The Liturgy is Christ’s perfect work of worship of His Father. He joins us to Himself, especially at this Mass, so that we may worship God more perfectly.
Members of the Liturgy Committee, acting on behalf of all parishioners, focus on the various aspects of good liturgy and its practical implementation. From their individual study and group exchange of information at meetings, they are an effective community resource and assist staff in planning liturgical and spiritual events.
Our greeters and ushers are the first people one meets upon entering St. Joseph Church. They are our “first Impression.” They offer the smile and hand of welcome we want to give not only to newcomers but to each other as a parish family. The greeters do just that—greet everyone as they enter the church. The ushers help with seating, take up the collection, assist the flow at communion time, and hand out the bulletins after Mass. A training session is offered annually.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are men and women who help in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. They have a firm belief in and reverence for the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Their ministry facilitates reverent reception of Communion and even a sense of community and hospitality among the assembly. Communion Ministers are often active members of the parish community as evidenced by their participation in some other area of parish life, such as Religious Education, Social Justice, etc. Training and spiritual enhancement programs are provided for these ministers on a regular basis.
Lectors are men and women who have been trained to share God’s Word and themselves with the members of our parish community. They proclaim the first and second readings during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. Lectors may also assist at other liturgical services. Training and spiritual enhancement programs are provided on a regular basis.
Cantors are individual singers who lead the songs, psalms, and acclamations at Sunday Masses each weekend and holy days of obligation. The cantor enhances the liturgy as a celebration of faith by guiding the assembly in song. Cantor training and skill development are ongoing throughout the year.
Choir and Contemporary Music Ensemble
Currently, St Joseph Parish has an Adult Choir and a Contemporary Music Ensemble. The choir and ensemble offer variety and a special dimension to liturgical worship. Through ongoing training and practice, they lend their talents and efforts at weekend Masses from October through May on the following schedule::
The Adult Choir ~ Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mass
The Contemporary Music Ensemble ~ Sunday, 12 noon Mass
Liturgical Environment Committee
The Liturgical Environment Committee is a group of committed and creative people who attend to the worship space of our parish. They meet monthly to plan and prepare the liturgical environment for the various seasons and feasts of the Church year. Their work with liturgical colors, fabric, flowers and other artistic media flows from the themes established by the Liturgy Committee and the Parish Staff.
The sacristy assistants are volunteers who are responsible for maintaining the beauty of the sacristy and altar. They share the responsibility for cleaning/pressing altar linens and polishing liturgical vessels as well as preparing the worship area for Mass.
Altar servers are parish boys and girls entering the 5th grade or above who assist the priest at Sunday and daily Masses, weddings, and occasionally funerals as well as at other special liturgies. Training sessions are offered periodically throughout the year.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Our traditional Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is offered during the 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday and the 12 noon Mass on Sunday in the children’s chapel below the sanctuary. CLOW Extreme, our more contempoary model, is offered during the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday in the Multi-Purpose Room. Children ages 4 to 10 years old go with volunteer catechists who will read and discuss the Gospel reading in an age-appropriate lesson. The children return to their families at the time of the collection. During the summer months, this program is offered at the 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Masses only.
Family and Youth Liturgies
The 12 noon Mass frequently involves family, parish and school celebrations. Various musicians bring a vibrant feel to the Mass along with the participation of our young people.
The parish has a vibrant Hispanic Community which celebrates Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. on
Saturdays. This community has similar needs for various Liturgical ministers.