Liturgy: Answering God’s Call

recessional-2-532x800 St. Joseph’s Liturgical ministries enhance our worship experience through the ministry of the Word, the distribution of the Eucharist, the coordination of Sacred Music, and by providing a spiritual environment for the members of our community.

One way to enrich our liturgy is to serve as a Liturgical Minister. Whether you serve as a member of our choir, with Arts and Environment, as an Altar Server, Mass Coordinator, Lector, Greeter, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a Children’s Liturgy of the Word minister, care for our altar linens, live broadcast our Mass, or author our Prayers of the Faithful, you serve the Lord as you serve his people.

We are in need of additional ministers in all of these areas. The Liturgy Committee asks that you prayerfully consider this call to service. If you would like to learn more about liturgy please contact our Liturgical Ministries Chair Mike Jones or contact the Parish Office 301-663-0907×3047.

Our Liturgy Committee meets regularly. For information on the Liturgy Committee meetings please contact our Liturgical Ministry Chair.

Greeters welcome our worshipers and invite them to share in the divine mysteries. Our greeters offer assistance to the congregation during the Offertory and Communion. For more information see Greeters.

Sacred Music
Our music ministry leads and supports the music of the liturgy: the hymns and other musical pieces that enhance the liturgy for our Church community. We have both an adult and children’s choir. For more information see Sacred Music.

Mass Coordination
The Mass Coordinator prepares our worship space for the celebration of the Mass and is responsible for the overall direction of the Mass. For more information see Extraordinary Ministry and Mass Coordination.

Extraordinary Ministry
The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion distributes the Eucharist at Mass and brings Communion to the sick and homebound. For more information see Extraordinary Ministry and Mass Coordination.

Lectors proclaim God’s Word to our liturgical community during Mass by sharing the inspired Word of God. For more information see Lectors.

Altar Servers
Both our adult and youth Altar Servers assist the Priest and the Deacon in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and serve at weddings, funerals, and other liturgical celebrations. For more information on youth altar servers see Altar Servers. For more information on being an adult altar server see Adult Altar Servers.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
CLOW ministers bring the Word of God to the children of our parish community during our weekend Masses. For more information see Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

Our audio-visual team live-streams our 10:30 am weekend Mass for those who are sick or homebound and live-stream our special liturgical celebrations. For more information contact: Audio Visual Ministry.

Flowers and Environment
Our Arts and Environment Committee enhances our worship space using banners, flowers, living plants and liturgical vesture for all our liturgical seasons. They arrange flowers throughout the year for our liturgical celebrations. For more information see Flowers and Environment.

Altar Linens
Our Altar Linen ministry is responsible for laundering, ironing, and repairing our altar linens that are used during the Mass. For more information see Altar Linens

St. Joseph’s Web-Based Enrollment and Scheduling System

We have automated our enrollment and scheduling system. With our web-based scheduling system, automated emails are sent to all those who serve to remind them of their schedule. Also, it is easy to arrange for substitutes with just one click!

To access our online scheduling system click here.

If you have any questions about our liturgical ministries or scheduling system please contact our Liturgical Ministries chair Mike Jones or contact the Parish Office.

In his letter to early Christian communities, St. Peter reminds us that:

As each one has received a gift,
use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”