Ministries

Our faith is fueled by our actions for others. At St. Joseph’s we have a wide variety of ministries in which to serve our local church as well as our surounding community. We encourage you to investigate our offerings to find an area that interests you. 

We hold a Ministry Fair each Fall for parishioners to learn more about each committee and ministry areas.

For more information,please contact our Parish office: 

706-548-6332
secretary@stjosephathens.com

The most important thing we do at St. Joseph is to gather together to celebrate Sunday Eucharist. When we share Eucharist, we become more and more the one we remember, the one we praise and thank, and the one whose Body and Blood we eat and drink.  In short, we become the Body of Jesus, the Christ.  When we celebrate Eucharist, Jesus is present, visible, and active in and through us, continuing his work in the world, loving the world on behalf of the Father.

Through our Liturgy Committee, we help facilitate the celebration of the liturgy by providing  Altar Servers to assist the celebrant, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for distributing the Eucharist, Ushers for seating the congregation and collecting the offertory, Announcers to introduce the Liturgy, Lectors to proclaim the Scriptures, Greeters to welcome those who come to Mass, and Music to enhance the worship experience.

If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact

David Wilkinson
404-444-3444

dbwilkinson@live.com

Altar Servers

altar servers at st. josephAltar Servers assist the priest during Mass and may be boys or girls who have made their First Communion.

For the most comprehensive information about this role please read the Altar Server Manual 

If you are interested in applying, please print out and complete the  Altar Server Application form below and submit.

For more information, please contact:
John Andrew Seymour
706-248-5527 
jas392@gmail.com

For scheduling, please contact:
Renee Dempsey
678-371-8479
rdempsey03@gmail.com

For altar server registration click here

REMINDERS

*Please refer to the handbook for additional details

  • If you cannot serve but are scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.  You will notice on the schedule that the individual’s email address is listed below their name.  This will make it easy for you to contact others that serve during the same mass times.  If you are sick please send an email to those that you are serving with to let them know that you will be absent.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before mass and remember to sign in.  We will be tracking attendance.
  • Please remember to dress appropriately.  Dark pants (no shorts or jeans), solid color shirt, black shoes (closed-toe – no sneakers, sandals, flip flops or platform shoes), long hair should be in a ponytail or bun. Altar servers who are not dressed appropriately may be asked to not serve that day.

Altar Society

This is a special group that often works in concert with the Art and Environment ministry.  Four teams alternate each week to collect and wash altar linens, and straighten and dust the sanctuary and the chapel.  A team will volunteer for three hours each month.  They do not vacuum, wash windows or do heavy cleaning.  Three times a year there is a workday and all members are invited to assist.

For more information on this ministry, please contact Chairperson:
Lola Gazda
706 548-4647

lgazda960@gmail.com

Arts and Environment

This group is responsible for the overall appearance of the sanctuary including coordination of the banners with the liturgical seasons and the placement of flowers and other items to make the sanctuary a more appealing and prayerful environment for worship. This is especially done during Holy Days, Easter Tridium,  Advent and Christmas.

If you are interested in helping with this ministry please contact:

MaryLou Griffin
706-372-6071

Extraordinary Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest in the distribution of Communion during the Liturgy and in visits to those ill or homebound.

For the most comprehensive information about  this ministry please read
How to Become an Extraordinary Minister

If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please contact:

David Wilkinson
404-444-3444
dbwilkinson@live.com

Flower Donations

This ministry ensures that we have flowers around the altar and in the sanctuary each week. These flowers are usually donated by parishioners in celebration of happy events or in memory of special loved ones. We also offer opportunities to donate for our annual Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias.  Volunteers also water, care and replaced when necessary.

If you are interested in joining this ministry or donating flowers for use in the sanctuary, please contact:

Bev Fricks
404-408-0894
bevfricks@gmail.com

Lectors

This ministry is responsible for the reading of the Word of God during liturgies, along with reciting prayers of the faithful and giving announcements or other directions as needed.  Training is held periodically throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining this ministry area, please contact:
Jeanne Das
706-247-1326
jeannedas@hotmail.com

Additional information about the responsibilities of this ministry area can be found
in The Effective Lector.

Music and Choirs

This ministry is responsible for providing music for all liturgies to enhance and enrich each parishioner’s religious experience. Anyone interested in participating in this ministry should contact the respective coordinators listed below.

