The purpose of the St. Joseph Altar Servers is to assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass as well as other Liturgical Celebrations. Any boy or girl who has made their First Communion and is the 3rd Grade or above, may be an Altar Server. Training sessions are under the direction of the Pastor, Associate Pastor or Deacons.
This ministry is responsible for the upkeep of the altar linens, purchase of altar clothes and cleaning the church altar. There are no meetings, and services are provided on a weekly basis.
BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Sponsoring Committee)
The mission of BISCO is to build a powerful interfaith, multi-ethnic, multi-racial organization that serves as a voice for low and moderate-income persons in South Louisiana. The goals of BISCO are:
- To train people in the skills needed to build an organization able to respond to the needs of their community.
- To provide the citizens of South Louisiana with a real say in the political, economic, and social decisions that affect their lives.
- To hold public officials of South Louisiana accountable and to work with them to create solutions to community problems. Members learn to listen to citizens’ concerns, to plan and conduct meetings and to interact with public officials while facilitating meetings.
The purpose of Baptismal Preparation is to educate the parents and godparents of the new baby (in our church family) their responsibilities in bringing up their child in the catholic faith. A Baptismal Video is presented at the seminar, which is held the last Thursday evening of the month at the Life Center. As well as the educational film, which they will view, they will be instructed in the procedure for receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. We have volunteers who are grouped into teams and are called on to present the seminar once or twice a year. Any baptized catholic may qualify to be a volunteer.
This active ministry meets once a month in the morning to put inserts in the bulletin. This committee is open to all volunteers, men and women.
The Catholic Daughters of America, Court Anna Maria #993 was founded on April 11, 1926. The purpose of this charity is for unity and charity. The responsibilities of CDA are: Apostolate, Community, Renewal, Membership, Nursing Homes, National CDA Day and much more. They meet the first Tuesday of each month in the Life Center.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist began with the Commissioning by Archbishop Hannan on March 28, 1972. Their purpose is to assist the pries in administering the Holy Eucharist at masses on weekends or other services when available, and to bring communion to the sick at the hospital, nursing homes and to the homebound. This ministry is open to fully participating Catholics who have a deep love for the Eucharist and who realize each member of the worshipping community is to be Eucharist to each other and to the world.
The Parish Finance Council Committee assists the pastor in overseeing the parish finances and the management of its resources. They review periodically the parish income and expenditures to determine if the parish is operating within the approved budget and provide the parishioners with periodic reports on its financial position. The committee also studies the revenue and makes recommendations to the parish for maintaining or increasing the revenues in order to meet the parish objectives and priorities.
FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Communication for Couples Understanding and Study)
The purpose of our program is to prepare couples for marriage. Our Parish has FOCCUS teams that are trained by the diocese to administer the assessment instrument to our engaged couples. This is done in your home at your convenience. Two meetings are necessary to complete the process. This worthwhile ministry gives our engaged couples the opportunity to meet married couples in our parish as well as to discuss various questions pertaining to beginning a new life as a couple. We welcome new volunteers at any time.
The purpose of this ministry is to help the elderly and needy in our parish that is in need of home repairs. A group of men and women have joined their skills and resources together to offer these services. Projects are determined by need and priority. Volunteers need not be trained.
- Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
- Projects are done on various weekends.
Household for the Needy
During the month of November a special drive for household items for the needy is held. Parishioners participate by purchasing items listed in our bulletin. These items that cannot be purchased with Food Stamps are given to the Good Samaritan Food Bank to distribute to the needy.
This ministry cleans the House of the Lord! Once a month our volunteers dust, sweep and organize the church. The work is easy and the rewards are out of this world!
The purpose of the Giving Tree Project is to collect, bag and tag gifts that are being distributed to the poor. The project begins the first Sunday of Advent and carries on throughout the next three weeks. The distribution date is usually a weekend before Christmas. Volunteers are needed to help with the bagging and tagging as well with the distribution that takes place in the Life Center.
The Ministry of Lector/Commentator was established to enable the laity to become more involved in a full, conscious and active participation during the liturgical celebrations. A training session is required to join this Ministry.
The Lenten Gumbo raises funds for the Good Samaritan Food Bank as well as other non-profit organizations. This group is comprised of approximately 50 volunteers that are known as “The Gumbo Gang.” These volunteers cook, serve and decorate for the six gumbo meals during the season of Lent. The meal is served from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Each week a different theme is presented to add to the fun and festivities.
The purpose of marriage preparation is to help engaged couples in our parish to learn the art of Communication. A program that was developed by the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, this service requires married couples to act as facilitators in group sessions. The married couples must be trained by the diocese to represent our parish. The commitment to this ministry is once or twice a year on a Sunday from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 PM.
