Music Ministries

The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (n.112) speaks of the “ministerial” rather than incidental function of music. A 1972 document by the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, “Music in Catholic Worship,” speaks of the importance of singing acclamations, processional songs, responsorial psalms, and chants. It also highlights the importance of congregational song.

Music is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the Catholic Community of Saint Joseph’s. We are offering you an opportunity, what can you offer in return?

The Music Ministry at Saint Joseph’s offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries.

Explore the opportunities of the Music Ministry by clicking on one of the ministries below.

John Grassadonia, Music Director

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John began his award winning music after a decision he made (led by the Holy Spirit) to leave his career in probation after 24 years of working in the field.

He believes that he has been called to stand in the path of the young and old, the lost and the broken, those who wander in the world, looking for love and acceptance.

He wants to strengthen, inspire and lead others to know the love and mercy of Christ and His sacred heart. He believes that through Christ, we can experience a blessed life.

He earned degrees in Social Work and Music from San Jose State University in Composition and Arranging. His work includes 6 CD’s and a book “Beyond Coincidence”. Currently, he is working on a compilation of both original and traditional Christmas songs.

For the last 16 years he has been recording and performing original Catholic music. He has been awarded 6 Unity Awards from the Catholic Music and Video Association which includes the 2008 ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award. He is recognized internationally, earning awards in both Spain and Guatemala. He has appeared on EWTN, and catholic TV and radio programs in both the US and internationally.

John spent several years traveling with the missionary group from Canada; ‘Franciscan and Friends’, of which he helped to start. They ministered through music to the people of the West Indies and Guatemala raising money for schools, churches, orphanages, the elderly, the mentally ill, prisons and the poor.

For the last 9 years John has been teaching and directing music for Catholic Elementary K-8 schools, including Good Shepherd Catholic School in Santa Cruz. He also worked as the Director of Music and Liturgy for St. Josephs Parish in Elk Grove, CA. serving over 3000 families

John comes to St. Josephs, Capitola, as the Music Coordinator with over 25 years of musical experience in the church. He is excited about the Music Ministry and all those who are interested in sharing their musical gifts and talents with the church. All are welcome!

John has be married to his wife, Sherry, for 25 years and they share 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

For more information about John Grassadonia and music, visit or you may also reach him at [email protected]