Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion – Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay persons who assist the clergy (the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) in the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned by the Diocese and the Bishop. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be Confirmed Catholics. Training is available for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Reader – Readers assist at Mass in the proclamation of the Old and New Testament lessons and lead the faithful in the intercessory prayers. Readers should be comfortable speaking in front of groups and able to project their voices so that they may be heard by the assembled faithful at Mass. Training is available for new readers.
Server – Altar servers assist the priest celebrant by carrying out various liturgical duties during Mass by bearing the Missal at the priest’s chair, assisting in the preparation of the altar, and by leading the procession as the Crucifer. Children who are in the fifth grade and older are eligible to become altar servers. Adults of any age are also invited to serve at the altar. Training sessions for new servers are held at various times throughout the year.
Master of Ceremonies – Masters of Ceremonies are more experienced servers who assist in directing the altar servers and the flow of the liturgy at more solemn celebrations, such as Christmas and Holy Week.
Sacred Music – The Parish Choir of men and women is open to anyone high school age or older. The choir sings a wide variety of music, including the propers of the Mass in various forms, as well as appropriate choral repertoire. The choir rehearses and sings at Mass from September through Pentecost.
Social and Service Groups
Men’s Group – The Men’s Group meets once a month socially for dinner and conversation. They also provide support for physical and spiritual projects for the parish. To get involved, contact Jeff McDowell at email@example.com.
Women’s Guild – The Women’s Guild meets once a month socially for dinner and conversation. The Women’s Guild provides assistance to the parish in areas of fundraising, hospitality, and service. To get involved, contact Paulette Goheen at 304-522-8168
Saint Martha Society – Named for the patron saint of hospitality, the Saint Martha Society coordinates fundraisers, bake sales, receptions, the annual Christmas Bazaar and many other parish activities. This group meets as needed in advance of their activities. To get involved, contact Rosamaria Cervantes at 304-972-3335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas – Catholic Daughters of the Americas engages in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop their God-given talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world. The Catholic Daughters meets once monthly. To get involved, contact Cathy Weiss at 304-412-0661.
Knights of Columbus – The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization engaged in charity, prayer, and service. To get involved, contact John Mishoe at 304-751-7795.
Welcoming Committee – The welcoming committee is responsible for outreach to new parishioners to help them become fully active members of Saint Joseph Parish. To get involved, contact Rosamaria Cervantes at 304-972-3335 or email@example.com.
Bereavement Ministry – The bereavement ministry provides comfort and support to those who have recently lost loved ones and keeps in prayer the repose of the souls of those who have died. To get involved, contact Rosamaria Cervantes at 304-972-3335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nursery Nannies – This group provides childcare during the 10:00 A.M. Sunday Mass for children under the age of 5. Virtus Training/Protecting God’s Children is required. To volunteer, contact Bebe Meadows at 304-208-0792.
Faith Sharing Groups
Bible Study – The Bible study group meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 P.M. in the Parlor and engages in reflection and discussion on various books of the Bible. To get involved, contact Barbara Vance at 304-638-2513.
Young Adult Group – The Young Adult Group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 P.M. in the Parlor to discuss the upcoming Sunday’s readings and to engage in faith sharing. To get involved, contact Spencer Smith at 304-634-6690 or email@example.com.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word assist our smaller children (Preschool through First Grade) at the 10:00 A.M. Sunday Mass in understanding the Word of God and incorporate various activities in the process. Virtus Training/Protecting God’s Children is required. To get involved, contact Nikki Cavalier at 740-794-1118.