Music Ministry group picture

Director of Music Ministries
Gerard Mirandilla
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com
706-206-8178

 

Gerard oversees and directs the ministry’s activities. He organizes and facilitates the music ministry’s monthly meetings that are conducted to discuss, plan, and coordinate church activities, including both regular and special Eucharistic celebrations as well as other areas of the Parish life that require the services of this group.

In addition to playing on weekday masses and his regular stint at the Saturday 5:30 pm and the Sunday 8:15 and 11:45 am masses, Gerard also provides support to the other choral groups when needed and requested. On certain special church celebrations, Gerard organizes a unified choir, which is a collaboration of available members of the different choral groups, to provide music during such grand occasions.

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5:30 PM Saturday Mass
Glory and Praise Choir

Coordinator:  Gerard Mirandilla
732-330-0343
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com

Glory and praise choir group photo
This choir that sings in Saturday 5:30 pm vigil mass is primarily, but not exclusively, composed of Filipino-American parishioners. Each week’s songs are carefully selected from the hymnal to echo the message of the Mass readings. The group’s music is enhanced by piano, string (violin and guitar), percussion (beat box), flute and other wind instrument accompaniment. Even with its initial membership profile, the group does not actually limit itself to a particular ethnic affiliation and therefore welcomes any interested parishioner to join the choir.

The group rehearses with the 8:15 am Sunday choir on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Epps Bridge Chapel.
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7:30 PM Saturday Spanish Mass
Luz y Esperanza Choir

Coordinator: Jorge Galdamez
706-818-3669

Spanish Choir meets Friday 7:00pm in the basement or Conference Room. Music for the 7:30 PM Vigil Mass, celebrated in Spanish, is combined from Central and South American cultures. It is accompanied by guitar, piano, and percussion instruments
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8:00 AM Sunday
Glory and Praise Choir
Coordinator:  Gerard Mirandilla
732-330-0343
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com

From the quartet that comprised this group in the early 2000s, this choir has grown considerably to its current ensemble of singers and instrumentalists. As each Sunday morning is refreshingly ushered in, this group leads the congregation in singing at the 1st morning Mass of the day. This choir sings a mix of traditional and contemporary music that enhances the understanding and appreciation of the biblical readings for the week. The melodious choral arrangements are usually augmented by piano, organ, violin, and flute accompaniment. Anyone – including those with the slightest interest in music but with some strong enthusiasm to sing – is invited to join this choir. As the recent additions to the group would attest, singing in a choir like this has been truly enjoyable and spiritually uplifting.
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10:00 AM Sunday
St. Cecilia Choir
Coordinator:  Mark Wenthe
706-247-6839
wenthem@gmail.com

The choir for the 10:00 AM Mass leads the congregation in singing and encourages all parishioners to participate. It does this through primarily traditional church music of composers from the classics to modern, from Gregorian chant to folk music, blending men’s and women’s voices in harmony or unison. The choir is accompanied by the organ. The choir is open to all. One does not have to have a trained singing voice or be able to read music. A love of singing is the only requirement.

The practice is Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:45 and also 9:30 am prior to mass.
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12:00 PM Sunday
Glory and Praise Choir
Coordinator: Gerard Mirandilla
732-330-0343
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com

The music at the 11:45 Mass is provided by an adult contemporary group. Most songs are taken from the Glory and Praise songbook. Instruments include guitar, bass, piano, flutes, and saxophone. New members are always welcome, especially singers.

We practice at 6:30PM in the Chapel at Epps Bridge on Tuesday.  During the summer, we practice every other week.

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2:00 PM Sunday
Laudate Si Choir
Coordinator: Vitelio Tejada
706-224-0024
fvtejada@gmail.com
The practice is Sunday mornings at 12:00 noon on the front steps of St. Joseph School
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Praise band choir

6:00 PM Sunday
Praise Band Choir
Coordinator: Chris Henderson
706-255-6701
cwhenderson@charter.net

The Praise Band shares their ministry primarily in Christian contemporary music. The ensemble is comprised of members of high school juniors or seniors, UGA students and other members of the parish family. On any given Sunday, the 6:00 pm Eucharistic celebration may be supplemented with vocals, guitar, piano, and drums.

