“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
– 1Peter 4:10
There are many ways to serve the Church and your community. Below are the ministries that are currently seeking volunteers. If you are a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church and are interested in becoming involved in one of the following ministries, please read over the list and the descriptions and pray about how you might share your talents for the glory of God.
To signup for the Liturgical Ministries described below please email Mariann Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
Altar Linen Ministry
This ministry is perfect for people who wish to help maintain dignity of our worship by cleaning the altar linens (purificators and altar cloths) which need to be taken home and laundered on a regular basis. This ministry is for those who cannot attend regular meetings but wish to offer their service for the benefit of the Liturgy.
Altar Servers enhance the quality of liturgical celebrations by assisting the priest in various ways during the Mass and by taking part in the Processions. A server can expect to be scheduled at weekend Masses about twice a month. Not only does the Altar Server offer an extremely important service in the Liturgy, but it is also a wonderful way for young people to learn and understand the elements which comprise the Mass. Preferred age is 4th grade and up.
Art & Environment
The Art and Environment Committee is responsible for the worship environment of our church. This includes decorating the church for various seasons of the church year as well as maintaining plants and altar cloths and sewing banners throughout the year.
Committee members meet throughout the year to plan for the various liturgical seasons and to assign various tasks and responsibilities. Special attention and planning are given to the major seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter.
Members of this ministry cultivate their creativity in faith-filled applications such as: working with plants and floral arranging, sewing, painting and working with various media to enhance the worship environment. More practical elements of the ministry include: ironing, polishing and just being a helper wherever help is needed.
The counters handle passing the basket for the offertory at each Mass and placing the collection in a tamper proof bag. On Monday, each Mass offertory is counted separately, and recorded. Holy days require schedule adjustments.
The vision of Consolation Ministry is to create an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding and direction for those who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Volunteers assist a grieving family in the planning of a funeral for a deceased loved one.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembly at all Masses of the parish. They are mandated and approved by the Bishop of Orlando to assist with the needs of the parish surrounding the Celebration of the Mass and the distribution of Communion.
Those who enter the process of discernment for this ministry are reminded that all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are recommended and approved by Fr. Todd Carpenter before submission to the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando. Candidates must be predisposed for this ministry in conformity with the Diocesan Guidelines and must attend a one-day workshop, given regularly by the Diocesan Office of Liturgy.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve a five-year period on the “active’ weekend schedule. Per Diocese of Orlando policies, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who visit the sick and homebound must be background checked every five years through the FBI/FDLE screening process.
The primary ministry of greeters is to help people feel welcome as they gather for Mass. An open door and the warm smile of a greeter help set the tone for the Eucharistic celebration, offering hospitality in the name of the Lord. In some cases the greeter at the church door is a person’s first human encounter of the day. Greeters are those who, almost without trying, can put others at ease and convey countless good wishes for those they greet with a simple smile or “hello.”
God’s Word is alive and the Reader is the person who brings it to life for the people. Readers demonstrate their love for the Word by using oral communication skills to allow their personal faith to be shaped by the Word and to share this as proclamation in true humility.
Time commitment involves two to three hours of personal preparation and prayer with the assigned readings for the week. Readers proclaim the readings approximately two times a month. On-going formation in this ministry includes attendance at various skill-building and scripture study classes throughout the year. Readers are selected through a discernment/audition process.
The Music Ministry consists of a variety of musicians and choir members who prepare the elements of worship with weekly rehearsals. Our goal is to help bring liturgy to life through music and reverence seeking the full and active participation of the assembly. We are looking forward to various choirs including the Polish and Spanish choirs as well as Adult choirs for anyone in high school and above, a Children’s choir for 3rd grade age through middle school and a Hand Bell choir. The Music Ministry works closely with other ministries within the parish to plan and prepare for major feasts and seasons.
The Outreach ministry seeks to provide practical assistance to needy families as well as the elderly and homebound within our parish and local community. Per Diocese of Orlando policies, outreach ministers must be background checked every five years through the FBI/FDLE screening process.
Sacristans assist the priests and other ministers in the immediate preparation for Mass. This ministry is a very special and important part of service for the Liturgy. Sacristans arrive about 40 minutes before Mass to prepare the altar and sanctuary. Before Mass the Sacristan sets out vestments for the presiding priest, prepares the bread and wine to be consecrated during Mass and sets out the proper books and vessels. After Mass, the Sacristan returns the sacred vessels and articles for worship to their proper places. Sacristans usually are scheduled to serve at approximately two Masses per month. Per Diocese of Orlando policies, Sacristans must be background checked every five years through the FBI/FDLE screening process.
The primary ministry of ushers is to be of service to everyone in the assembly so that all may celebrate the Sacred Liturgy as the holy people of God who became one in Christ. The Ushers are some of the first people that those entering the church encounter. Ushers help to maintain a prayerful atmosphere. Therefore, a true spirit of welcome should be the hallmark of their service. At the same time, Ushers are involved in some of the most important elements of good Liturgy, some of which include: Escorting people to their seats and helping to find seats when the church is crowded, Inviting people to bring up the gifts of bread and wine, helping with the communion procession, handing out bulletins, and making sure the church looks neat after people have left. Per Diocese of Orlando policies, ushers must be background checked every five years through the FBI/FDLE screening process.