Prayer & Worship

Adult Choir
The Saint Joseph Adult Choir leads the congregation in sung prayer at weekend Masses and various special liturgies and feasts throughout the year. The choir, composed of dedicated volunteers of high school age or older, rehearses weekly from September through June on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm in the church.

Altar Servers
Altar servers are boys and girls who are lay assistants to the priest and/or deacon (clergy) during the celebration of the Mass.  Altar servers attend to supporting tasks at the altar such as getting and carrying (cross, sacred vessels, Missal, etc). Training of altar servers is ongoing and provided by Fr. Fernando. Children interested in altar service must have already received their First Holy Communion.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary ministers (EMOHC) are mandated to distribute Holy Communion, either within Mass or on visits to home-bound parishioners, when ordained ministers (bishops, priests or deacons) are unavailable. They are allowed to purify the Communion vessels (such as ciboria and chalices) in order to assist the priests, deacons, or instituted acolytes.

Lazarus Ministry
The Lazarus Ministry reaches out to members of the church community who have lost a loved one through death. Adults who serve in the Lazarus ministry give of their time in order to assist other parishioners through the difficult times of loss. They serve at funeral Masses as altar servers or lectors at Funeral Masses and may meet with bereaved families to plan funeral liturgies.

Lectors are ministers instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. They may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer in the absence of a deacon, and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.

Liturgy / Spiritual Life Committee
The Liturgy Team plans and prepares for special liturgical celebrations such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and the Easter Triduum, and is responsible for the appearance of the church during these liturgical seasons. This includes, but is not limited to, the beautiful decorations. This team also works to insure that Liturgy is the source and summit of Christian worship, prayer and service. The team meets monthly on the second Tuesday.

Ministers of Hospitality
Ministers of Hospitality help the dignity and flow of the liturgy by greeting people, showing them to seats, taking up the collection and any other tasks that arise during the Eucharist.

Ministry to the Home-bound and Nursing Homes
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring communion to parishioners who are home-bound or living in nursing homes and share with them the Word of God and the affection of the parish family.