Contact: Pinky Reyes (469) 964-6646 or Rob Mauga (972) 530-2281
"Ah, Lord God!" I said, "I know not how to speak; I am too young." But the Lord answered me: "Say not 'I am too young.' To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak."
- Jeremiah 1:6-7
An Altar Server is a young person who is invited by the parish to assist the priest at Mass and other liturgies of the Church. This ministry is just one of several liturgical ministries. The ministry of Altar Server is open to all Catholic boys and girls who have reached the eighth grade in school and have been Baptized and received First Communion. You or your family must also be registered as members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Training and formation for the ministry of Altar Server is offered several times a year. The classes include learning the movements and gestures and other skills required for serving at liturgies as well as gaining an understanding and knowledge of the Mass and its parts.
Daily Mass Ministers
Contact: Dennis Richardson (972) 231-2951 (Church Office)
The Daily Mass Ministers serve the community by preparing the Sanctuary for the Celebration of the Mass and assisting the Celebrant during the Mass. The Eucharistic Ministers also distribute the Eucharist at weekday and Saturday morning Masses (but not holy days of obligation). They also serve in a special capacity for evening services during the Fridays of Lent. Daily Mass Lectors read designated Bible Passages and Psalms during the Mass.
Membership: Confirmed, active Roman Catholics and parishioners who have undergone training and have been commissioned.
Meetings: Once a year at the annual Ministry Day. Service is performed in the Eucharistic Chapel and/or the church nave.
Ministry of Lectors
Contact: Celia Aragon (214) 616-1638
The Ministry of Lectors faithfully proclaims God’s Word to the assembled faithful at liturgical celebrations. The ministry stresses belief in the ever-active power of the proclaimed word as rooted in Isaiah 55:10-11: “My word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” In the words of the Second Vatican Council, “In the liturgy God is speaking to his people and Christ is still proclaiming his gospel.” A reader usually reads at one Mass per month.
Ministry of Daily Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors
Membership: Registered parishioners who possess adequate speaking voices and a degree of reading proficiency. Poise and decorum befitting the liturgical celebration is required, as well as commitment to prayer and preparation.
Meetings: Scheduled as needed.
Ministers of Holy Communion
To serve Holy Communion to the people of God
with great reverence and joy,
and to keep the quality of our service
at the highest possible level
Contact: Betty Bruce (972) 530-4903, firstname.lastname@example.org
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion reverently distribute the Eucharist (the Body and Blood of Christ) at the anticipated Mass for Sunday on Saturday evening, at all the Sunday Masses, on holy days of obligation and at other special celebrations of the Mass such as Confirmation.
Membership: Members must be confirmed, active Roman Catholics and parishioners. Those interested in becoming a member must fill out an application. They will be contacted to schedule training and can begin serving after being commissioned. Members serve at a Mass of their choosing. Each Mass has a captain who is responsible for the ministers at that Mass. Normally, there are two teams of ministers who serve on alternate weeks. Each team meets before Mass for a brief prayer.
Meetings: Once a year at the annual Ministry Day.
Ministry of Hospitality
Contact: Ken Hutchenrider (972) 231-2204
The Ministry of Hospitality assists in providing a proper and safe atmosphere for those attending liturgical and other worship services at Saint Joseph. Hospitality ministers are responsible for: attending to the needs of the priests, deacon and lay ministers; welcoming parishioners and responding to their specific questions or requests for assistance; taking the collection during each Mass; and assuring that order is maintained in the sanctuary before, during and after Mass.
Membership: Registered parishioners who are 18 years old (exceptions on a case-by-case basis).
Meetings: Scheduled as needed.
Contacts: Jim Norris (972) 530-6002 and Lucia Kons (972) 276-7450
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."
- Colossians 3:16
"Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith."
- "Music in Catholic Worship", Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy
At St. Joseph we realize that meaningful music for worship which is accessible by everyone is vital to experiencing life-giving, faith-building, unifying celebrations. All who participate in parish music ministry share the responsibility of realizing this vision through the discernment and development of their gifts, their commitments to rehearsing and in living out the aim of "full, conscious and active" participation of the faithful at liturgy.
Who should be in music ministry? Those with musical gifts, who love to sing and make music with others and can commit to attend a weekly rehearsal and Mass. Choral experience is helpful but is not required. For instrumentalists, an intermediate level of proficiency is required.
For adults there are two opportunities:
Saturday Vigil Mass 5:00 p.m.
Rehearsal Tuesday 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the music room.
Sunday morning 10:30 a.m. Mass
Rehearsal Wednesday 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the music room.
For youth grades 7 - 12
Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass
Rehearsal Sunday 8:00 to 8:45 p.m. in the music room.
For children grades 3 - 6
Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass once a month and on Easter and Christmas
Rehearsal Wednesday 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the music room.
How do you join? Adults should contact either Jim Norris(972 530 6002) or Lucia Cunningham(972 276 7450) to set up a brief interview. All children and youth simply need to come to a rehearsal. All groups are seeking additional members especially male singers of all ages and instrumentalists. Parents of children interested in joining the children's choir participate in the children's commitment to serve by faithfully bringing them to rehearsals and Masses.
Meetings: Choir rehearsals in the Music Room.
This Music Ministry also has a CD. It is available for purchase in the Parish Office.