Services and Ministries

Special Thanks to The Holy Spirit

Contact the office for all questions concerning Services and Ministries.
Office: 251-962-3649
E-Mail: stjoseph1@gulftel.com

Recitation of the Rosary and Angelus starts thirty minutes before all Masses except Christmas and Easter Liturgies.

Services

CONFESSION / RECONCILIATION

This sacrament is offered on Saturdays from 4 PM to 4:40 PM and at any time upon request. The confessional is located inside the nave on the right after entering the double glass doors.

BAPTISM

Parents should call the office to arrange for a baptism. Baptisms are usually celebrated after one of the Sunday Masses.

MATRIMONY

Couples contemplating marriage should contact the pastor six months prior to the anticipated date. Parish music policies that reflect diocesan guidelines are to be followed.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Please call the rectory in case of serious illness.

HOLY EUCHARIST

The Holy Eucharist is brought to the housebound by our pastor or by one of the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion upon request. Call the office to be placed on the list.

BLESSED SACRAMENT / EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the first Friday of each month after the 8 AM Mass until 7 PM and whenever a special occasion arises. Parishioners are encouraged to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. A book is in the narthex to sign when making a visit.

Ministers

LITURGICAL MINISTERS

Parishioners are invited to participate in the weekend and daily liturgies as altar servers, ushers (greeters), lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and in the presentation of the gifts. Nominees for lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should contact the pastor for special training.

Schedules are posted in the narthex for the following:
Ushers (Greeters)
Lectors
Gift Bearers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

DEVOTIONAL MINISTRIES

The Marian Movement of Priests Rosary Cenacle gathers weekly on Friday at 8:30 AM in Immaculate Mary Hall except on First Friday when it is after First Friday devotions.

PARISH COUNCIL

Parish council members are the voice of the parish community. Meetings are held quarterly or at a frequency determined by the pastor. If you feel you have something to contribute and would like to become a council member, you may request that the nominating committee place your name on the ballot before the elections in December.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

RCIA: Those wishing to join our faith community or to become better acquainted with Church teachings are welcome to learn together from September to Easter.

Catechism classes for elementary school children are held on Wednesdays from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in Immaculate Mary Hall.

PRAYER LINE

For those needing special prayers for themselves, family or friends, a team of praying people are contacted by e-mail to intercede for your intentions. You may even wish to become a link in the prayer warrior chain.

For prayer requests, contact Terry Danson at tsdanson@gmail.com.

A Prayer Register is located in the East Wing of the church for prayer requests that are prayed for during the Offertory Prayers at the 8 AM Mass on the fourth Friday of each month.

HOSPITALITY / WELCOME

Hospitalized, ill, and housebound parishioners are remembered with cheerful cards. New parishioners are encouraged to become acquainted with the many opportunities they have as members of our Catholic family. They are provided with the information and motivation they may need to become an active part of our Church life.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

You’re invited to be part of this knitting and crocheting ministry that makes shawls woven with prayer, reaching out to those in need by giving handmade comfort. It is a gentle reminder of God’s love to those who are ill or housebound. All materials are provided.

BENEDICTINE OBLATE CHAPTER

Oblates meet regularly for vespers and to pray for vocations and discover and develop Benedictine spirituality followed by fellowship in Immaculate Mary Hall.

THE ALTAR SOCIETY

The objective of the Altar Society is to assist the pastor in the care of the interior of the church, such as cleaning, care of the altar linens, upkeep of the Sacred Vessels, and in any other endeavor he deems worthwhile. The Society’s mission is also to unite all women of the parish by encouraging interest in and support of parish activities. All ladies are invited to attend meetings held from September through May after the 8 AM Mass or at a time convenient for the officers and pastor and at any time special meetings are needed. No dues are required.

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

The Bereavement Ministry is a group of trained volunteers working under the guidance of the pastor. The group is available to help the grieving family plan a personal, appropriate, and meaningful Mass of Christian Burial and to offer positive reassurance following the death of a loved one. They also provide meals after funerals if requested.

RELIGIOUS ARTICLES STORE

Located in the parish hall office anteroom are three curio cabinets that contain numerous religious articles on display for a nominal cost. Ideal for gifts or personal use, they may be purchased during office hours Monday through Friday.

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SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

This is a Catholic lay organization open to all Christians who wish to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering. Our “conference” meets monthly.  A food pantry is provided for needy participants on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 AM to 11 AM.

PARISH LIBRARY

A fine selection of spiritual books and audio tapes is available for adults and children in the library inside Immaculate Mary Hall. Access to the library may be gained during office hours.

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