Music Ministry

The purpose of music and singing is to rejoice in and worship the Lord. (Psalm 95:1-2).


St. Joseph the Worker music program offers our congregation the opportunity to expand the worship experience and grow spiritually through the gift of music. The Bible explains that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). Music is one of God’s good gifts.


The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (n.112) speaks of the “ministerial” rather than incidental function of music. A 1972 document by the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, “Music in Catholic Worship,” relays the importance of singing acclamations, processional songs, responsorial psalms, and chants. It also highlights the importance of congregational song, rather than on chants given by the priest, as may have been the practice in the past.


Our music ministry provides reflective, and/or joyful liturgical music that enriches and enhances the worship experience, provides  leadership for the congregation in prayer through music, and  invites and encourages the congregation’s participation.  At present, we have two choirs:  the URLVD English-speaking choir at the 10:30 mass and the ZOMI/MYANMAR choir for the 3:30 mass.  We are in the process of forming two more groups:  one for the 5pm Saturday mass, and one for the 8:30 am Sunday mass.  


The URLVD Choir at St. Joseph the Worker is led by our Music Director, Kathy Harris.    

We are in the process of locating a pianist for the 5 pm mass on Saturdays, and singer or singers for the 5 pm mass on Saturdays as well as for the 8:30 am Sunday mass.  

The congregation is the primary music ensemble at every liturgy. However, if you feel the tug at your heart to do more, the music ministry is a great way to step up!   There are a few requirements when thinking of joining the URLVD Music Ministry.
  • Commit to the time and service necessary to be a church music minister
  • Come to weekly rehearsals and masses
  • Read music and sing and/or play on key 
If you can meet these three requirements and want to join one of the choirs you are invited to talk with Kathy Harris about becoming a music minister. We look forward to adding your talent to our musical diversity.

Contacting Kathy Harris:     For more information, leave a message for Kathy Harris via the parish office (503-761-8710 x101)   or email Kathy directly at


The 3:30 Zomi/Myanmar-English mass also includes music in the native language played and sung by members of the Zomi/Myanmar community.  If you are interested, and speak the language, contact one of the choir members after the 3:30pm Sunday mass.


Contact Music Director Kathy Harris at for availability and cost.