Our Ministries

Altar Servers

Dan Wagner

Altar Servers are “prayer leaders” and assist both the priest and people with the celebration of Mass.  Beginning in grade 4, both boys and girls are invited to join the Ministry of Altar Service.  Altar Servers typically serve twice per month and training is provided.  The Altar Server schedule is coordinated with other Ministry schedules (Lectors, EMHCs, Choir…) so that family members serving in different ministries are assigned to the same Mass.  Servers who attend St. Joseph School also will serve School Masses.  Additional opportunities to serve are found on Holy Days, Special Liturgies, Weddings and Funerals. ​

 

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Eucharistic Adoration

Bill Mason and Jenny McPherson

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".  During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be. Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"

Eucharistic Adoration is each Tuesday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM in the Church Adoration Chapel which is located in the Parish House between the Rowland Education Building and the Church.

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Family Holy Hour

On the second Tuesday of each month, a Family Holy Hour will be held from 10-11AM in the adoration chapel. Bring your child(ren) for 5 minutes or 30 minutes to talk to Jesus and find peace in his presence. Childcare will be provided so that a parent with multiple children may take one child at a time. From 10:30-11AM, parents will have the opportunity to spend time alone with Jesus while their child(ren) spend time coloring and reading books with the childcare staff. 

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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Dan Wagner

The lay Christian faithful are called to give assistance at liturgical celebrations.

All parishioners (age 18 and up), who feel called, are invited to join this special ministry.  This ministry does require a training workshop. 

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Family Fellowship

Family Fellowship is made up of a group of St. Joseph families who meet several times a month during the school year, usually Sunday evenings at 5:00 PM for dinner and discussion. All families who wish to deepen their relationship with Christ and share their faith with their peers are welcome!

 

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Knights of Columbus

Robert Startz

The Knights of Columbus are men of faith and men of action. They undertake acts of charity because they see those in need through the eyes of faith.  Moreover, in the Knights of Columbus, they approach acts of charity together.  If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of 1.8 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need, contact the Knights of Columbus, Council #12554.

 

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Ladies Prayer Group

Anne Hoppmann

The Ladies Prayer Group meets in the Ministries and Administration Building (Senior Center) on Thursday evenings, from 6:00 PM until 7:15 PM.  Its focus is on listening to God.  The first part of each meeting is spent talking about prayer experiences from the week prior, for example, what word or phrase was focused on.  Then, the next selection of scripture is read out loud twice, and the last 20 minutes together is spent in silent prayer.  It is a very powerful and salubrious experience.  

 

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Lay Carmelites

Teri Kuhs

The Lay Carmelites are a branch of the religious Order of the Ancient Observance.  Carmelites are known for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Our Lay Carmelite Community welcomes practicing Catholics who are at least 18 years of age and who wish to deepen their prayer experience becoming more contemplative while living in the world.  After a period of initial formation, candidates are accepted for profession.  Apart from attending a monthly Community meeting on the third Saturday of each month, our Lay Carmelites wear the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  They are expected to participate in daily celebration of the Eucharist whenever possible and should spend at least one-half hour in meditation each day.  The Lay Carmelite also prays the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning and Evening Prayers). 

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Lectors

Dan Wagner

Lectors are members of the Parish who read Sacred Scripture during Mass and other Liturgies. Lectors proclaim God's word bringing encouragement to the downtrodden, hope to the hopeless, and joy to mourners. This ministry does require a training workshop.  All parishioners (age 18 and up), who feel called, are invited to join this special ministry.

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Legion of Mary

Mike Jones

This ministry is a balanced program of prayer and service in union with the Holy Spirit as he operates through Mary, Mother of the Church.  Works include door-to-door evangelization, parish visitation projects, youth work and other spiritual needs of the parish and community.  It provides Catholics an opportunity to do something positive for the Church, while at the same time deepening their spiritual life and strengthening their Catholic Faith.

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Men's Bible Study

John Tamasitis

Meets the last Thursday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30 AM in the Ministries and Administration Building (Senior Center). 

Marriage, Fatherhood, and Fellowship: Strengthening Faith Through Self-Reflection and Accountability   

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Men's Prayer Group

Ken Woodington

The Men’s Prayer Group is open to men of the parish who wish to enrich their spirituality through study and discussion of some aspect of the Catholic faith.  Each meeting begins with praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the same prayers prayed that day by the Pope, clergy, religious and Catholics throughout the world.  This is followed with a discussion of a section of a book written by a Catholic author.  This group meets every Tuesday morning in the Ministries and Administration Building (Senior Center) from 6:30-7:25 AM which allows participants to attend daily Mass. 

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Natural Family Planning

Kelli Ball

Learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, a modern, natural, and highly effective method of family planning that teaches couples how to plan and space their children with ease and in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  This system also offers couples who are experiencing infertility the hope of achieving pregnancy while following the teachings of the church. Free, introductory sessions of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System are held monthly.

