Love of God Ministries

Celebrating our Faith and the Sacraments

Music Ministry

Liturgical music at Mary Our Queen invites children and adults to sing, play, and participate in the life of the community, encourages all to seek a deeper life of prayer and service, and reaches across the great musical traditions of the Church. We encourage an ego-free and inviting experience to sing or play to the Glory of God. Our ensembles become small faith communities where we pray for each other and truly become a family of God’s children joined together by His grace.

The Music Ministry is comprised of several different worship styles:

  • Saturday 5 pm Vigil Mass Contemporary Ensemble led by Ms. Patsy Shontz and various cantors.
  • Sunday 8:30 am Traditional Music led by a Cantor and occasionally the Children’s Choir (ages 6-17) directed by Mrs. Kate George.
  • Sunday 11 am Traditional Choir directed by Dan Marcacci and accompanied by organist James Pinder with oboist, Elizabeth Pinder, Violinist, Matthew Marcacci, and Cellist, Aaron Pinder.
  • Sunday 5 pm Contemporary Band directed by Dan Marcacci.

If you have an interest in any of the music ministries at Mary Our Queen, please contact Dan Marcacci at dmarcacci@maryourqueen.com.

Who is the Music Ministry?

Dan Marcacci : Music Director

Dan Marcacci

Music Director

Mr. Marcacci grew up in the Midwest and began studying piano and voice at the age of five and began playing for the Catholic church in Eighth Grade on both the piano and the Organ. As a freshman in a Catholic High School he led a teen folk choir at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and began his organ studies with a professor at Kalamazoo College, Paula Romanaux. He competed in several Bach competitions and played for both the Methodist Church and Baptist Church to further his knowledge about worship and liturgy.

He pursued a dual Bachelors degree in Music/Organ Performance and Telecommunications from Indiana University. Dan studied Organ under Dr. Robert Rayfield, Dr. Larry Smith, and Dr. Marilyn Kaiser. During his college studies, he was the accompanist for the Singing Hoosiers, ambassadors for Indiana University and its alumni associations and worked with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops on a Grammy nominated recording entitled "A Disney Spectacular." He also traveled with the group throughout North America, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Australia.

For almost 30 years, Dan has held positions in the Archdiocese of Atlanta as Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Patrick, Director of the Life Teen Band at Prince of Peace and has worked as Principal Organist at St. Jude and St. John Neumann. Dan accompanied the St. John Neumann choir on their trip to Italy in 1999 and was principal organist for several concerts throughout the country including St. Marks in Venice, St. Ignatius in Rome with a National Radio audience, and High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Dan and his wife, Thea have three boys that have all participated in music ministries. Dan owns a video production company, Video Quest, that is credited with several Telly Awards, Addy Awards, and Regional Emmys. He also owns and manages an import-export business that sells textbooks and musical instrument cases worldwide through Amazon.

Dan Currently directs the Mary Our Queen Traditional Choir and Leads the Sunday Night Band on Piano and vocals.

dmarcacci@maryourqueen.com
James Pinder : Organist, Choir Accompanist

James Pinder

Organist, Choir Accompanist

James has over 15 years experience in piano and violin performance, and seven years of experience in organ performance and liturgical accompaniment. He studied piano with Rachel Oliver and violin with Kenn Wagner. At age 12, James was the youngest member to ever join the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. During his teen years, he played violin and celesta with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Currently, James is completing a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology from Georgia Tech. He accompanies the Georgia Tech Chorale during the school year, and frequently conducts the GT Chamber Orchestra. In his spare time, James designs and builds experimental speakers and records music. James is currently designing and rebuilding an organ for installation in our new Sanctuary.

Kate George : Children's Choir Director

Kate George

Children's Choir Director

Ms. George has 13 years experience in teaching music education to children ages 3-13. She is Orff Level, I, II, & III certified and holds of BM in Music Education. Prior to joining Mary Our Queen, Kate taught various k-5 magnet art school curriculum for Catholic Schools in the Richmond Diocese. She is currently teaching at Simonton Elementary in Gwinnett County and has performed musical theatre, opera and oratorios. This will be Kate’s third year with Mary Our Queen leading the Children’s Choir.

Wedding Ministry

Volunteers assist the bride and groom in coordinating their wedding ceremony at Mary Our Queen and help ensure the day is sacred and unique.

Altar Care

This ministry cares for the sacred linens which include dusting the sanctuary and laundering the purificators, corporals, and towels. Altar Care is very rewarding and takes only 3 hours every 3 months. Roughly 30 minutes are spent in the Sacristy and Sanctuary with the rest of the time spent on the linens which are taken home.

Additional volunteers are always needed to serve the Lord in this special way.

Altar Servers

Servers assist the priest at regular Masses and other liturgies. Boys and girls who have received their First Eucharist and have a genuine desire to serve are most welcome to participate. Parental support is essential. Serving on the altar and assisting the priest provides an opportunity for children to appreciate their faith in a meaningful way.

Baptism Preparation

Parishioners who would like to have their infant child baptized attend a Baptismal Preparation Class led by our Deacon and/or a parish couple.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This hands-on faith formation program is for children 3 years to 12 years old and is designed to meet the individual development of each child.

Volunteer Catechists and Assistants are always needed. Adult and Teen formation as catechists is offered each year here at Mary Our Queen.

Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration is a powerful opportunity for growth in your spiritual life. We encourage you to prayerfully consider signing up for a one-hour time slot, or as a substitute when needed. If you are not able to make a regular commitment, know you are always welcome to come to spend any amount of time with our Lord.

We have 24 hour Adoration every Friday beginning after 9 a.m. Mass through Saturday at 9 a.m.

Eucharistic Ministers

These parishioners assist clergy in distributing Communion during Mass and taking the Eucharist to the homebound.

Training is required before serving in this role.

Family Rosary

All members of the family are invited to attend the recitation of the Rosary which is held every Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. p.m. in the church.
Medjugorje Rosary is the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Lectors

Lectors are members of the parish who proclaim the Word at Mass. Lectors have a sincere desire to read the bible and study its meaning, and the ability to speak effectively before large groups.

Training is necessary in order to participate in this ministry.

Decorative Arts

This ministry creates a sacred space to reflect the liturgical seasons throughout the year. If you have a flare for decorating and creativity, have a love of flowers and are not afraid to climb a ladder when needed, please consider joining us.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

This group teaches, witnesses, and shares their faith with the candidates who are preparing to come into the Church at the Easter Vigil.

This group meets after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays.

Ushers

This ministry helps the parishioners with seating during weekend Masses and includes taking up the collections and helping the flow of Communion traffic. They also offer a friendly greeting to as many as possible attending the Mass and offer aid to those who need special assistance. All men and women are welcome to join.