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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. Josh Deters 636-441-0055, ext. 108, jdeters@stjoecot.org

Eucharistic Ministers

Resources for Active EMHC
Eucharistic Ministers Contact:

Christine Piccioni

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.


Greeters are to foster a warm and welcoming environment at St. Joseph Church by personally greeting every person who attends worship. Greeters must be actively practicing their faith at St. Joseph Parish. Training is required. Greeters are requested to attend training classes when offered. Greeters are regularly scheduled with opportunities to volunteer for holy days and other celebrations.

Sandy Halley, Greeter Ministry Coordinator


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 2023
January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 21, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29, November 19, December 10
For Additional Information, Please Contact:

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


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.


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 Ministry

The linen washers are a group of volunteers 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.

They 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:

Linda Hillis

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:  Melissa Claus at melissakclaus@gmail.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.


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:

Scott Pluff, Music & Liturgy Director
636-441-0055 Ext. 106

Christine Piccioni, Extraordinary Minister Coordinator

Kurt Goodwin, Ushers Coordinator

Sandy Halley, Greeter Ministry Coordinator

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:

Kurt Goodwin
kgluckie@sbcglobal.net, 636-299-1456

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.


Don & Judy Bailey, 636-447-4768, donandjudy@baileypeople.com
Marie Turner, 636-441-0055, ext. 134, mturner@stjoecot.org

Music Ministry


The Sunday nursery is open for the 8:45 and 10:30 masses each weekend (except major Church holidays and the weekends of the Fall Festival and Parish Picnic). Mike & Jill Kitta are the Nursery Supervisors. They will watch your children in the nursery (located in the Parish Hall) 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:

Mike & Jill Kitta

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

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.