As Jesus reminds us that he is the vine and we are the branches, and it is the branches through which nourishment enlivens the vine, so it is with parish ministries and organizations. There are many ministries and organizations by which our parish is enriched – some of which require occasional participation, and others which entail regular service. One does not become a parishioner simply by attending Sunday Mass. Your involvement in one of these ministries and organizations will not only enrich your life, but it will also vitalize the communion of faith we enjoy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton.
Through which are organized the various commissions, committees, and organizations which serve St. Joseph Parish.
The Altar Society meets each Friday morning at 9 am to maintain the sanctuary, linens, vestments, candles, flowers and decorations on a week to week basis and for holiday liturgies.
Contact: Charlotte Fahey at (314) 993-5499.
BAPTISM AND BAPTISM CLASS
Parents who request Baptism for their child are asked to attend one meeting on the Sacrament of Baptism in order to understand more fully the privilege and responsibility that comes with being a Catholic Christian parent. To arrange a class with Fr. Nick Kastenholz, please contact the rectory for arrangements. Baptisms are scheduled following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.
Contact: Parish Office at (314) 726-1221.
We have all been recipients of a very special invitation from Jesus: “Come to me, all who find life weary and burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29-30)
Our response to this invitation is Eucharistic Adoration. It is a time to be at peace, to offer our love to the Lord, thank Him for His many gifts, make reparation for sinners and give Him our joys, sorrows, and needs. In turn, we can listen to Jesus who desires to speak to us in the silence of our hearts. We are all very busy but if time is provided for the Lord a busy schedule seems to fall into place. Please consider signing up for a one-half or one hour time slot. Eucharistic Adoration is scheduled immediately following morning Mass until 12 pm Mass, Monday through Thursday.
Contact: Bebe Kennedy at (314) 721-5920.
ST. JOSEPH LITURGICAL MUSIC MINISTRY
“Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord: cry out to the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms.” (Psalm 95: 1-2) The music ministry is eager to provide quality leadership through music that encourages complete participation of the congregation in sung prayer. We need YOU to get involved. Our ministry depends on the members of St. Joseph to bring their talents forward to sing the music. Please consider sharing your gifts with us.
Adult Choir practice: 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday night
The adult choir leads the sung prayer at the 11:00 a.m. Mass each Sunday. Warmup is in the music room (lower level of the school) at 10:30 a.m. before the Mass.
Cantors: Cantors lead the sung prayer at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass and the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Warm-up takes place before the Mass.
The music ministry maintains a complete referral list of additional instrumentalists and vocalists for Weddings, Funerals and other special worship services.
Contact: Dr. Adam Thome, Music Director at Parish Office (314) 726-1221
This group of commissioned and trained ministers distributes Communion at Mass and brings Communion to the home-bound. Eucharistic Ministers serve as an integral part of the communion of faith which defines the Body of Christ.
Contact: Parish Office at (314) 726-1221.
Lectors are parishioners who read the Scriptures, petitions and announcements at Sunday and weekday Masses.
Contact: Parish office at (314) 726-1221.
Servers are young men and women as well as adults who assist the priest at Mass and during prayer services, baptisms, and other times when the community gathers in prayer. Servers must be 5th grade or older to participate.
Contact: Shannon Hadley at Parish Office at (314) 726-1221.
The primary role and mission of the Education Commission is to identify the educational needs of the entire parish community. The commission develops, promotes and coordinates religious education programs to serve the needs of parishioners and those associated with the parish through our Parish School of Religion. The commission also serves in an advisory capacity to the pastor, the administrative staff and the parish council.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
The Catechumenate Program is designed to initiate and welcome new adult members into the Catholic Church and our parish community. The emphasis is on prayer, scripture, study and sharing the experience of faith. Adult initiation into the Catholic Church normally takes place each year during the Easter Vigil. Members of the parish are invited to participate as catechists and sponsors.
Contact: Fr. Kastenholtz at Parish Office (314) 726-1221.
ELEMENTARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM
Our PSR program is religious education for children 4 years old through 8th grade for students not attending Catholic Schools. Through discussion, text materials, prayer and activities students learn about the Catholic faith. A personal faith journey is stressed as well as knowledge of the church. Sacramental preparation is a part of this program. Second grade prepares for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Eighth grade prepares for Confirmation. Sunday classes are held in the school building from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. for grades 4 years old through 8th grade. Monday classes are held in the school building from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. for kindergarten through seventh grade.
Contact: Debbie Wilmarth at (314) 726-1221.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
The St. Joseph Teens meet on Monday Evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Alcove. Our outreach to teens is geared toward teen life situations and interests. All teens are welcome. Come and bring a friend or two. Sign up or e-mail.
Contact: Debbie Wilmarth at (314) 726-1221.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM COMPLIANCE
Anyone who works with or volunteers with children must be compliant with the Safe Environment Program of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis set forth by the USCCB. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN INFORMATION AND FORMS
Compliance includes attending a Protecting God’s Children Workshop, completing a Worker Registration Form to obtain a background check, and reading and signing a Code of Ethical Conduct. Each location must have copies of individual background checks & code of ethics forms on file for all active volunteers and employees. Additional background checks may be necessary if you have lived out of state in previous years.
To register online for a Protecting God’s Children Workshop, please visit www.archstl.org and click on the Protecting God’s Children link. You will be redirected to the VIRTUSOnline.org site to complete the registration process. The Code of Ethical Conduct and worker registration forms are available from your parish Child Safety Coordinator and may also be located on your parish website. If you have questions or need assistance with this process please contact the parish office or the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program at (314) 792-7272.
Missouri Background Checks are obtained when you begin your ministry and are updated every even numbered year. Please let the parish office know if you would like to be removed from the list of active volunteers. You must also contact the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry at 1-866-422-6872 with address changes.
