"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." - Colossians 3:23-24
We are very blessed to have so many active groups in our parish. There is surely something for everyone. Our Ministry groups are designed by church members, for church members, with a common interest so that we may unite to serve the Lord our God as one. If there are any groups that interest you, we would love to have you! To find out how to become involved contact the Parish Office to get in contact with the chair person, or attend a meeting. Hope to see you soon!
The Pastoral Council is comprised of approximately 15 members that represent parish organizations, the school and the parish at large. The pastor appoints the Council’s members, and the members elect officers. Our mission is to assist the pastor in the spiritual formation of the parish community, particularly as it relates to the teachings of the Gospel. Additionally, the Council serves in a communications and advisory capacity to the pastor. The Council also provides leadership by coordinating parish efforts consistent with the Bishop’s Pastoral Plan. The Pastoral Plan is a three-year outreach to enhance the spiritual life of the parish community. Our Council has chosen "Family Life" as our parish theme and coordinates efforts to increase and enhance family-oriented spiritual growth. The Council meets once a month.
This group is intended to bring together a rich experience of prayer, silence, and faith sharing. Small groups of 8-10 people meet in the homes of participants to pray with God's Word. Forming community and growing in our Faith are the goals of (SFSC), so that the fruit of our prayer is outreach at home and in the world. "you may look lightly upon scripture and see nothing, meditate and pray upon it in community and there you shall see the light of the Son!"
Perpetual Adoration means the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and Jesus is present to love us and receive our love every hour, every day, 365 days a year. It is a graced commitment to share 168 hours each week with fellow parishioners (and neighbors) in constant vigil before the Blessed Sacrament. It is a time of great spiritual growth for others and us. We ask participants to commit to an hour at a specific time each week. Your faithful adherence to this commitment is a precious expression of faith and a demonstration that you love and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It is a special time of grace.
This program is for those seeking Christ through Baptismal and full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the formation process for those who are seeking to become members of the Catholic faith community. It is a formation process rather than just an instruction class. Although it does have instruction as part of the process, the focus is on conversion and initiation into the community of faith. The hope is that those wanting to become Catholic, will not only learn about what it means to be Catholic, but that they will experience the faith of those who are already members of the Church.
Each Catechumen has a sponsor who journeys with them through the process. The role of the sponsor is one who shares his or her faith with the catechumen. People interested in our Catholic Faith may inquire anytime in the calendar year.
Confirmed, practicing Catholic men and women of demonstrated Christian dedication and commitment to the Parish and the Church are appointed annually to this Ministry. Once a month, they assist in distributing Holy Communion at Mass. Some ministers take the Eucharist to the sick who are confined in hospitals, nursing homes, or home bound. The Lay Ministers serve by appointment of the Pastor of the Parish and the Bishop of the Diocese.
St. Augustine believed that those who sing pray twice. We have found that those who share their gift of music receive, in return, too many blessings to count! The adult choir rehearses weekly for two hours and sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Additionally, the adult choir sings for holidays and feast days. Several other ensembles sing at various Masses. New voices are always welcome. Formal voice training or the ability to read music is not required. If you are interested, we invite you to join us and bring your love for singing praises to God! We also need instrumentalists, particularly those who play the flute, violin, or horn, for many liturgical celebrations throughout the year.
The purpose of the Liturgy Board is to aid the people in celebrating the Eucharist and other Sacraments. It is also to keep abreast and conform to the regulations established by the Church. The Liturgy Board recommends adoption of specific liturgical practices to the parish clergy and to aid in it's preparation. Representation from the Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Choir, Ushers, Children's Liturgy and Liturgical Art serves on this Board. At least one member of the Liturgy Board is to be a member of the Parish Council. All parishioners interested in liturgy are welcome to participate.
Marian devotion in St. Joseph’s Parish is active in numerous ways. Each morning before the 8:30 a.m. Mass, we recite the Holy Rosary. Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. we gather in the Church for the rosary, confessions, Mass and a special blessing. We have processions and celebrations throughout the year, for example, the Sunday after Easter for the Divine Mercy devotion, in May for the crowning of Mary, in October for the month of the rosary, and in December for the Hour of Grace. Come and join us each Tuesday night for a beautiful evening of prayer and a special, personal experience with Our Blessed Mother.
An important aspect of our parish life is the welcoming of people to our faith community with warm hospitality! The Welcoming Commission is responsible for conducting home visits and responding in ways which help parishioners to get and stay in touch with the larger faith community. To help deepen one's sense of Belonging! Welcoming returning Catholics (Those who have been away from church for awhile and find themselves distanced from their faith and traditions is another important ministry for the Welcoming Commission.)
Inspired by our Lord’s promise and love to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the BLD Charismatic Covenant Community sponsors the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Confessions at 6:30 p.m. and Mass and blessing are on the first Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.- BLD (Bukas-Loob sa Diyos) means openness to God, and being attuned in Spirit to Him who loves us and has given Himself up for us.
The Giving Tree is a Christmas outreach program to collect funds to assist parishioners in need throughout the year. Through an envelope appeal on the 2nd Sunday of Advent, funds are collected to assist St. Vincent de Paul, First Way, Hospice, The Food Bank, Our Elderly and Children in need. Whenever possible, The Giving Tree Fund also helps other needy in the area if no other help is available.
