Liturgy Commission

The Liturgy Commission is made up of the various ministries that make each Mass a special experience.  This commission discerns themes and plans for liturgies for the liturgical seasons of the year (for example, Christmas and Easter).  We strive for the full and active participation of the congregation in the various liturgical celebrations.  The goal is to capture the senses to make all liturgies truly a celebration of faith, and community fellowship. 

The ministries include:

  • Art and Environment
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Hospitality Ministers / Ushers
  • Altar Servers
  • Sacristans
  • Music Ministry
  • Liturgical Planning
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Special Services
  • Altar Society
Altar Servers

When you take part in the Liturgy by carrying out your altar service, you offer a witness to all.  Your absorption, the devotion that wells up from your heart and is expressed in gestures, in song, in the responses:  if you do it correctly and not absent–mindedly, then in a certain way your witness is one that moves people.” — Pope Benedict XVI addressing altar servers on August 2, 2006.

Serving at the table of the Lord is an important and wonderful way that people young and old can assist in the Eucharist – the source and summit of our lives as Christians.  When done with reverence, respect, and attention, as the Pope suggests, this can be a wonderful service to our faith community and indeed an act of love that draws the server closer to God.

Altar Server Manual

Contact: Jill Golla Mailbox image
Altar Society/Flowers

The mission of the Altar Society is to care for the sanctuary where the Holy Mass is celebrated and where the Holy Eucharist is reserved, and to provide the things necessary for the worthy celebration of the Holy Mass through free will donations of time and resources.  Fresh flowers are chosen to accent the décor, color, and theme of each special liturgical celebration.

Contact: Carol Smith Mailbox image
Art and Environment

The mission of the Art and Environment Ministry is to enhance the prayerful celebration of the church’s liturgies by providing and maintaining the appropriate and inviting décor (visual, scents, sound and arrangement of space) for the liturgical season of the year.

Contact: Denise MacShane
Eucharistic Adoration

“What will convert America and save the world?  My answer is prayer.  What is needed is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of Prayer.” — Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Can you spend one hour?  The Eucharist is exposed to be adored by the faithful every Tuesday from 8:30am – 10:00pm.

Contact: Terry & Judy Temple Mailbox image
Eucharist to the Homebound

The Eucharist to the Homebound Ministry members will bring Holy Communion to those homebound in our community.  They will provide a vital link between the homebound and the Pastor/Deacon by observing the spiritual, emotional, and material needs of the individual.  As representatives of Christ, the ministers will extend the faith and charity on behalf of the whole parish community.

Contacts: Ellie Towe Mailbox image
Eucharist to the Hospitalized

The Eucharist to the Hospitalized Ministry members will bring Holy Communion to those hospitalized in the Stone Oak area hospitals.  They will provide a vital link between the homebound and the Pastor/Deacon by observing the spiritual, emotional, and material needs of the individual.  As representatives of Christ, the ministers will extend the faith and charity on behalf of the whole parish community.

Contact: Cathy Sondergaard Mailbox image
Lectors

The mission of the Lector is to proclaim the Word so that people hearing it believe they are hearing the writer speak.

Contact: Dan Cummings Mailbox image
Liturgical Planning

The mission of the Liturgical Planning Ministry is to advise our Pastor; to assist in the planning and coordinating of all liturgies; to plan liturgies, coordinate the work of weekend Eucharist celebrations, and evaluate various aspects of parish liturgies; to study liturgical principles from the tradition of the church.

The ministry emphasizes working with the Pastor to plan for the changing Liturgical season and to conduct lessons learned during the planning cycle.  The intent is to use every opportunity as a teaching moment to constantly enhance the understanding and appreciation for our faith as it is displayed and practiced during each liturgical season.

Ministers of Holy Communion

This ministry serves the Body of Christ by ministering the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Christ in a reverent and respectful way for our Faith Community.

Contact: Larry McGray Mailbox image
Ministers of Hospitality

We, as Ministers of Hospitality, strive to make our faith community feel welcome as they enter God's house, and provide attention to any needs that will make their visit with our Lord more meaningful.

Contact: Mike Brady Mailbox image
Music Ministry

The mission of the Music Ministry is to help the assembly to express, share, nourish and strengthen their faith by providing music that helps to create an uplifting, prayerful worship experience.

We are all called to serve in God's name with the talents He has given us.  The holy music ministry of St. Joseph Catholic Church – Honey Creek grants us a great opportunity to share our gifts of music through this dynamic and growing ministry!  Vocalists and musicians of varying talents generously offer their time as a gift of service that enhances the liturgy for the worshipping assembly.  Liturgical music joyfully performed encourages active participation of the entire assembly praising God and bringing His Word to life.  Please reflect prayerfully as to whether you can join us in this holy celebration of our Lord and remember, you don't choose a ministry – it calls to you.

Do you have any special requests or suggestions for our St. Joseph Music Ministry?  Please contact Rick Ramirez with any ideas you may have to improve our worship and praise through song!

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Cantors: Rick Ramirez Crystal Frost Carol Murray
  Judy Wilken Tom Brod Greg Murray
  Tammy Frost
Sam Haines Sandy Hess
 
   

Contact: Rick Ramirez, Director of Music Mailbox image
Sacristans

The mission of the Sacristan is to prepare the worship space for liturgy as to the specific requirements.  A Sacristan also ensures all liturgical necessary are clean, in good supply and ready for use for those who need them.  The Sacristan verifies all lay minister positions are covered for the start of each Mass.

Contact: Susie Boss Mailbox image
Special Liturgies

Weddings, Funerals, Quinceañeras, Reconciliation, Anointing

These special liturgical celebrations are conducted to provide the dignified, joyful, respectful, and holy faith connection that each of these occasions merit.  Guidance for these is available on the website and at the Parish Office.  The focus is to provide the occasion with the guiding liturgical framework to embrace our Catholic faith.