JOYFUL LITURGY

 
As a parish dedicated to stewardship, we invite all to actively participate in the beautiful liturgies offered at St. Joseph parish! In the words of Pope Francis, “No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.'” (Joy of the Gospel)  Our parishioners’ active participation in the liturgy adds a powerful component to the personal encounter with Jesus we experience in the Sacraments. Read below on how you can help us provide a joyful liturgy.

Altar Servers

Altar servers help lead the assembly while assisting the Presider and other ministers during liturgy. Any member of the faithful who has received First Eucharist and is in 4th grade or older may train for this ministry. If interested, contact Sue Molchan.
 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLoW)

For the foreseeable future, we are suspending Children’s Liturgy of the Word until we can get enough adult ministers to offer this option for our children. Please consider joining this ministry so that we can again provide CLoW at each Mass. It is quite rewarding, and you will receive training and resource materials. Please contact Jennifer Gardiner for more information about becoming a CLoW minister.
 
CLoW provides children ages 3-7 the opportunity to celebrate liturgy where the Word of God is proclaimed and explained at their level of understanding. The CLoW leaders proclaim the Word to the gathered children, using the Lectionary for Masses with Children, and offer a brief interactive reflection.
 

Environment

Environment decorates our worship space for the various seasons of the year. If interested, please email 
Marnea Shamblen or call Marnea at 410-721-5470.
 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

The Priest is the Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Extraordinary Ministers assist in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass.  EMs Must be fully initiated and 16 years of age or older. For more information, contact Julie Ayers, Mary Durig, or Jon Yuan.
 

Greeters and Ushers

Greeters and Ushers assist in welcoming people as they come to Mass, distribute bulletins, direct people to come forward to receive communion, and take up the collections. If you are interested, please contact Steve Dustin.
 

Hospitality

Hospitality provides a friendly, welcoming face and serves food and drinks at special celebrations and scheduled “Hospitality Sundays.” If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Maria Sasso.
 

Lectors

Lectors give voice to the word of God in our liturgies. Those with a love of scripture and the ability to proclaim it publicly are invited to train for this ministry.  Must be fully initiated and 16 years of age or older. To inquire about being a lector, please contact Andy Caufield.
 

Mass Coordinators

Mass Coordinators assist the Sacristan by overseeing the various ministries and activities that take place during each Mass. If interested, contact Chris Mulry.
 

Music Ministry

Music is an essential part of offering the finest praise we can to our God. For more information of the many opportunities, please visit our Music page.
 

Worship Council

The Worship Council convenes all the ministry heads of our liturgical ministries (EM’s, music, environment, etc.) to discuss and plan our services and Masses during the liturgical seasons. For more information, please contact the Council Chair, Robin Sexton.