“In the celebration of Mass the faithful form a holy people, a people whom God has made his own, a royal priesthood, so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priests but also together with him, and so that they may learn to offer themselves.” -General Instruction to the Roman Missal, no. 95

We are called to worship God by virtue of our baptism. On Sundays we come together to praise God, to pray for the needs of the world, to be fed by the holy Scripture, to receive Christ in the Eucharist, and to take Christ out to the world. Our baptismal call also manifests itself in the mandate to serve others and to use our gifts to glorify God.

Volunteers in the areas of music and liturgy are engaged not only as volunteers of their time and talent, but as ministers. Ministers are people who assist in meeting the spiritual needs of the Church, and engage in their work with humility and in reverence to God.

Ministers are needed in a variety of areas. In order to offer warm hospitality and good liturgy, we need individuals to serve as: Minister of the Word, proclaiming the sacred Scriptures; Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, ministering the Body and Blood of Christ at mass; Prayer of the Faithful writer; Liturgical Musician, as a cantor, choir member, or instrumentalist; leader of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. We need volunteers to assist in decorating the church for the liturgical seasons as Art & Environment volunteers. Finally, we need people to advise the Director of Music and Liturgy in liturgical matters, by becoming a member of the Saint Joseph Parish Liturgy Commission.

For more information on how you can get involved, click on the links to the left, under Ministries and Programs or email at Theresa Slott, Director of Music & Liturgy, at musicandliturgy@stjoeparish.com.

Ordinary Time reflection

The celebration of the Lenten and Easter seasons can shift our focus away from many of our daily commitments and expectations. As we enter the season of Ordinary Time, our thoughts may return to these day to day distractions. Perhaps the distractions are positive. Perhaps they are negative.Perhaps they create questions in our hearts. The Gospel of Luke reminds us that it is part of our humanity to acknowledge and embrace these pieces of our lives.It’s normal to wonder how to ever get to all of the household tasks. It’s okay to consider the particulars of summer child care, our work environment, or our varied personal commitments. Luke’s words call us back to refocus on The Lordas our guide. His words reinforce the power and importance of prayer in our daily lives. Through our prayer we are continuously reminded of the ever present mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ. Through our prayer we reach out with a hand of faith to God. Through our prayer we invite The Spirit to movewithin us…truly, to set our hearts afire, and to remind us that our time, this Time, is anything but ordinary.

By Sara Dominguez

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