A Message from Our Director of Music/Organist
Greetings, St. Bartholomew parishioners! The finals weeks of summer are once again upon us. Soon, Labor Day will be here, schools will soon be in session, and our parish’s fantastic choirs will again commence their regular rehearsals. In the hopes that you might prayerfully consider becoming a part of our vibrant and active music ministry here at St. Bartholomew Parish, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about our various choral groups.
Our Adult Choir is open to any member of the parish from high school freshman through adult, and they usually sing every Sunday morning at the 12 Noon Mass, starting from the first Sunday in October and lasting until either Pentecost or the Feast of Corpus Christi (depending on how the calendar falls). The Adult Choir also sings at other special celebrations and feasts throughout the church year, including Confirmation, the Christmas Eve Mass at Midnight, and the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum, including the Great Easter Vigil. The regular rehearsal time for the Adult Choir is from 7:30pm-9pm on Thursday evenings in the church, although during Advent and Lent, rehearsals may go slightly later as we prepare for Christmas and Holy Week. This year, our first rehearsal will take place on Thursday, September 7th, starting with fellowship and light refreshments in the narthex of the church at 7pm. The only requirements for the Adult Choir are an enthusiastic spirit and an ability to be on time. Ability to read music is not required, but is definitely a plus if you can. There is NO audition requirement. I certainly hope that all current choir members will return for another exciting season. If you have been a choir member in past years but had to leave us, I would like to cordially invite you to prayerfully consider returning. If you have never sung with us before, this is the perfect time to start! Rehearsals not only focus on the music to be prepared each week, but also on fostering education both musically and liturgically. All voice parts are definitely welcome (And if you don’t know your voice part, that’s okay, too!). However, we definitely have a special need for lower voices, both male and female, to fill out our alto and bass sections, so if you think you might fit that description, your presence would be most welcome. I would also like to especially invite any musically inclined high school-aged parishioners to consider joining us. Singing in the choir is a fantastic way to further enrich one’s music education, and many young adults in this age group have become very valuable members of the choir over the years. I must personally say that the choir is a very supportive and enthusiastic group that contains members of a wide range of ages.
Our Children’s Choir is directed by Mrs. Janet DeFreitas and accompanied by me. It is open to all young members of our congregation from grades 3 through 8. They sing at the 10am Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of the month starting in October and continuing through Pentecost Sunday, and every Sunday in Advent and Lent. They also sing at several special feasts and celebrations throughout the church year, including the Children’s Liturgy on Christmas Eve, First Penance Services (which take place in January), and First Communion Masses in the Spring, as well as in combination with our Adult Choir on Holy Thursday. Again, ability to read music is a plus but is not required; all one needs is an enthusiastic spirit and ability to follow directions and be on time. As with the Adult Choir, the rehearsals focus not only on preparing for Sundays but also fostering increased knowledge in music and also of our own Catholic faith. Just as a clarification, one need not be a student of St. Bartholomew School to be a member of our parish Children’s Choir. The Children’s Choir’s regular rehearsal time is Wednesday afternoons in the church from 4:30-5:30pm. I would like to invite any children interested in joining (as well as any returning members) to attend our first rehearsal on September 13th. The Children’s Choir handbook can also be found on the Children’s Choir Ministry Page.
In addition, I am always on the lookout for any instrumentalists that may wish to join us to enhance the Sunday liturgies. If you play an instrument (especially a woodwind, brass, or string instrument), and might be interested in lending your talents on a Sunday, I would be interested to hear from you, whether you are in high school or an adult. I would, however, require that you be able to read music and have at least some years of playing experience. I know there is a lot of talent in our congregation, so please don’t be afraid to contact me. Further reminders and information about the music ministry will follow as the summer draws to a close. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me in the parish office (732-257-7722 x38 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t be shy about becoming involved! Thank you very much, God bless, and I hope to see you in September.
The mission of the Saint Bartholomew Adult Choir is to proclaim our Catholic faith through music and inspire, enrich, and foster participation of the St. Bartholomew community in our Sunday Liturgies through chant, hymns, and sacred songs.
The Adult Choir is open to anyone from high school freshman through adult. Ability to read music is a plus but is not required.
The repertoire of the Adult Choir spans the many centuries of the life of the church and includes chant, hymnody, and sacred music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic era, as well as contemporary choral works.
Rehearsal & Liturgy Schedule
Phone: 732-257-7722 x38
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