The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (Acts 2:46). Thus Saint Augustine says rightly, “Singing is for one who loves.” There is also the ancient proverb: “One who sings well prays twice.” Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 39-40).
All other things being equal, Gregorian chant holds pride of place because it is proper to the Roman Liturgy. Other types of sacred music, in particular polyphony, are in no way excluded, provided that they correspond to the spirit of the liturgical action and that they foster the participation of all the faithful. Since faithful from different countries come together ever more frequently, it is fitting that they know how to sing together at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin (GIRM 41).
Among the faithful, the schola cantorum or choir exercises its own liturgical function, ensuring that the parts proper to it, in keeping with the different types of chants, are properly carried out and fostering the active participation of the faithful through the singing (GIRM 103).
There are several choirs in which to participate at St. Joseph’s.
St. Joseph Parish Choir: Adult men and women are invited to join their voices to our choir. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in the Raven Haven room of the Convent and assists at the 12:00 pm Mass in English on Sunday.
Hispanic Choir: Singers and instrumentalists rehearse on Sunday at 9:00 am in the Raven Haven room of the Convent and participate in the 10:30 am Mass in Spanish on Sunday.
Hispanic Children’s Choir: Children ages 6-14 rehearse on Saturdays in the Convent Chapel at 3:30 pm and assist at the Hispanic Family Mass on the last Saturday of the month at 7:30 pm.
Dr. Joseph Bartolozzi, Director of Music
Ms. Teresa Bryant, Assistant Director of Music