‘His music rose to God in blessing and in praise’

Dottie and Paul Salamunovich. — Credit: SR. NANCY MUNRO, CSJ

Paul Salamunovich began his role as music director at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood when my twin brother and I were in the eighth grade at St. Charles School —in 1949. Over these 65 years it has been a privilege to have known Paul and to experience his extraordinary music genius on so many occasions, both at the parish and in many other venues where he directed choirs.

He had so many gifts and talents as a musician, composer and director. Paul selected an extraordinary breadth of choral works — from early centuries, from periods of musical revival, and from contemporary pieces. His St. Charles Choir sang at so many Masses and liturgies over the years, and I was privileged to have his choir sing for my first Mass at St. Charles.

Paul never hesitated to introduce many audiences to sacred music from past centuries and to offer them classical choral pieces which had seldom been heard in Southern California. The rich variety of his choral offerings expanded musical experience for his choir and musicians, as well as for all of us.

As a teacher, Paul was instrumental in opening up, for many parish choirs and other choral groups, new sounds and new blending of the various parts of the choir. His influence on choral music will continue for many years to come.

Not as many people were aware of his abilities as a music composer, but his influence in composition was felt in Church music and in many ventures involving film and television.

Paul Salamunovich will go down in history in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and across the country as a brilliant maestro, artist, composer and director. His music rose to God in blessing and in praise. May he know rest in the peace and joy of God’s kingdom, and may he enjoy the heavenly choruses for all eternity.


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Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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February 26, 2015

  • Sunday, June 7

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

  • Thursday, February 26

    Cultural Humility in Healthcare, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Ranchos Palos Verdes. Spirituality seminar for health care professionals led by Rev. Dr. Laura Krauss. $15 includes materials, lunch and snacks. 6.0 contact hours/CEUs for each session. (310) 377-4867. www.maryjoseph.org.

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