As you are aware, we have been in search of a Director of Sacred Music for our Parish. I am very excited to report that we have been successful. Elizabeth Calabro begins full time with our parish on Monday, November 6.
I am also very pleased to share that Dan Weckerly, who has served our parish family for fourteen years as our Music Director part time, will now assume the role of Principal Organist. This position will allow Dan some flexibility in his schedule (he recently changed jobs), while he continues to share his fine organ skills and music contributions to all of our worship celebrations here. His responsibilities will be playing and accompanying rather than the administrative work he was previously doing.
Someone asked me what a director of Sacred Music does. Well of course, they direct… It will be Elizabeth’s role to lead all our efforts in sacred music here at our parish family. She will work with the various music ministries to help build and strengthen them in their ministry efforts. She will direct and train the choir and cantors. She will have responsibility for sacred music selections for parish liturgies and assist families in selections for weddings and funerals as well. She will coordinate the various musicians and vocalists for all our Masses and other liturgical needs throughout the whole liturgical year. She will also reach out into our local community to work with local musicians and vocalists in new ways.
Elizabeth has a Masters in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Her focus has been on voice and conducting. She has been a cantor for several parishes, has experience in liturgical music planning, conducts a multi-church choir and has a vibrant faith and personality. She grew up in Bucks County. You will be seeing a lot of her and I ask that you warmly welcome her as she begins sharing her gifts and talents with our parish family.
We pray our parish prayer at every Mass so that we might become a more amazing parish through our surrender to the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit and our cooperation with one another in the work of being and making disciples. Sacred Music is essential to our worship experience on Sundays and the major Holy Days of the liturgical year. Vibrant and growing music ministries allow our volunteer musicians to grow in their gifts and in their service to God and His Church; and, they help all of us to enter more fully and more consciously into worship of the living God at Holy Mass.
We are so very grateful for all of our volunteer musicians and singers, many of whom have given years of service; we are looking forward to many more of our parishioners, including our young people, becoming actively engaged in a vibrant and revitalizing program of sacred music and worship.
May God our Father continue to bless us with every grace to be all that he has created us to be. May we seek His Will in our daily lives and surrender to it joyfully. May we selflessly help one another to become more passionately Jesus’ disciples while working together in making disciples of all we meet.
God bless you, God love you,