Music Ministry

If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry as a cantor, choir member or instrumentalist or if you would like additional information, please contact Mrs. Maryanne Zarbetski at musicdirector@sjnp.org or stop by the choir loft after Mass.

Choir

Our choir consists of parishioners who offer their time, talent and service to our parish community. The choir enhances the Christmas Midnight Mass, Holy Week Liturgies, and other sacred events, such as the Sacrament of Confirmation. We always welcome new singers. If you love to sing and would be interested in joining, watch the bulletin for the schedule of rehearsals. No need to have the most gifted voice; a choir is always greater than the sum of its parts. The music at all times is prayer, not a mere performance. Musical expertise and performance experience therefore are not requirements, just a willingness to learn and attend rehearsals. Choir members always have a great, reserved seat for Christmas and Easter!

Cantors

Individuals may share their musical talent by singing the Lord’s praises and leading God’s people in song by serving as cantors. It is a special privilege to which we are invited to serve because of an ability to sing and lead song. As music ministers, we have the opportunity to use our God-given gift, not only to literally ‘sing’ God’s word in the psalms and other biblical-based hymns, but to also help God touch the deepest chords of the human heart by helping His People sing the psalms, hymns, and canticles of joy, sorrow, thanksgiving and petition, praise, and anguish. In this role, we share in the long tradition of our Church of “praying twice” – as Saint Augustine described prayer in song. If you have musical talent and are interested, please inquire with the Director of Music.

Instrumentalists

The music ministry is also looking for musicians of any intrument – wind, string, and yes – percussion! With training, the instruments can be used in a Mass setting or special services. If you play any instrument and have a desire to play for the community of St. Joseph, we would love to know.