Summer Mass Schedule now in effect: Sat.- 7pm (Spanish); Sun. - 8am, 9:30am, & 11am. All Mass at St. Joseph's in Bryson City.

Ministries & Apostolates

Parish volunteers support the following Ministries in the parish:


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 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 members aid the congregation in worship, and provides individuals an avenue to share their vocal talents and participate in worship. ***Currently we are in the process of rebuilding our choir, if interested in participating, please contact Fr. Shaw. ***

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

Parish volunteers also support the following Apostolates:

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.

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.