The Liturgy Ministry is responsible for planning, communicating, and implementing the necessary liturgy associated with the celebration of the Mass and Holy Days, working closely with the Pastor and Director of Music to ensure that the Liturgy is relevant and enriches the community of the faithful.
Liturgical Ministries include:
- Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
- Altar Server
- Hospitality/Coffee Hour
- Lector (Minister of the Word)
- Church decoration committee
- Eucharistic Adoration/Sign-Up
- Fr. Chris Begg’s Bible Study
Adult Faith Formation
Adult faith formation facilitates continual spiritual and catechetical growth of parish adults. As the US Bishops explain: “The Church’s Pastoral ministry exists to sustain the work of the Gospel…To grow in discipleship throughout life, all believers need and are called to build vibrant parish and diocesan communities of faith and service.”
We seek to form adults who actively cultivate a lively baptismal and Eucharistic spirituality with a powerful sense of mission and apostolate. Nourished by word, sacrament, and communal life, they will witness and share the Gospel in their homes, neighborhoods, places of work, and centers of culture.
The Office of Adult Faith Formation attempts to foster a Parish environment that helps the believer to flourish and constantly be challenged; as such, feel free to request or suggest future programs. Please let us know how we can serve you better.
Important Links & Aspects of Adult Faith Formation:
Youth Faith Formation
The Youth Program is inspired by a model that incorporates catechesis and ministry. It is a comprehensive program that includes, but is not limited to, Confirmation preparation. Within the program, teens learn how to pursue an active Christian lifestyle in all areas of life, including: spirituality, knowledge of the faith, service, and fellowship. During the program, teens experience Christ in a variety of opportunities.
Youth Faith Formation includes:
Sacred Music at St. Joseph’s
Sacred music possesses a most powerful ability to connect with God and our faith, to pray more deeply, and to experience intangible beauty. The goal of the music at St. Joseph’s Church is to offer this to everyone who enters this beautiful church.
“Indeed, through this form [sacred music], prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the Liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly Liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem.” (Musicam Sacram, 1967)
Please contact Music Director, Maria Balducci, if you are interested in becoming involved with the St. Joseph’s music program. firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Joseph’s Pipe Organ
Hook & Hastings (Opus 1487, 1891)
The pipe organ at St. Joseph’s is a treasured piece of its history. The 3-manual, 29 rank tracker action organ was built by Hook and Hastings in 1891, during the construction of the present church.
Specifications (Manuals, 58 notes; Pedal, 27 notes)
- 16 Open Diapason
- 8 Open Diapason
- 8 Doppel Flute
- 4 Octave
- 3 Twelfth
- 2 Fifteeth
- 1 1/3 Mixture III (174 pipes)
- 8 Trumpet
- SWELL (enclosed)
- 16 Bourdon Bass
- 16 Bourdon Treble
- 8 Open Diapason
- 8 Stopped Diapason
- 8 Viola
- 4 Flauto Traverso
- 4 Violino
- 1 1/3 Dolce Cornet III (174 pipes)
- 8 Oboe & Bassoon
- CHOIR (unenclosed)
- 8 Geigen Principal
- 8 Melodia
- 8 Dulciana
- 4 Flute d’Amour
- 2 Piccolo
- 8 Clarinet
- 16 Open Diapason
- 16 Bourdon
- 8 Violincello
By Stopknobs: Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Choir to Pedal, Swell to Great, Choir to Great, Swell to Choir
The St. Joseph’s Choir
The St. Joseph’s Choir (Sundays, 10:30am Mass) is comprised of parish volunteers who love to sing, along with choir section leaders. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:30pm-9pm. The music encompasses the entirety of the Church’s rich history of sacred music, from centuries-old a cappella Gregorian chant to polyphony to new works by living composers. All are invited to join the choir regardless of musical background! The choir is a wonderful way to build community and friendship while deepening faith through creating beautiful music together.
Contact: Maria Balducci, Director of Music (email@example.com)
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Young Adult Ministry
The Young Adult Ministry at St. Joe’s serves those between the ages of 18-39 in a variety of ways. The Young Adults come together monthly for Adoration and Fellowship on First Friday and Second Sunday Brunch.
The Young Adults also offer small groups for men and women, a running group, and Bible studies.
This past year we have welcomed Sr. Alethia Noble to speak to our parish, traveled to the Shrine of St. Anthony for a day of recollection, challenged other local Young Adults in trivia, and more!
YAM Core Team:
- James Marafino – Chair
- Mariah Bastin – Vice Chair
- Emily Jackson – Social Media Coordinator
- Kaitlin Fellrath – Small Group Coordinator
- Natalie Kretzschmar – Service Coordinator
If you want peace, work for justice—Pope Paul VI
From Genesis through Revelations “justice” is mentioned prominently throughout the bible. Justice is the underpinning of how we are to relate to each other.
He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows his love for the alien by giving him food and clothing–De 10:18
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; loving kindness and truth go before You–PS 89:14
Thus has the Lord of hosts said, Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother—Zec 7:9
As Catholic Christians we are called to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, the poor the vulnerable, to love thy neighbor as thy self, to be good shepherds of the earth. We are called to respect the dignity of work, the rights of all people, and life from natural conception to natural death. We are called to both prayer and action, for what is faith without justice or what is action if it is not rooted in our Catholic faith? Love consists of sharing what one has with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more then words.–Ignatius Loyola
Different Activities Social Justice Ministry involves:
- Pro-life Ministry
- Community Service Projects
- Food Bank
Pastoral Care is a ministry of compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus’ care of people, especially those who are hurting and in need.
Areas in which Pastoral Care serve:
- For the Home Bound
- Ministry For the Sick at Washington Specialty Hospital
- Anointing of the sick
Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministry
The ecumenical and inter-faith ministry challenges Catholics to develop deeper and better relationships with people in other religious traditions, especially with other Christians.
Important Links to Learn More:
Serving the Parish
The Parish Service Ministry helps keep the parish running smoothly, united as community, and looking it’s best.
Ways in which to serve the Parish:
- Parish Council (TBD) | Guidelines
- Finance Council
- Annual Parish Picnic Planning Committee
- Saturday Field Day Activities (Parish Beautification and Maintenance)
- Pilgrimage and Retreat Planning Committee