On-Site Ministries: serving the Parish
Outside of our music and liturgical ministries, there are many opportunities to assist the parish. One of our greatest needs is for teachers to be part of our Religious Education program. Listed below are some of the ongoing opportunities, but we often have need of volunteers on a one-time basis as well. Unless otherwise listed, please contact Teri Lauwers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to join a ministry.
On-Site Volunteer Ministry
This ministry is for people who would like to be contacted about opportunities to volunteer at St. Joseph, but aren’t ready or able to commit to a monthly or weekly volunteer schedule. Whenever we have one-time volunteer opportunities, we reach out to this group through email with details about our current volunteer needs. This may include opportunities like handing out books after Masses, participating in an on-site service project, setting-up for the Parish Picnic or other event, decorating the Church for liturgical seasons, cleaning or light maintenance of the Church. There is no need to commit, or even respond, to every request. Just jump in whenever you can! Join the Flocknote Group “STJG On-Site Volunteer Ministry” to receive these emails (Be sure to join the volunteer group and not just “On-Site Ministries” which is just for organizational purposes).*
Baptismal Gown Makers
Baptismal Gown Embroidering
Each baptismal gown used at our parish is embroidered by a volunteer, usually with a symbol related to the Holy Spirit.
Baptismal Gowns for RCIA
The traditional white baptismal garment signifies putting on a new life – a life of purity and love of Christ. The making of baptismal garments is an excellent way for those who wish to be of service, but are unable to attend meeting, to participate in the RCIA program. Each person works on garments when they are needed.
Funeral Luncheon team
The Funeral Luncheon Ministry is comprised of parishioners who wish to give support to the families who have lost a loved one by providing a dish or serving at our funeral luncheons. A light luncheon is provided for family and friends of a deceased registered parishioner following the funeral service at the church. Those who have benefited from this ministry of compassion and healing have spoken of how nice it is to be able to gather with loved ones at a time of loss. This ministry is provided for registered and active parishioners.
Volunteers prepare food, set-up the environment, welcome the grieving, help serve, and clean up. It is a rewarding service to be able to offer the families beginning their mourning process.
Salads, side dishes, and desserts for the funeral luncheon are provided by this group of volunteers. Dishes can be homemade or store-bought and dropped off the morning of the funeral or during Parish Office hours the day before. We usually only have a few days notice before a luncheon, but we try to have an online sign-up posted as soon as possible. Please contact Audrey Goshorn at email@example.com or join our Flocknote group "STJG Funeral Luncheon Food" if you are interested in this ministry.*
Gift Shop Team
St. Joseph Gift Shop is open before and after all the weekend Masses (starting at 8:45 am on Sundays) and also during the week through the parish office between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our Gift Shop has a variety of gifts for all sacramental and seasonal occasions. Please stop by and let us help you find that perfect gift and card for that special occasion. Volunteers are always welcome to assist in the gift shop by helping with sales and customer service after weekend Masses.
Homebound Visitation Ministry
The Homebound Visitation Ministry is a chance for ministers to “bring St. Joseph” to those who cannot come to Mass at St. Joseph. Whether the person is elderly, very ill, or unable to attend Mass temporarily due to surgery, an accident, etc., these ministers can bring Holy Communion, the bulletin, palms from Palm Sunday, Ashes from Ash Wednesday, and much, much more. The homebound visits can continue until the person is well enough to come back to Mass on their own. This gives the person who cannot come to Mass a chance to know they are not forgotten by our parish.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to occasionally watch the front desk, assist with large mailing, and stuffing bulletins. Please email Terri Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering in the Parish Office.
Parish Library Team
Housed in the Education Center, the St. Thomas Aquinas Library is full of books, Biblical commentaries, and magazines which are available to parishioners. Volunteers organize and maintain this collection. We also accept donations of books that can be used in our library. The Library is open by appointment during our office hours.
Parish Nurse Ministry
On the first weekend of each month, unless it falls on a major holiday, we have try to have a nurse available in the workroom (located in the back of the cry room) for blood pressure screening after all the Masses.
Pew Pocket Helpers
Every weekend, a dedicated group of parishioners makes sure our pews are looking their best.
We have an amazing Religious Education program here at St. Joe's that guides our youth from pre-K through Confirmation. The students learn about our Faith, prepare for their Sacraments, and now closer to God. Teri Lauwers is Director of the religious education program. Please contact her at email@example.com if you are interested in helping.
Religious Education Office Assistance
On a as needed basis, you can volunteer to assist Teri in the Religious Education Office. Volunteers assists with setting up for classes, setting up for Vacation Bible School, and general office work.
Religious Education Teacher/Aide
Our Religious Education program runs September through April and meets on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Volunteering as a teacher or aide is a great way to share your faith with our youth. Our program includes youth from preschool through 12th grade.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
RCIA is for anyone thinking about becoming Catholic, for Catholics who were Baptized and now wish to prepare to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, and for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith or return to the Church. Parishioners are called to serve as sponsors, catechists, pray-ers, and social justice advocates.
Vacation Bible School Teacher/Aide
Vacation Bible School is held for one week in June each summer. It is a fun week full of Bible stories, songs, games, and crafts. Any Religious Education student who is going into 7th grade or higher is welcome to come teach!
Weekly Bulletin Editing
Each week, we create a bulletin to hand out at Masses. Volunteers help with editing the bulletin. Please contact Terri Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping edit the bulletin.
Our Middle School and High School Youth Group meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We need volunteers to help lead activities and guide our youth as they dive deeper into their Faith.
*If you have questions about Flocknote or need help joining a group, please email Audrey at email@example.com.