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.