Music Ministry

The purpose of music and singing is to rejoice in and worship the Lord. (Psalm 95:1-2).

OUR PURPOSE    

St. Joseph the Worker music program offers our congregation the opportunity to expand the worship experience and grow spiritually through the gift of music. The Bible explains that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). Music is one of God’s good gifts.

 ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CHOIRS

Our music ministry provides reflective, and/or joyful liturgical music that enriches and enhances the worship experience, provides leadership for the congregation in prayer through music, and  invites and encourages the congregation’s participation. 

At present, we have three choirs:

ST. JOSEPH CHOIR:  an English-speaking choir for the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00pm service and the Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am morning Masses. The St. Joseph Choir is led by our Coordinator of Music Ministry, Kathy Harris.

THE HISPANIC GROUP:  which leads our Sunday 1:00pm Mass. This Mass is said primarily in Spanish for our Hispanic Community. If you are interested and speak the language, please contact one of the choir members after the Mass.

THE ZOMI/MYANMAR CHOIR:  which leads our Sunday 3:30pm Mass. This Mass includes music in the native language played and sung by member of the Zomi/Myanmar community. If you are interested, and speak the language, contact one of the choir members after the Mass.

The congregation is the primary music ensemble at every liturgy. However, if you feel the tug at your heart to do more, the music ministry is a great way to step up! There are a few requirements when thinking of joining the St. Joseph Music Ministry.

  • Commit to the time and service necessary to be a church music minister
  • Come to weekly rehearsals and masses
  • Have a good ear and sing and/or play on key
  • It’s a bonus if you read music but not necessary
  • If you play a musical instrument and would like to participate please contact Kathy
If you can meet these requirements and want to join one of the choirs you are invited to talk with Kathy Harris about becoming a music minister. We look forward to adding your talent to our musical diversity.

Contacting Kathy Harris:  For more information, leave a message for Kathy Harris via the parish office (503-761-8710 x101)   or email Kathy directly at katremark@comcast.net.

MUSIC FOR WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS:

Contact Music Director Kathy Harris at katremark@comcast.net for availability and cost.