Welcome to the IHM Music Ministry!

“I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

(718) 871-1310, ext. 14; music@IHMBrooklyn.org

Music is a vital part of our liturgical tradition. Encouraging others to make music and providing beautiful meditation hymns is an essential part of our weekly prayer. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Church we believe that all instruments and all people, regardless of musical background, may blend together to glorify God in song.

Steven Vaughan, the Director of Music Ministry, is one of the very few musicians who have been hired to perform as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He has sung with the National Chorale for 19 years, and recently made his debut as a pianist accompanying the Professional Performing Arts High School Choir. He began playing Mass in Rockford, Illinois when he was only 14 years old. After receiving a bachelor’s degree of music from Loyola University New Orleans, (the only Jesuit College of Music in the United States) he earned a master’s degree from Tulane University. In addition to Lincoln Center, he’s performed in numerous concert halls and churches, including Carnegie Hall; Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. He was a soloist this past year for the Brooklyn Diaconate Choir’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, and the Brooklyn Philharmonia’s performance of Bach’s Magnificat. He currently serves on Brooklyn’s Diocesan Music Commission, and the Piano Steering Committee of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. His most recent recording, Enchanted Saint-Saëns, may be purchased at CDBaby.com or heard on Spotify.

Explore these pages to learn more about what we do and how you can participate. And if you don’t sing or play an instrument, listening is participating too! So we’ve included a calendar where music will be performed, from masses here at IHM to concerts in the neighborhood.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Golden Age

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 2.56.16 PMDid you know that 55+ is the “Golden Age?” This group meets on Tuesday Afternoons at 1:00 pm in the Marian Center—Activities Includes Arts & Crafts, Bingo, Cards, Trips & More! Have Ideas? Have Energy? Come to join them for coffee and fellowship!

Donate your car and IHM wins!

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 2.40.48 PMSociety of Saint Vincent de Paul Gives Back! Immaculate Heart of Mary should share in the profits. For each car, truck or van, running or not the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will give back to our church $50/ $100 per vehicle. Maybe you don’t have a vehicle, but a family member, friend or neighbor has an old or neglected vehicle in their driveway that they would like to dispose of. Call the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at 718.491.2525. Thank You!Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 2.40.57 PM

Are you able to receive Communion

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 2.39.41 PMAre You Aware? It has been our experience at times that some people may feel they are not able to receive Communion due to divorce or other personal issues. Often times, there may be a misunderstanding regarding Church Teaching in these matters. You are encouraged to see Fr. Gill, S. Mary Ann, Deacons Jim, John or Tony  for clarity so that you do not miss the opportunity to celebrate the healing presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in turn come to the Table of the Lord.

IHM Food Pantry

“When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.” ( Mt. 25) Our pantry is in need of non-perishable items such as: cereals, peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, fruits, and soups, tuna fish, crackers, non-refrigerated milk (ex. Parmalat), etc. Our Parish pledged to #WalkwithFrancis—donating to the Food Pantry is a good way to walk.