Parish Ministries

St. Joseph’s Church is a Roman Catholic community united in faith and tradition, committed to using our gifts and talents by living and sharing the ministry of Jesus Christ and spreading the Good News through prayer, worship, fellowship,  service and education.

We are happy to provide you with a listing of all the Ministries and Committees at St. Joseph’s Church.  Find a group you would like to join, or find a group that can help you.  Where available, you will find e-mail addresses where you can contact chair people directly.  Where there is no e-mail address available, send an e-mail to the Parish Offices at:

Thank you for your interest in the Ministries at St. Joseph’s Church.

Ministry/Committee, Contact, Description,

Adult Home and Home Bound MinistryDeacon John Crane, Provides weekly Eucharistic Prayer Services for the residents of the Baptist Retirement Center and the Scotia Mansion.
Altar Servers, Parish Office, Boys and Girls that have received their First Eucharist assist Father during Liturgies.
Baptismal Preparation, Parish Office, Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Make contact with the Parish Office even as early as the beginning of pregnancy to schedule attendance at the preparatory class.
Bereavement Ministry, Parish Office, If a parish member’s relative has died a member of this committee is assigned to talk to the parishioner. The committee also has a Memorial Mass every year for deceased relatives of our parishioners.
Buildings & Grounds, Chet Watson, The purpose of the committee is to provide input guidance and assistance for the upkeep and improvement of the parish facilities and property. The members of the Buildings and Ground Committee are from various backgrounds who freely give their time and knowledge to prioritize repairs and improvements or make recommendations of vendors or to perform extra or specialized work when necessary and review bids when received from vendors.
Bulletin Advertising, Maryann Schaeffer, Coordinates ad renewals and finds new sponsors when space becomes available then completes ad layout with the printer. Bulletin advertising makes our bulletin and several other ministries at St. Joseph’s possible.
Children’s Liturgy, Faith Formation Office, Takes place during the 10:30AM Sunday Liturgy from October to May excluding holiday weekends. All Children ages 4-8 are welcome. No registration is required.
Eucharistic Ministers, Joe Masi, Eucharistic Ministers minister by sharing the Eucharist the Body and Blood of Christ. Their ministry enables members of the community to receive the Eucharist under both species in a timely and reverent manner.
Eucharistic Minister/Lector Scheduling, Lori DeSieno, Schedules ministers for Liturgies at the church. In charge of publishing and distributing ministry schedules. All ministers requiring special scheduling needs should contact this committee a minimum of three weeks before the publication of the new schedule.
Evangelization, Deacon Stephen Lape, This Committee meets to discuss how to help the parish with Evangelization.
Faith Formation/Youth Ministry, Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Office, Provides Religious Education instruction during the school year for grades 1-12.
Finance Committee, Fred Pepper, Currently meetings are on a Quarterly Meeting Schedule. Meetings are announced in the Sunday church bulletin. Revenues and expenditures are reviewed. Variances are analyzed.
Greeting Ministry, Kay Gillette, The Greeting Ministry has people at the main entrance to the church welcoming parishoners and visitors to weekend liturgies.
Hospitality, Claudia Gregoire, A team of parishioners who provide hospitality and outreach to parishioners.
Liturgy, Prayer & Worship, Parish Office, This committee primarily deals with various aspects of our communal and public celebrations of the Liturgy such as mass and devotions and seasonal planning. It collaboratively discusses and evaluates the different needs and particular circumstances of the parish and parishioners and advises the Pastor as to suggestions and ideas to enhance the worship at Saint Joseph’s Church.
Lectors, Parish Office, Lectors read the First and Second readings at the weekend and Holy Day Liturgies. Lector Training is run by Steve Janack.
Marriage Preparation, Joe & Sue Masi, Married couples in our parish are paired with engaged couples and they get together for five sessions to discuss the many aspects of marriage. Sponsor couples share the sacred– human reality which is the day-to-day experience of Christian marriage.
Ministry to Homebound, John Crane, Visiting our Homebound parishioners to share Eucharist and companionship.
Music Ministry, Linda Jones, The Music Ministry leads the congregation at Sunday Liturgies Christmas Easter and other special events during the liturgical year. Rehearsals are held on Sunday Mornings with extra rehearsals on Thursday Evenings.
Parish Registration, Parish Office, Print the Parish Registration Form and mail or bring it to our office at 45 MacArthur Drive.
Pastoral Council, Eric Yager, The mission of the Pastoral Council is planning. To  fulfill this mission it strives to envision address and evaluate the needs and goals of the Parish community in light of Church teaching and the mission of the Catholic Diocese of Albany and the Universal Church. This is to encourage spiritual growth social concern community building and a vibrant welcoming community life. The Pastoral Council meets ten times a year. There are twelve members on the council. In addition there are youth representatives that serve on the Pastoral Council. Any Parishioner 18 and older is eligible to run for election to the Pastoral Council.
Prayer Line, Charlene Patricca, These people serve others spiritually by remembering them in prayer.
Prison Ministry, Pat Johnson, The Prison Ministry assists in liturgies and plans weekend retreats for inmates. Events involve witness talks with inmate participation songs and sharing. Follow-ups include returning for Mass to check up on inmates progress and to promote the Spirit. Ministry members are in teams serving five prisons. Members work on two retreat programs a year.
Quilters, Bunny Zawlinski, The quilters meet every Wednesday from 9AM to Noon at the Parish Center. They work on banners for the church and a large quilt to raffle along with smaller quilts for the Christ Child Baby Shower for needy mothers.
RCIA, Dan Stec & Deacon Stephen Lape, Meetings are Sunday mornings (October through April) for those who wish to join the catholic church. Catholics who are not instructed in the faith and have not received all the sacraments of initiation are also welcome.
Social Concerns, Cathy O’Connor, This committee concerns itself with the moral obligations we as Church have to educate and advocate on behalf of others in need. A fundamental objective of the committee is to enable our parish community to grow in consciousness regarding issues of social justice and human rights. Activities include but are not limited to; the Giving Tree Health Care Kits Sandwiches for Bethesda House and City Mission Meals.
Special Events, Parish Office, Do you have an interest in bringing people together for special events; Bus Trips Concerts Social activities during the day/evening? St.Joseph’s needs your time and expertise to make it happen!,
Ushers, Parish Office, The ministry of the Ushers includes passing out the baskets for the offertory collections. They also assist parishioners with finding seats when needed (especially during the holiday seasons.) Ushers designate two parishioners to bring the gifts up during the offertory. The ushers insure the gifts are ready before the liturgy begins. Ushers make themselves available before mass begins to answer any questions and assist parishioners with special needs. On Palm Sunday the ushers are called upon to hand out the palms.
Vocations, Maryann Schaeffer, This committee promotes vocations so that the church will have priests and religious needed for the future. The Vocation committee meets quarterly with other parishes in our deanery to share our progress and ideas.
Welcoming Table, Joe & Sue Masi, On the first Sunday of every month the welcoming table is set up and manned in Holy Family Hall to welcome parishioners who wish to join the parish and current members who want to find out what activities are available at St. Joseph’s.