Lay Liturgical Ministers

Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Hospitality

In addition to the ordained ministries there are roles in the liturgy which are exercised by lay people who place their time and talent at the service of the liturgical assembly as acolytes (altar servers), lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, cantors, choir members, instrumentalists, leaders of song and ushers. Others contribute their time and talent to planning and organizing the liturgy, to keeping the church and the vestments, vessels and appointments clean and well-ordered or to providing decorations that reflect the spirit of the liturgical feast or season. - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

At St. Joseph Church, we have a variety of ministries through which members of our parish can assist with the celebration of the Liturgy.  Among these are:

  • Altar Servers - assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass
  • Lectors - proclaim readings from Sacred scriptures and the Prayers of the Faithful
  • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist - help with the distribution of the Body and Blood during the Mass and delivering Holy Communion to the sick and homebound
  • Ministers of Hospitality - greet people at the doors to the Church
  • Music Ministry - provides music during the Liturgy (please see separate Music Ministry page).

Those who are interested in assisting in any of these ministries, or in another fashion, are advised to contact the director for their chosen ministry (see sidebar on the left) or to call the Parish Office (203-924-8611) for more information. 



Ministry Coordinators

Please contact these individuals if you would like to participate in a ministry, change your regular Mass time, report vacation times, etc.



Dcn. Brad Smythe

Eucharistic Ministers

Dcn. Brad Smythe

Music Ministry

Dan Horstmann 

Ministers of Hospitality

Dcn. Brad Smythe

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