The Praise Band rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, and is open to new members with a heartfelt desire to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
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children's choir

Children’s Choir
Coordinator: Julia Seymour
juliamseymour@outlook.com

In addition to our many choirs for adults, we are also blessed to have the Children’s Choir at St. Joseph Parish! The choir is made up of children and teens, Kindergarten through 12th grade, and they lead the music at the monthly 11:45am Family Mass.  They also sing at the annual Parish Christmas Party, Annual Tea Party, Hispanic Community Christmas Party, at the Nursing Home during the Holy Week Mission, and at other Parish events.

They practice at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays in the Music room, #303, at St. Joseph School and always welcome new members to join them.

2019:
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19, 26
April 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14

Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and Greeters welcome and assist parishioners to find seating during Mass, take up the collections, find someone to bring up the offertory gifts, and distribute bulletins as parishioners leave.

If you are interested in becoming an Usher or Greeter, please contact:
Al Johnson
706-340-0636
al6218@bellsouth.net

The life of a Catholic makes no sense unless it is a life of constant spiritual growth. To cease to grow in our spiritual lives is to become indifferent to God, deaf to Christ’s constant loving call to us. It is our duty — and it should be our joy — to strive to grow toward Christ in the way that a flower grows toward the sun.

These ministries give us the opportunity to not only serve the Lord but to also grow our faith beyond our Confirmation into the Church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is both a prayer and a ministry.

monstrance with the consecrated hostAs a prayer, we adore and glorify God, thanking him for the gift of his Son. Adoration is one way we come closer to God.

As a ministry, we take time out of our busy day to be in the presence of our Lord.  Every Friday with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament those called to this ministry are asked to commit an hour of their time and remain in the presence of our Lord.  During the day when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed a Guardian must be present.

If you feel called to serve our Lord as a Guardian of the Blessed Sacrament, please contact:

Dori Porter
706-621-3234
doriporter@gmail.com

Adult Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study: Walking with Purpose
Walking with Purpose is a Catholic women’s Bible study program that aims to help
women develop a deeper relationship with Christ through the study of the Scriptures. The classes meet September-April on Thursday mornings at 9 am till 11 am in the Youth Room and begin with refreshments and coffee. The cost is $75 which includes all course materials and childcare. Pre-registration is required to participate. The advanced-level courses are offered each year on a rotating basis. Newcomers are always welcome!

For more information, please contact:
Heather Gardner                                  Jenny Williams
706-362-6416                                            404-606-0487
georgiacatholic@gmail.com                      collard.williams@gmail.com 

Men’s Bible Study: 
All men are welcome to join this year-round Catholic men’s program focusing on the role of men in their families and the church.
Meetings are held Wednesdays at 6:30 AM with coffee and donuts served at 6:15 am; no childcare is available.

For more information, please contact:
Phil Tybor
p-tybor@charter.net

Funeral Planning

When a loved one dies those who are left behind are often unable to cope with the tasks necessary to lay their loved one to rest, particularly if the death was unexpected. One of these tasks is the planning of the Funeral Liturgy including the selection of appropriate readings, ensuring a priest and altar servers are available, and coordinating the music for the liturgy.

If you would like more information about this ministry, please contact:
George Gazda 
706-548-4647

Dee Elliott 
770-725-0483
tbyet@yahoo.com

If your family has experienced a death and you need to plan a  funeral, please contact the Parish office:
706-548-6223.
secretary@stjosephathens.com

Home Groups

The St. Joseph Home Groups or small groups program is alive and vibrant in our parish. These are groups of 10-12 adults meeting in people’s homes or even at a restaurant or pub. Our goal is to break bread together, break into the Word and Faith together and then break out into the world. We discuss the faith using great Catholic and priest-approved studies such as The Bible and Virgin Mary, The Bible, and the Sacraments, the Catholicism series by Bishop Barron and other such similar studies. Each group selects a Facilitator, a Parish contact, and a coordinator to handle schedule and meals.

For more about this ministry, please contact:
Ben and Jenny Williams
404-606-0487
williamsatown@gmail.com

Liturgy of the Hours

The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office is often referred to as the Breviary and is the official set of prayers “marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer”.

