Program of Sacred Music

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.”

– Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy)

The Program of Sacred Music at Saint John Bosco Catholic Church exists for the glorification of God Almighty and the edification and sanctification of the faithful.

Our parish strives to be firmly rooted in the Catholic liturgical movement usually called “The Reform of the Reform,” meaning that we do not celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass) but are deeply committed to the solemn and devout celebration of the Ordinary Form in fidelity to the best liturgical and musical traditions of the Church. The regular use of Latin plainchant and polyphony, the singing of the Propers at Sunday Masses, and the vigorous congregational singing of traditional hymnody within the vernacular celebration of the Ordinary Form are essential features of our Program of Sacred Music.

Our congregation loves to worship God through the beautiful, traditional hymnody of the Christian Church. Additionally, at each weekend celebration of the Holy Mass the Propers are sung to Gregorian Chant, English plainchant, and traditional hymnody. The organ and choir are an integral part of the music program. The Parish Choir sings the Solemn Mass at 11 o’clock, each Sunday, September through the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), in late May or June, as well as for all feasts and solemnities.  Their repertoire encompasses nearly eleven centuries of music, from medieval chant to renaissance polyphony, to new choral compositions that are consonant with the American Cathedral tradition. A Cantor from the choir leads the congregation in the Hymns, Acclamations, and Mass Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Mystery of Faith, Amen, and Agnus Dei) at the other weekend Masses.

The Schola, a new choral ensemble forming in the Fall of 2014, will sing primarily on Saturday evenings, at the 5 o’clock Vigil Mass. Repertoire will consist of simple, traditional chants, hymns, and polyphony.