The ministry of altar servers affords our youth an opportunity to participate more fully in the liturgy by serving on the altar at our Sunday Masses. Both boys and girls, who have made their First Communion through high school, are encouraged to join. For more information or to become a server, please call the parish office at (814) 452-2982.
Also, we are in need of adults to help with serving on the altar during the day for our funerals. Adults would need to be available during the morning or early afternoon hours to serve. Again, for further information, please call the parish office at (814) 452-2982.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
A call to the Eucharistic Ministry is a call to serve God and His people through the distribution of Communion (both the Body and Blood of Christ) at Sunday liturgy, as well as to conduct Communion services in the absence of a priest, and to bring the Body of Christ to the sick and the homebound. St. Joseph Church -- Bread of Life Community currently has a ministry of 98 active adults who serve as Extraordinary Ministers at Sunday Mass and as Ministers to the Sick and Homebound. Those who may participate are post-Confirmation young adults and older who are (or will become) committed adorers in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Training for this ministry is available once each year. With Father Larry's recommendation to our Bishop Trautman, trained Extraordinary Ministers are commissioned for a three-year term. If you are interested in learning more about the Eucharistic Ministry, call Nancy at 452-2982.
Who are those people at the church door every Sunday – the ones with smiles on their faces, the ones giving a warm handshake or hug, the ones welcoming you to Sunday Mass? They are the Greeters! If you have a real gift for making people feel welcome and comfortable, maybe this is the ministry for you. Teens, young adults, adults – all are welcome to join. For information about the Greeters Ministry, contact coordinator, John D'Amico, at 864-0283.
What an awesome privilege it is to proclaim the Word of God! The Lectors Ministry is made up of 40 men and women who proclaim the Good News during the Sunday Mass. Training for this ministry is available upon request. If you have the skills required to communicate God's message competently and the desire to serve God in spreading His Word, the Lectors Ministry may be right for you. Contact Bill Smith at 453-3872 with questions or for more information.
There are currently 32 ushers in St. Joseph Church -- Bread of Life Community. They are responsible for welcoming members and guests at the doors, assisting people to seats in the church, taking up the Sunday offering during the Mass, and distributing bulletins. Because of the larger numbers of people attending weekly Mass, there is always a need for more ushers! Men, women, teens – are you being called to this form of service? If you are interested in becoming an usher or in knowing more about the ministry, call leader Chuck Swantek, at 864-2295.