Music Director, Organist
Spanish music coordinator
Saint Catherine's has a small group of music volunteers for both the English and Spanish masses.
The English masses consist of traditional and semi-contemporary hymn selections with an organist and cantor. Piano is also used on occasion. Our Rodgers 905 digital organ was donated to us by the Avalon Community Church and has served us well for more than 15 years. Our Yamaha clavinova electronic piano was donated by local musician and parish volunteer, Martha Ashleigh. (Rest in peace)
Our primary mass setting for the 9:00am and 11:00am masses is the Mass of Christ the Savior by Dan Schutte. The 5:15pm mass on Saturday uses the Mass of Joy and Peace by Tony Alonso.
The musicians may change mass setting for special occasions.
Sundays in Advent will be using the traditional ICEL "Chant Mass" melodies for the Kyrie, Preface Acclamation (Holy, Holy), Memorial Acclamation (When we eat this bread), in observance of the penance and preparation season of Advent. "Amen" and "Lamb of God" will use the Mass of St Anne by Benjamin LaPrairie.
The Spanish masses consist of a keyboardist and small choir with contemporary Spanish music selections.
Please contact us if you wish to volunteer to join the music ministry.
Former music staff of St. Catherine's:
Wayne G. Griffin
Organist/Music Director (1987-2015)
Associate Organist (2009-2013)
Martha Ashleigh (✝)
Pianist (Volunteer-part time) (2009-2020)
Gabriel Saldana (previous position)
Associate Organist (2010-2015)
Jerry Thissan (✝)
ND- No date/date unknown
St. Catherine's also had a small choir composed of local parishioners, off-and-on between 2009 and 2014. We thank those parishioners for their dedication to our church music ministry!
P.O. Box 735
800 Beacon Street
Avalon CA. 90704