God calls us to serve one another.
At St. Joseph Catholic Church there are many opportunities for parishioners to become more involved in the celebration of the Mass. We invite you to prayerfully consider offering your talents and time to serving as a Liturgical Minister. Training is provided so you do not need to have any prior experience.
We offer the following Liturgical Ministries for parishioners, young and old, to become more involved in the Mass:
At St. Joseph, Alter Servers, assisting the priest by taking responsibility for preparation of the Mass and service to the priest and altar during Mass, Benediction, and other liturgical celebrations. Children who have the permission of their parents and who have received their first holy communion can apply to become altar servers. New altar servers must complete training. For more information, parents should contact Father Pieter, Email: Click Here to Email
"When the Scriptures are read in the church, God himself is speaking to his people and Christ, present in his own words, is proclaiming the Gospel." (GIRM,n.29)
Commonly known as the “reader” the Lector reads the first and second scripture readings during the Mass. The Lector may also read the intercessory prayers or the Prayer of the Faithful and participate at funeral Masses and special services at the request of the pastor. If you like to read aloud and feel you have the gift to speak the Word of God with clarity and meaning, consider becoming a Lector. Training is provided for new Lectors. For more information about becoming a Lector contact the Parish Office, Phone: 734-461-6555, Email: Click Here to Email
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) is a non-ordained person who is commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the gathered faithful at Mass. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) must be registered parishioners of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), regularly attend Mass and celebrate the Sacraments, and be in good standing with the Catholic Church. Training is provided. For more information contact the Parish Office Phone: 734-461-6555, Email: Click Here to Email
USHERS AND GREETERS
Ushers welcome parishioners and guests and assist them in finding seats. They also assist with taking the collection, distributing the Church bulletin, and providing hospitality to the parishioners and guests who attend St. Joseph on Sundays and holy days.
For more information about becoming an usher contact the Parish Office Phone: 734-461-6555, Email: Click Here to Email
Sacristans are charged with the care of the sacristy especially in preparation of the vessels before and after masses. The Sacristans are crucial to ensuring vessels are prepared for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Duties also include cleaning purificators, corporals and towels along with ensuring other items such as cruets, corporals, lavabo and towels are made available for the mass. May God bless as you consider participating in this ministry at the service of Our Lord and His People.
For more information about becoming a Sacristan, contact the Parish Office Phone: 734-461-6555, Email: Click Here to Email