Readings and prayers are held in the Chapel.
8:10 AM,  Monday – Saturday.

liturgy of the hours picture

Prayer Groups

Charismatic Group
Grupo Carismatico meets every Tuesday from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Room 254

For more information, please contact:
Demetrio Rios
grupocarismatico@stjosephathens.com

Women’s Evening of Reflection
We have a new program for women this year, An Evening of Reflection.
Beginning with Mass and Adoration, the evening will also include dinner and discussion on a variety of topics. The group meets on the second Monday of the month.

For more information, please contact:
Tracy Cullom
cullomfamily@gmail.com

As we become aware of other prayer groups we will list them here.
If you have a group you would like to have listed please contact the Parish Office:
706-548-6332

Sick and Homebound

The Sick and Homebound ministry is dedicated to assisting those members of our parish who are unable to participate fully in our parish life due to illness or another incapacity. This may include bringing the Holy Eucharist to these parishioners. Because of the highly vulnerable nature of those being ministered to, the Archdiocese requires volunteers in this ministry undergo special training as well as a background check.

If you are in need of a visit,  please contact the Parish office:
706-548-6332
secretary@stjosephathens.com

If you are interested in assisting in this ministry, please contact:
Mary Lauren Schroeder 
706-254-6675
marylaurenschroeder@gmail.com

The parish community has a special role in promoting participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community.

The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. Not only are they where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, but where believers join in fellowship. An extension of our own homes, our Parish is the heart of our Catholic community. Parish life enables God’s people to meet Jesus in word, sacrament and in each other.

Check out our Photo Albums to see some of the fun things we do at St. Joseph’s!

Athens Catholic Radio

Athens Catholic Radio is a ministry dedicated to reaching and serving our community through an encouraging, Christian community that learns and prays together.

The station broadcasts EWTN Radio programming in English and Spanish, delivering a schedule tailored to the needs of our unique community. Programs include EWTN live, EWTN Classics, Radio Catolica Mundail as well as several popular EWTN talk shows.

Athens Catholic Radio operates under the authority of an Advisory Board under the direction of St. Joseph Pastoral Parish Council.

Check out their website for programming schedules:
https://www.athenscatholicradio.com/

For more information, contact:

George Sigalas
athenscatholicradio@gmail.com

Columbiettes

The St. Joan of Arc Auxilliary 6514 of the Columbiettes is a growing organization of Catholic women focusing on using their talents and creativity to foster our charitable contributions as well as our spiritual growth.

We are affiliated with and work hand-in-hand with our brother Knights of Columbus.

The St. Joan of Arc Auxiliary was founded on April 12th, 2008.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in room 255 at the Epps Bridge campus.

If you have questions or need more information, contact:

stjoescolumbiettes@gmail.com

Craft Guild

The St Joseph Craft Guild is a group of volunteers who create craft items from materials they provide as well as donated.   The guild holds an annual sale and will also rent out stalls to other crafters to raise additional money for various charities.

If you are interested in donating materials or learning more about the group, please contact:
Raymonde Mickelsen
706-543-3443
savoyarde40@gmail.com

The following pictures were taken during one of our past Craft Guild Sales.

craft guild projects

Gift Shop

Our gift shop is located upstairs in Room 253. We are open twice monthly and have a wide selection of religious items including rosaries, statues, books and more!

For more information on this ministry, please contact:
Laura Onstott
706-296-3498
laurag1018@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus

Deacon William P. Lakin, Council 6514

The Deacon William P. Lakin, Council 6514 of the Knights of Columbus is a growing organization of Catholic men focusing on using their talents and creativity to foster our charitable contributions as well as our spiritual growth.

We are affiliated with and work hand-in-hand with our sister Columbiettes.

The Council consists of members from St. Joseph Parish and the UGA Catholic Center. Members work closely with the Athens community, providing funds for various projects, and charities with members also being active participants in their parish and the local catholic schools.

For more information, visit http://www.kofc6514.com or contact:

George Johnson
706-372-2898

georgejohnson55@hotmail.com

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Nursery

We provide a nursery for our during our 10:00 AM and 11:45 AM Sunday Masses. Located in the school Pre-K/Kindergarten room, we welcome children 6 months to 4 years old.

For more about this ministry or to volunteer, please contact:
Jenny Williams
404-606-0487
collard.williams@gmail.com

Welcome Committee

The Welcome Committee greets visitors and newly registered parishioners with a warm welcome and encouragement to become an active member of our parish. They also facilitate registrations after weekend Masses and hosts social events for new parishioners.

