Music Ministry

Music Ministries

How many sacred works have been composed through the centuries by people deeply imbued with the sense of the mystery! The faith of countless believers has been nourished by melodies flowing from the hearts of other believers, either introduced into the liturgy or used as an aid to dignified worship. In song, faith is experienced as vibrant joy, love and confident expectation of the saving intervention of God" (Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists, n. 12).

There are so many wonderful opportunities to share your faith through music at Holy Name of Jesus. These opportunities are outlined below. To become involved, please contact the individuals listed below. Email Judy Hodgson or call 763-745-3490 to learn more.

Signing up for one of our Children's Choir? Sign up online here.

2021 Summer Choir and HNOJ Music Ministry

As we enter summer, we have decided to not reconvene the Summer Choir this year.  Mandy Johnson, the director, is expecting her second child at the end of June and will be busy with their new baby. 

We are going to continue our Cantor ministry and we will also be using some small ensembles when we can gather enough singers. This will be our model for this summer of 2021, and we will reevaluate for 2022. 

If you're interested in singing with a small ensemble of singers over the summer, please email Judy Hodgson.

If you have been involved in our various choirs in the past, please watch for an email this summer with some information for the fall of 2021. 

We will be returning to a new normal for our music ministry as we continue to come out of the Covid pandemic. We are working on some different models and ways of providing music on the weekends. We will definitely be offering the opportunity for choir, but it will likely be different than in the past.

We also want to invite anyone interested in singing or playing an instrument at Holy Name to consider joining us in September.  Much of our plan is still to be determined and we will be seeking your input if you have been involved as a member of a choir. 


Men of the parish are invited to sing in our Men’s Combined Choir on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. You do not need to be a member of a choir here at Holy Name of Jesus, you only need to enjoy singing and be able to carry a tune. This is a one-time commitment. We will join the voices of our men of HNOJ to sing for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Feb. 17.

We will have two rehearsals the week before and you only need to attend one of the two, either Tuesday, Feb. 12 or Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. If you are interested in singing please contact Judy Hodgson,

Holy Name of Jesus Women! Come sing in the next Parish Women’s Choir for 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 29! Like previous women’s choral weekends, this is a unique opportunity to experience the special joy that comes with making music together, and you will get to know more outstanding women from our parish. We will be rehearsing for this Mass on Tuesday, April 25 and/or Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the HNOJ Music Room. We will also be sending out sound files to help you learn the music, so there’s no excuse not to join in the fun! Everyone’s welcome! Please contact Judy Hodgson, Director of Music, to sign up to participate in this wonderful event at or 763-473-7901.

The Adult Choir leads the music at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Easter Masses in the church. They are joined by a Brass Quintet. Please consider joining the choir for Easter Sunday, we sing for a packed church and can always use more members that morning. Attend three rehearsals on March 14, 21 and 28 and sing on Easter morning.

For more information contact Mary Kay Knapp, Adult Choir Director at

Students in fifth grade and older are invited to join our Youth Handbell Choir. If you have played a musical instrument in band or orchestra, or the piano, or if you have sung in a choir, you would have the basic knowledge to begin ringing bells. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Ringing bells is lots of fun, making music in an ensemble is rewarding, and you will be doing it with others that are your age. If you are interested or would like more information please get in touch with Judy Hodgson, Director of Music, at 763-745-3490 or

Adult Choir leads song in various musical styles, from traditional to gospel to contemporary, often accompanied by a variety of instruments. The choir is open to adults, as well as students in grades 9-12, and rehearses from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Mary Kay Knapp ~ 763-473-7901 extension 215 ~

This is an opportunity to experience the joy of participating in the liturgy, while leading the community in song in a contemporary style. The choir is open to adults, as well as students in grades 9-12. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., September through May.

Paul Keefe ~

This ensemble leads the community in a spirited gospel/praise style song to enhance the Liturgy. The choir is open to adults, as well as students in grades 9-12. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., September through May. Sing at Mass as scheduled.

Judy Hodgson ~ 763-745-3490 ~

Advanced ringers are invited to lead the assembly and accompany the Liturgy using our five octave set of Malmark handbells. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

JoBeth Ranfranz ~ 612-859-0423 ~

Children in grades 2-6 are invited to join the parish children's choir. Practice for the parish children's choir is at 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays when Faith Formation is in session.

Mandy Johnson ~

Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join the school choir. The school choir will sing at Wednesday liturgies and together with the parish children's choir once a month at a Sunday liturgy. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

Aimee Mellenbruch ~ 763-473-7901 extension 114 ~

Children in this 5th - 6th grade choir lead the singing at school masses on Wednesday and join the parish children's choir once a month on Sundays. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays at 8 a.m.

Aimee Mellenbruch ~ 763-473-7901 extension 114 ~

The cantor's primary responsibility is singing the responsorial psalm, and also assisting the assembly with the singing of the hymns and acclamations. Audition required. Rehearsals as needed and sing at Mass when scheduled.

Judy Hodgson, 763-745-3490,

This is an opportunity to share your talent and enhance the liturgy with the beautiful music of woodwind, brass, percussion, strings or guitar. Audition required. Rehearsals as needed.

Judy Hodgson, 763-745-3490,