Ministries & Apostolates

Ministries
Parish volunteers support the following Ministries in the parish:

Ushers

Ushers greet parishioners as they arrive for Mass, assisting them in locating seating as needed, especially for the disabled. They take up and ensure the security of collections. They arrange for parishioners to present the gifts during the preparation of the Altar, and distribute bulletins after mass. They check the church after Mass  to ensure all is in order. Training is required.

Guidelines for Ushers

Extraordinary Readers 

Extraordinary Readers read assigned readings at Mass and special liturgical celebrations. They should be outgoing, friendly, and good readers with a strong voice,  must have been Confirmed, be in good standing with the Church, and be registered members of the parish. Pastoral approval, and training are required.

Guidelines for Extraordinary Readers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Priest with the distribution of the Most Blessed Sacrament during Mass, and to the homebound and infirmed. Registered, confirmed parishioners who demonstrate appropriate spiritual maturity may be selected by the Pastor for this important role. Training is required.

Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Sacristans

Sacristans diligently arrange the liturgical books, vestments, vessels and other items necessary for the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass. They ensure that a supply of purificators, fresh hosts, altar wine, and other required items are available. The Sacristan must possess a clear idea of content and norms of the principle liturgical books and an understanding of the intricacies of the liturgical calendar.

Choir

Choir members aid the congregation in worship, and provides individuals an avenue to share their vocal talents and participate in worship. Those interested in the Choir at St. Joseph's should contact the Parish Director of Music

cantare amantis est... Singing belongs to one who loves. - St. Augustine
 

 
Apostolates
Parish volunteers also support the following Apostolates:

Knights of Columbus
We are in the process of organizing our own Knights of Columbus council for the parish. At this time, Round Table meetings are being held on a monthly basis on the 2nd Monday of each month. The Brother Knights are looking to be of service to the parish and broader community. Following in the footsteps of Father Michael J. McGivney, we are a welcoming, Eucharist-centered, and culturally diverse Order of Catholic gentlemen.  Together, with the involvement of our families, we strive to exemplify our Order’s principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.  To quote Pope Francis, “the fidelity of the Knights to these high ideals has not only ensured the continued vitality of [our] Order, but has also contributed, and continues to contribute, to the mission of the Church at every level.”  As stewards of our Order’s legacy, and leaders in our Parishes, we endeavor to continue to answer His call in solidarity with the priesthood, respecting life, defending of our faith and family and serving our fellow man.  We welcome with open arms every practical Catholic man who is ready to heed the call to help his church, community, and mankind.

Grounds and Landscape
Volunteers enhance and beautify the church grounds by planting flowers, trimming trees and bushes, mulching, and preparing beds for planting. Anyone who enjoys gardening and working outdoors is welcome.

Religious Education
Religious Education provides learning opportunities for everyone, from our children through adults of every age. It includes Faith Formation for children ages pre-K through grade 8, Adult Catechesis Classes, and RCIA. 

Respect Life
Our faith requires us to respect, defend, and enhance life at every stage -- from conception until natural death. Respect Life in our parish serves both to raise awareness of all issues that relate to human life and to provide opportunities for effective and prayerful witness. Those interested should contact Nancy Thomason at (828)341-5032.

Good Joes (Men's Group)
As the parish men's group, the Good Joes provide an opportunity for fellowship and fraternity. Meetings are held during the summer seasons on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Meetings usually include Mass held at 11:30am followed by lunch and discussion in the Parish Hall of St. Joseph's. All men are welcome to attend, Catholic or non-Catholic. Those interested should contact either Bob Burns (rjbrns213@gmail.com) or Tom McCarty (TomWPB@aol.com).

Sisters in Spirit (Woman's Group)
As the parish woman's group, the Sisters in Spirit endeavor to be of service to the community and grow closer to each other. Meetings are held during the summer season on the second Monday of each month. Each meeting includes Mass at 10:30am and a program that follows afterwards. These meetings are open to any woman who wishes to attend, Catholic or non-Catholic. Those interested should contact Rita Turner at (828)488-4854.

Collection Counters
Collection Volunteers count the collection from the weekend Masses and prepare bank deposits. 

Church Cleaning
Volunteers clean the Sanctuary, Sacristy, Nave, & the General Meeting Spaces to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of our church. Cleanliness and order are important to the worship owed to almighty God. Anyone can serve this important role - even children with adult supervision.