There are many ways in which you can use your time and talents in the service of God. These are also ways in which newcomers and present members of the parish can join together and make new friendships. If you would like more information on anyone of the following Ministries, please call your parish office and someone will contact you with additional information.
“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor”~ John 12:26
The ministry of Altar Servers is open to children 8 years and above. Altar servers serve at weekend Masses, weddings, and other spiritual events. Altar Servers help to get things ready for Mass. Assist the priest with vestments, lighting candles, carrying the crucifix used at Mass and ringing the bells during the Offertory. Adults are also welcome, and usually help during the week with Funeral Masses.
“Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy”~ Psalm 33:1-3
If you love to sing please consider joining one of our Choirs. The adult choirs sing during Sunday Mass, Midnight Mass on Christmas, Holy Week Services and other special occasions. The children’s choirs sing on Sunday during family liturgies. The adult choirs invite men and women 16 years and older and the children’s choirs invited both boys and girls in grades 1 to 8.
The Patronage of St. Joseph Parish – Adult Choir
The Adult Choir meets for rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:30 PM in the lower church and sings at the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass.
Choir Director, Ms. Maureen Gaffney
The Patronage of St. Joseph Parish – Children’s Choir
The Children’s Choir rehearses on Sunday Mornings at 8:30 AM in the lower church and sings at the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass, September through May.
Choir Director, Ms. Josephine Lucreziano.
St. Ann Parish and St. Catherine of Genoa Parish – Adult Choir
This is a combined choir. The Choir alternates between St. Ann and
St. Catherine of Genoa on a monthly basis starting in October at St. Ann
for the 10:15 AM Mass and then in November at St. Catherine of Genoa for the 11:30 AM Mass. Practice takes place on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in St. Catherine of Genoa Church beginning the last week in September.
Choir Director, Mr. Peter Regan.
St. Catherine of Genoa Parish – Children’s Choir
The Children’s Choir sings during the 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday.
Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM unit 4:20 PM,
October through May.
Choir Director, Mr. Peter Regan.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh”~ John 6:51
This Ministry is open to those Catholics in good standing, who have been Confirmed.
The person also lives a moral and Christian life, has a personal spirituality, and has the qualities of reverence, humility, hospitality, gratitude, responsibility, reliability and flexibility. Extraordinary ministers assist the Priest in distributing Holy Communion at all Masses in the Tri-Parish. An interview and training is a requirement.
“In thinking of those who cannot attend places of worship for reasons of health or advanced age, I wish to call the attention of the whole church community to the pastoral importance of providing spiritual assistance to the sick, both those living at home and those in hospital… These brothers and sisters of ours should have the opportunity to receive sacramental communion frequently. In this way, they can strengthen their relationship with Christ, crucified and risen, and feel fully involved in the Church’s life and mission by the offering of their sufferings in union with our Lord’s Sacrifice” ~Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis)
Our Collaborative strives to meet the needs of our sick and homebound community members by bringing the Eucharist into their homes and by continuing the spiritual link between the individual and the larger faith community. A social visit of friendship and compassion is combined with prayer and recognition of the awesome gift of the Eucharist that is being shared. Visiting our sick and homebound community members is a multi faceted ministry and therefore demands a period of preparation and training. An open loving heart is a prerequisite for this very important ministry. If you would like to learn more about our Eucharistic Ministry to the sick and homebound, please call Sr. Norah Guy, OP, Pastoral Minister, at 617-666-2087.
“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation”~ Mark 16:15
This Ministry is open to those Catholics in good standing. The lector’s role takes place during the Liturgy of the Word. They join the entrance procession of the Mass, and they may carry the Book of the Gospels if there is no deacon present. Lectors proclaim the readings that precede the Gospel. If there is no one to sing the psalm, a lector may lead the refrain and proclaim the verses. If a deacon does not lead the Prayer of the Faithful, a lector may do so. The lector’s duties conclude with the Liturgy of the Word. Usually one Lector is assigned to serve at each weekend Mass. Some training is required.
But He answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’ ~Matthew 4:4
The Tri-Parish Collaborative Bible Study is held on Tuesday nights at the Panera Bread in Porter Square at 7:30 P.M. We can always be found in the downstairs area of the Panera Bread This is a great way to dive into the historical and spiritual meaning of the text while allowing the Word of God to touch your heart and your mind. It is also a great way to meet friends in Christ outside of a Church building setting. You are welcome to join us.