Adult and Teen Lectors
Ministers of the Word bring Christ’s presence to His people at Eucharistic liturgies and other liturgical services by proclaiming the Word of God. Lectors are responsible for proclaiming the first and second readings at Mass and lead the petitions during Prayer of the Faithful. Persons who have a deep faith and feel called to be a lector can inquire the parish office for training.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion help distribute Holy Communion during Mass. They also may bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are sick or homebound. They are nominated by the pastor and approved by the Archbishop of Hartford.
Altar Servers assist the Priest during the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical services. St. Joseph has opportunities for both Adult servers and for Youth servers (beginning in the fourth grade). Please contact the parish office for information about training.
Ushers and Greeters
Ushers and Greeters provide the first sign of welcome into the community and fosters a sense of community and friendliness.
Kindergarten through Tenth Grade
Faith Formation is available to all children and teens of the parish. They meet once per week and follow the school calendar September through April. Children are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is offered to teenager grades nine and ten. Sacramental preparation takes place through the Faith Formation programs and may include retreats, service and group activities. Catechists need to commit to teaching weekly classes September through April and participate in occasional training / meetings.
Adult Faith Formation/Soup for the Soul
The purpose of Adult Faith Formation programs is to provide adult parishioners with opportunities to grow in faith and spirituality through Bible studies, doctrinal studies, and faith sharing groups.
Funeral Mass Ministry
The Funeral Mass Ministry calls on bereaved families of St. Joseph Parish who desire help to plan the funeral Mass of a deceased loved one.
Faith Formation Team
Teens, young adults and adults are invited to participate in discussion, planning and implementing the faith formation for our parish community. Some activities include: Lenten Soup Supper, Saint Joseph Day Celebration, May Crowning, and adult religious education programs. The Faith Formation Team gathers the first Sunday of the month September through June.
Helping Hands for the Warming Families Program
Our goal is to provide handmade items to individuals, hospitals and shelters in need. Individuals volunteer their time and materials to make quilts, afghans, hats, mittens, or socks. The Warming Families project is open to all parishioners who have a handmade article or yarn to donate.
The Music Ministry prepares music for weekly and special seasonal liturgies. Special rehearsals for Christmas and Easter practice on Thursday evenings as announced in the bulletin.
Bible Study Program
We enrich our faith by delving deeper into Sacred Scripture. Bible Studies are offered at St. Joseph to provide opportunities to learn more about Scripture, to discover the different literary genres and culture contexts in the Bible. Above all, the goal is to help parishioners pray more deeply and understand more profoundly the Word of God. St. Joseph has trained leaders who have studied at the Archdiocesan Bible School. Dates are announced seasonally.
Men’s and Women’s Retreat
The Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, operated by the Passionist Community, offers weekend retreats for both men and women during the year. Dates are publicized in the parish bulletin.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides knitted or crocheted prayer shawls and infant prayer blankets to anyone who would benefit from receiving one. The Shawls are created with prayers as each stitch is made.
The Rosary Makers are a group of parishioners who gather together twice a month to make rosary beads for missionaries around the world, men and women in our armed forces, hospitals and institutions near and far. The group also makes rosary beads for First Communion and Confirmation students, newlyweds, and to the baby being baptized at St. Joseph.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA program provides several stages of faith formation for individuals who are seeking baptism in the Catholic Church, and those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions who wish to explore the Catholic faith as a way to live their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ.
This time of preparation, prior to initiation into the Church, includes formation in liturgy, prayer, doctrine, service, Christian morality, and traditions of the Church within a community of people seeking deeper faith.
Liturgy committee, in cooperation with the pastor, implements the liturgical directions of the church and seeks to find the expression of the Church’s rituals which will build the faith of the community.
Social Activities Ministry
The Social Activities Ministry provides opportunity for our Parish Family to socialize together, fostering a sense of community within the Parish Family as well as a sense of welcoming to new members of the Parish.
Social Action Ministry
The Social Action Ministry plans and coordinates many outreach events and fundraisers to help those in need within Windsor and the surrounding communities. We strive to become aware of the needs of others and execute opportunities for parish members to become involved in many human service events, including a monthly food drive, annual Red Cross blood drive, preparing and serving meals to the homeless, supporting deployed soldiers with monthly care packages, and an annual giving Christmas tree. All are welcome to join in and attend meetings.
Celebrate Life Ministry
The Celebrate Life Ministry seeks to foster an awareness of the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. This is done through Education – hosting speakers, providing information on pending legislation, Respect Life quotes in the bulletin; Prayer – Adoration, Rosary for Life, participation in the 40 Days for Life campaign; and Action – collections for organizations such as St. Agnes Home and St. Gerard Center for Life.