House of Brigid (Teach Bhríde): Young adults serving the Catholic Church in Ireland through music and catechesis. Everything from religious education classes for elementary students to diocesan choral workshops, radio shows to music at Sunday Mass, but most of all a ministry of presence from faith-filled twenty-somethings. 1 or 2-year volunteer positions available in Wexford or Dublin. Applications due in early January for the service year starting in late August. Ask Molly Mattingly for more info, she loves to talk about it!

Masters of Arts in Ministry from Creighton University: Formation for lay men and women who want to prepare for professional ministry in the Catholic Church (including but not limited to Parish, Diocese, Campus Ministry, Hospital or Prison Chaplaincy etc.). Ordained Deacons in the Catholic Church are warmly encouraged to apply as well.  Candidates for professional ministry within other Christian denominations are also most welcome in the program.

Several universities offer advanced degrees in sacred music. Check out the Master of Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame, the Institute of Sacred Music at Catholic University of America, or the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University to start. These programs are intended for those who have studied music performance and are preparing for a career in music ministry.


GIA Publications: Chicago-based publisher of sacred music and educational resources. Publishers of our Gather and Gather Comprehensive hymnals. If you're looking for scores or recordings of most of the material we use at St. John's, you'll probably find it here.

Oregon Catholic Press (OCP): Non-profit publisher of sacred music. Publishers of our Breaking Bread annual music issue, as well as the repertoire of our own Fr. Roc O'Connor and the rest of the St. Louis Jesuits . If you're looking for scores or recordings of most of the material we use at St. John's, you'll probably find it here.

World Library Publications (WLP): Publisher of a wide variety of liturgical music, including music composed for college music ministry ensembles.

Choral Public Domain Library: This is an absolutely fantastic resource! Thousands of "public-domain" (copyright-free) choral scores are available for download. Everything from Gregorian chant to avant-garde contemporary works.


Music is an integral part of the liturgy. It is no surprise that several documents have been written about liturgical music to aid ministers, before, during, and after the Second Vatican Council! Here are some of the current highlights.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: the first published document of the Second Vatican Council specifically addresses sacred music in Chapter 6 (no. 112-121).

Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship: a 2007 document by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, all about making music in prayer. Some rich theology here, and beautiful affirmations of those who minister in music.

Music at Catholic Weddings: some tips on planning your marriage liturgy in the Catholic Church.


The Center for Liturgy at St. Louis University: Reflections, guidance, and suggested music for each Sunday of the liturgical year.

Notre Dame Vision for Liturgical Music Ministers: A week-long summer retreat for anyone who leads music in liturgy. 

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM): The professional organization for music ministers primarily at Catholic churches. Reflections, resources, and suggested music for each Sunday of the liturgical year.

American Guild of Organists (AGO): The professional organization for organists.

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