“Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance.”
–The US Conference of Catholic Bishops;
Music in Catholic Worship: §III, no. 23
If you are interested in singing or playing in a choir or ensemble, please contact Douglas Lynn
Director of Liturgy and Music
Music Ministry at the Church of St. Thomas More is…
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”
—Psalm 95:2 (NIV)
Everyone in the parish will be made to feel welcome to participate in the music ministry.
Music presented as part of Mass will always be offered in support of the scripture appointed for the day or in support of the message of the homily. On other occasions, it will support the theme of or the reason for the gathering.
Our parish is comprised of people who represent many parts of the cultural, religious, and social spectra of our community. It therefore follows that our ministry must be varied in order to reach as many of these different backgrounds as possible. While we will not be able to reach everyone all the time, we will make every effort to touch most of the people as often as practically possible.
Varying musical approaches will be used: including the use of vocalists and instrumentalists available from within the parish as well as, on occasion, guest musicians from outside the parish who might be brought in to fulfill a specific need not available from within.
Varying musical styles and genres will be used: including music from different historical periods that we might both celebrate our music past and explore today’s creativity; and music from other cultures and countries and in other languages as befits the global nature of our church (non-English-language pieces will always be translated).
Choirs and other music ensembles are necessarily social entities, and as such they will provide a loving and supportive environment in which people involved in these groups might flourish spiritually and emotionally.
Each person involved with the ministry will continually be presented with the “tools of the trade” that they may become more able to understand the craft of music-making. This teaching will be both overt in the form of instructional moments during rehearsals and more subtle using other behind-the-scenes methods.
Music provides the opportunity for churches to come together to celebrate our oneness in God in spite of ongoing and sometimes divisive differences. We will participate in musical activities that help to bridge this gap among Christian denominations whenever possible.
St. Thomas More offers concerts and festivals to augment the parish’s liturgical music ministry. These events feature our own choirs in concert, outside musicians, and our ongoing ecumenical and interreligious music activities.
Usually the Friday after Christmas
7:00pm on the Upper Level of the Parish Center
The Music Ministry presents an evening of carols and choirs, stories and songs, featuring all the choirs of St. Thomas More. An evening for the whole family.
Usually during Easter season
4:00pm on the Upper Level of the Parish Center
A Festival Concert — our fourth annual ecumenical celebration of song,
with invited church choirs from North San Diego County.
An ecumenical celebration of thanksgiving.
To benefit Interfaith Community Services. Please bring a canned good donation for those in need.
Click on the links below for more information about our music ministries.
Supports our worship and enriches our celebration by presenting original and specifically arranged handbell music as well as by supporting congregational song, playing our five-octave set of English handbells and our three-octave set of hand chimes.
Supports our worship and enriches our celebration by presenting accompanied and unaccompanied music in the great choral tradition of the Church from various periods and in various styles.
Supports our worship and enriches our celebration by presenting music in the newer praise tradition of sacred music through song and instrument.
Supports our worship during Funeral and Memorial Masses by ministering to the families and friends of our beloved dead through participation in congregational singing and music during these liturgies.
Instrumentalists are invited to share their music and participate during Mass as soloists or ensembles and also in conjunction with other groups in the music ministry.
Supports our worship and enriches our celebration on monthly basis by presenting age-appropriate music.
Supports our worship and enriches our celebration by presenting unaccompanied choral music from various periods and in various styles.
Supports our worship as psalmists, and promotes congregational singing during our worship.