The word Liturgy literally means work of the people, within the Catholic Church it is used to describe all the public acts of worship that take place, as it draws the people into the work of God. Liturgy is in many ways the public face of the Church, it is through the liturgy that people engage with the faith and deepen their relationship with God.
Opportunities to get involoved in Liturgy at St. Joseph!
601 – Altar Server (Adults & Youth)
Assist the priest throughout the Mass. Participation includes carrying the cross or torches in the entrance processional, holding the Roman Missal for prayers, and assisting in preparations for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Boys and girls who have made their First Communion and are in the 5th grade or older are encouraged to become altar servers. Adult altar servers are needed for the morning Masses that are held in the church and select funerals. Time commitment: Check-in at sacristy 10 minutes prior to Mass; approximately one-hour commitment.
602 – Decorating Committee
Work with the Director of Worship to make certain the worship space serves the needs of the assembly adequately and attend to seasonal enhancement. Artists, flower arrangers, carpenters, designers, quilters, graphic artists, decorators, photographers—all are needed at various times. Volunteers possess artistic ability and have an eye for art and placement, creativity, and imagination to shape the setting. Volunteers are willing to continue to be informed about this ministry through the study of church documents. A physical requirement is that at least one of the members is able to climb a high ladder to access all altar locations. Time commitment: 3 or 4 seasonal planning meetings per year plus seasonal hands-on work.
603 – Eucharistic Minister (Adults & Youth)
Distribute Communion to the assembly at weekend Masses and special worships. The ability to serve in a liturgical role in a reverent and prayerful manner and love for people of God is needed. Volunteers must accept Catholic Eucharistic theology and be confirmed. Training is required and provided. Time commitment: Approximately one-hour commitment once per month.
604 – Funeral Usher
We can’t predict when funerals happen, but when they do, funeral ushers step up to help grieving families say goodbye to their loved ones. Funerals typically occur Tuesday-Saturday at either 10:30 or 11:00 am. Ideal funeral ushers are those with a very flexible work schedule or who are retired. Time commitment: Be available 15 minutes before the Mass of Christian Burial. Funerals themselves vary widely in time depending on eulogy length, so plan for about 90 minutes for the service.
605 – Greeter (Adults & Youth)
Welcome and show hospitality to people coming to worship St. Joseph. This includes but not limited to assist people with special needs, such as assist with handicap doors, providing directions, distributing parish information and assisting the ushers in emergencies. A successful greeter is one who enjoys meeting and greeting people, especially those who may be strangers and helping all who enter our church doors feel welcome. Time commitment: Check-in 10 minutes prior to Mass; approximately one-hour commitment per month
606 – Lector (Adults & Youth)
Proclaim the first and/or second readings and intercessory prayers during Mass. A successful Lector is a competent proclaimer of the Word and can easily be understood by those listening in the congregation. This is enhanced by a commitment to prayer and preparation prior. Physical requirements include the ability to process down the center aisle holding the Lectionary overhead as well as easily climb and descend stairs. Volunteers are required to attend a training session. Time commitment: Provide time at home to study the Word to be proclaimed in preparation. Check-in at sacristy 10 minutes prior to Mass. (Approximately 70 min).
614 – Sacristan (Adult & Youth)
Set out the cups, plates, hosts, and wine before each liturgy. Purify and store all vessels after Mass. A successful Sacristan handles sacred vessels with reverence and willingness to serve behind the scenes as needed. The physical requirements are to climb and descend stairs carrying small objects, climb a 3-foot ladder to retrieve and return objects from cupboards. Time commitment: Check-in at sacristy 40 minutes prior to Mass and perform post-Mass activities 20 minutes after Mass.
615 – Linen Caretaker
Pick up the used linens and towels from the sacristy after the weekend Masses, wash and iron the linens, and return them to the sacristy before the next weekend’s Masses. Washing and ironing instructions are provided. Participants must provide their own transportation, washing, and ironing facilities. Time commitment: 2-3 hours every other month
616 – Usher (Adult & Youth)
An usher’s job is to help seat people before Mass, take up the weekly collection, and in the event of an emergency, direct the congregation regarding where to go for their own safety. We have a few training sessions throughout the year to make sure they are well-acquainted with our Emergency Disaster Plan. A successful usher is someone who likes helping others and feels comfortable giving directions to people with questions. Time commitment: Be available 15 minutes before and throughout Mass.
