"The church musician is first a disciple and then a minister...not merely an employee or volunteer. He or she is a minister, someone who shares faith,  serves the community,  and expresses the love of God and neighbor through music." [Music in Catholic Worship. no 64]

The first Freda Kratochvil Music Scholarship was awarded to Christian Herrera!
Christian is a rising senior at Eastern View who serves as a guitarist/bassist with our "Por Amor de Christo" group every other week at the 4 pm Sunday mass. He attended the 21st Annual NPM Guitar and Ensemble Institute back in July and enjoyed a week of lessons in liturgy and music with the nation's finest pastoral musicians. Congratulations, Christian! May the Holy Spirit continue to bless your talents for your joy and His glory!
Freda Kratochvil Music Scholarship for Young Pastoral Musicians
Freda Kratochvil, our former liturgy director and organist for over 40 years, attended many conventions and workshops through the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) which fosters the art of musical liturgy. Through her efforts and shared vision with Father Leo, Freda laid the foundation for our music ministry program that works for the full, conscious and active participation of our assembly.
The Freda Kratochvil Music Schlolarship for Young Pastoral Musicians was set up to help send young musicians to attend similar conventions or workshops to help foster and nuture their skills as liturgical musicians for the benefit of themselves, our parish and our world.
If you would like to donate to this scholarship please make checks out to Precious Blood and in the memo section write Freda Kratochvil Music Scholarship.


Please click on the drop down menu on the "Music Ministry" link above for information about our regularly serving choirs here at Precious Blood.




 If you are a high schooler who serves in our music ministry, apply for the Freda Kratochvil Scholarship for Young Pastoral Musicians.

Scholarship will pay for all fees to attend the NPM National Convention in Baltimore from July 9-13, 2018 or the NPM Guitar & Ensemble Institute in Milford, Ohio from July 23-27, 2018. Either option will give yourself sessions and/or classes with the nation's top pastoral musicians and composers to help you grow in your musical talents and spiritual journey.

Applications can be picked up in either parish foyer, the music ministry bulletin board, the rectory office or any of our music directors.

All applications are due back by April 1, 2018.  

Sat. April 2 is our next

Hymn sing at English Meadows

Join us as we praise our Lord with the residents and our former organist, Freda Kratochvil, as the accompanist.
We will meet at 11 am in the front lobby.



If you've been playing the piano or keyboard for at least 3 years, you can probably play most of what we sing at mass! We especially need a keyboard player to accompany our children's choir. Please contact Hannah Masson at to find out how you can be a part of the music ministry here at Precious Blood.

INSTRUMENTALISTS are always welcomed and encouraged. For information on how to put your talents to good use, please contact Mrs. Theresa Watson at 540-229-5113.

SUMMER CHOIR serves for the weekly 11:30 am during the months of July and August. Practices are from 10-11 am Sundays before mass in the parish hall. Please contact Mr. Robert Dwyer at 540-229-7396 or

CHANT SCHOLA has served for mass on holy days of obligation. Currently looking for a leader for this group. Please contact Mrs. Hannah Masson at


"For prayer that issues from the word of God, speech is not enough: music is required."--Pope Benedict XVI

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