The Music Ministry here at Sts. Joseph and Paul serves to enhance the sung prayer of the faith community during the Liturgy. Listed below are ways that you can help serve our parish with your God given musical gifts. If you would like more information about any of these ministries please contact us.

Cantor

A Cantor is both a singer and a leader of congregational song. The primary function of the Cantor is to encourage the assembly in sung prayer and to proclaim the psalm through song. The charism of the cantor is to act as a catalyst for the sung expression of faith within the assembly. Cantors, like all liturgical ministers, should exercise their ministry with evident faith and should participate in the entire liturgical celebration, recognizing that they are servants of the Liturgy and members of the gathered assembly. A Cantor will generally minister at one weekend Liturgy, with a weekly rehearsal with the Minister of Music and Liturgy. Some Cantors also prefer to prepare on their own time. A Cantor must have singing ability, be comfortable in front of large groups of people, and attend an annual cantor training and formation session. Cantors are assigned on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute.

Time spent: Approximately 3 hours weekly.

Adult Choir

The primary function of the choir is to enhance the liturgy and lead the assembly in sung prayer. Selected from a wide variety of musical styles, the repertoire ranges from traditional hymns to spirituals and contemporary liturgical songs. Choir members, like all liturgical ministers, should exercise their ministry with evident faith and should participate in the entire liturgical celebration, recognizing that they are servants of the Liturgy and members of the gathered assembly. The Adult Choir rotates singing at the 4:30pm Saturday and 10am Sunday Masses, Holy Days and at special liturgical celebrations. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 until 8, and 45 minutes before each Liturgy. Extended rehearsal hours may be required in preparation for holy seasons. Regular rehearsal attendance is required as well as the ability to keep and stay on pitch.

Time spent: Approximately 3 hours weekly.

Funeral Choir

The Funeral Choir sings at funeral Liturgies on an as-needed basis. The Funeral Choir practices one hour prior to the funeral in the choir room and leads the music during the Liturgy. This group consists of anyone who is available during the day to sing at a funeral Liturgy. Periodically, the group meets to learn new music to build the repertoire.

Time spent: Approximately 2-3 hours per month.

Accompanist and Instrumentalist

The primary role of the accompanist is to lead and sustain the singing of the assembly, the choir, and cantor. A variety of instruments also accompany music at liturgy (e.g. flute, trumpet, drums, violin, guitar, etc.). Abilities vary, but a certain level of proficiency is necessary. Accompanists and Instrumentalists, like all liturgical ministers, should exercise their ministry with evident faith and should participate in the entire liturgical celebration, recognizing that they are servants of the Liturgy and members of the gathered assembly. Accompanists are especially helpful for the Adult Choir and Youth Choir. Accompanists are assigned on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute. Instrumentalists work alongside of the Minister of Music in developing their schedule. Rehearsals are arranged with the Minister of Music and Liturgy.

Time spent: Approximately 2-3 hours weekly.

Hand Bell Choir

The primary role of the Hand Bell Choir is to provide a unique enhancement to the music during the Liturgy. The Hand Bell Choir will minister at various liturgies throughout the year, highlighting feasts such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. The Hand Bell Choir, like all liturgical ministers, should exercise their ministry with evident faith and should participate in the entire liturgical celebration, recognizing that they are servants of the Liturgy and members of the gathered assembly. People with keyboard, band or orchestra experience frequently make excellent hand bell ringers. Music reading ability is helpful, but not required. All are invited to participate. Rehearsals are scheduled when needed. Training is provided and required, as well as regular rehearsal attendance.

Time spent: varies.