From the Director of Music
SACRED MUSIC APPRENTICESHIP
The Sacred Music Apprenticeship at St. John the Beloved provides musical and liturgical training for 11th- 12th grade high school students who wish to serve at Mass through their music. The apprenticeship offers two tracks: cantor and organist. In both tracks, students receive regular formal instruction in the theology, history, music and planning of the liturgy as well as practical experience assisting at the liturgy. Graduates of the Apprenticeship will understand their spiritual and practical role in the liturgy, have the training to plan and lead music for the liturgy, and be well-poised to continue further education after high school if they so wish.
SAINT BENEDICT CANTORUM
“whatever good work you begin to do, beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it.”
LISTEN, all young men, grades 7 through 12:
Starting this September, we invite you to join the Saint Benedict Cantorum, a young men’s group devoted to praying together and singing the 9:00am Mass twice a month.
We will meet every Sunday at 8:00am to pray the Divine Office (Morning Prayer), read excerpts from the Rule of Saint Benedict, and rehearse music for Mass.
To apply for the apprenticeship or if you have questions, please email the Director of Music, James Senson at: [email protected].
On Sunday, October 21 in the year 1956 Bishop Peter L. Ireton, the sixth Bishop of Richmond made a pastoral visit to the parish of St. John in McLean to dedicate the brand new church that still is our house of worship. In the same year he was given the noble title of Assistant at the Pontifical Throne. What would have been on his mind at the time of his visit, however, is that he shared his birthday, September 21, with the anniversary of the laying of the corner stone of St. John Mission Church, which now houses our parish offices and the Thrift Shop, even though his birth occurred twenty one years prior to the birth of our original church.