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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

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Those who serve the parish as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. They may be called upon to distribute the consecrated host, the Body of Christ, or the consecrated wine, the Blood of Christ, to their fellow parishioners. Such ministers may also be asked upon to bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound who are unable to join us for the celebration of Mass.

Those who wish to serve in this ministry are required to attend a Workshop for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion sponsored by the Archdiocesan Worship Office and also a training session in the parish. After attending these training sessions, candidates must then be mandated for this ministry by the Archbishop of Newark. Those who serve in this ministry must have a love, reverence, and devotion for the Eucharist, as well as, a love and reverence for their fellow parishioners who make up the Church, the living Body of Christ.


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Those who serve the parish as readers or lectors proclaim the scripture readings at Mass. They also announce the petitions of the Prayer of the Faithful or General Intercessions.

Those who wish to serve in this ministry are required to attend a Reader Workshop sponsored by the Archdiocesan Worship Office and also a training session in the parish. Those who serve in this ministry must have a love for the scriptures and the ability to proclaim those scriptures with faith, conviction, and clarity before the assembly.


Altar Servers

Those who serve the parish as altar or Mass servers assist the priest during the celebration of the liturgy. They take part in processions. They hold the Sacramentary or Missal for the priest as he prays. They bring the sacred vessels to and from the altar. They wash the hands of priest, etc. By their ministry, altar servers allow the priest to function with style and grace during the service.

Those wishing to serve in this ministry must take part in a series of training sessions held in the parish. Junior Servers are parish youth in Grades 6-7-8 (attending Saint Joseph School or our parish Religious Education Program). Adult Servers are those of high school age and above.


Greeters/Ushers

Those who serve the parish as greeters or ushers embody the hospitality that should be part of every Christian community. Greeters welcome people as they come together for Mass and other liturgical servers. They recognize those gathering as their brothers and sisters in Christ. Greeters also assist in the collection of the gifts, guide the communion procession, and distribute needed worship aids and parish bulletins.

Those wishing to serve in this ministry must have a care and concern for their fellow parishioners and must take part in a training session held in the parish. Men, women, and families are invited to serve in this ministry.


Those who serve the parish as members of the choir use their musical talent during the liturgy to give praise and worship to God. They support and encourage the congregation to join them in sung prayer during the liturgy. The Choir sings at the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays (except in the summer) and rehearses on Thursday evenings.

If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact our Music Director Monroe Quinn at quinnm@sjcnj.org


Leaders of Song

Those who serve the parish as leaders of song or cantors use their musical talent, communication skills, and rapport with the assembly to encourage people to lift their voices in sung prayer during the liturgy.


Art & Environment

This group of volunteers assist in enhancing the worship space. They do so conscious that the decorations placed in the church building should be in harmony with the liturgical season. Such decorations should enhance not only the sanctuary but also other areas of the church building as well.

Those who wish to serve in this ministry must have artistic talent and a willingness to grow in their understanding of the liturgy and liturgical space and furnishings. They should be familiar with the guidelines found in the document, Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Catholic Worship, published by the Bishops of the United States.


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