Photos

Music minister celebrated for half-century of service

Parishioners, former pastors and choir members past and present gathered at Santa Maria del Popolo Parish in Mundelein on Oct. 2, 2022 for a special Mass to celebrate 50 years of service of long-time music director Debbie Titus. Over a 50-member choir consisting with instruments and a bell choir came to honor Titus at the Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Titus directs the choir during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Former and present choir and bell choir members returned to honor Titus. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Titus, 68, started at the parish when she was still a freshman studying church music at DePaul University in 1972, and saw a notice on a school bulletin board saying the parish was looking for an organist. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
(Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
(Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Bell choir members perform during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Titus plays during Mass. Her favorite liturgies, she said, are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: Thanksgiving Day because it’s not a holy day of obligation, and everyone who comes wants to be there, but it includes many college students and other grown children back for the holiday who participate in the Mass; and Christmas Eve because it includes many returning choir and bell choir members, along with strings, brass, wind instruments and two bell choirs, along with the voice choir. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Titus addresses the congregation at the end of Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Titus receives flowers at the end of Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
(Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Titus receives a hug following Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Advertising