Those who are primary 5 or above may join the Altar Servers and is open to boys and girls. The servers assist at the many celebrations held in the Church and attend occasional meetings on Mondays at 4pm in the Church. If you are interested in becoming a server please speak to one of the priests.
Our Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God at all Masses in St Joseph’s. They also announce the Prayers of the Faithful at Sunday Masses. We currently have about 20 readers a number of whom are young parishioners (Who can join once they have reached primary 6). We are delighted to have them and would always welcome more.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children are invited each Sunday at the 10 am Mass, to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a manner appropriate to their level of understanding. Children from primary 1 to primary 4 are invited to join the procession at the beginning of Mass going to the sacristy for their celebration and returning to the Church at the procession of Gifts. The older children, P5 and above, are invited to the altar servers sacristy before the beginning of Mass for their celebration, returning to the Church with the younger children.The children gather, hear the Word of God, and then discuss and discover what God is saying to each one of them.The adult leaders take it in turn to prepare the Children’s Liturgy. If you would like more information, or would like to be involved with the Children’s celebration please contact one of the priests.
As well as helping to distribute Holy Communion at the parish Masses, our Ministers take Communion to the sick and housebound in their homes and local nursing homes. This ministry is appreciated by all who are unable to be present at Sunday Mass, but who – through the services of our ministers – are united to the congregation in the Church.
Each Monday the members of this group meet in the presbytery with adults who wish to join the Catholic Church. The classes of catechism and preparation begin each September and culminate with the celebration of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.Adults who are interested in learning about the Catholic Church or joining the Catholic Church are invited to contact and speak to the priests of the parish at any time.
“Never in the field of human endeavour was so much owed by so many to so few.”
All who visit St Joseph’s Church are greatly impressed by its freshness. Few will realise that our team of cleaners is very small in number. Of course, anyone wishing to offer their services in the cleaning of the Church would be welcomed with open arms!
St Pio Prayer Group
Meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the Church for the Rosary and novena prayers. Sometimes there is Mass at 7.30pm. Intercessory Prayer Group Meet every Thursday in the parish hall at 7.30pm – after the 7pm Mass.
Our Parish Hall provides us with a venue for the meeting of different parish groups, daily coffee mornings, for holding parish social events and is also available to hire for private social functions.
The Hall can be booked for private function on Friday and Saturdays and also for use after Baptisms on a Sunday. Enquiries can be made at the Parish Hall most mornings from Monday to Friday.
Our Hall Bar is staffed by a band of volunteers who occasionally give up their time to work behind the bar and staff the Hall for private functions. As always any new volunteers would be welcome.
St Joseph’s Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul was established in 1908. It has a long and rightly proud tradition of caring for the spiritual and material needs of all in our community. A good number of parishioners have been, at one time or another, members of the SVDP. Currently, numbers are fewer than they have been in the past, and we are continually looking for new members to join the Vincentian family. Traditionally SVDP was an all male institution this is no longer the case.
The SVDP Conference meets every Saturday at 10am in the presbytery.
Legion of Mary
The strong tradition of the Legion of Mary within the parish continues today. Regular meetings on Monday nights in the parochial hall and visitation within the parish ensure that the Legion of Mary have a presence in the spiritual and pastoral life of the parish. In common with all Church societies they welcome interest in their society and work.