If you are interested in joining this committee or need more information, please contact:
Dave and Betty Beck
706-353-8018
eybeck@bellsouth.net

Young at Heart

The Young at Heart Ministry was started here at St Joseph’s more than 35 years ago.  It is geared towards senior citizens and anyone else who is “young at heart”.

The group provides an opportunity to share faith, fun, and food as we meet for lunch in the Fellowship Hall following  First Friday Mass, which is held at 12 Noon the first Friday of each month, September through May.

Volunteers provide the food or arrange for catering. We celebrate monthly holidays, birthdays and other milestones, and we have drawings for door prizes.

For more information, please contact:
Betty Anne Dye
706-549-8223
badye1@gmail.com

Our social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding that every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to a life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment.

Through our Human Rights and Social Concerns Committee, we seek to address the many issues that confront us…poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, and immigration– educate and advocate for the least among us.

To find out more and how you might help, please contact:
Deacon Jim Gaudin
jmgaudin2@gmail.com

Click here for information from the US Bishops on:
Justice and Peace

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Interfaith Hospitality Network of AthensThe Interfaith Hospitality Network is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families in the Athens area. They are located at 393 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601 and depend on volunteers to carry out their mission.

To find out more about the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens please visit their website.

If you are interested in volunteering through St. Joseph, please contact:
Deacon Jim Gaudin
jgaudin@charter.net

Jeanne Das
706-247-1326
jeannedas@hotmail.com

Prison Ministry

Athens-Clarke County JailIn this ministry, we visit and/or write to prisoners at the Athens-Clarke County Jail who request a visit or mail.  Bible study for prisoners is conducted periodically when the Chaplain of the Jail contacts us to set up a date/time.

The Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph’s conducts a Spanish service/Bible Study on the 4th Thursday of every month.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Prison Ministry, please contact:
Charles or Dori Porter
706-621-3747
c.porter5@gmail.com

Religious Freedom

Our religious freedom as Americans is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”

The Religious Freedom Committee of St. Joseph’s parish aims to guard and protect the religious freedom that we enjoy as citizens of the United States. We inform our parish of issues that threaten religious freedom and recommend courses of action to combat these threats. We are not a partisan group, and we confront these issues wherever they may exist.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Religious Freedom Ministry, please contact:
Marty Lendenham
706-255-7937

classicbio@charter.net

Who We Are: 

This committee was formed on July Fourth, 2013, to take action against the attack on religious freedom that is included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. This act defines a religious organization in a way that includes only the worship facility and excludes many of our charitable organizations as well as our educational institutions. Yet Holy Scripture tells us in the Epistle of St. James that worship is only the beginning of the true definition. “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves . . . . Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Our American bishops have called for our support for religious freedom, and we are acting in response to their call.

It is important to note that leaders of other religions have joined the Catholic Church in protesting these provisions of the ACA. Among those testifying before Congress and speaking out against the violation of the First Amendment were Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Jewish leaders.

What We Do: 

We informed our parish of the unjust provisions of the ACA. We conducted a letter writing campaign directed towards the two Georgia senators and our representatives in the House, as well as Speaker of the House John Boehner. We asked each of these elected officials to support the Healthcare Conscience Rights Act, which will protect people of all faiths. On the weekend of August 17-18, nearly 300 parishioners signed letters to these officials that were then mailed by the Religious Freedom Committee.

How You Can Help:

Stay informed! 
The Human Life Action Life Center is the U.S. Bishops public policy arm and is a great way to keep up to date on all issues.

Contact your elected officials!
Write our U.S. Senators at:

Office of Senator (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Write our US Representatives at:
Office of Representative (Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Call the US Capitol Switchboard at:
(202) 224-3121

CALL TO PRAYER

Join us on the third Saturday of each month at the 8:30 AM Mass at Prince Avenue which is dedicated for all persecuted Christians and other believers. Mass is followed by a Rosary.

Also on the third weekend of each month before all Masses, we recite the US Bishop’s  Prayer for Religious Liberty

Respect-Life Ministry

Respect Life Advocates is a pro-life organization at St. Joseph Parish formed to promote the Catholic Church’s teaching on the respect, care and protection of human life from conception to natural death.

