Ministries

Compassionate Cooks

This is a new ministry in our parish which offers a meal to new parishioners, parish families who have a new baby, and parishioners who have returned home after a hospital stay.

The chairpersons make the initial contact with the families to see if they would like to accept a meal. They then contact one of the compassionate groups of 4-5 parishioners whose members will prepare a meal and take it to the home.

If you would like to become part of a group that provides a meal, or if you know of a parishioner who might benefit from this ministry, call the church office or the chairpersons.

Chairpersons: Jane Koehler (963-6825) and Paulette Spivey (963-3712)

Greeting Card

A greeting card in the name of St. Joseph parish is sent to those who are celebrating a special event, such as a noteworthy anniversary or a birthday milestone. Those who have experienced special accomplishments are also acknowledged. Those who have had a hospital stay are sent a get well card. In addition, sympathy cards are mailed to parish families when a member dies, and again on the first anniversary of that death.

Beverly Bradley is the parishioner who provides this ministry.

Bereavement Committee

This committee consists of all ladies of the parish, as well as several men, who provide a meal for parish families after the funeral of a loved one. The meal is prepared and is typically served in the parish hall. However, if the family prefers, a meal will be taken to the home and served in a more personal setting.

To form the Bereavement Committee, the parish roster is divided alphabetically, and each group (14 – 16 people) serves on the committee, one month a year. In this way, all parishioners are given the opportunity to serve in this much needed and well received ministry.

Prayer Chain

The contact person for this ministry is Sharon Pohlmeier, (963-2131) or (963-3355)

When Sharon receives a call, she contacts the next person on the chain, and the prayer request is passed on down the "chain." Requests might include prayers for those who are sick, those facing surgery, for safety in travel, and various other needs.

For those who would like to be added to the list of pray-ers, or those who would like to submit a special intention or the name of someone who needs prayers, contact Sharon or the church office.

Transportation

St. Joseph currently has several volunteers who provide transportation to doctor appointments or to Sunday Mass for parishioners who are not able to drive. This has proven to be an invaluable ministry within our parish, and additional volunteers are being sought at this time.

You may contact the church office if you are able to assist with this ministry.

Liturgical Ministries

Mass Ministries

All members of St. Joseph parish are given the opportunity to serve in the various ministries at parish Masses. These ministries include Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Lectors, Musicians, Servers, Ushers/Greeters, and those who carry up the Offertory gifts.

New parishioners are given the opportunity to sign up for any of these ministries when they register. Registered parishioners may contact the church office at any time if they wish to serve. Parishioners also have the opportunity to sign up for any ministry at the annual Stewardship Fair.

Eucharist to the Sick and Shut-Ins

St. Joseph Church has ministers who take Jesus in the Eucharist to the home-bound, those in the nursing home and the hospital on a weekly basis.

Those who are interested in serving in this ministry should contact the church office.

In addition, parishioners who know of someone who would benefit from this ministry should contact the church office.

Eucharist Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is held at St. Joseph every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm before Mother of Perpetual Help Novena and Mass. The pastor exposes the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. Adoration is open to all parishioners who wish to come and offer private prayers and reflection.

Adoration is also held at Coury House Chapel at Subiaco Abbey Monday – Saturday. Anyone who would like to sign up for an hour time slot may call Diane Koch. (287-0070)

Those who aren't able to offer an hour weekly might consider signing up as a substitute.