Ministries, Committees & Services:

Readers, please use this link to prepare when scheduled to read. Click on the calendar on the right side. There is an audio guide for each reading to help with pronunciation.

For more information or to participate in any of the Ministries or committees listed below, please contact the church office. Ideas for other Ministries are welcome. Please help serve your parish by participating in any of the above ministries.

Liturgy – Spirtual Life

Usher / Greeter
Song Leader 
Server at Mass 
Cross Bearer
Gift bearer
Play musical instrument
Sing or direct choir
Pray for the Parish
Prayer Chain

Our Ministries to the Community

Visit the sick
Volunteer at the Kitchen
Hospice on Wheels
Meals on Wheels
Assist at Neighborhood Center
Transportation for the sick and elderly
Community betterment
Visit Jail – Prison
Alcohol – Drug Programs
Assist at Camp Renewal
Free baby sitting if needed
Take Communion to nursing homes
Newcomers welcoming

Parish Committees

Social – Administration
Calling – Caring
Parish History Committee

Religious Education

General help with program
Adult education classes
Prayer groups
Sponsor in RCIA

Service To Our Parish

Serve on Parish Council
St. Joseph Crafters
Knights of Columbus
St. Vincent de Paul
Parish Library
Coffee maker for Sunday’s
Typing – Telephoning
Plumbing repairs
Heating Air Conditioner
Brick – concrete – stone work
Electrical – sound systems
Care of Sanctuary
Yard work
Count collections
Help with mailings
Window washing

Prayer Chain: Call the Parish Office (417) 581-6328
The prayer chain is responsible for “getting the word out” when prayers are needed for anyone in the parish or a family member. Options are available for e-mail or phone chains. This requires very little time and anyone in the parish can participate.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of communion at all Masses.  Training is provided.

A reader brings God’s Word to life in the midst of the assembly. A reader should love, pray and study the scriptures. Beyond having a strong, clear voice, the ability to speak with ease and conviction and good interpretive skills, a reader must make deliberate and careful preparation of the scriptures. Training and materials are provided. 

Altar Server:
The altar server assists the presider and enables the liturgy to proceed smoothly. Young people, grades 4 and up, as well as adults, may volunteer. Servers are responsible for keeping their commitment when scheduled. Training sessions are announced periodically in the bulletin.

Gift Bearers:
Gift Bearers bring forward the bread and wine to the altar. Singles, couples, and families of all configurations are welcome to volunteer for this role.

Visual Arts Ministry:
Volunteers help with flower and fabric design, flower arranging, sewing, and visual arts in coordination with liturgical season. Ongoing help is also needed for weekly watering of the indoor plants. Green thumbs needed! Announcements are made in the bulletin. There are two planning meetings per year.

Couples, singles, or families arrive for Mass 1/2 hour early to prepare the elements for worship and set up for any special sacramental or ritual events during the liturgy (e.g. baptisms, Sprinkling Rites, etc). Training is provided.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word:
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is celebrated at the 9:00 Mass on Sunday morning.  Adult presiders are needed to lead the children in prayer and scripture, using materials adapted to their age level. Excellent materials as well as training support are provided.

Ushers and greeters promote a welcoming environment for all who come to the liturgy. They greet people arriving for Mass, distribute worship programs and weekly bulletins, execute collections, handle special needs or emergencies, conduct an orderly procession of bread, wine and collections, and assist the priest in providing an atmosphere conducive for the celebration.

Launder Sacristy Linens:
All linens used in the worship service periodically need to be laundered. Linens need to be collected, washed and returned. Scheduling is up to the volunteers at their convenience.