Ministries

Stewardship of Ministry: A Way of Life

In baptism we pledge to be active disciples of Christ. Disciples who give of their time and talents to God and to His Church are precisely the kind of Christians the Lord seeks.

The Cathedral Parish has many ministries that are always in need of energetic parishioners willing to serve. These various areas of ministry in our Parish are explained below. Every parishioner and friend of the Cathedral ought to be active in service in some way: To volunteer to serve in one or more of these ministries, please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Social Responsibility

Social Concerns Committee

An advisory group which helps assess and address the various requests for help received by the Cathedral in the area of charity and social justice. The committee also coordinates Parish projects in the area of social responsibility such as bereavement support, transportation to Mass for the elderly, and a “Giving Tree” during Advent.

Christian Outreach Center

An ecumenical effort of downtown churches, located at 1427 Main Street, aiding the needy by providing a variety of services. Volunteers who staff the Center interview those requesting help.

Food Pantry

Distributes food to the needy within our Parish boundaries; open from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday. Volunteers assist in sorting food from the Food Bank, interviewing persons, distributing food, etc.

Community Life

Newcomers Welcome Committee

Warmly welcomes those new to the Parish by providing personal contact and information. Two “newcomers receptions” are scheduled each year as well.

Coffee and Doughnuts Crew

Coffee and doughnuts are offered to everyone following the 8 and 10 am Sunday Masses, building a sense of community and Christian fellowship.

Nursery

During the 10 am Sunday Mass, parents may leave their children aged 6 months to 6 years with trained volunteers who provide care and supervised recreation.

Tour Docents

Individuals and groups visit our historic Cathedral often. Docents share the history and significance of our Parish and its worship space with visitors as requested.

Parish Suppers/Receptions Crew

Prepare and share good food at receptions and on other occasions. The Cathedral hosts numerous celebrations for special occasions and at holiday times.

Ladies of the Cathedral

Organize various events throughout the year focusing on service events and women’s issues, including baby showers, etc.

Women in Spirit

Sponsor and publicize monthly luncheons throughout the year for women in the downtown area and beyond, featuring interesting guest speakers.

Knights of Columbus

This fraternal order of men, organized as the St. Joseph Cathedral Council No. 13632, witnesses an active Catholic life, especially in service projects to the Parish and wider community.

Concert Series Committee

Plans and carries out occasional special concerts held in the Cathedral throughout the year, especially by seeking/selecting guest artists. Promotion of our grand organ “Providence” is a high priority.

Cemetery Volunteers:

Both St. Joseph and Highland Cemeteries are owned by the Cathedral; their advisory Board members and other volunteers maintain these sacred places, and facilitate their historic and genealogical value within the wider community.

Education

Adult Religious Education/Evangelization

Promote and conduct both ongoing adult religious education programs – such as baptismal and marriage preparation, and Bible Study – as well as occasional events in which the Cathedral Parish can give witness about our Christian faith to those who are unchurched or fallen away, especially within the downtown area.

RCIA Team

Accompany and lead inquirers into a more full understanding of the Catholic religion, including mentoring, as well as catechetical and logistical support at the individual RCIA sessions.

Parish School of Religion

Volunteers assist parents in providing religious education and sacramental preparation for their kindergarteners through 11th graders not attending Catholic schools, group sessions for parents and children are held periodically.

Administration

Building and Maintenance Committee:
Advices regarding the grounds and physical plant of Cathedral Square, including integration with the civic community’s vision for the downtown area.

Cathedral Square Garden Club

Regular monthly work sessions in the gardens around the Cathedral help beautify our grounds while adding to the downtown landscape.

Special Fundraising Team

Promotes and assists with special fundraising, especially for capital improvements, including present plans for replacing the Parish Hall.

Development Committee

Sponsors and coordinates special programs which identify and promote the Cathedral by its Four Corners Celebrations, Grand Day, Bishop’s Day, guest choirs, etc.

Office Volunteers

Assist with mailings, occasional telephone/receptionist work, project setup, and many other things needed around the Parish Office from time to time.

Worship

Music/Choir

Enhance prayer and worship in the Cathedral, sharing vocal and instrumental gifts. The commitment to excellence of the Cathedral choir is a special priority.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

These laypersons, after approval by the pastor, assist the clergy – who are the ordinary ministers of holy communion – in distributing it at Mass.

Readers

These persons, after approval by the pastor, assist In proclaiming the Bible readings, and leading other prayers, at Mass.

Homebound Visitation

These volunteers, after approval by the pastor, visit – and if also lay ministers of holy communion – bring the Eucharist to homebound and convalescing parishioners, especially on Sunday.

Altar Servers

These ministers – adults or children fifth grade or older, of either sex – assist the clergy at Mass and other worship moments.

Ushers/Greeters/Security

These volunteers warmly welcome parishioners and visitors alike, providing a safe and comfortable setting for prayer, worship, and other meetings.

Altar Linens Team

Clean, fold and iron the altar cloths, napkins, towels, and other linens used in church.

Church Interior Cleaning Team

Responsible for the cleaning of the sanctuary and sacristy areas, including basic care of the vessels, vestments and other items used at Mass.

Décor Team

Design and execute seasonal and special décor in the Cathedral, providing an environment which enhances both its beauty and the community’s worship.