Welcome from the Director of Music, Ron Vanasdlen, MAM
Members of the liturgical assembly are the preeminent music makers in liturgical celebration.
Choirs, ensembles, song leaders and instrumentalists have significant roles in liturgical celebration, but their principal responsibility is to encourage and enable the full, conscious and active participation of the assembly of believers. In order to serve parish communities well, leaders in music ministry must have multiple musical skills, expertise in liturgy and planning, and the pastoral sensibilities necessary to navigate the rubrics, relationships and realities of parish liturgy.
As music ministers we strive to include music
that is familiar, energizing and engaging.
St. Joseph Church is a physical manifestation of the Church’s mission to invite people to open their hearts and lives to Christ. Each week approximately 150 parishioners participate in rehearsal and sung prayer in weekly liturgies. We prepare and participate in over 450 Masses for our vibrant parish. Vocalists from grade 2 through adults are engaged in ministry that include Children, Handbell, Contemporary, Traditional, and Resurrection Choirs, called Music Teams. We maintain a viable Song Leader/Psalmist Ministry and include instrumentalists who enhance our worship experience.
This website is intended to be a virtual door to the music at St. Joseph Church. Music Ministers are encouraged to prepare for weekly rehearsals and Masses by using the information on these pages.
Miss a rehearsal? No problem. As your time permits you can virtually attend! Review Mass parts, hymns and songs scheduled - as well as special music planned for Preludes, Offertories and Communion Meditations by using the tabs under "Liturgical Music". Although this does not replace actually being at rehearsal with your sisters and brothers in music, it does allow you to be prepared and rehearsed for participation in ministry.
We embrace all music from our Catholic tradition. We are committed to upholding liturgical law and guidelines from "Sing to the Lord" and the "General Instruction of the Roman Missal." We pursue a balanced repertoire of choral music, which includes input from all music ministers, our clergy and lay leadership, as well as our parish main choir - the assembly as we engage in music that is inclusive and invigorating!.
In our music experience, we uphold the urging of the New Evangelization, to bring our ministry to all people. The principles include:
... a journey of faith, worship and witness, allowing us three opportunities for the transmission of the Christian faith:
Welcome to the music at St. Joseph Church and thank you for visiting. We are ready to welcome you and encourage you in the sung prayer of the assembly.
Ron Vanasdlen, MAM, Director of Music