St Joseph

Roman Catholic Church

Tel: 519-745-9302 • Fax: 519-741-9944 • E-Mail:
Dear Parishioners,

Our parish thrives because we have many volunteers. Some serve the needs of the parish; others reach out to the wider community. We have 30 groups and more than 100 parishioners involved in the life of our faith community. Take a look at the parish ministries briefly described below. Read these prayerfully and consider how God may be calling you.

There is something for everyone! Sometimes it can be hard work, but always rewarding. Following diocesan guidelines, some ministries require a reference and a police check. If you have any questions about a ministry, phone the parish office at 519-745-9302. Office hours are 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Please join us in being good stewards of God’s many gifts. You will be richly blessed.

Yours in Christ!

Fr. Tom and Fr. Brian

Christian Formation

Baptism Preparation Team
Provide instruction and hospitality to parents for the baptism of their children. Visit families, welcome them to and lead the parish meeting. Direct the celebration of baptism.
Children's Liturgy Teacher
Present the Word of God to children (JK to Grade 1) and provide children with liturgical readings and activities appropriate to their age. Involve teenagers in a leadership role.
First Communion Team
Provide instruction and support for sacramental preparation (First Reconciliation, First Eucharist)
Confirmation Team
Provide instruction and support for sacramental preparation (Confirmation)
Journey in faith with adults who are seeking to accept and follow Christ and/or to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Spirituality Group
Journey together into deeper faith and prayer, and serve the spiritual initiatives of the parish.

Pastoral Services

Bereavement Committee
Provide spiritual support to those who have lost loved ones, before during and after the funeral. Assist with arrangements for prayer vigil and Mass of Christian Burial.
Legion of Mary
Provide spiritual growth and evangelization with special emphasis on visitation of the sick. Weekly meetings and outreach activities.
Marriage Preparation
Married couples serve as group facilitators of the Waterloo Region Marriage Preparation Course.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Provide spiritual and prayer support to those who are ill or experiencing difficult life situations.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Respond to requests from individuals and families in our community for assistance in material need, with respect and confidentiality, through an Emergency Food Program.

Parish Consultative Councils

Building Committee
Assess and address the needs of the “physical plant” by doing repairs to the church and rectory or finding people to do required work.
Collection Counters
Two or more individuals per team who count and record weekly collections as required. By invitation of the pastor
Finance Council
Advise pastor and Parish Pastoral Council on the financial administration of the parish, to include budgets, financial reports and expense recommendations. By invitation of the pastor.
Parish Pastoral Council
Invite, encourage, support and deepen the faith of our parish community. Facilitate activities that witness to the Gospel by seeking input and feedback, active listening and prayerfulness. By election/appointment.
Volunteer Screening Committee
Implement the Diocesan Screening Initiative, ensure the safely of all vulnerable people to whom we minister, enhance and safeguard the integral development of our volunteers in ministry. By invitation of the pastor.

Community Building

Bingo Committee
Serve clients from the wider community in this fundraising endeavour.
Catholic Women’s League
Focus on spiritual development through Mass and prayers for all members living and deceased, promote the teaching of the Catholic Church, provide social activities and outreach to families and the community.
Development and Peace
Provide a forum for discussion to increase awareness of global issues and of situations of injustice in the countries of the south. Organize Share Lent and other special activities for development projects.
Funeral Luncheon Committee
As part of the CWL ministry, serving luncheons for funerals held in the Church Hall.
Social Committee
Meet the social needs of the parish by organizing social events for the parish-at-large as well as coordinating and assisting other groups with special events.
Jr. Youth Group Leaders
Facilitate meetings, assist the group in planning and organizing youth activities, supervise social and spiritual activities, develop youth leadership.
Sr. Youth Group Leaders
Facilitate meetings, assist the group in planning and organizing youth activities, supervise social and spiritual activities, develop youth leadership.

Prayer and Worship

Adult Altar Servers
Set up and serve at weekday Mass, special celebrations and funerals.
Altar Servers (Children)
Set up and serve at Sunday Mass and special celebrations. Grade three and up.
Adult Choir
Provide vocal and instrumental music and lead the parish in song at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass and at funerals and other special occasions. Attend weekly practice.
Communion Services: Conestoga Lodge and Millwood Manor
Assist residents to attend in-house Masses and celebrations, and preside over the Liturgy of the Word, take Communion to the residents and be a helpful, prayerful support to them.
Ministers of Communion
Assist with the distribution of the Eucharist at weekday and weekend Masses, visit and bring Communion and prayerful support to the infirm and shut-ins unable to attend Mass.
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers)
Greet and seat parishioners, take up collection, organize procession of gifts, guide people to communion, distribute bulletins, and help all feel welcome and respected.
Ministers of the Word (Lectors)
Prepare for and proclaim the Word of God at weekday and weekend Masses.
Music Ministers (other)
Lead the congregation in song, under the direction of the parish music coordinator, at the 5:00 pm Saturday and 9:00 am Sunday Masses.