Altar servers are boys and girls who assist the priest during the Mass. Duties include lighting the altar candles, holding the priest’s book, assisting at the altar table with the water, wine, and hosts.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are lay people who distribute Communion at Mass or who take Communion to the homebound and to those in hospitals and nursing homes.
Extraordinary Minister Schedule
The lector is the person who proclaims the readings at Mass. The lector also leads the Prayer of the Faithful (petitions).
Ministers of hospitality who greet those entering the church, collect the offerings, and direct congregants at Communion time.
The parish music director and organist, along with musicians and members of the choir, lead the assembly in songs of worship and praise at each of the weekend Masses and at special parish celebrations.
Altar & Rosary Society
The ministry of the Altar & Rosary Society is to promote devotion to Our Blessed Mother through the recitation of the Rosary, to enhance the spiritual growth of the women of the parish, and to care for the house of God through cleaning and dressing the altar, sacristy, and vestments.
Members of the Bereavement Committee bring comfort and ease the burden for family of the recently deceased by attending to all of the details of the post-funeral meal.
The CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) at St. Joseph’s provides recreational and social opportunities in a Catholic, christian-based atmosphere.
A ministry which offers prayers for parishioners who are sick, as well as for peace and justice issues.
Journey is St. Joseph Church’s version of a Catholic intergenerational faith formation model called “Generations of Faith.” Parishioners of all ages participate in monthly gatherings which include a meal, large and small group interaction, and exploration of the church theme for that month. In addition, specialized instruction is given to those children and teens preparing for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults prepare for entry into the Catholic Church. Teachers and sponsors guide candidates through months of study, discernment, and faith formation, culminating at Easter in the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion.
Northern Chautauqua Catholic School
Several local parishes support this K – 8 school, which emphasizes academic excellence, individualized attention, and spiritual and character formation in the Catholic school tradition.