“The acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the Priest and Deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 98).
Contact the parish office at 509.586.3820
All boys and girls who have received their 1st Holy Communion are encouraged to serve the priest at the altar. Training is provided. Promptness, reverence, and attention are requisites.
Contact In English – Kevin Eldrige – (541) 720-1335
St. Augustine believed that those who sing pray twice. We have found that those who share their gift of music receive, in return, too many blessings to count! The adult choir rehearses weekly for two hours and sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Additionally, the adult choir sings for holidays and feast days. Several other ensembles sing at various Masses. New voices are always welcome. Formal voice training or the ability to read music is not required. If you are interested, we invite you to join us and bring your love for singing praises to God! We also need instrumentalists, particularly those who play the flute, violin, or horn, for many liturgical celebrations throughout the year.
Contact: Giovanni Liguori (509) 460-3730
Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion
An “Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion” is a Catholic lay person who assists in the distribution of Holy Communion, during the Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence.
Men and women with strong, easy-to-understand speaking voices are invited to serve as Lectors at Mass. If you have a great desire to proclaim God’s Word and are interested in this spiritually rewarding activity, contact the Parish Office.
Contact En Espanol – Maria Rodriquez – 509-551-3475
Ministry To The Homebound And Sick
These ministers have volunteered to bring the Body of Christ to those unable to receive in any other manner. This is truly a spiritually rewarding experience for all involved. Communion is scheduled to be brought to those who are sick, in nursing homes or homebound weekly at a regularly appointed time.
Contact – Joe and Pat Barajas – (509) 947-6162
Perpetual Adoration has resumed. Each of our committed adorers is encouraged to pick up where we left off last March and continue with his/her regularly scheduled holy hour in the Adoration Chapel. New adorers may sign up by phone: 509-582-5011 or by e-mail: email@example.com. Sign-up sheets are also available on the bulletin board in the foyer of the Big Church; please place them in the collection basket.
Formas para registrarse están en el vestíbulo del templo grande o hable con Delmi Aleman 509 528-8896
The purpose of the prayer chain is to offer anyone asking for prayer, the promise and commitment that their concerns will be lifted up to God in prayer by the prayer chain members.
Send your prayer requests to parish.office@stjoseph-
The sacristan is a lay person who “diligently arranges the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things that are necessary for the celebration of Mass”(GIRM, no. 105a). Working from the sacristy, he or she should be well-trained in the complexities of the liturgical actions, as well as those of special Masses or those of greater solemnity, so as to make appropriate provision.
This organization of parish members provides the ushering service at the celebration of Mass and other ceremonies. Their main task is to welcome all as they come to celebrate and to see to their needs. Other duties include taking up the collection, inviting a family to present the offertory gifts, maintaining a Mass count and making sure the church is in proper order after Mass.
Contact In English – Michael Land (509) 792-9688
Motivated by the call to service, our Parish Community seeks to meet the spiritual, educational, athletic, and social needs of our youth in a spirit of Christian witness. We feel that youth ministry is a Parish responsibility and with the aid of many members and supporting organizations, we strive to meet these needs.
Contact – Nancy Trinidad – 509-302-3244