Worship Services

Music Ministry

Altar Servers

Serving Holy Mass is a ministry of the church. Grade school members (boys & girls) of our parish, who are in the 6th grade are encouraged to be trained and assist at the Holy Mass.

Contact:  Fr. Anthony Gerber 636-441-0055, ext. 108, agerber@stjosephcor.org

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministry

Interpreters are provided for the 10:30 Sunday Mass and for various parish liturgies and events. Deaf and Hard of Heading Ministry offers the deaf and hearing impaired parishioner’s opportunities to become more actively involved in the St. Joseph Parish.

Contact:  Parish Office, 636-441-0055, ext. 100

Eucharistic Ministers

Resources for Active EMHC
Eucharistic Ministers Contact:

David Friedrich
d_friedrichs@yahoo.com
314-703-5541

The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal, our Savior instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the Gospel of Matthew tells us:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”

The risen Christ is present to us in many ways, but most especially through the sacrament of his Body and Blood. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. When the size of the congregation requires it, the priest may call upon duly instituted Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) to assist him.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and be actively practicing their faith at St. Joseph Parish. Training and Commissioning is required. Current Eucharistic Ministers are requested to attend one refresher training class at least every two years. Training classes are generally held in January, May, and September. Watch the weekly bulletin, or view our information on the Resources page for more details.

Guardian Angels Welcoming Committee

The Guardian Angels program was developed to welcome new parishioners to St. Joseph Parish and personalize each new family’s “welcome experience”! We create an environment where it is easy for you to get involved with our parish celebrations, events and the sacraments. We are always building a wider parish family that is “on fire” with the Holy Spirit and is alive with the Catholic faith. Connected through involvement in parish organizations, we hope you will be called to deepen your personal faith.

Schedule for 2016

Join our parishioner orientations on the last Sunday of every month following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Meet in the church vestibule.

April 24
May 22
June 28
July 26
August 31
September 25
October 30
November 20
December 11

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Chris Giarla 314-504-7658, cgiarla1@charter.net
Mary Feldt 636-379-3642, maryfeldt@aol.com

Lectors

Resources for Current Lectors

Lectors are adults and older teens who proclaim the Word at parish liturgies. Lectors must be actively practicing their faith. All new lectors are required to attend a training session with the lector coordinator. Present and continuing lectors are encouraged to attend at least one presentation or workshop per year. Lectors are scheduled regularly with opportunities to volunteer for holy days and other celebrations.

Links

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – A website that provides daily readings, Sunday readings, and feast day readings.

Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide – A website that provides a good pronunciation guide for biblical words.

Linen Ladies

The linen washers are a group of women who dedicate their time, love and effort into keeping all the linens of the Holy Mass cleaned, ironed and prepared for scheduled masses, funerals, weddings, etc. These include all the purificators, hand towels, corporals and side corporals used on the altar during the mass.

The women also take on the task of cleaning the alter robes for the altar servers and repairing all tears, spills and other mishaps.

These significant tasks are crucial yet invisible and carrried with a humble spirit.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Michelle Coovert
314-307-9098
michelle.coovert@yahoo.com

Liturgy Art and Environment

“All for the Honor and Glory of God” Decorating our beautiful worship space through the liturgical seasons.  All are welcome to volunteer.  Contact:  Kathleen Englert 636-279-0379 or kathleenenglert@me.com

Liturgy Committee

The Members of our Parish Liturgy Committee are made up of the coordinators of each of the parish ministry groups including: Lectors, Lay ministers of Holy Communion, Ministers of Hospitality, Church Decorators, and Music ministers. New Members are always welcome! Go forth and make Disciples of all nations!

Our Mission

Liturgical Ministers provide the necessary duties at parish liturgy that will bring our congregation into full and active participation in the liturgy. Through our ministries we work to welcome our parishioners from the moment they reach the parking lot, to promote spoken and sung prayer during liturgy, to proclaim the Word of God, to administer the Body and Blood of Christ and to ultimately send our congregation forth to bring Christ to the world: in our homes, our places of work and our communities.

