Ministries and Committees

Eucharistic Ministers

The members of this ministry are called to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during the Eucharistic celebration and to those who are homebound or in nursing homes. The Eucharistic ministers should always be aware of the seriousness of this ministry as they administer their responsibilities. Any fully initiated and active member of the church is welcome to join this ministry.

Please note:  Find your own replacement if you are unable to serve when scheduled.
Attend the annual Eucharistic Minister’s Orientation and Commissioning Day, to be held on a Sunday in January.

For more information please contact the church office.


Pastoral Council

The purpose of this Council is to respond to the movement of the Spirit in the People of God, to work for a unified mission among its members, and to plan, coordinate, and implement the pastoral goals and mission of the parish and the Church. The council also work with the pastor to identify and encourage the use of parishioners’ talents and gifts. The Council serves as consultative and advisory group to the Pastor.

Pastoral Council meetings are usually held the third Tuesday of each month or as needed at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. Any parishioner may bring a matter to the attention of the Council through a Council member or by contacting the chairperson or pastor at least two weeks prior to a meeting.

For more information please contact the church office.


Rosary/Prayer Group Ministry

The group meets weekly; every Tuesday at 12:10 P.M. and prays the Rosary, prays for the needs of our parish family and prays for intentions from our petition box. You are welcome to participate in the Prayer Group. Please contact the church office for the prayer requests and more information.


Parish Family Life

The Parish Family Life Committee seeks to emphasize the importance of human relationships in the parish. In this regard, the group hopes to promote enrichment of family life, to provide social opportunities for parishioners to meet and interact, and to develop an awareness of the needs of singles, couples, parents, and retired members of our community.

The goal is to host events for the Parish Community of St. Joseph's on a monthly basis. 

For more information please contact the church office.


Youth Ministry

Our youth ministry program encompasses students in grades 9 through 12, and we always welcome their friends. Youth ministry is about exploring faith in new and exciting ways; responding to the needs and the gifts of the youth; and seeing parents, as well as community members, as partners in the investment of our time and resources.
Our programs are divided to meet the needs of both Confirmation and high school. We offer retreats, fun games, field trips, summer mission trips, community outreach activity and social gatherings and much more.

We invite all high school teens to explore their faith by experiencing the Catholic community and sharing life experiences in relation to the Gospel. We meet every third Sunday evening from 5-7 PM from September to May and occasionally in the summer for special events.

For more information please contact the church office.


Altar Society

The Altar Society assists and supports the parish by caring for the church flowers and linens. Additional duties may include caring for vestments, cleaning the church, and organizing special events.

For more information contact the church office


Lector Ministry

For more information please contact the church office.


Altar Server Ministry

Altar Serving is a liturgical ministry. It is a service to the mass, at prayer services, funerals, and weddings. The server assists the Priest/presider; prepares the altar; makes sure that what is needed for the celebration is ready to be carried or moved into place. They are involved in every aspect of the celebration of the liturgy. Those involved in this ministry range from boys and girls who have received their First Communion to adult.  Weekly assignments are listed in the Sunday Bulletin and will be posted on the parish website.

If anyone wishes to join this ministry please contact the church office


Music Ministry

The music ministry of a church is important for the entire congregation. It sets the mood for the congregation to hear the gospel, worship of the Lord and receiving the Holy Communion. The music minister is responsible for selecting and playing the appropriate song which align with the Mass.

For more information please contact the church office.


Bereavement Ministry

This group accommodates and serves the needs of those who have experienced the death of a loved one in our church family. They provide the meal for the family and friends after the services are completed.

For more information please contact the church office.


Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee has no regularly scheduled meetings, but is an on-call group of men and women who like to plan and give parties for special events that call for large celebrations, priests’ luncheons, receptions or gatherings. Sometimes it is a visit from the Bishop or other dignitary, an anniversary or jubilee, or a reception following Easter baptisms, a special Mass. That is when the Hospitality Committee comes into action. Members decide upon the appropriate location, decorations and ambience for the event. They handle details for food preparation or catering service, etc. On the appointed day(s) they set up tables and chairs, decorate, prepare and/or serve food, and help with “clean up” after the event.
 
If you would like to participate in the Hospitality Committee's work please contact the parish office.


Finance Council

The Finance Council advises the pastor in the administration of parish goods. The council works closely with the Pastor regularly reviews all financial aspects of parish operations including the church, the weekly collections, and all fund raising activities. The council helps allocating funds for short and long term obligations and plans to help the parish carry out its overall mission. Members discuss current and future budgets, diocesan assessments, capital improvements, parish investments, and strategic finance planning.

The Finance Council meets the third Wednesday of the month (or as needed) at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory. If your talents and interests would help the Finance Council, please contact church office.


Building, Grounds & Garden Committee

Committee shall review the state and condition of the parish properties, take such action as may be necessary to maintain same in safe and satisfactory condition, with the approval of the pastor. This committee meets as necessary. The committee acts as wise stewards of the physical property that the Lord has entrusted to our care.

The Garden Committee routinely provide colorful plantings and care to the flower beds around the church.
If you wish to help the church through this ministry or for more information please contact the church office.


Media Ministry

The social media is the fastest tool of communication in human history. It has changed the way people interact so much: tweeting, blogging, texting, live chatting, posting on Facebook and other social networks, sharing their views and opinions with the world. Social media evangelism is the new frontline of evangelism, based on Christ’s method to mingle with people where they are, sympathize with them, meet their needs, and invite them to follow Jesus. We share relevant material that meets the needs of people and invite them to visit and explore holistic life together through videos  and articles. It also provides ways for you to keep abreast of events and updates at St. Joseph Catholic Church to its members and the community.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Joseph-Catholic-Church-Bastrop-248025798697741/   [SaintJosephCatholicChurch]
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StJoCathChurch  [@StJoCathChurch]
For more information or to help with this ministry please contact the church office.

 

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