Liturgy and Music

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 cultural traditions, we unite our community with the entire Church to offer prayer and praise to God.

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. The liturgy committee of St. Joseph Parish forms and executes the ministry program.


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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.

Sacristan: Prepares the vessels, sacramentals, and elements for the liturgy.

Lector: 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, and psalms 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 at Sunday 10:30 am Mass. Contact Dr. Lynn Trapp, Director,

Contemporary Music Ensemble: instrumentalists and singers;  rehearses Wednesday, 6-7 pm;  ministers at Sunday 12 noon Mass. Contact Dr. Lynn Trapp, Director

Youth Choir: We believe that music is an important part of every child’s life, and it is also an important part of the life of our Church. Students in grades 1-7 come together once a week to develop healthy vocal technique, basic musicianship & music literacy skills, make new friends and learn to use the gifts that God has given them!  Singers attend one of two rehearsals each week:

Tuesdays: 3:30-4:15 pm OR 4:30-5:15 pm.

The group will sing at several Sunday 9 am Masses during the year, and is invited to join the family choir for Christmas and Easter Masses.

Contact Julie Culotta, Director,

Click here to register for the SJP Youth Choir!

Family Choir: gathers to sing for Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday Masses.
First grade through adult welcome. Contact Holly Foster, Director,

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

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, 443-531-4015
Nelson Monroy, 443-710-7108  or
Jairo Munoz, 410-978-8094 or

Church Music Education Scholarships
Scholarships are available for college-level musicians who meet requirements of vocal,  musicianship, and leadership skill 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,

Holly Foster,  Associate Director of Music,

Julie Culotta, Music Ministry,
(Youth Choir, St. Joseph School music teacher; parish staff musician)