Staff Member: Cathy Wanner
Music Ministry has been a part of my life for more than 40 years. I started behind the piano accompanying the children’s choir at my church in Mililani, Hawaii while I was in middle school. In high school, I joined the adult choir singing with my grandpa, my mom, my dad and my older sister. I loved to sing. Each song was my prayer. I continued to sing in the Chapel Choir at the University of Portland, where I met my husband, Mike. He and I accompanied the 5:00 PM choir at Holy Cross in North Portland from 1989-1993. I took a short break from Music Ministry to raise our 2 sons.
By 1995, I was back accompanying cantors at 5:30 PM Saturday or 11:30 AM Sunday Mass at St. Matthew. In the past 25 years, our family grew to 6 kids and I helped with Music Ministry at St. Matthew in several different roles. I accompanied the 10:00 AM Choir for a couple of months in 1998, then as the regular accompanist from 2000-2005. Our family sang at the Christmas morning Mass from 2005-2008 and 2010-1012. My children and I were also part of the choir for the Easter Sunday Family Mass 2006-2008. Recently, I have been accompanying the St. Matthew School students at all the school Masses. I have also played music for weddings and funerals at St. Matthew. Music brings me joy. I hope to share this joy with the St. Matthew community.