___ALTAR SERVERS (grade 4 & above)
Duties: Serve Saturday and Sunday parish Masses on weekends and at Lenten Stations of the Cross. Training provided by Fr. Andrew Wakefield
___ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT
Duties: The floral décor and plants for the Church including the times for Easter, Christmas and Feast Days; maintenance of the candles for the Sanctuary; periodic cleaning of the vessels used for Mass; etc.
Duties: Meet with those who have suffered the loss of a loved one; help arrange funeral Mass; contact musicians; extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, lectors and servers for Mass.
___CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Duties: To instruct and teach children the Liturgy of the Word at the 10 a.m. Mass during the school year. Time varies depending upon the individual volunteer’s availability.
Duties: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the ordained minster in the distribution of Holy Eucharist at Masses and at visitations to the sick and homebound. Training is provided.
Duties: Members include Extraordinary Ministers, Lectors and Ushers who seek to make worshipers welcome as they arrive for Mass. Coordinator: Those members present at the various Masses.
Duties: Lectors read the first and second reading at a specific Sunday (or weekday) Mass.
___MUSIC MINISTRY (Contemporary Choir 10 a.m. Mass)
Duties: You must be willing to commit to attending the 10 a.m. Mass on a regular basis, to attending practice weekly, and to follow the direction of the choir director.
Duties: Help greet parishioners, aid in the seating of parishioners as required; ensure that offertory gifts are taken to the altar at the appropriate time; pass baskets at collection time; ensure the orderly flow of parishioners at communion time and assist in opening and closing the church.
___EPHRAIM, HARP OF THE SPIRIT
Duties: A charismatic prayer group. Meets Tuesday evenings in the School’s Library from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
___PRAYER APOSTATE OF MARY
Duties: After the 8:15 a.m. Mass on the first Saturday of each month, members recite the rosary and once a week at home for the special needs of the parish. There is an optional meeting each month following first Saturday Mass.
Duties: A ministry of prayer support. Members render prayer support and be a part of the chain for special needs in the parish.
___SCRIPTURE STUDY GROUP
Duties: This ministry meets weekly at 9 a.m. on Wednesday s in the Cry Room in the rear of the church to read and study the Bible.
___ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Duties: Volunteer opportunities exist for recess duty; reading programs; science fair coordination and judging; office assistants; substitute teaching library assistants; theater assistants; lunch coordinators; and grounds work.
Duties: There are volunteer opportunities for both classroom teachers and aides. We are also in need of people who are willing to help out with special events.
Duties: The CYO provides programs in soccer, basketball, football, softball, baseball, T-ball, etc. This program is for Catholic children and non-Catholic children who attend our Parish Schools in grades 1 through 8.
___HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Duties: This entity acts as the Parent/Teachers Association for St. Joseph’s Catholic School and helps organize volunteer support for students, teachers and special activities. Officers of the Association serve for a specified period of time, as elected.
Duties: Take training which is offered quarterly. Go in for services in Saturday Services 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at least once per month.
___KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Duties: Locally, we assist the religious in our community; locally and internationally, we support vocation to the priesthood and religious life; we reward and encourage local community volunteers through “self help and resource exchange” (SHARE). There are numerous social events.
___LADIES OF CHARITY
Duties: Organizing visits to Hillhaven on the 1st Monday and the 3rd Friday of the month so that the residents may have prayer services and receive the Holy Eucharist. Training is by “shadowing” a member during activities.
Please visit http://www.stjos.org/pro-life-ministry/ for links to more information and resources.
___SOCIAL CONCERNS OUTREACH
Duties: We have extensive and varied programs for reaching out in service to those in need, and to work for a more just and peaceful world through advocacy and solidarity with the poor and powerless. These programs includes our Food Pantry and Clothing Closet that collects and distributes items to those in need, the Gabriel project that helps pregnant women in need. We reach out to those in need of rent assistance, to those seeking solutions to immigrant issues and to children in need of school supplies. Some parishioners cook and serve meals for the homeless at Elizabeth House in Laurel, visit the homebound, send comforting cards to the sick and provide transportation to Mass or doctors appointments. This program also includes collection for the poor in the missions and providing dental assistance to the needy. Seasonal programs such as Thanksgiving: Meals for needy families, Christmas: “Shoebox gifts” to local homeless shelters, Christmas Giving Tree to provide food, clothes and gifts to families in need, the homeless, Perry Clinic in DC, toys for Assumption parish children in DC and gift cards for their parish teens, as well as the selling of religious Christmas cards that directly benefit the pro-life program. You are encouraged to involve yourself in just one of a number of these programs.
Duties: Prepare planting areas; planting; watering; weeding; removing wilted or dead flowers; mulching; tree and shrub care; raking leaves; and watering the grass. Need a basic knowledge of the care for flowers; shrubs; trees and grass.
Duties: Coordinate Hospitality Sunday each month. The ministries and organizations in the parish take turns purchasing doughnuts, making coffee, serving refreshments for this event after Sunday Masses, and cleaning up.
Duties: A team of volunteers who come together on the 1st Tuesday of the month, immediately following the morning mass from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in the Church Cry Room to make rosaries for the propagation of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The rosaries are distributed to the missions and the military. Training is provided.