Liturgical Ministries

Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest at Mass by distributing Holy Communion. They sometimes also take Communion to shut-ins who cannot come to church. The diocese runs training for interested parishioners who have been approved by their pastor. Please contact the office for the schedule of class and an application. Applications must be submitted by the parish. The parish pays for this class which is usually held on a Saturday.

Lectors read the Old and New Testament readings at Mass. They also may lead the Prayer of the Faithful and read the announcements at the end of Mass. The diocese runs training for interested parishioners who have been approved by their pastor. Please contact the office for the schedule of class and an application. Applications must be submitted by the parish. The parish pays for this class which is usually held on a Saturday.

Altar Servers assist the priest on the altar during the Mass. They are trained by staff at each church. Adults and children are welcomed to join this ministry. Call the office for contact information.

Ushers assist people with seating and take up the collections during Mass. Contact the office if you would like to join this ministry or speak to someone wearing an “Usher” button at Mass.

Sacristans are men and women who are trained in a special way to set up for all liturgies. The ministry of Sacristan is vital because it allows the proper time for the priest and/or deacon to spiritually prepare prior to the celebration of the Eucharist. High School Students and adults are invited to serve as Sacristans. Sacristans will be assigned to the mass they usually attend, when possible. Training takes place in both churches. Call the office to express an interest in this ministry

Music ministry – We have 2 choirs at St. Joseph the Worker. They perform at each church at different Masses. The choirs also sing for other special occasions throughout the year.  Most choirs meet weekly, except in the summer.  All are welcome, and though the ability to read music is a plus, the desire to praise the Lord through music is the only requirement! The choir is made up of ordinary parishioners who simply enjoy “praying twice”.

Art & Environment – The purpose of the Art and Environment is to enhance and beautify the whole space where God’s people gather to worship and pray.  This ministry seeks to decorate the church for all liturgical celebrations and seasons.

Altar Linen Care – Those responsible for the care of the Altar linens rotate on a monthly basis to wash, press and fold the sacred linens utilized at the Lord’s Table.  Each week, they are picked up, laundered appropriately, and returned before the next Saturday evening Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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