The mission of the Music Ministry of St. Joseph’s is
to support and enhance the full participation of our Congregation
in the music of the liturgy.
Our music ministry participates in all our liturgical celebrations. Here are just some of the ways that music enhances our liturgies:
- Adult Choir:
- Leads the music for all of the Masses on the weekend
- Rehearses together on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm from late August to mid-June to prepare for our liturgies
- Children’s Choir:
- Leads the music at our weekend Mass the last weekend of every month
- Leads the music for 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass
- Rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
- Young Adult Praise Team:
- Contact Mike Jones if you are interested in this ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Resurrection Choir:
- Leads the music for Funeral and Memorial Masses
- Are welcome to participate in any of our liturgies.
- Accompanists (Piano or Organ):
- Please contact the office if you are interested in playing or developing your skills to play for liturgies.
- Adult Choir:
Music Ministry Description
The Music Minister (cantor, choir member, instrumentalist or accompanist) leads and supports the music of the liturgy – the sung liturgical texts as well as the hymns, songs, and other musical pieces that support and enhance the liturgy. This Minister facilitates the unfolding of the liturgical action and helps the assembly enter into and respond to that action as the one body of Christ. The Minister musically prays the liturgy and helps the assembly enter more deeply into the liturgical prayer.
- Attend rehearsals and be present at scheduled Mass.
- Be willing to learn and experience possibly unfamiliar styles and forms of music.
- Learn the music as well as possible.
- Participate in each rehearsal with concentration and attentiveness.
- Provide good visual and aural leadership.
- Arrive well before the scheduled Mass time.
- Assist the assembly to pray together in song.
- Be prepared to deal with changes and spontaneity.
- Ability to carry a tune. The voice must be strong, but not overpowering, steady, and on pitch.
- A good sense of rhythm and tempo.
- An ability to learn clear enunciations of texts.
- General knowledge of music and a basic reading ability in music.
- Knowledge of the official structure of the Order of the Mass.
Interested? Contact the Parish Office or call 301-663-0907.