As a part of our Liturgical Ministry, the Ministry of Music provides music during weekend Masses, holy days, weddings, funerals and Reconciliation services. Cantors, choir, and instrumentalists are all an important and enhancing part of the sacred liturgy. The choir is not just for special occasions. Parishioners are invited to share their musical talents with the rest of the congregation through this ministry.
Rehearsals are typically held Thursdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church. If you have a love and a talent for music, please consider joining this friendly group by contacting Bill Davies, Director of Music.
Christmas Eve Children’s Chorus
A children’s chorus forms in late Fall for 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. All children in grades 1-12 are welcome. Rehearsal will be on Thursdays, December 1–22, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the church. No choral experience needed. If your child can not read music that is not a problem. Just show up with a love of singing! Please call Holly Gedeon at 330-842-0622 if you are interested in having your child be a part of this wonderful tradition or if you have any questions!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Members of our choir participate in the annual Salvation Army Christmas red kettle campaign during November. The money raised in this drive is used to help needy people in our area by providing some of the following: holiday meals for seniors, Christmas gifts for poor children, and housing for the needy. The one-hour shifts are at the Mantua Station Drug Co. (S.R. 44 across from Crestwood High School)
"Song and music fulfill their function as signs in a manner all the more significant when they are "more closely connected . . . with the liturgical action," according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration. In this way they participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful:
How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your Church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears, distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face -- tears that did me good. (St. Augustine, Convessions 9:6, 14)
---from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1157
Music Ministry Members
Bill Davies (Director & guitarist), Lydia Kulesza (piano accompanist), Charlotte Baumbick, Marianne Berzinskas, Chuck Casalicchio, Greg D'Aurelio (guitarist), Linda Ehlert, Sean Fejes (guitarist), Barbara Gokorsch, Peggy Horvath, Marty Hura, Leah Krause, Maria Krause (flute), Barb Moore, Kathy Paroff, Diane Sanderson, Tina Sargiovanni, Dino Sargiovanni, Jr., Brian Schultis, Jim Schultis
Accompanists Emeritus & Occasional Substitutes: Jeff Foulkes, Brad Kukurza, James Tandy, Br. James-Peter Trares, O.P., Paul Davies
Mr. Bill Davies ~ Music Minister & Guitar Accompanist, 2004-present
"Working at St. Joe's (since March, 2004) has been a great joy for me. I truly feel blessed, like I have the best of both worlds. I am able to work in music, and serve the church. In particular this church. Since coming to St. Joe's I have met so many wonderful people of faith. It truly inspires me to see such a community."
Bill was raised mostly in Kent, Ohio and received his BA in Music from Kent State University. He has completed graduate courses leading towards a Masters in Music from Cleveland State University. Before coming to St Joseph's, he worked at St. Mary Church in Hudson, Ohio as Music Director for their Life Teen style Liturgy and youth ministry program.
Mrs. Lydia Kulesza ~ Piano Accompanist, 2008-present
Lydia Kulesza has been a member of St. Joseph Parish since 1986. She has served St. Joe’s Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, has been a part of Music Ministry and as a Cantor since 1997, and Accompanist since 2008. Lydia has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University (1984). She attended Kent State University and completed post-graduate work in Special Education (2001-2002) and earned a Master’s degree in Teaching from Marygrove College in 2010. Lydia taught at St. Therese School (Garfield Hts.), Immaculate Conception School (Ravenna), and St. Joseph School (Mantua) before joining the Crestwood Schools in 2000. Lydia currently teaches at Crestwood Middle School as a 6th grade Language Arts teacher. She is a Curriculum Liaison and a Resident Educator Mentor for Crestwood Schools. Lydia and her husband, Greg, reside in Shalersville. They have three children: Rachel (Shaun), Philip, Jacob and two grandchildren.
For a look at the history of those involved with St. Joseph's Music Ministry, please visit http://www.stjosephmantua.com/parish-staff-history#musicministry.