It has truly been a blessing for me to continue to be a part of St. John the Evangelist Church. Your constant kindness made the Easter season very special, and I am feeling more welcome than ever in this wonderful community. I sincerely thank you all for your warm words of encouragement and praise.
I am praying that with your love and support, our music program may grow and improve so that we may continue to serve the Church through sacred music. I hope for our music to be an integral and spiritual part of St. John’s. Our church has the potential to cultivate a fantastic music program, and it is with this goal in mind that I ask for your support. Your generosity would ensure, first and foremost, the enhancement of sacred music during Mass: with the addition of professional singers and instrumentalists to our Sunday Masses, we would be able to perform more sacred repertoire as part of worship, and also reach a wider audience so that the parish community can continue to grow.
The dynamic music program at St. John plays an important role in Mass as well as reaching out to both the parish and Lambertville community. Our music program offers many opportunities to be involved with the church. Professional and volunteer cantors sing at all four Masses. Our church also offers the Saturday at Six chamber music concert series during the Advent and Lent seasons, as well as the renowned Sunday Afternoon at the Opera.
We are always happy to have new additions to our music program. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a cantor, an instrumentalist, or joining our chamber choir, please contact Sue Kim, Organist and Director of Music, at the church office.
We are looking for new Gallery Choir members to join us for an exciting year of music at Saint John. The Gallery Choir will be comprised of both professional and volunteer choir members. Anyone who loves to sing, can read music, and would like to get involved with the music program at Saint John is encouraged to apply. All voice types are welcome, ages high school to adult. To sign up, please visit the organ loft after Mass or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Among the many signs and symbol used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. As sacred song united to words it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy."
—From the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963
Early in the pastorate of Father Edward O'Neill, he realized that in order to fulfill the spirit of the liturgical reforms given to us by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, and in light of the statement by the American Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy entitled Music in Catholic Worship, certain changes were necessary in the worship life of the parish of St. John the Evangelist.
In January 1989, Father O'Neill and John-Michael Caprio director of music and gave him the responsibility of establishing a program of sacred music that would be in keeping with the principles of both the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and Music in Catholic Worship. John-Michael also had full-time responsibilities as executive director of the Commission on Church Music for the Archdiocese of New York and dean of the New York School of Liturgical Music.