Category Archives: Music

Please join us this Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am for a special Family Mass and Reception for Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Chris’ last Sunday as Music Director for the Family Mass will be August 13, but please join us for a special Family Mass on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am. There will be a special farewell reception for Chris in Powers Hall following Mass.

 

A Letter from Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Dear St. John’s Parishioners:

After a long period of discernment, I have decided to pursue a religious vocation to the Jesuits and will enter their novitiate at St. Andrew Hall in Syracuse, NY this coming August.  This announcement is bittersweet, as I have been a member of the St. John Parish community since I was in elementary school and will miss my colleagues, friends, and fellow Family Mass Musicians tremendously. I am both excited and nervous to begin this next chapter of my life, and saying farewell is quite difficult.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who has helped to make my experience here such a positive one over the past 10 years: thank you for welcoming me, challenging me, supporting me, and trusting me as I learned the ropes. St. John’s is a special place, and I am proud to call myself a member of this great faith community.  Please know that I will cherish my time here for the rest of my life, bringing my career at St. John’s forward with me wherever I go, and I promise to come back to visit whenever I can!

Sincerely,
Chris Holownia

Attention Young Singers! Sunday is the Last Chance to Sign Up!

Music_Youth Choir LogoChildren in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in the St. John’s Easter Youth Choir. High School Assistants are welcome. There are 5 rehearsals: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 and 4/9 at 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Chapel. The children will sing at the 9:00 a.m. Family Mass on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Sign up and first rehearsal is March 12, and registration closes March 19. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org.

An Invitation from the St. John Parish Choir

Adult_CHoirSt. John’s Parish Choir wishes to extend an invitation to all that have a voice to raise (high school age and beyond) to join us as we prepare to celebrate the extraordinary liturgies of Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

Since our varied worshiping communities come together to celebrate one Mass each day on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday – our desire is that everyone is included – and that no voice is quiet. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the Music Office. Sunday morning rehearsal is at 9:30am in the Music Office.

Attention Young Actors – Help “Perform” the Passion Play on Palm Sunday!

Passion PlaySeeking Actors/Actresses in Grade 3 and older to help “perform” the Passion Play at the 9:00am Family Mass on Palm Sunday, April 9. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am- 12:00pm is required/mandatory. Confirmation candidates earn 5 hours of community service credit. Please contact Maria Wardwell (781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org) for information and registration.

Attention Young Singers! Easter Choir Rehearsals Begin March 12!

Music_Youth Choir LogoChildren in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in the St. John’s Easter Youth Choir. High School Assistants are welcome. There are 5 rehearsals: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 and 4/9 at 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Chapel. The children will sing at the 9:00 a.m. Family Mass on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Sign up and first rehearsal is March 12, and registration closes March 19. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org.

From the St. John Parish Music Director…

Christmas ChoirSt. John’s Music during Christmas 2016 was effulgent with its glowing joy. Those of you who were present at our Christmas liturgies knew immediately that this great Feast of the Nativity is remarkable, glorious. A couple of weeks before Christmas a parishioner put fear in my heart as she was so filled with anticipation of being with her family, as well as her church family, and stressed how she just knew the music would exceed her expectations. I thought quietly to myself – it had better!

What is amazing is how it takes so many dedicated individuals to make that “beyond expectation music” happen – to them an avalanche of gratitude should be shown. It’s the children, the teens, the young adults, “young thinking” adults – those who sing, play an instrument, parents who patiently wait for their children attending rehearsals, the children who permit a parent to attend rehearsal, the loving spouse/partner who is temporarily left alone while the other attends rehearsal. Special accolades to Family Mass Music Directors who work diligently as they are outnumbered by the surrounding children, the cantors who do their part at extra Masses.

Christmas 2016 was my twentieth Christmas here at St. John’s. With each passing year the excitement, the beauty of the music reaches a new height. In a huge way that reach for the height, the stars – particularly the bright Star over Bethlehem happens because of you – St. John parishioners – you are the church, you are the church choir. Thank you for your love and support. If at anytime you would like to experience and know what it’s like being part of one of our music groups at St. John’s – know that you will be warmly welcomed. Come, get into the “sing” of things!

Gratefully yours, Laurence Carson

St. John Parish Choir

During January, St. John’s Parish Choir continues to gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the Music Office. Our Wednesday evening rehearsals are temporarily suspended for a bit of rest and will resume on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30pm when we will begin preparing for Lent and Easter. Our annual Mardi Gras Breakfast will take place on Sunday, February 26 – details forthcoming.

Calling All Teens – Help Us Celebrate the Sunday 5:00pm Mass!

Contemporary MusicWe are looking for more teen volunteers to help us celebrate the 5:00pm Sunday Teen Masses.  If you are a confirmed teen interested in joining us as a Lector or Eucharistic Minister please contact Ronda Dew  or Linda Messore so we can schedule you for training.

Christmas Flowers and Music Memorial Donations

poinsettia-at-christmas-nightWould you like to make a donation towards Christmas Music or Christmas Flowers in memory of a loved one this holiday season? If so, you may make your donation by using an offertory envelope, the collection basket, Parish Pay, or by dropping your donation in the mail or at the Parish Office. Please be sure to include the name(s) of those you want remembered in this special way, and to print their name(s) clearly. The deadline to submit the name of a loved one is this Thursday, December 15 at noon.

Attention Young Singers! Christmas Youth Choir Rehearsals Will Begin October 30

Music_Youth Choir LogoOur 16th Annual Christmas Youth Choir sign-up and first rehearsal will take place Sunday, October 30th: 10:50-11:50am. All students in grade 1-8 are invited to participate. High School (grade 9-12) Assistants are also welcome (counts towards confirmation community service credit!) Seven rehearsals will take place on the following dates:

October 30:  10:50-11:50am
November 6:  10:50-11:50am
November 13:  10:50-11:50am
November 20:  10:50-11:50am
December 4:  10:50-11:50am
December 11:  10:50-11:50am
*December 18:  10:00 – 11:00am

*Note earlier time.

Children will participate in the Family Mass on Christmas Eve. All rehearsals are in St. John’s Chapel. For more information, please email Maria Wardwell (or by telephone at 781-237-2148. )