Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I recently announced that I have hired Jonathan D’Amico as the new Director of Music here at St. James Parish. Jonathan will begin his service here on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.                           

Jonathan holding his daughter, Gianna,                                        
Jonathan, Jr, Dominic, and Shannon, his wife.
                                                  

As an introduction Jonathan wrote the following:

To the Parishioners of Saint James,

My name is Jonathan D’Amico, and I am extremely excited and grateful to be the next Director of Music here at Saint James. I have 18 years’ experience as a Director of Music in the Church and have served as an Organist and Cantor in several Churches throughout the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and Rockville Centre.  I am a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Marine Corps Band as a pianist. Currently I am the Director of Music and Liturgy at Saint Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor, which is located in Queens. In addition to this I am an Adjunct Organist at the Diocesan Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre, accompanist for the televised masses as well as funerals and weddings. I am a member of the Master Chorale at Saint Agnes Cathedral singing in the Tenor section of the Chorale. I have directed several choirs ranging from small sections to full choirs, along with soloist instrumentalists to large ensembles.

 I currently reside in Wantagh with my wife Shannon who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and my 3 children, Jonathan Jr., Dominic, and Gianna.

 I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of great music that Saint James has previously had, as well as bringing forth my own style of music to the Liturgy. I also am looking forward to meeting all of you!

 Blessings,

Jonathan D’Amico

 I pray as Jonathan begins his ministry here at St. James that our former choir members, together with additional parishioners, will come forward to join the Adult Choir. Jonathan is also interested in reestablishing a children’s choir as well.

In the past when Catholics have been asked what are the two most important parts of Sunday Mass that are critical to them their responses are usually, a good homily and good music. Our Adult and Children’s Choirs can help to make the latter happen.

Jonathan, we are delighted to welcome you to our parish as our Director of Music. We pray that the Lord will bless you as you use your special gifts and talents to lead us during our liturgical worship.