Ministries in which you can participate:

Altar Server

An Altar Server assists and serves the Presiding Priest during Mass and other church liturgies. Anyone having made their First Communion and comfortable with a public, non-speaking role at Mass, and willing and able to follow directions is encouraged to participate in this ministry. Formation sessions are held throughout the year and training is provided. Servers are scheduled on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute. Servers are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the Mass for which they are scheduled to serve.

Time spent: Approximately 1-2 hours monthly, depending on the number of ministers.

Extraordinary Minister of Communion

The Extraordinary Minister of Communion assists the Presiding Priest in distributing the Body & Blood of Christ to the faith community during the celebration of the Eucharist. Each member of the faith community who has celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation is a candidate to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion. Formation sessions are held throughout the year and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion must be willing to grow in their personal prayer life, especially through reflection upon and participation in the Mass. Ministers are assigned on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion arrive 15 minutes before the Liturgy.

Time spent: Approximately 30 minutes monthly, depending on the number of ministers.

Extraordinary Minister of Communion to the Sick

It is a great privilege and honor to offer the Body and Blood of our Savior to the people of God. Ministers distribute Communion weekly to the People of God who are homebound, in the hospital or in nursing homes. Any member of the faith community, 18 or older, who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation, is a candidate to be a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick. Training sessions are held as needed.

Time Spent: Approximately 1-2 hours weekly.

Sacristan

The Sacristan is an adult who prepares the credence table before Mass and sets the altar during the Preparation of the Gifts. Sacristans assist the Captain of the Eucharistic Ministers and the Presider with various tasks before, during and after the Liturgy. Formation sessions are held throughout the year and sacristans must be willing to grow in their personal prayer life, especially through reflection upon and participation in the Mass. Sacristans are assigned on a rotating schedule and must arrive 30 minutes before Mass.

Time spent: Approximately 2-3 hours monthly, depending on the number of ministers.

Lectors (Readers)

The Lector proclaims the Word of God during Mass and reads the Prayers of the Faithful. All members of the faith community who have celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation are eligible to proclaim the Word of God. Formation sessions are held throughout the year and lectors must be willing to grow in their personal prayer life, especially through reflection upon the scriptures. Lectors are assigned on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute. Lectors arrive 15 minutes before the Liturgy.

Time spent: Approximately 2 hours monthly, including preparation time.

Hospitality Minister

The Hospitality Minister greets each person as they arrive at the entrance of our church. Often, this minister is the first person one sees upon entering the church, and we at Sts. Joseph and Paul want each person to feel welcomed and at home in our faith community. Ministers assist with seating, any special needs a person may have, pass the offering basket during the Liturgy, assist with the Communion procession, and distribute the parish bulletin at the end of the Liturgy.

Following the Liturgy, ministers straighten the Church building, check for trash in pews, re-shelve hymnals and collect lost items. All members of the faith community who have been confirmed are eligible to be a Minister of Hospitality. Formation sessions are conducted throughout the year and Hospitality Ministers must be willing to grow in their personal prayer life. Ministers are assigned on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute. Hospitality Ministers arrive 30 minutes before the Liturgy.

Time spent: Approximately 2 hours monthly, depending on the number of ministers.

Liturgical Coordinator

The Liturgical Coordinator helps enhance and oversee the integrity of the Sacred Liturgy. This ministry ensures that all of the preparations for the Liturgy, the components that lead the People of God to prayer and deepen their capacity for Eucharist, are well prepared. They also ensure that all ministers are well prepared, which provides for a fuller participation of all to know, love and serve God. Formation sessions are held throughout the year and Liturgical Coordinators must be willing to grow in their personal prayer life, especially through reflection upon and participation in the Mass. Liturgical Coordinators are assigned on a rotating schedule and must be accountable to the time when scheduled, or obtain a substitute. Liturgical Coordinators arrive 1 hour before the Liturgy.

Time spent: Approximately 4 hours a month.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (Catechist or Aide):

Catechists instruct our young people, from preschool through first grade during part of the weekend Masses. All materials and lessons are prepared and provided to the Catechists. This program offers the children an opportunity to hear the readings for the Sunday Liturgy in words they can understand and helps them to apply the Word of God to their life. They also sing a song and receive their own Children’s Bulletin to bring back to church and share with their parents. Training sessions are held as needed. All members of the faith community, 21 or older, are eligible to be Catechists in this ministry. Youth in grades 7-12 and adults are eligible to be Aides in this ministry. Participation in the Safe Environment Seminar, an online course, and a background check are required for adults working with our youth. A love for children and a desire that they know the love of Jesus is helpful. Catechists serve on a rotating schedule.

Time Spent: Approximately 1 hour monthly.

Crosswalk Minister

This ministry serves as an extra means of safety, particularly for the physically impaired and children as they seek to cross 4th Street through the designated crosswalk in the intersection of 4th and Bolivar streets before and after a weekend Mass. Those who assist in this ministry are not police officers and simply escort folks through the crosswalk when there is a sufficient break in the flow of traffic to make it safe to cross. The minister wears an illuminated vest with a Velcro closure in the front of it that easily fits over whatever the minister may be wearing. There is also a flashlight for use as needed according to the degree of darkness outside and a hand held stop sign to be used should an emergency arise (such as a fall or ankle sprain) among one of the individuals being escorted through the crosswalk. The vest, etc. are stored in the closet beside the Reconciliation room in the church.

Frequency of serving will depend upon the number of parishioners who participate in the ministry and the time required is from 30 minutes before Mass until time for Mass to begin, and approximately five minutes after Mass.