Traditional Latin Mass

Music and Liturgy

“In obedience, therefore, to her Founder’s behest, the Church prolongs the priestly mission of Jesus Christ mainly by means of the sacred liturgy. She does this in the first place at the altar, where constantly the sacrifice of the cross is represented and with a single difference in the manner of its offering, renewed. She does it next by means of the Sacraments, those special channels through which men are made partakers in the supernatural life. She does it, finally, by offering to God, all Good and Great, the daily tribute of her prayer of praise.” – Mediator Dei 3, Pope Pius XII

“In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God, a minister of the holies and of the true tabernacle; we sing a hymn to the Lord’s glory with all the warriors of the heavenly army; venerating the memory of the saints, we hope for some part and fellowship with them; we eagerly await the Saviour, Our Lord Jesus Christ, until He, our life, shall appear and we too will appear with Him in glory.” – Sacrosanctum concilium 8

Department of Music and Liturgy

Greetings in Christ! My name is John Paul Gaston and I am the Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgy at St. John’s University Parish!

I am a Pittsburgh native who has always been involved in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Philosophy and have been working previously as a RCIA director for my home Parish in Bridgeville, PA. I also held the position of Director of Music at the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart in the Polish Hill  neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I have been a musician nearly my entire life and have experience  in piano, organ, vocals, brass, and strings.

Aside from being a musician, I am an avid Star Wars fan! Other interests of mine are gaming, reading, and playing Catan with friends. I also enjoy taking the doors off of my Jeep and going on adventures. One other thing about me is that I am a former seminarian who was studying for the Holy Ghost Fathers and then the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It was with the diocese that I cultivated my love for music and liturgy.

My office door is always open to you so feel free to drop by and say hello! I hope and pray that together, we can cultivate a love for Christ through beautiful music and reverent liturgy. 

John Paul Gaston
Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgy

Schola Cantorum SJUP

The Schola Cantorum at St. John University Parish (SCJUP) is the student choir of Mountaineer Catholic that specializes in Sacred Chant, Polyphony, and Catholic choral works. We strive to build a musical knowledge rooted in Catholic musical tradition and train our voices to glorify God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The crest of SCJUP features the Coat of Arms of the patron of the Newman Center, St. John Henry Newman surrounded by the schola’s patrons, Ss. Cecilia and Gregory. Under the patronal care of these musical saints, we strive to achieve the same level of care and love for the Catholic music traditions that they exhibited in their lives.

Musician Volunteer Form

If you are interested in joining the Schola Cantorum at St. John University Parish, please click the button above and we will get back to you soon. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Ministry Schedule

If you are willing to serve the parish in a particular way, we are always looking for:

    1. Lectors
    2. Porters
    3. Sacristans

To join any of our liturgical or charitable ministries, please click the Ministry Schedule Button. From there, you can sign up for your desired ministry.

For current ministers, the schedule can also be found by clicking the button.

Intercessory Prayer

Matthew 18:19-20

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name,
I am there in their midst.”

At St. John’s we support and encourage each other through prayer. Each day we pray for all of the prayer requests submitted to our parish and entrust them to our Lord’s Mercy and Love.

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