Our Ministries

To be a disciple of Jesus Christ implies that one ministers to others. Jesus commanded us to Love one another as I have loved you and Jesus came to serve us and His Father, so we must do the same! God has given everyone talents for His glory and to build us His Body. Every member of  our parish is expected to minister in some way.  So go through the various listed ministers and ask the Lord what He is calling YOU to do for His Glory!

EDUCATION AND FORMATION

 

BAPTISMAL PREPARTION CLASS FOR INFANTS

This class is offered once a month for new parents.  Parents are required to attend only once — prior to the time of their first child’s Baptism. Instruction includes information about the sacrament itself, the selection of Godparents, and other pertinent information.

 

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD

This takes place during the 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM Masses on Sundays.  After a blessing from the celebrant and the congregation, the children, from age 4 years until pre-First Communion, are led by their teacher to their room, where they hear the Sunday scriptures read and explained in words they can understand. A craft pertaining to the readings of the day is then distributed for the children to complete, after which the children are brought back into the Sunday Mass. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is one way to nurture our youngest children in their faith. 

FRIENDSHIP MINISTRY

The St. Joseph Friendship Ministry is the place for any teen/adult with a cognitive impairment to find a place of belonging in our church. It is a place where friends and mentors grow together in relationship to Jesus Christ, one another, and the Church. It is a place for faith, friendship and fun.

The St. Joseph Friendship Ministry meets upstairs in the Community Center the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  To date we have 7 friends and 6 mentors attending these get-togethers.  Ages range from age 13 to age 83 and together we are educating each other through song, faith lessons, crafts, prayer, conversation and snacks.

All parish members and/or folks outside the parish are invited to join our group and participate in this social/educational experience. If you know of someone who might be interested or for more information, contact Diana Englund at   899-6194. 

THE LENDING LIBRARY

The parish LENDING LIBRARY is located in the Community Center on the first floor and is available to all who would like to sign out a book, CD, video, etc. for home use.  There is a great variety of religious topics and documents included in our media.

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

RCIA meetings are designed for adults who are considering becoming Catholic, those who would like to know more about the Catholic faith, and any adult who would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  Classes begin in October and are held on Sundays from 9:45 to 10:55 AM in the Community Center. Those who want to become Catholic or come into full communion with the Catholic Church are brought into the church at the Easter Vigil.  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES for grades pre-K through 5 are held in our Community Center on Sundays from 9:45 AM to 10:50 AM, from September to June.  Classes for our teens, grades 6 through 10, are held bi-weekly on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, also from September to June.  Confirmation classes are  held bi-weekly on Monday evenings in the Parish Community Center.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)

This is usually held in June, is a week-long “vacation” for all of our youngsters , ages 4 through fourth grade.  Through skits, songs, catechesis, and crafts, the children will learn about their faith and family values. The week culminates on Friday with celebration of Mass together, a musical performance by the children, and  a group lunch.  Adult and teen volunteers are always needed and most welcome!

 

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