Director of Music
Office: 781-396-0423 ext 125
The Music Ministry at St. Joseph enhances both our weekend and special liturgies throughout the year. It is our hope that our music will help lift people's hearts and create an atmosphere that is conducive to prayer. Both our Adult Choir and our Youth Choir, along with The Messengers (our Young Adult Music Group), provide a wide range of liturgical musical experience for all. We gladly welcome new members.
The Adult Choir sings at the Noon Mass on Sundays, the Youth Choir and The Messengers sing at the 10am Liturgy on Sundays, and a cantor serves as the leader of song at the 4pm Mass on Saturdays.
Type of job
Adult and Youth Choir and Messengers (our young adult music group) members.
Choir members are asked to attend weekly and special choir rehearsals throughout the season, as well as their respective weekend and special Masses/services (members are asked to arrive at least one-half hour before Masses/services for a warm-up).
Number of hours
Approximately 1 ½ hours for weekly rehearsals and 1 ½ hours for warm-up and Mass on Sundays.
Regular Meeting Times
7-8:30pm on Thursdays (rehearsal); 11:30am (warm-up) and Noon Mass on Sundays. Coffee is avaliable at 11am!
5 - 6pm on Thursdays (rehearsal); and 9:30am (warm-up) and 10am Mass on Sundays.
The Messengers (Young Adult Music Group)
5 - 6:30pm on Thursdays (rehearsal); and 9:30am (warm-up) and 10am Mass on Sundays (Betsy calls the group out at Communion to sing a special piece they have prepared for that day's liturgy).
* Group members receive community service and/or Confirmation service hours in consideration of their participation in the music ministry.
We welcome new choir members at any time!
St. Joseph Music Ministry also presents a parish concert each year, which is always great fun(!), and participates in other Parish and community events, such as singing for the patients at the nursing homes, and participating in The Medford Public Library's Evening of Christmas Caroling, etc.
St. Francis of Assisi
Director of Music
"Let us sing a new song, not with our lips, but with our lives."
Music ministry is probably one of the oldest ministries in the Christian faith. It existed even before the Church was formally founded. We all remember the passage from the Gospel about the disciples gathering for the Last Supper:
“After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives”.
The Bible is full of references to singing psalms and hymns
Music ministry was important in the eyes of great Saints such as St. Augustine, St. Cecilia, and St. Gregory, who reformed and organized music for liturgies. They highly appreciated and valued the role of music in the church. St. Augustine encourages us to worship God with song: “Qui bene cantat bis orat” or “He who sings well prays twice”.
Prominent composers of the past served the church faithfully with great devotion. Johann Sebastian Bach said: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
Music ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Church is represented by St. Francis Adult Choir and Family Choir. We music ministers of St. Francis see our role in keeping the traditions of the past - from early hymns, Gregorian chant, the best works of Renaissance, Baroque, and classical composers, through contemporary Christian music. We continue this glorious musical legacy into the 21st century, keeping old traditions and creating new ones.
We embrace the challenge of bringing the worship of our God to the highest level of emotional and spiritual expression during our Sunday and Holy Day liturgies. We believe we are faithful, enthusiastic, inclusive and open-minded just like people of the church should be.
Echoing St. Francis of Assisi, we hope to become “an instrument of peace” and to bring joy to the hearts of believers.
We invite anybody who loves to sing. Please come and join us! We practice on Tuesdays in the church from September through June.
Family Choir meets from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. The Family Choir is open to children and their parents. All ages are welcome! Family Choir sings regularly at our 9:00am Sunday Mass as well as at some special liturgies such as First Communion, Christmas Vigil, etc.
The Adult Choir rehearses from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. St. Francis’ Adult Choir sings at 11:00am on Sundays and all major Liturgies for Holy Days (such as Christmas Midnight Mass, Christmas Day, Holy Week services, Easter Vigil, Confirmation, etc.) Both Choirs are involved in parish concerts and recitals.
Let us rejoice and sing to God a new song!