"The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing. 'Cantare amantis est,' says St. Augustine, singing is a lover’s thing. In so saying, we come again to the trinitarian interpretation of Church music. The Holy Spirit is love, and it is he who produces the singing. He is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ and so leads to the Father." - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy, p. 142
Music Ministry of the Church of Saint Joseph’s Parish is dedicated to the love and praise of God through music and to ministering to our parish family by heightening the experience of the Word of God through the power of music and providing beauty to the liturgy. As an integral part of the Christian experience, music calls attention to God’s presence among us rather than to musicians or instruments; it is never an end unto itself.
Our Music Ministry is open to all who are interested in sharing their faith through the gift of music.
For more information about the Music Ministry contact:
Denis Allaire, Director of Liturgical Music
The Adult Choir is open to all, adults and young adults alike, regardless of their vocal experience. The Adult Choir provides leadership in song for the 9:00 am Mass on a rotating schedule from September to June. This group also joins the Festival Choir for Christmas liturgies, Holy Week and other special event/concerts. This group enjoys a wide variety of choral repertoire from classic anthems to contemporary and gospel music.
No audition required.
Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9pm in the church.
This group is comprised of the Adult Choir and other parish member which join us for special liturgies (Thanksgiving Mass) and during the Christmas and Easter Seasons. This group also performs for special events and concerts.
No audition required.
Rehearsals are usually on Thursday evenings with additional practices later announced.
The Children Choir is open to all children grades 4 to 8. The Children Choir sings for special liturgies such as Christmas Eve Mass.
Cantors are singers who not only can lead the assembly in song but are also responsible for singing the Psalm. Some singing ability and experience are necessary for cantors, however; training and guidance is provided.
Audition is required.
This group provides leadership for the 11:00am Mass throughout the year. Singers serve also as cantors and are required to read music. Instrumentalists are either contracted musicians or volunteers.
Please contact Denis Allaire if interested.
This choir help support are liturgies through spirited music at the 11:00am Mass.
After meeting with a priest the couple is responsible for contacting the music director six months in advance to select repertoire.
Please contact parish office for more information about marriage preparation.