Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Lay ministers play an essential role in the liturgical celebrations of the Parish.  We rely heavily on the consistent, dedicated, and prayerful service of parishioners who answer God’s call to assist the community in worship.

Altar servers assist the priest and deacon at liturgical celebrations.

The Ministry of altar service is open to all men, women and children in good standing in the Parish. He/she is responsible for the preparation of the sacred vessels, the linens, the books, and any other items needed for the celebration of the Mass. The acolyte leads the entrance and recessional processions and serves the priest throughout the Mass. This exceptionally rewarding ministry calls for a strong commitment to service.

Ministry of altar service offers children an excellent opportunity to develop a sense of reverence and to acquire familiarity with the Mass.

The Ministry of Eucharist in the Catholic Church is recognized by all believers a a high honor. It carries with it the responsibility to become Eucharist to others, to be men and women whose lives and relationships are a reflection of the nourishment and grace they extend to others through offering them the Body and Blood of Christ. Our mission, then, is not only to our parish or to our pastor, but a genuine ministry, whether we are serving in ligurgy, living in our home, or dealing with everyday duties at the worksite.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION RESPONSIBILITIES

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist at mass thorough the distribution of Holy Communion, and take Communion to the sick, those in need and others unable to celebrate the Eucharist with the parish community. They attend to essential details during mass and after mass purification of the vessels.

The primary mission of the Lector Ministry, as stated in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, is: "to proclaim the readings from Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel.” Lectors are assigned to serve at weekend and Holy Day Masses on a rotational basis, about once every three or four weeks.

Ushers provide the logistical services that enable the Mass to run smoothly and comfortably for the people. They attend to the myriad of minor, but essential, details that are part of large gatherings. Ushers are the good hosts and attentive hostesses at the Masses, determined to see that each guest feels welcome, wanted, valued, and special.

Provides musical support for liturgical services. This includes regular Sunday Masses as well as all special liturgical events, such as weddings, funerals, and confirmations.

In addition, the ministry provides song leaders and Cantors at Masses that do not have a choir.

Sacristans assist the clergy and the assembly of faith in the Eucharistic celebrations and other liturgical celebrations. Sacristan ministry is a time-honored ministry throughout our Catholic history.

The duties of the Sacristan are carried out under the direction of the Director of Liturgy for St. Joseph’s Parish. Sacristans assist in the preparation of the sanctuary for the liturgical celebration and in the coordination of the various ministries assisting. Although the responsibilities are varied, the importance of the sacristan ministry can not be understated. The Vatican II documents state, “The liturgy is not an ‘extra’, something nice that may give us good feelings. It is our life, our very spirit. It is the source of our identity and renewal as a Church”. The sacristan ministry assists the assembly in celebrating this life with Christ and thus enabling the liturgy to “flow properly”.

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Mass Times

St. Joseph's:
Saturday 4:00pm
(confession 3:30pm)
Sunday 10:00am
Tuesday Mass & Adoration 4-6pm
Wednesday - Friday 7:45am


St. Kevins:
Sunday 8:00am

Liturgical Year

All Saints' Day
(Wednesday, 01 November 2017)

All Souls' Day
(Thursday, 02 November 2017)