Refuge is an adult Catholic choir - friends who enjoy collaborating in music and music ministry. We formed Refuge because we like being together as a musical group. Our primary ministry is to serve at Catholic liturgies, but we are open to other opportunities for outreach, performance and ministry.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mourning Martha

Refuge lost another member of our choir family, our dear friend Martha.
Martha never sang with Refuge, but she was the most supportive friend to the choir that ever could be.  In recognition of her support and considerate feedback about Refuge music Martha was designated a founding member of Refuge Quality Assurance Department.  She was loved by all - not just Refuge - for her genuine warmth and kindness.  Heaven has gained a very special soul.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Eight Years of Music Ministry

Refuge choir celebrated eight years of music ministry with a fellowship dinner and cake after Mass.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Mass for Annie

Tonight Mass was offered for our friend Annie.  We were not music ministry, but many of us were there to remember Annie again.
Mike and Mark brought the bread and wine to the altar.

Refuge at the Mass that was offered for Annie.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Guitar & Ensemble Institute 2019

Four members of Refuge attended Guitar & Ensemble Institute at Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio.  The annual five day workshop and retreat is put on by National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Refuge participants at NPM Guitar & Ensemble Institute.

Road trip to Ohio.  It takes about nine hours to get to Milford.

Jam session!

Performing "Annie's Hallelujah" at open mic night.

Performing "Annie's Hallelujah" at open mic night.

Rosalie lectored at Mass.
Rosalie performed a song she wrote during open mic night.

The paisanos.

Ready for the drive home.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Remembering Annie

Refuge choir remembered our dear friend Annie tonight, our first time together in music ministry since Annie passed away earlier this month. We were honored to have Annie's mother and in-laws in attendance. Our friend Sarah from Guitar & Ensemble Institute joined us. Before Mass Sal sang his "Annie’s Hallelujah." For responsorial psalm Sal cantored Steve Angrisano's setting of Psalm 63, "My Soul Is Thirsting" which was Annie's favorite and we sang for her wedding. After communion we sang Jaime Rickert's "We Remember Them" with Sal singing the verses, and for closing we rose the roof with Gerard Weber's setting of Psalm 117 "Go Out To All The World." It was Gerard who helped Annie learn to play "You Are My Sunshine" on guitar during Guitar & Ensemble Institute in 2011 so she could play it for her dad later that summer.

Sal sings "Annie's Hallelujah"

Refuge choir with Annie's mother and in-laws.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Farewell to Annie

Here are some pictures from the viewing, funeral service, and celebration of life; events that allowed us to gather in friendship to say farewell to our dear friend Annie.

Below is link to a video slide show of Annie with Refuge choir.  The songs in the video were written by Tina and Sal.

Just Us, minus Annie, performed five songs at the Celebration after funeral.

Mike performing with Just Us.

Shingle for Little Library
that will be erected in Annie's honor.
At the funeral service.

Tina and friends perform during the Celebration after funeral.

Refuge at the viewing.