 

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"one" Ministry - Hospitality/Parish Events

Blair Pugh

The “one” ministry supports parish hospitality at St. Joseph events through a dedicated group of men and women of all ages.  “One” members are asked to commit their time or talent to only one event per year. ​ Help set up or clean up, make a dish, decorations, help during a reception, etc…

 

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Order of Carmelites Discalced Secular

Sharon Crocker

Parish Library (located in the Parish House) 

Karen McMullen

This ministry helps library users locate materials, assisting with checking-in and checking-out of materials.  Other tasks include shelving materials and keeping items in order, sorting donations and publicity. 

Library hours* are: 

   Saturday: 6:30 PM-7:00 PM 

   Sunday:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  

   Tuesday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM 

*Please note that the library will not always be staffed during these hours. Any parishioner may visit the Library during these hours to browse the collection and “self check-out” any books (forms and instructions are located on the desk in the Library). You may also visit the online catalog by clicking on the “Access to online catalog” link located on the Church’s website (www.stjosephcolumbia.org/parish-library) to locate books by call number. The door leading to the Library may be closed, but the door should always be unlocked, so come on in! 

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Michael Shaffer

Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry knit and crochet shawls and blankets for members of our parish community who are in need of spiritual comfort.  The handmade items are physical gifts and reminders to the recipients that they are being thought of, prayed for, and cared about.  All items are prayed over and blessed before being distributed.  Parishioners who are homebound, bereaved, ill, or otherwise in spiritual need can receive a shawl or blanket.

 

All skill levels are welcome!  We meet twice a month for fellowship and support; most crafting is done outside of meetings.  Every 1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00 PM in Parish House.

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Sacred Music

David Cochrane, Director of Music

The history of sacred music in the Catholic Church dates back to the early first century, where the singing of psalms, part of sacred scripture, was part of the earliest worship of Christianity.  Sacred music is an integral part of Catholic liturgy.  Music accompanies liturgical action and prayer with intrinsic beauty and sanctity.  The Vatican II document Sacrosanctum Concilium states: “Sacred music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites.”

 

St. Joseph’s Parish has a rich history of sacred music for over 40  years. The Sacred Music Program strives to foster communal sung prayer and to glorify God through the rich history of Sacred chant, polyphony, hymnody, and choral literature of the Church.  

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Scouts BSA

Dan Wagner

Troop 100 maintains an active schedule of service projects which benefit the community including the American Legion, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Columbia Federation for the Blind and the Celebrate Freedom Foundation.  Recent Eagle Scout Leadership Projects have benefited local schools, churches, and shelters as well.  Troop 100 has an active camping schedule with 9-10 campouts per year, plus a full week of Summer Camp.  Troop Leaders have a high degree of training with many having completed Wood Badge and several having staffed Wood Badge courses. All adults have participated in the BSA Youth Protection Training as well as the Diocesan required Safe Environment training and background screening process. The adult leadership and troop committee are committed to providing the support needed to offer a quality, youth led program and are strong supporters of the BSA's Aims and Methods of Scouting including the Patrol Method.

 

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Senior Life

Regina Spell

At St. Joseph, Seniors are an essential part of the Parish Family. The Senior Life Ministry both ministers to our Seniors and provides ways for Seniors to minister to others.

 

Purpose: Promote service to others and provide religious experiences, recreational, educational and cultural opportunities and community involvement.

Membership: Open to all parishioners 55 years and older. There is NO fee to be a member. 

 

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St. Gianna Guild

Andrea Hughes

The St. Gianna Guild’s Mission is to increase awareness of, and to promote respect for, all human life from conception to natural death; to help bring an end to abortion, euthanasia, and all assault on life.  This is done through prayer, education, and acts of charity.

 

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

Kerk Spong

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Corley Conference Room - Ministries and Administration Building.  The society provides assistance to many needy families in the community, by providing food and other forms of assistance when possible. 

 

Volunteer Opportunities and Service Hours are available to all members of the parish.

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Vacation Bible School

Lisa Dayhuff

At Vacation Bible School, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways!  Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth—which makes it easy for kids to remember and apply to real life.  VBS occurs during one week in the summer.  Volunteers are ALWAYS needed.

 

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Women's Society

Maria Carrero

The purpose of the Women’s Society is to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service.  Members respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.  The Women’s Society is called to take an active part in the church, and to strengthen and renew each member’s faith.

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Youth Athletics

Adrienne Carroll

The Saint Joseph Youth Athletics program offers recreational level teams for Parish youth in basketball. The Basketball program runs November through February.  

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Youth Ministry

Tom Militello

LIFE TEEN is a Eucharist-centered movement within the Catholic Church that leads teens and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  LIFE TEEN programs include regional and national youth conferences, summer camps and opportunities to become LIFE TEEN leaders.

In the meetings, current affairs are discussed as they relate to the Catholic faith, families and friends.  Studying scripture, praying and when appropriate, witnessing, are part of this program.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church

3512 Devine Street

Columbia, SC  29205

803.254.7646

Fax: 803.799.7607

www.stjosephcolumbia.org

 

St. Joseph Catholic School

803.254.6736

Fax: 803.540.1913

www.stjosdevine.com

 

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