St. Joseph Church has so many ways for you to share your time and talent!
Thank you for getting involved!

What can you do for your parish?

Catholics often think that because the Church is so well established there are “people” to do every job within the parish. Frankly, without the help and support of those of us in the pews, not even the lights of our parish would stay on. Each parish needs each of us to help and support the pastor and his associates to do the important work of our Lord and his Church. What can you do to help?

  1. Pray

The best way you can serve your parish is with your active participation in Mass every weekend and Holy Day of Obligation. When you join your prayers to those of your fellow parishioners, and show, by your presence, how important you feel it is to participate in the Eucharistic life of your parish, you strengthen the entire Body of Christ. While at Mass and in your personal prayer time, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in other ways you can serve your parish.

  1. Find the right job

We are all recipients of different gifts. Can you carry a tune? Maybe you belong in the choir. Can you staff a both at the church Picnic or usher on Sundays or Holy Days? Take an honest look at your God given attributes, and think about how you can use them best. Have a gift for public speaking? Sign up for lector training.  Ask your pastor or parish secretary for suggestions.

  1. Read the bulletin

The bulletin is the Parish way of connecting with all parishioners. Take one every week or download it from our website, read it from front to back. You’ll see upcoming events and calls to action for ministries that need help. Become fully informed about what is going on in your own parish.

  1. Call the office

Call the Pastoral office and find out where else help is needed.

  1. Bring a friend 

That first step is so much easier when you bring someone with you. Ask a friend to attend a meeting with you. Everyone is welcome!

  1. Teach a class

Director of Religious Education, Sr. Jadwiga is responsible for educating more than 200 students in the Saint Joseph religious education program. That takes a whole lot of volunteer teachers and aides. There’s no pay but there is lots of continuing education available, terrific classroom materials, all the support you could want, and the students are adorable.

Contact Sister Jadwiga at  [email protected]  if you are a practicing, Confirmed Catholic who can help.

  1. Search the parish ministries

Check out our extensive list of parish ministries and groups and see what appeals to you. It may be referred to as “opportunities for time and talent,” or “stewardship opportunities.” Or, you can call it “opportunities to make new friends.” Your choice.

  1. Stay after Mass for coffee and donuts

After the 9:00 am  Mass on Sunday, parish groups take turns offering coffee and donuts to parishioners. It’s a wonderful time for fellowship and many a warm friendship has begun over a glazed donut or coffee.  You may be able to brighten a lonely person’s day and never know it just by taking the time to smile and say “hello.”

  1. Just do it!

The first step is always the hardest – find something that catches your eye, and give it a try!