Liturgy and Music


at St. Joseph Parish


THE LITURGY AND MUSIC OF THE CHURCH is to be celebrated as the source and summit of the community as a foretaste of heaven.

Answering our call to full, active and conscious participation, we gather to celebrate the liturgy with ritual and music according to the norms of the Church.  With varied styles of music and varied cultural traditions, we unite to offer the prayer and praise of the community and the entire Church.

It is the participation of the ecclesia, the faithful, which makes the liturgy manifest and connects the liturgy to our lives.

St. Joseph Parish offers training and formation in all liturgical ministries and holds periodic sessions for ministry renewal and prayer.  The liturgy committee of St. Joseph Parish forms and executes the ministry program.

Usher:    Welcomes, assists and provides special organization for worshippers before, during and after the liturgy.

Greeter:  Welcomes those who come through our doors for worship.

   Prepares the vessels, sacramentals and elements for the liturgy.

  Proclaims the Word of God in the liturgical assembly.

Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist:
   Serves the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful.

Altar Server:
   Assists the clergy and assembly in serving the ritual action of the liturgy.



Cantor:  Vocalist leads the assembly in the singing of songs, hymns, psalms and canticles in the liturgy.  St. Joseph Parish promotes among its Cantor group the Cantor Certification of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Instrumentalist:   Performs as soloist and/or joins music ensemble.

Parish Choir:  rehearses Wednesday, 7-8:45 pm;  ministers on Sunday at 10:30 am Mass

Contemporary Music Ensemble:  instrumentalists and singers;  rehearses Wednesday, 6-7 pm;  ministers at Sunday 12 noon Mass

Children’s Choir:  Elementary through middle school children rehearse regularly and sing at several Sunday 9 am Masses during the year.
Contact David Marshall, Director

Youth/Family Choir:  gathers to minister for Christmas and Easter Masses.
Kindergarten through teens and parents welcome.

Schola Cantorum:   Small group of auditioned and highly skilled singers (6-8) who minister at Saturday 4 pm Mass and holy days.

QUORUS is a professional young men’s vocal ensemble in residence at St. Joseph Church.
Founded in 2014, Quorus strives to present choral music written for men’s voices at a high level of proficiency and musicianship.   The group is heard in the liturgy several times a year and perform concerts at St. Joseph as well.
For more information, visit the Quorus Page


Hispanic Choirs:  There are four Hispanic choirs and a children’s choir who serve the Saturday 7 pm Mass in Spanish.


Marimar Trejo
Melvin Alvarado   ph:  443-531-4015
Nelson Monroy   443-710-7108
Jairo Munoz   410-978-8094

Church Music Education Scholarships
Scholarships are available for college-level musicians who meet requirements of vocal,  musicianship and leadership skills to serve as vocal section support singers and/or instrumentalists in the St. Joseph Music Ministry.

Liturgy Committee:  Plans and executes liturgical seasons, liturgies and spiritual events.
Monthly meetings.

Liturgical Environment Ministry:
Prepares the décor of the worship spaces for the liturgical year.  Monthly meetings.

Dr. Lynn Trapp, DMA, MM, Director of Liturgy and Music     email:

Holly Foster,  Associate Director of Music

Julie Culotta, Music Ministry


Special events, 2018-19

Details coming soon!