaris is also one of the founders and current president of the East Coast Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Association.  During the 2016 United States visit by Pope Francis, she was invited to lead the Spanish choir at a Mass to close the World Meeting of Families.

The cost for the day is $30.00 and includes lunch. To register, please contact Luis Rivera, Coordinator for Parish Cultural Integration, at 570-207-2213 or at


Resources for Liturgical Music:


Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship

Issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2007, this document replaces the earlier music documents, Music in Catholic Worship and Liturgical Music Today, and it provides a comprehensive and pastoral overview on the use of music in the sacred liturgy.  This text could be considered the handbook for all parish directors/coordinators of liturgical music. Available in English and Spanish.



Cantor Training Resource

The Liturgical Ministry Resource prepared by the Office for Parish Life contains a section for the training of cantors.  The resource includes a PowerPoint presentation, definition of terms and additional resources.  Click here to learn more about this resource.




National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Founded in 1976, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians is an organization dedicated to fostering the art of music in the liturgy through various online and printed resources, workshops and a yearly national convention (which began in Scranton in 1978) that draws church musicians from all over the world.  Visit the NPM website at for more information and to become a member of the national organization.


Scranton Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

The Scranton Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians is the local organization that continues the mission of fostering the art of liturgical music.  The Scranton Chapter of NPM offers presentations and resources on the topics of liturgy and music at various parishes in the Diocese of Scranton throughout the year.  The work of the local chapter is supported by annual membership.  Visit the Scranton Chapter of NPM’s website at to learn more.


American Guild of Organists (Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter)

The mission of the American Guild of Organists Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ. The local organization seeks to engage, support, and uplift every organist in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  To learn more or to see upcoming events, visit



Liturgy Training Publications

Liturgy Training Publications of the Archdiocese of Chicago has worked in collaboration with the National Association of Pastoral Musicians to offer online workshops for cantors and musicians throughout the year.  These virtual workshops are different than other webinars in that they invite participants to engage with the presenter and one another in providing feedback, reflections on the topic

at hand, and discuss best practices and strategies for enhancing engagement in their ministries. The cost for each session is $10-$15, and discounted rates are available when purchasing a series of workshops.  Past workshops for musicians have included, The Cantor’s Tune-U; The Cantor as Animator of the Assembly Bringing the Liturgy to Life;  Sing to the Lord—A Theology of Parish Music Ministry.  To see what current and past sessions are available for purchase and download, please visit