Music Ministries

    With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (Colossians 3:16b)

    "Bach gave us God's Word, Mozart gave us God's laughter, Beethoven gave us God's fire, God gave us music that we might pray without words."  Quote from outside an old opera house.

    Music and singing enhance the worship of St. Joseph's community.  The joyful participation in song by the entire assembly is an integral part of our Liturgical celebrations.  Many opportunities are available for those who wish to share their talents and gifts thru the Ministry of Music.  In September of 1988, an Allen organ was purchased for our sanctuary and in the spring of 2003 a beautiful Yamaha baby grand piano was given from the generosity of a family from the parish.  These along with various rthythm (conga drums, bongos, cymbals, etc.) instruments and guitars are used to accompany the music of our worshiping community.  Behind these though are the many men, women and children who give of their time and talents to give life to our worship thru singing and playing both at our regular weekend liturgies and also on Wednesday mornings during the school year.  Many talented young people from our parish community combined with the adults give rise to an often creative and inspiring sound which brings the texts of our hymns and songs and the ritual action of our liturgies into a connection between life and faith. 

    Listed below is some sample music from St. Joseph Church involving members present and past from the Music Ministry.

     Windchimes and O Come O Come for piano       The Quest (piano)     Our Song

    Irish Blessing      Taste and See      I Will Praise You, Lord      Psalm 116 with Choir


    Most of the members of St. Joseph Church Music Ministry
    having just sung/played for a Wedding Mass on Sunday morning.

    Pastoral Associate for Music Ministry

    The Pastoral Associate for Music Ministry for our parish community is Mr. Paul H. Johnson.

    Our Choir Director is Deanna Kettelkamp


    Anyone with a skill for playing piano, organ, flute, guitar, trumpet, or other instruments and who might contribute to the beauty of the music and prayer is welcome. Practice sessions are set individually and people are encouraged to come on Sunday mornings at 9:30 to practice with the choir.  In 2006 several 8th graders from our parish were encouraged to participate and share their love of music and talents with the Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Mass when the school was present.  At that time Jordan Best, Jesse Brown, Hamilton Ketchum and Adam Schafer responded along with Ryan Fleckenstein.  Most have continued and the group has grown to include: Frank Mounce, Seth Faloon, John Esela, Harrison Ketchum, Richard Myers, Lonnie Wooden and others who have continued to bring a richness and creativeness to our liturgies thru their dedication and personality.

    In past Christmases (2008) Nick Sorenson (8th grader) shared his trumpet skills with us and Deb Koua her piano skills at our early Mass on Christmas Eve; Christmas (2009) Brain Ralph shared his giuitar skills with us and is currently part of those who help with the music at the 4:30 Saturday Mass, along with Andrea Madonia on mandolin.  Are there more out there?

    Thank you to all who make and have made our liturgies reflect our community, celebrating our worship and lives of faith in Jesus Christ!

    Paul H. Johnson, Pastoral Associate for Music Ministry

    It is also wonderful to have people like Debbie Wilbern (organ) and Mike Glick (piano) who have graciously filled in with us or whenever the Music Director is away.

     On a lighter side:

    A Special Hymn

     A preacher was completing a temperance sermon; with great expression he said, "If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."  With even greater emphasis he said, "And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."  And then finally, he said, "And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."

    He sat down.  The song leader then stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, "For our closing song, let us sing Hymn # 365: "Shall We Gather at the River."