Schedule

The Liturgy Committee meets monthy on the First Monday of each Month at 7:00 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Room.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Donna Meyer, Music & Liturgy Director
636-441-0055 Ext. 106
dmeyer@stjoecot.org

David Friedrichs, Extraordinary Minister Coordinator
314-703-5541
d_friedrichs@yahoo.com

Bob Morgan, Ushers Coordinator
636-928-0244

Ministers of Hospitality

These men, women and teens of the parish serve our congregation by providing assistance and information before, during and after Masses. They strive to personally and warmly welcome those arriving for worship. Ushers play an important role during the Offertory and Communion Rites of the Eucharist.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Bob Morgan
636-928-0244

Money Counters

Adults who have volunteers and are trained to carefully count money collected during Mass on one Sunday per month. Envelopes are opened and the deposit is prepared to be delivered to the bank. Accuracy is of prime importance in order for the the office staff to properly post the amounts to parishioner accounts. Each group consists of eight to ten people who work from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on their assigned Sunday.

Contacts

Don & Judy Bailey, 636-447-4768, donandjudy@baileypeople.com
Joan Cleaveland, 636-441-0055, ext. 103 jcleaveland@stjoecot.org

Music Ministry

Adult Choir

Adult Choir sings for the 8:45 a.m. Mass.

We have three and sometimes four part harmony. Anyone ages 14 and up is welcome, either singers or instrumentalists. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Church.

Contact: dmeyer@stjoecot.org or 636-441-0055 Ext. 106.

We Are Family Choir

“We Are Family Choir” sings for the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

This choir was formed with the intention to have young people and adults singing together, especially family members who want to share their musical talents at Mass. Singers and Instrumentalists of all ages are welcome!

Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Room D of the Parish Center.

Contact: familychoir@stjoecot.org or 636-441-0055 Ext. 152.

NEW! Youth Choir!

The Youth Choir at 5:00 p.m. is being established to provide the young people of our parish a chance to participate as a choir member for a weekend liturgy, in a non stressful setting. A rehearsal is not required and Youth are not required to be at every 5:00 p.m. Mass. Whenever you attend 5:00 p.m. Mass, just come up, take a seat & a book and SING! Our hope is to reach out to youth who have a desire to sing for the Lord by providing an opportunity to sing at mass, in the choir area, with other Youth who enjoy singing! We hope to encourage participation at Mass, and to develop interest in becoming future Music Ministers of the Church.

Last, but not least, we want to have fun singing together!

Keep a song in your heart!

Our Mission

Liturgical music supports and enhances prayer in our liturgies. Music ministers serve St. Joseph parish by developing and sharing their God-given musical talents. Our parish music ministers strive to provide excellence in musicianship while promoting genuine prayerful song and instrumental accompaniment or meditation. Sharing our musical talents is not only our gift to the parish, but is our prayer and praise to our God. We enjoy a “musical small faith community”, supporting each other and having fun singing and playing together!

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Donna Meyer, Music & Liturgy Director
636-441-0055 Ext. 106
dmeyer@stjoecot.org

Nursery

Nursery News:

Beginning September 4, 2011, the Sunday nursery will reopen for the 8:45 and 10:30 masses each weekend (except major Church holidays and the weekends of the Fall Festival and Parish Picnic). Alicia Karolczak is the new Nursery Supervisor. She and several youth helpers will watch your children in the nursery (located in the back of the Parish Center) while you attend mass. No pre-registration or volunteering required, but all families must fill out an information card the first time they use the nursery. Contributions to help defray costs of operating the nursery are appreciated. Come try it out and enjoy mass in peace! Children from crawlers up through age 3 are welcome. The nursery opens 15 minutes before the 8:45 and 10:30 masses.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Alicia Karolczak
alicia.karolczak@hotmail.com

Parish Grounds Gardening/Cleanup

At various times throughout the year we clean the parish and school grounds and are in need of volunteers to help.

If interested, keep an eye out for more information in the weekly church bulletin.

Sacristy Cleaners

Our objective is to keep the sanctuary and sacristy area clean. Currently the 20 volunteers take turns at cleaning each week, which takes two people about 1-1/2 hours. You will be scheduled five to six times a year. New schedules and membership lists are updated yearly.

For Additional Information, Please Contact:

Judy Bailey
636-447-4768

Votive Keepers

This small group of volunteer helps to take care of the votive candles – replacing candles which are used and cleaning the candle glasses.

To find out more information, call Lynn Ryan at 636-443-3314.

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