Music Ministry

What We Do:

Music has been an important part of St. John the Baptist parish for many years. It consists of an adult choir which sings twice per month and for special feasts - especially Christmas & Easter; a children's choir that sings once per month and joins the adult choir for selected works; a youth band singing once a month; Spanish choir and band that participates weekly and for special liturgies; and a variety of ensembles, cantors, accompanists and other musicians. These are a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people, committed to encouraging full participation in the liturgies!

A great deal of emphasis has been placed on developing, creating and recruiting for Sunday liturgies, special feasts, Holy Days of Obligation and services unique to the parish. The dynamics broadened and deepened with the advent of the Spanish Mass a few years ago, enriching the combined communities with new and varied sounds, including some additional celebrations such as Day of the Dead and an expanded Lady of Guadalupe Mass.

As we approach a season of liturgical change, stemming from decisions within the Bishop's Conference, we do so not only with an eye to the future, embracing the richness of what is to come, but also recognizing the importance of the tried and true, the familiar, our "comfort" music so to speak. Every effort will be made to retain literature that is integral to our everyday life as active parishioners. Even if you do not sing in a choir or group, please help participate in our music program by sharing your favorites with us. Tell us what you know and love, and join your voices with ours as we all share together in sung prayer and praise. It will be a welcome gift!

We would love to have you join us in the Music Ministry. Please look at the corresponding tab menu for the group(s) that would interest you the most.

How to Join Us:

Contact: John Payne 503-654-5449 or parishoffice@sjbcatholicchurch.org

Calling all adults with a love for singing! Adult Choir rehearsals start up Thursday, September 12, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, and continue Thursday evenings thereafter. We generally sing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, for the 10:00AM Mass, and at special solemnities. Our first Mass will be September 22nd. We are always so happy to welcome new singers, men and women! Come help us fulfill our calling to beautify the Sacred Liturgy! Please call or email John Payne, our director, with any questions: makebeautifulmusic@gmail.com or 503-707-5903.

Angelus (Children’s) Choir Startup
Calling boys and girls who love to sing! And parents who are looking for opportunities to develop their children’s talents! The Angelus (Children’s) Choir is open to all children ages 8 to 13 who want to lift their voices to God in song. We will sing once a month, generally, on the first Sunday at the 10:00 AM Mass. We will also sing for the Christmas Eve Family Mass, Palm Sunday, and First Holy Communion. We will prepare sacred music appropriate for the Holy Mass and well-suited for children’s voices. We will also develop vocal and choral skills, as well as music reading and liturgical understanding. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 19, and continue each Thursday, from 4:00PM – 5:00PM in the church. A detailed singing schedule for the year and sign-up form are available on the parish and school websites and in the church and school offices. Please fill out and turn in to either office. Call or email our director, John Payne, with any questions, etc.: makebeautifulmusic@gmail.com, 503-707-5903. Children may like to bring a friend who is not in our parish or school community. Looking forward to hearing and nurturing beautiful, children’s voices, ascending to God! The Angelus Choir will be a vehicle of grace to our SJB parish!
Below is a link for the registration form to be filled out for the children's choir. Please print it, fill it out and drop it off in the school or parish office.

Registration Form 

Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church
REHEARSAL AND SINGING SCHEDULE – 2013-2014
ANGELUS CHOIR
Children’s Choir

September 2013
19 First Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
26 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church

October 2013
3 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
6 Warmup/Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church
10 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
17 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
24 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
31 No Rehearsal – Happy Halloween!

November 2013
3 Warmup/Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church
7 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
14 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
21 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
28 No Rehearsal – Happy Thanksgiving

 December 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 Warmup/Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church First Sunday of Advent
5 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
12 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
19 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
21 Tentative Saturday morning rehearsal if needed
24 Warmup/Mass 4:30 / 5:30 PM Church Christmas Eve
26 No Rehearsal – Blessed Christmastime!

January 2014
2 No Rehearsal – Happy New Year!
9 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
16 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
23 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
26 Warmup / Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church Catholic Schools Week

February 2014
2 We will not sing on this Sunday
6 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
13 No rehearsal this day - half day of school at SJBCS
20 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
27 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church

March 2014
2 Warmup / Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church Month of St. Joseph
6 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
13 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
20 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
27 No rehearsal this day – SJBCS spring break

April 2014
3 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
6 REHEARSAL 8:45 – 9:45 AM Saalfeld Room
This is a rehearsal between Masses to practice with the Adult Choir
13 Warmup / Mass 9:00 / 10:00 AM Church →Parish Center
Palm Sunday, combined with the Adult Choir
17 No rehearsal this day – Holy Thursday!
24 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church

May 2014
1 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
4 Warmup / Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church First Holy Communion
8 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
15 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
22 Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church
29 Last Rehearsal 4:00 – 5:00 PM Church

June 2014
1 Warmup / Mass 9:15 / 10:00 AM Church The Ascension
TBD end of the year choir party!