Music Ministry

Our choirs have been diligent in discovering and assuming their role in the liturgy. …Choir members, like all liturgical ministers, should exercise their ministry with evident faith and should participate in the entire liturgical celebration, recognizing that they are servants of the Liturgy and members of the gathered assembly. (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, 28) The choirs encourage us in our singing and also minister to us at times when our hearts are full off sorrow.

Take a moment to read through the descriptions of the choirs that make up Music Ministry at Saint James the Apostle Church. We look forward to welcoming you as a member of Music Ministry as you continue your faith journey with us.

We invite those interested in becoming a part of one of our choirs  to contact Faith MacDonnell or Matt Wilson, Directors of Music Ministry as we begin our Fall Season of Music Ministry at Saint James the Apostle.

The Adult & High School Choir
(Thursdays 7:00-9:00 pm)

Choir… is open to men and women of high school age and above. They sing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday , occasionally at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, and at all major feasts and celebrations. Besides hymnody, the Adult Music Ministry members sing anthems and motets of all styles, periods and genres.

The Lazarus Choir

The Lazarus Choir… is open to all singers who are available in the morning. The purpose of the Lazarus Choir is to support the congregational singing at Funeral Liturgies, which are generally weekday and Saturday mornings. The music is taken primarily from the parish repertoire. The members of the Lazarus Choir are not expected to sing at every funeral liturgy, only those for which they are available. The members of the Lazarus Choir also join with the rest of Music Ministry for large parish liturgical celebrations.

 Contemporary Ensemble
(Sundays 6:00 – 6:50 pm)

Recruitment is underway for the Ensemble that will lead the assembly’s song at the 7:00 PM Sunday evening Mass. If you are in 8th through 12th grade and play a wind instrument, piano, bass, guitar or percussion; or, if you play at a high school level or above, whether younger or older (and  young at heart) please contact Faith MacDonnell or Matt Wilson, Directors of Music Ministry for more details. Rehearsals are 6:00 PM on Sunday evenings before Mass.

High School aged singers are also welcome to be a part of the Ensemble. Those singers who are part of the Ensemble will have the opportunity to serve as Cantors and Psalmists for the Liturgy.

Saint James the Apostle Choristers
(Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm)

The Choristers…  The Choristers of Saint James the Apostle, are made up of boys and girls in 4th through 8th Grade. The Choristers rehearse weekly, and sing monthly at the 12:00 noon Sunday Mass.

Cherub Choir
(K – 3rd Grade)
(Thursdays 4:15 – 5:00 pm)

The Cherub Choir… is a beginning choral experience for children in Kindergarten through grade 3. The Cherubs sing  Good Friday and Easter Sunday as well as other times during the year. Rehearsals for the Easter Cherub Choir begin Thursday, February 18, 2016.


Matthew Wilson
Organist and Director of Music Ministry

Office of Music Ministry – 973-376-3044 ext. 115