Music Ministry

Sunday after Sunday, Catholics come together to celebrate the Mass. We move through the liturgical seasons as a community to remind us that it is through our common prayer and sacramental life that we breath life into our faith. Through music, we are drawn into the art of prayer. Sung prayer is an opportunity for all of us to be drawn into the opening of our hearts to Christ and utilize the gift that music is in our lives.
We believe that God dwells within each of us and that God is the true giver of music.  We believe that when we make music by song and by instrument, we sing and pray to our Creator.  Most of us have heard the quote by St Augustine that singing is praying twice, but he goes on to say that, “Singing is for the one who loves.” Music is a profound sign of God’s love for us and of our love for God.

Our Mission

At St. Francis Parish, our musical goals are to have each person realize that music is an important part of prayer.  It is not only a way we pray during our liturgies, but also a way in which we can call forth the gift of music to deepen prayer, both personal and in community. Music is a ministry that everyone is invited to be part of.  Whether we are in the pews or leading prayer with music…All are welcome.

Contact Us

Heidi Scott is the Director of Music Ministries and Liturgy. Heidi has over 40 years of experience in liturgical music and has a love for prayer through music. Heidi has a degree in German and has also attended Mount St. Mary's College for certification in Music in Catholic Worship. She has completed a three year course in church history and theology through the New Wine program.  Currently, Heidi is proud to direct our Kerygma choir as well as many of our special liturgies throughout the year. She enjoys teaching guitar and has taught many of our parishioners the love of music through the guitar. She enjoys all forms of liturgical music, especially contemporary music which stirs the soul and lifts the heart in prayer. Heidi has her office at St. Francis Parish and can be reached by calling the main church office number or by emailing her at

Music that Stirs the Soul

We have so many opportunities to be involved in the music at St Francis.  Please explore the following links that will give you information about each of our choirs...

  • Children's Choir

    This choir is open to all children in the parish and is designed for children in 1st through 8th grades who would like to share their beautiful voices to help inspire and lead our parish family in song.
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  • Kerygma

    Kerygma is a large group of singers, guitarists, piano, and an occasional flute and trumpet, but we can always use another instrument and more singers.
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  • A. L. J. N. Ensemble

    This ensemble is open to high school age and beyond, for all who have been blessed with the gift of song or playing a musical instrument.... for all with a calling to help lead our parish family in praise and worship.
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  • Spanish Choir

    Our Spanish choir is a group of talented musicians who offer their time and music at our 5:00 pm Sunday evening Spanish Mass.
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  • Vietnamese Choir

    Our Vietnamese Community ministers through music with the Sacred Heart choir. Under the direction of Sang Dang, they sing and serve the community at the 7:00 pm Saturday Vietnamese Mass.
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Contact Us:

Address: 900 H. Street Bakersfield, CA 93304
Phone: 661-327-4734  |  Fax: 661-377-0363
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