Sacred Music

Sacred Music 2020-08-19T19:02:28+00:00

St. Joseph Schola, Choir, and friends.

Organist David Swenson, 2nd year MSM ND

EF Mass, July 13th. Schola.

EF Mass, July 13th. Choir.


Welcome to the home of Sacred Music at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mishawaka! We are a friendly and supportive community dedicated to praising God through excellent music which is Holy, True Art and Universal.

Welcome to Organist David Swenson! We are happy to announce to the St. Joseph community that David Swenson will be joining our music program this year through the ND Sacred Music internship program which places graduate students at local churches so that they can help foster sacred music in the area and gain practical parish experience. David is an excellent organist, and I hope you come early for his preludes and stay for his postludes as we do the best we can here at St. Joseph’s to give Honor and Glory to God in union with Christ’s offering of himself to the Father, and as we try to create a prayerful, contemplative atmosphere for a true, transformative encounter with the living God.

David is a second-year masters in sacred music student at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a resident of the South Bend area for some time now–having attended Notre Dame for his undergraduate career– and received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and theology as well as a minor in philosophy in 2019. On academic breaks, he is an active church musician at parishes throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding areas in Minnesota and he is excited to be back at St. Joe’s for the year. When he is not playing the organ or studying, David likes to read, run, swim, play the alto saxophone, and work on improving his golf game.

Registration Now Open for the St. Joseph Children’s Choir!

Register your child now for the children’s choir at St. Joseph’s! Open to children in grades 1-8. Admission is free, and open to all children, whether in public, private, or home-school. Commitment is for mid-August through Christmas. Rehearsals on Thursdays, 3-4:30pm. Performances ~1 per month at Sunday morning Mass, and every first Sunday of the month at Vespers, 4-4:30pm. Contact Jerome Cole at for more information. Registration form

Registration Now **Close** for the St. Joseph “Little Angels” program

Little Angels is a music, prayer and fellowship program for children ages 0 – 6 and their parent(s). Read about the Little Angels Program Here.  For more information or questions, email DSM Jerome Cole: Here is the link to sign-up.

More events and singing opportunities

Sung Extraordinary Form Masses, certain Mondays at 5pm – Chant for Men, and Polyphony for both men and women. Sign-up Here

1st Sunday of month Vespers 4pm, rehearsal at 3pm – chanted psalms, hymn, and sometimes polyphony. Sign-up Here

Here are a few upcoming events which may interest you. Please contact Jerome Cole at (574) 255-6134, or  if you would like to participate, or would like to learn more about Sacred Music at St. Joseph’s.

Or Click HERE to join!

August 24th, 5:30pm: Missa Cantata – Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form

September 6th, 4pm: [Sung] Vespers (Evening Prayer) followed by short, 15min, Organ Recital

September 14th, 5:30pm: Missa Solemnis – Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form

October 4th, 4pm: [Sung] Vespers (Evening Prayer) followed by short, 15min, Organ Recital

November 2nd, 4pm: [Sung] Vespers (Evening Prayer) followed by short, 15min, Organ Recital

November 2nd, 5:30pm, All Souls Day: Missa Solemnis – Solemn Requiem in the Extraordinary Form. With reception following.

November 30th, 5:30pm: Missa Cantata – Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form

December 28th, 5:30pm: Missa Cantata – Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form