The purpose of the May Crowning is to honor the Blessed Mother during the month of May. It is an old tradition that has been brought back to strengthen our bonds as family as well as community. The May Crowning is held during the Vigil Mass and flowers are brought as an offering to the Blessed Mother.
Ministers of Hospitality! Ushers
The Church Ushers are meant to facilitate the ministry of hospitality seeing to it that good order may be had in the celebration of the liturgy. As Church host and hostesses their ministry is to make sure that the first face everyone sees at church is smiling; to greet people warmly; welcome strangers and make them feel at home; help people sit together; take up the collection; and to take care of any needs or emergencies that arise. An Usher is a person of prayer who has a gift for hospitality, and is comfortable at welcoming regulars and strangers as well.
Ministry to the Homebound
This ministry is a special apostolate oriented to reaching out to the sick and to the elderly who are confined in their private homes or nursing homes. The volunteers help the priest in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Mass, leading the elderly to an active participation through their responses to the prayers and also in the singing at the Nursing Home. Special Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist in the distribution of Holy Communion to the Homebound.
- Traditional – The St. Joseph Traditional Choir sings at the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass. Choir practice is held once a week on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM.
- Folk “Sacred Folk” consists of members who play guitar and flute. Vocalists are welcome. Practice is held once a week on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in the Life Center.
- Youth Band – A band that was developed to enhance the Youth Liturgy at the 6:00 p.m. Mass. Practice is held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Our Children’s’ Liturgy is offered during the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years are invited to participate. Volunteers are needed to help. Training with Safe Environment is required.
Our Pastoral Council is a governing body of the parish as well as an advisory committee to the pastor. Their meetings are held once a month. The Council is committed to helping all ministries receive the help and support needed to meet the goals that will best serve our community. Nominations are by the parish at large and an election of members is held which is conducted at each mass. The pastor may appoint members as necessary.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
This is one of the most important ministries at St. Joseph. Its purpose is to assist adults in their journey into communion with the Catholic Church and to become full members of the body of believers. As an active alive Catholic community, we welcome inquirers into experiencing the gifts and truths of the Catholic faith in a friendly, non- threatening way, with no pressure. We, who are already Catholic, and have walked with others on this journey before, invite you to discover the experience of Christ’s love through this process. If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or have a strong desire to become baptized in our Faith please contact the Life Center.
Each Monday and Thursday morning at 9:30 AM parishioners gather in the church to pray the rosary. This group began in 1985 and is open to all. Our Rosary Prayer Group prays 15 decades of the rosary with general requests being the Virtues and various intentions. They are always open to pray for anyone’s special needs.
Here at St. Joseph we pride ourselves on keeping our retired parishioners active! Our senior servers are called upon to serve the masses during funerals and other special celebrations. They are especially helpful during our Lenten season when we offer three masses a day. This ministry is open to men and women wishing to serve our community.
- MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – This is a Mass celebrated in Church to open the new school year. All teachers and students are invited to this Sunday Mass where they are commissioned and prayed for as they begin a new academic year.
- MASS OF THE ANOINTING – During Holy Week a special mass is held in Church for the aged and infirmed who can come out and receive the “Sacrament of the Sick”.
- ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS – In October our parish joins with the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in celebrating our special wedding anniversaries in the parish. (25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or more.) We also honor our priests as they celebrate their silver and golden jubilee anniversaries.
- MEMORIAL MASS – This is a special Mass honoring the deceased members of our parish family during the past year. Members of these families are invited to a special candlelight ceremony in honor of their departed loved ones.
St. Joseph Altar and Workers
In the year 2000 our Parish established its first St. Joseph Altar. This annual event begins with 6:30 AM Mass and blessing of the Altar. The entire day is devoted to visitors who come to pray and share in community fellowship in Church. Many volunteers share in the food preparations, decorations and set-up.
St. Valerie Mass and Procession
April 28th is the Feast Day of St. Valerie, the Patron Saint of Thibodaux and our Firemen. Each year we honor her with a mass and procession, which is led by the Firemen. The Traditional Choir sings at the Mass. Flowers and decorations in Red abound in the Church.
Works of St. Vincent
Works of St. Vincent was founded over 50 years ago. Its purpose is to help the poor and needy of St. Joseph Church Parish. Members of the society investigate applications for necessary financial assistance. Decisions are based on need. The Society meets every Sunday after the 7:30 A M Mass in the Life Center.
Our annual Parish Picnic is held on the church grounds during the Fall. It’s a time of Fellowship and Fun for the whole family. Youth Band provides music for this event. Parishioners are asked to bring desserts.