Services and Ministries of Saint Joseph Catholic Church
Special thanks to The Holy Spirit
Contact the office for all Services and Ministries questions.
Recitation of the Rosary starts thirty minutes before all Masses except Christmas and Easter Liturgies.
CONFESSION / RECONCILIATION
Saturdays from 4 PM to 4:40 PM and at any time upon request. Confessional is located inside the sanctuary on the right after entering the double doors.
Parents should call the office to arrange for a baptism. Baptisms are usually celebrated after one of the Sunday Masses.
Couples contemplating marriage should contact the pastor six months prior to the anticipated date. Parish music policies which reflect diocesan guidelines are to be followed.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please call the rectory in case of serious illness.
The Holy Eucharist is brought to the homebound by our pastor and deacons or by one of the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion upon request. Call the office to be placed on the list.
BLESSED SACRAMENT / EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the first Friday of each month after the 8 AM Mass until 7 PM and whenever a special occasion arises. Parishioners are encouraged to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. A book is in the vestibule to sign when making a visit. A container for special intentions is also located in the vestibule.
Parishioners are invited to participate in the weekend and daily liturgies as altar servers, ushers (greeters), lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and in the presentation of the gifts. Nominees for lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should contact the pastor for special training.
- Schedules are posted in the commons for:
- Ushers (Greeters)
- Gift Bearers
- Extraordinary Minister
The Cenacle gathers twice weekly, Monday, Thursday, @ 7PM.
Council members are the voice of the parish community. Meetings are held at a frequency determined by the pastor. If you feel you have something to contribute and would like to become a Council member, you may request that the nominating committee place your name on the ballot during Parish Council elections in December.
RCIA Those wishing to join our faith community or to become better acquainted with Church teachings are welcome to learn together from September to Easter.
Catechism Classes for elementary school children are held on Wednesday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in Immaculate Mary Hall.
For those needing special prayers for themselves, family or friends, a team of praying people contact each other by telephone or email to intercede for your intentions. You may even wish to become a link in the prayer warrior chain.
For prayer request contact Terry Danson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSPITALITY / WELCOME
Hospitalized, ill, and housebound parishioners are remembered with cheerful cards. New parishioners are sent a welcome card and are encouraged to become acquainted with the many opportunities they have as members of our Catholic family. They are provided with the information and motivation they may need to become an active part of our Church life.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
You’re invited to be part of this knitting and crocheting ministry that makes shawls woven with prayer, reaching out to those in need by giving handmade comfort. It is a gentle reminder of God's love to those who are ill or housebound. All materials are provided.
BENEDICTINE OBLATE CHAPTER
Oblates meet regularly for vespers and fellowship to pray for vocations and discover and develop Benedictine spirituality.
THE ALTAR SOCIETY
The objective of the Society is to assist the pastor in the care of the interior of the church, such as cleaning, care of the altar linens, upkeep of the Sacred Vessels, and in any other endeavor he deems worthwhile. The Society’s mission is also to unite all women of the parish by encouraging interest in and support of parish activities. All ladies are invited to attend meetings that are held from September through May at a time convenient for the officers and pastor and at any time special meetings are needed. No dues are required.
The Bereavement Ministry is a group of trained volunteers working under the guidance of the pastor. The group is available to help the grieving family plan a personal, appropriate, and meaningful Mass of Christian Burial and to offer positive reassurance following the death of a loved one. They also provide meals after funerals if requested.
RELIGIOUS ARTICLES STORE
Located in the parish hall office anteroom are three curio cabinets that contain numerous religious articles on display for a nominal cost. Ideal for gifts or personal use, they may be purchased when the office is open.
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
This is a Catholic lay organization open to all Christians who wish to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering. Our “conference” meets monthly.
A fine selection of spiritual books and audio tapes is available for adults and children in the library inside Immaculate Mary Hall. Access to the library may be gained during office hours.
SAINT BENEDICT CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Saint Benedict is a SACS-accredited interparochial Catholic school in Elberta, Alabama, offering classes for Pre-Kindergarten three-year-olds through 8th grade. It serves six parish communities of South Baldwin County including Saint Joseph and offers a challenging curriculum that follows Alabama state guidelines. We have a parish representative on the school board who keeps us informed of all activities.