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We are all called by our Baptism to serve. One way to serve your parish community is through the Liturgy. At Mass we, as lay ministers, are called to participate as Choir members, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers. Lectors proclaim the readings during Mass, and Eucharistic Ministers distribute the Eucharist. To be involved in either of these ministries you must have completed your Sacraments of Initiation, including Confirmation. Altar Servers must be in the 4th grade or older.  We have a wide variety of servers including adults.  Some Grandparents return to this ministry to serve with their grandchild. This is a wonderful intergenerational way to live out your faith! Trainings are held for all of these ministries as needed. Call the parish office at 323-7523 to volunteer for any of these ministries.

Ministry Schedules

The St. Joseph and the St. Raphael choirs are always looking for new members to join them in their ministry.  Both choirs sing at masses from September through May. 

St. Joseph choir is directed by Anna Colby and sings at the 10:30 a.m. mass.  They practice on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in St. Joseph Church. 

St. Raphael choir is directed by Mike Ahern and sings at the 10:30 a.m. mass.  They also practice on Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in St. Raphael Church. 

Eucharistic Ministers are trained to distribute communion during mass.  The training covers both the practical and spiritual aspects of this ministry.  At the training, distributors also sign up for specific mass times for which they wish to be scheduled.  Schedules are distributed on a quarterly basis and assignments are also listed in the bulletin.  If you are unable to serve at a scheduled mass we ask that you contact a replacement.  A calling list is included in each ministry schedule.  Contact the parish office. 

The Offertory Gift Bearers carry the gifts to the altar. They go to the back of the church while the collection is being taken.  The priest/deacon signals when to come forward and the gifts are taken up the steps and handed to the priest or deacon. If you are unable to walk up the steps, let the usher know and the priest/deacon will walk down the steps to you. If you are interested in serving as a gift bearer, please check in with the mass coordinator in the back of the church.  Volunteers are assigned on a first come, first serve basis prior to each mass.

The primary responsibility of the Ushers is to be of assistance to those who come to worship. That assistance is usually offered in one of two ways: either in assuring people that they are welcome and making them comfortable or in helping to see that things flow smoothly during the service. This includes taking care of lights, doors, wheelchair-bound parishioners, parishioners who are unable to walk to Communion, and the distribution of bulletins at the end of the mass.   Ushers should arrive at least 15 minutes before mass starts (30 minutes for special occasions). 4-5 ushers are needed for each mass.  Contact the parish office.

Lectors proclaim the Word of God through the First and Second Readings at the liturgy.  They are assigned one reading at the mass time of their choice.  Frequency of assignments will vary according to the number of lectors available for each mass time.  The lectors receive workbooks and the assigned readings should be studied and well-rehearsed prior to the mass.

Becoming a good lector takes time and attention beyond the required training session. Having some experience in public speaking is helpful but not a requirement.  Good diction and pronunciation are essential.  Proper clothing should be worn when lectoring.  Coordinators are Beth Robey for St. Joseph and Dick Hatfield for St. Raphael.

The ministry of Altar Server is open to boys and girls who are in the 4th grade or older.  Adult servers are also welcome.  Adults who are available during daytime hours are needed to serve at funerals throughout the year.  Servers are trained by Fr. Kramer and are scheduled at the mass time of their choice.  Contact the parish office.