If you would like to get involved in any of these ministries, please contact the Parish Administrator, Fr Brendan Callanan through reception.
Ministers of the Word:
The Word of God is proclaimed at all our liturgies and is an indispensable part of our celebrations. The readers take turns at proclaiming the Word at Sunday Masses and on other special occasions. The readers prepare for their ministry by becoming familiar with the text in the days leading up to the celebration. In the recently launched diocesan pastoral plan there is a provision to have training for Ministers of the Word.
The primary task of the Eucharistic ministers is to help in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. We have a large group of ministers and at each weekend Mass a number of them help. At weekend Masses a designated minister holds a chalice at St Joseph’s shrine for those suffering from coeliac disease to receive the precious blood because they cannot receive the host. At the weekday Masses ministers sometimes help also.
Every Sunday at the 12.30pm Mass (during the school term) the children are invited to go to the Parish Room for their own liturgy of the Word. All team members who direct this service are Garda vetted and have Safeguarding training.
The St Joseph’s senior choir sings at the 11am Mass every Sunday and on other special occasions such as Holy Week and Christmas. Practice makes perfect and choir members give generously of their time for practice.
Recently a team was formed to look into possibilities for engaging with young people. A number of initiatives are being examined and some activities have been undertaken and others will be launched in the coming months.
Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. With a view to helping parents and godparents to appreciate the significance of this sacrament, preparatory meetings are conducted by the baptism team on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
This group plays its role at our weekend Masses. They have a meeting every Saturday at 11am in the Parish Room. New members, boys or girls who have already made their first holy communion, are always welcome.
You are familiar with this group who generously give of their time to take up the collection at the weekend Masses and, of course, during the Solemn Novena. Some collectors have been giving long and faithful service to St Joseph’s and there are also some new members in the group.
The church needs to be kept clean and tidy. Every Tuesday evening one of the six teams takes its turn at cleaning the church. They also clean the church after the last session every night of the Solemn Novena. This is a hidden but very important service to the community.
This is a group of people who together with the priests of the Parish plans, reviews and seeks ways to progress the work of evangelization. The recently launched pastoral plan of the diocese will be a source of both inspiration and challenge for the council. The members of the council are Pat Sheridan, Julie Bellew, Pat McCabe, Kathleen McCabe, Kitty Warnock, Louise Pepper, Ray McGuinness, Breda O´Hanrahan, Nicholas McCourt, Sarah Connolly, Colletta Dalikeni, Maureen McArdle and Eileen Culleton.