Contact: Pat Burch at Parish Office (314) 726-1221
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLW)
The children attending 11:00 a.m. Mass are invited to participate in the liturgy of the word for children (CLW), which meets in the Centennial Room in the basement of the church. The children in pre-school through 2nd grade hear the word of God on their level and participate in age appropriate activities which enrich their understanding of the weekly scripture.
Contact: Fr. Kastenholz or Karen Bencke at Parish Office (314) 726-1221
Generally, parish activities call for short term or periodic commitments of time throughout the year. Such activities are usually projects developed in response to particular needs of the parish or the diocese. These activities provide unique ways for parish members whose time may be limited to contribute to parish life.
SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMISSION
The purpose of the St. Joseph Parish Social Concern Commission is to empower people in their ministry of Christian Service. This is done by promoting and sponsoring programs that help insure justice and charity for all God’s people.
HOME-BOUND OUTREACH – COMMUNION
This committee visits or calls the homebound to offer assistance or take communion to ill, aged or injured parishioners. If you like to talk to people, sign up for this committee.
Contact: Parish Office at (314) 726-1221
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Our Conference serves 4 zip-codes around the Parish. We provide a food pantry which is available for families who find themselves in need of help. We also provide utility assistance and bus passes and we LISTEN to see if we can help with their temporary needs. We sponsor Food Drives, Walk for the Poor, Thanksgiving Food Drive, March Madness Can Drive, Christmas Giving Tree, Nurses for Newborn Assistance, Truck Donation Day and much more. If you would like to join us, we meet once a month on the first Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Contact: Call Hot Line (314) 289-6101 ext. 2208
This ministry provides a valuable service to families and friends during a difficult time of dealing with the death of a loved one. We prepare and serve a meal after the funeral Mass of a deceased parishioner, if the family so wishes. This allows the family and friends to relax and celebrate their loved one’s life. We need help with the calling, food preparation, set up, clean up and hosting the day of the luncheon.
Contact: Please call the Parish Office at 726-1221
ST. PATRICK’S CASSEROLES
Once a month we prepare and deliver casseroles to St. Patrick Center. These casseroles are a necessary part of the ministry of feeding the homeless of the St. Louis Community. The recipe and the pan are provided. This very worthwhile program began in 1984, and St. Joseph Parishioners have participated from the beginning. In 2014, all the parishes that participate combined to provide 107,200 hot meals.
Contact: Susan Hackmann at (314) 726-2970
We promote Jesus Christ’s truth about right to life issues by educating, empowering, and motivating people to stand for life from conception to natural death. We sell roses on Mother’s Day, participate in the Greater St. Louis Life Chain and sell Christmas cards which directly support pro-life organizations such as Birthright and Our Lady’s Inn. On Wednesdays after the 8:00 a.m. Mass there is a rosary for pro-life intentions. We welcome any new ideas for ways to support this important cause.
Contact: Rectory Office at 726-1221
SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS
Ladies Sodality/Social/Devotional Group
This group is in formation. Watch the bulletin for date and time of a formation meeting where we will share ideas and thoughts about the mission of this group. Please call the Parish Office or Donna Topping if interested.
Contact:Parish Office at 726-1221 or Donna Topping at 265-9864
2nd Tuesday Lunch Bunch
We are a fun, social, multi-aged group who meet on the 2nd Tuesday each month in the Parish Hall at 12:45 pm. It is a gathering of fun and friendship. We share a delicious meal, play games, and catch up with our friends. All members of the parish are welcome. Bring a friend and meet new people. Reservations are made by calling the Parish Office at (314) 726-1221. Help making the luncheon happen is welcome.
Contact: Rosemary Hardy at (314) 863-5122
Knights of Columbus Council 16273
Knights of Columbus Council 16273 is the St. Joseph Chapter of this international organization of Catholic men 18 years of age and older. We work to support and sponsor our churches and our pastors in monetary and physical ways with many events, while enhancing our own faith. Did you know that throughout Missouri the Knights have placed over 40 ultrasound machines at abortion facilities, resulting in 90% of women visiting these facilities changing their minds about having an abortion after seeing their baby’s beating heart.
Contact: Steve Topping at (314) 225-9453
Our Green Thumb Group
Looking around the beautiful grounds of St. Joseph’s Church we can see how our lovely gardens complement our beautiful church building. We need our gardening parishioners to share their talents and time to help in a broad array of tasks, some of which include: bush and shrub trimming, flower planting, weeding, and more. Experience is not necessary, just a willingness to help maintain our lovely property. Whether it is an hour a week or one time in the spring or fall, any and all help is appreciated.
Contact: Ann or Thom Schwetye at (314) 721-1309
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE COMMISSION
This commission acts as an advisory board to Fr. Kastenholz. They make recommendations intended to maximize the financial resources of the parish. This includes reviewing the parish financial statements, investing the parish cash accounts, developing long-term parish capital improvement and plans, monitoring the parish endowment fund, and overseeing the system of financial controls.
The commission meets quarterly on Wednesday evenings and may meet more frequently if necessary. If you are interested in serving on the Administration and Finance Commission or wish to suggest someone call the Parish Office at (314) 726-1221 or contact Fr. Kastenholz personally at the same number.
Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal collects funds through pledges and cash donations for the support of various programs throughout the Archdiocese. Some of the programs which benefit from the A.C.A. Donations are: Catholic Education, retirement benefits, social/charitable ministries, ecclesiastical services in the Archdiocese, as well as direct funding to individual parishes. The parish chairperson organizes the general drive in April and May. Parishioners are urged to make their pledges or donations by picking up their pledge card following the weekend Masses. Telephone calls complete the Pledge Drive. .
Time and Talent
We welcome new volunteers at any time.
Contact: Parish Office at (314) 726-1221.