617 – Worship Space Plant Care
Volunteers water and maintain the plants that are used seasonally on the altar and other areas of the worship space. Having a “green thumb”, knowing what a plant needs and when it needs it is helpful. Physical requirements include that one of the members has the ability to climb a high ladder to access altar locations. Time commitment: This will vary from season to season. Some attention paid to the plants each week is needed.
624 – Drive-Up Usher
Ushers are needed for Drive-Up Masses that will be celebrated on the rectory lawn (or, perhaps, elsewhere). They are responsible for the following:
- Direct traffic/parking to make the most efficient use of the space we have
- Enforce social distancing rules, especially pertaining to people remaining in their cars
- Collect the offerings from cars from a distance
- Deposit offerings at the bank
It is crucially important that Drive-Up Ushers model the implementation of our parish’s safety protocols—specifically, they must always be masked and gloved while they serve in this ministry, as well as socially distance themselves from other ministers. Additionally, nobody with a condition that makes him/her a high-risk target for COVID-19 may participate in this ministry. These conditions include but are not limited to: 65+ years of age, diabetes, or other immunocompromising conditions.
625 – Drive-Up Radio Technician
A person comfortable with technology is needed to oversee the radio signal for broadcasting audio to cars in Drive-Up Masses. He/she doesn’t have to be an expert right away but should feel comfortable receiving and implementing some light training regarding audio mixing, setup/takedown of Drive-Up Masses, and operating the radio transmitter. Additionally, nobody with a condition that makes him/her a high-risk target for COVID-19 may participate in this ministry. These conditions include but are not limited to: 65+ years of age, diabetes, or other immunocompromising conditions. Tech-savvy youths are encouraged to consider this ministry.
626 – Indoor Mass Stream Overseer
A person comfortable with technology is needed to oversee the stream of indoor Masses over the internet to worshippers in distant locations. He/she doesn’t have to be an expert right away but should feel comfortable receiving and implementing some light training regarding streaming, using our cameras and sound system, and some basic setup/takedown procedures for a streamed Mass. Tech-savvy youths are encouraged to consider this ministry.
627 – Indoor Mass Audio Technician
A person comfortable with audio mixing and technology is needed to operate the sound system during Mass and other events. He/she doesn’t have to be an expert right away but should feel comfortable receiving and implementing training regarding audio mixing and setup/takedown procedures. Youths, musicians, and technologically proficient are encouraged to consider this ministry. It should be noted that most of the time there will be little to do or adjust, but when there is something that needs adjusting, it ought to be done swiftly and decisively.
628 – Indoor Mass Cleaner
This ministry is crucial to our ability to hold public Masses, however restricted, in the church building itself. It requires volunteers who are comfortable with learning/implementing sanitization protocols and coordinating with the custodial staff. (Click here for Procedures)
629 – Indoor Mass Lector
For the foreseeable future, Masses at St. Joe’s will employ the use of one lector rather than our usual two, in order to prevent sharing of the ambo between two individuals. Volunteers should be comfortable reading in public and finding/practicing the appropriate Scripture beforehand. Confirmed Catholics are encouraged to consider this ministry.
630 – Indoor Mass Greeter/Screener
This ministry is essential for success in our ability to safely celebrate Mass as a community in the church. This ministry will have two components: greeting people at the entrance door, and screening them to ensure they are without temperature, that they have signed up for Mass on-line and by extension attested to the screening questions, and help to answer any questions as people enter. (Click here for Procedures)
631 – Indoor Mass Usher
The ministry of usher is responsible for:
- Seating Parishioners
- Enforce social distancing rules, especially during the distribution of Communion
- Providing directions and answering questions when asked
- Deposit offerings at the bank
It is crucially important that Indoor Ushers model the implementation of our parish’s safety protocols—specifically, they must always be masked and gloved while they serve in this ministry, as well as socially distance themselves from other ministers. Additionally, nobody with a condition that makes him/her a high-risk target for COVID-19 may participate in this ministry. These conditions include but are not limited to: 65+ years of age, diabetes, or other immunocompromising conditions. (Click Here for Procedures)
Interested or have questions about any of these opportunities to get involved?
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