A charitable organization established in 1811 for the purpose of visiting the poor in their homes and lending both material and spiritual assistance. Membership is limited to Catholic men and women, eighteen years and older. The Society utilizes the donations of parishioners to carry on its work of assisting those in need.
Administered by Catholic Family and Child Services.
We visit all parishioners in the hospital and offer Holy Communion. If requested, a priest will pay a visit and offer Reconciliation or Anointing of the Sick. If someone in your family is scheduled for a hospital stay, please let us know so we can arrange a visit at a convenient time for patient and family.
Men and women with strong, easy-to-understand speaking voices are invited to serve as Lectors at Mass. If you have a great desire to proclaim God’s Word and are interested in this spiritually rewarding activity, contact the Parish Office.
This organization of parish members provides the ushering service at the celebration of Mass and other ceremonies. Their main task is to welcome all as they come to celebrate and see to their needs. Their other duties include taking up the collection, inviting a family to present the offertory gifts, maintaining a Mass count and making sure the church is in proper order after Mass.
All boys and girls (4th grade and above) are encouraged to serve the priest at the altar. Training is provided. Promptness, reverence, and attention are requisites.
The Environmental Committee helps the church community celebrate the changing liturgical seasons by using color and symbols found in Scripture. The church year is divided into three seasons: Advent-Christmastime, Lent-Easter time and Ordinary time. Each season is represented by a specific color and unique symbols. Creating an inviting and prayerful atmosphere through the use of these visual aids is the goal of our ministry.
Administered by Catholic Family and Child Services
The Religious Education Program provides Catholic instruction and experience for children attending public school. The purpose of catechesis is “to make a person’s faith become living, conscious, and active through the light of instruction” (National Catechetical Directory). Classes for all levels are held from September through May. The Religious Education Program also provides Sacrament Preparation for young people from 2nd through 12th grade. Sacramental Prep is a two year program.
According to the National Catechetical Directory, adult catechesis must be considered the chief form of catechesis that helps us “to grow to maturity of faith as members of the Church and society.” Various Adult Education opportunities (evenings/series) are provided throughout the year covering topics such as Scripture, Sacrament preparation, Prayer, Family, and other topics as suggested by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. For information on Faith Development programs, contact the Religious Ed and Youth Ministry Office.
Motivated by the call to service, our Parish Community seeks to meet the spiritual, educational, athletic, and social needs of our youth in a spirit of Christian witness. We feel that youth ministry is a Parish responsibility and with the aid for many members and supporting organizations, we strive to meet these needs.
Each week a group of dedicated women wash and iron linens used at Mass according to a specific formula. These women pick up the linens from the Parish Office on Monday and return them by the following Friday. This is a loving and much needed service for the Lord.
ALL ladies of this parish, and those involved in St. Joseph's School, are members of the Women of St. Joseph and serve the parish community in a variety of ways. Among the many activities are semi-annual
yard sales and providing funeral dinners. Proceeds from the fund raising projects go for the care of the altar vestments and linens as well as for other identified needs of the church including our building projects. Social events are also an important component of this organization.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal service organization for men, eighteen (18) years of age or over. Council 8179 offers church related activities, insurance protection for its members and families, social outlets, community service, family oriented events, youth programs, as well as vocational and Pro-life support. The Order dedicates themselves to the ideals of Columbianism: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
The Cursillo has a goal - to change the world; to remake the world in Christ; to restore all things to Christ. And the Cursillo has a strategy, the strategy of structuring Christian life, of providing a backbone for Christian life in every environment. Involved is a weekend program, which is then followed by small and large group meetings for prayer, sharing and teaching. Participation is by invitation and approval by parish priests. The English Cursillo group meets at Christ the King Parish in Richland, and the Spanish group meets every Tuesday at St. Joseph's.
The Social Commission coordinates with the Welcoming Committee and ensures that special events are coordinated through the Pastoral Council. We provide special dinners and refreshments for visitors and clergy to the parish. Our annual special event is the International Dinner.
Marriage Encounter helps us make a good marriage better. The Marriage Encounter Weekend is a positive and personal experience for married couples, offering a technique of loving communication they can use for the rest of their lives. It is an opportunity to look deeply into your relationship with each other and with God. Marriage Encounter Weekends are held at various times throughout the Diocese. There are support groups and social activities held on a local level for encountered couples.
Associates are persons who desire to share in the mission and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelt outside the structure of community life and without the profession of public vows. The Associate program provides Sisters and Associates the opportunity to collaborate in the mission of unity and reconciliation and to mutually support each other’s ministries and spiritual growth. Together we share our gifts, talents, and resources for building Christ’s Kingdom of justice, love, and peace. Currently 15 - 30 men and women and the Sisters from the Tri-Cities come together during the year to deepen our relationship with God and to share how we live the Gospel in our lives by ministering to all persons without distinction.
Meals for New Moms
Boy Scout Troop #168 of St. Joseph’s Parish has been very active for many years. The troop fulfills the mission of scouting, which is to help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship, encourage good sportsmanship and help foster a sense of pride in growing strong in mind and body.
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