Our mission of ministry with music is to provide support and encouragement for all parishioners, choristers, musicians, and members of our community as a whole as they seek and share Jesus Christ as spiritual food for life’s journey, centering its life on the worship and celebration of the Eucharist.
Our support, therefore, is to reflect the excitement and passion of the church, people, and programs, adding to the attractiveness of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as a place of worship and beauty. Our roots are Roman Catholic and our musical offerings are to reflect the best of our traditional and contemporary resources within our heritage, embracing diverse cultures, praising God in multiple languages, and sending forth its people to be effective witnesses to the love and truth of the Gospel.
Our commitment is to do well the music for the liturgy, which is central to our life together as a parish community, so that our worship helps us to retain our lives’ fullest powers and possibilities. The Music Ministry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is dedicated to promotion of assembly song, accomplished through the congregation’s participation in various hymns, songs, acclamations, and psalms with special attention directed toward the preservation of our rich musical heritage through the singing of anthems, both ancient and new. The combination of these elements is an expression of our assembly’s sung prayer in union with the entire Catholic Church.
Our purpose is to have adults, youth, and children participate in our ministry with music recognizing that performing musically is an important part of many people’s spiritual and worship life.
The Music Ministry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is dedicated whole-heartedly to the true spirit of the Roman Catholic liturgy as expressed by the Fathers through the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) under Musicam Sacram of the Vatican II by giving pride of place to Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, and the organ. Through this dedication the liturgy allows the full, conscious, and active participation of the people with singing and listening hearts, souls, and minds being drawn up to God.
If you are interested in auditioning to be a volunteer cantor, please contact the music director, William Fritz, in the music office at (714) 557-0761.
The junior cantor program is designed for high school age students and they cantor at the Sunday 11am mass. If you are interested in auditioning to be a junior cantor, please contact the music director, William Fritz, in the music office at (714) 557-0761.
Our English Choir sings at the 9:30 a.m. Mass, September through June, Holy Days, and special concerts. This choir is made up of men and women of all ages, professional and amateur, singing a variety of choral music from Early Renaissance to recently composed works, accompanied by organ and a cappella. This group is open to all who have a love of music and an interest in choral singing. This choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Music Room of the Parish Hall. Anyone interested please contact the music director, William Fritz, in the music office at (714) 557-0761.
Our Latin Schola sings at the 12:30 p.m. Latin Mass, Holy Days, and special concerts. This choir is made up of men and women of all ages, singing a variety of choral music from Early Renaissance to recently composed works, accompanied by organ and a cappella. This group is open to all who have a love of music and an interest in choral singing. This choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the church choir loft and Sundays at 2 p.m. in the music room. Anyone interested please contact the music director, William Fritz, in the music office at (714) 557-0761.for an audition.
Spanish Music Ministries
The Spanish choir sings at the 2:00 p.m. Sunday mass and other festive liturgies that are central to the community.
Please contact Santiago Loera at 714 751 4269
Vietnamese Music Ministries
The Vietnamese choir sings at the 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday masses and other festive liturgies that are central to the Vietnamese community. Please contact Vincent Vu at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Music Liturgy for the Masses
- Saturday 5:00 p.m. English Vigil Mass – Organ and cantor
- Saturday 6:30 p.m. Vietnamese Vigil Mass – Choral and instrumental ensembles
- Sunday 6:30 a.m. Vietnamese Mass – Choral and instrumental ensembles
- Sunday 8:00 a.m. English Mass – Organ and cantor
- Sunday 9:30 a.m. English Principal Mass – Parish Choir, organ, and cantor
- Sunday 11:00 a.m. English Mass – Organ and cantor. Once each month childrens choir sings
- Sunday 12:30 p.m. Traditional Latin Mass – Organ, cantor, and Latin Schola
- Sunday 2:00 p.m. Spanish Mass – Choral and instrumental ensembles
- Sunday 5:00 p.m. English Mass – Organ and cantor
Wedding Music Information
The marriage liturgy is a sacred celebration of Christian love in which the couples minister this sacrament to one another in the presence of the presider and community. In the marriage liturgy, presider, bride, groom, and guests are all active participants in prayer, blessing, and praise.
This aspect should be at the heart of how you plan the liturgy of marriage, including music. Marriage is celebrated in the context of worship and, therefore, should reflect the musical styles incorporated into sacramental celebrations of the Catholic Church. With this in mind, music chosen for the wedding liturgy must be religious in nature, so that a spirit of prayer and celebration can be established to strengthen the expression of faith.
Secular love songs, ballads, and show tunes are more appropriate for the reception.
A variety of musicians and musical styles are available for weddings. Options include the use of an organist, pianist, synthesizer, guitarist, and vocalists in any combination. Please contact the Director of Music for information. In order to meet your needs in the best way possible, please contact the Director of Music as soon as possible and no later than one month in advance of your wedding.
Kindly note that organists from outside St. John the Baptist Church will be required to pay a bench fee.
Please contact the music director, William Fritz, in the music office at (714) 557-0761 for guitar, flute, clarinet, and other instrumentalists; and additional cantor.
Please note that you must contact your cantor(s) as soon as possible. E-mail is the preferred method. If you do not have e-mail, please contact your choice(s) by phone. Once you have the date confirmed with your cantor(s) please send your confirmation to the Director of Music.