From our Director of Music —
I know from the many comments I hear from parishioners that the music program here at St. Mary Magdalene’s is an important component of Sunday and holy day masses. Obviously, the music ministry is also very near and dear to me and to Jason St. James, our keyboard player. Although we do a lot of modern and contemporary music for mass, the traditional hymns are still relevant and important. Those traditional hymns really shine when played on the organ. Try to envision Christmas favorites like “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” or Easter hymns like “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” without the organ. We both strongly believe that a quality church organ is a valid asset to our parish and I believe that many of you agree with that opinion.
As many of you are aware, the church organ stopped working a few weeks ago. Extensive repairs were done to it in March of this year and it had similar problems again. Because the organ is 22 years old and the company who made it is out of business, it has become increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain. Fortunately, we were able to get it fixed this time. However, we may not be so fortunate in the future depending on what goes wrong with it.
On that note (no pun intended), I believe it is time to start thinking about purchasing a new organ. I know that there are many generous music lovers in our parish who want to help, but are not sure what the parish needs most. I welcome opinions from all parishioners. So, feel free to talk to me anytime. Please consider in your hearts how important a quality organ is and give some thought to donating toward its purchase.