For more information on this ministry,  please contact:
Rosemary Risse
lrisse@bellsouth.net

St. Joseph Charities

“Conditional assistance is given with unconditional love” 

St. Joseph Charities assists our parishioners and others in our community who have emergency financial needs.  We serve Clarke, Oconee, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties and work by appointment only.

The Charities office accepts calls Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to Noon. Their direct line is (706) 850-7777

Clients are interviewed and if eligible will meet with a trained volunteer to determine possible assistance with rent/mortgage or non-narcotic prescriptions. All clients leave with a plan in place to try to resolve their financial problems in the future.

For more information about St Joseph Charities or to volunteer, please contact:
Dee Elliott
tbeyet@yahoo.com

Liturgy

The most important thing we do at St. Joseph is to gather together to celebrate Sunday Eucharist. When we share Eucharist, we become more and more the one we remember, the one we praise and thank, and the one whose Body and Blood we eat and drink.  In short, we become the Body of Jesus, the Christ.  When we celebrate Eucharist, Jesus is present, visible, and active in and through us, continuing his work in the world, loving the world on behalf of the Father.

Through our Liturgy Committee, we help facilitate the celebration of the liturgy by providing  Altar Servers to assist the celebrant, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for distributing the Eucharist, Ushers for seating the congregation and collecting the offertory, Announcers to introduce the Liturgy, Lectors to proclaim the Scriptures, Greeters to welcome those who come to Mass, and Music to enhance the worship experience.

If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact

David Wilkinson
404-444-3444

dbwilkinson@live.com

Altar Servers

altar servers at st. josephAltar Servers assist the priest during Mass and may be boys or girls who have made their First Communion.

For the most comprehensive information about this role please read the Altar Server Manual 

If you are interested in applying, please print out and complete the  Altar Server Application form below and submit.

For more information, please contact:
John Andrew Seymour
706-248-5527 
jas392@gmail.com

For scheduling, please contact:
Renee Dempsey
678-371-8479
rdempsey03@gmail.com

For altar server registration click here

REMINDERS

*Please refer to the handbook for additional details

  • If you cannot serve but are scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.  You will notice on the schedule that the individual’s email address is listed below their name.  This will make it easy for you to contact others that serve during the same mass times.  If you are sick please send an email to those that you are serving with to let them know that you will be absent.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before mass and remember to sign in.  We will be tracking attendance.
  • Please remember to dress appropriately.  Dark pants (no shorts or jeans), solid color shirt, black shoes (closed-toe – no sneakers, sandals, flip flops or platform shoes), long hair should be in a ponytail or bun. Altar servers who are not dressed appropriately may be asked to not serve that day.

Altar Society

This is a special group that often works in concert with the Art and Environment ministry.  Four teams alternate each week to collect and wash altar linens, and straighten and dust the sanctuary and the chapel.  A team will volunteer for three hours each month.  They do not vacuum, wash windows or do heavy cleaning.  Three times a year there is a workday and all members are invited to assist.

For more information on this ministry, please contact Chairperson:
Lola Gazda
706 548-4647

lgazda960@gmail.com

Arts and Environment

This group is responsible for the overall appearance of the sanctuary including coordination of the banners with the liturgical seasons and the placement of flowers and other items to make the sanctuary a more appealing and prayerful environment for worship. This is especially done during Holy Days, Easter Tridium,  Advent and Christmas.

If you are interested in helping with this ministry please contact:

MaryLou Griffin
706-372-6071

Extraordinary Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest in the distribution of Communion during the Liturgy and in visits to those ill or homebound.

For the most comprehensive information about  this ministry please read
How to Become an Extraordinary Minister

If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please contact:

David Wilkinson
404-444-3444
dbwilkinson@live.com

Flower Donations

This ministry ensures that we have flowers around the altar and in the sanctuary each week. These flowers are usually donated by parishioners in celebration of happy events or in memory of special loved ones. We also offer opportunities to donate for our annual Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias.  Volunteers also water, care and replaced when necessary.

If you are interested in joining this ministry or donating flowers for use in the sanctuary, please contact:

Bev Fricks
404-408-0894
bevfricks@gmail.com

Lectors

This ministry is responsible for the reading of the Word of God during liturgies, along with reciting prayers of the faithful and giving announcements or other directions as needed.  Training is held periodically throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining this ministry area, please contact:
Jeanne Das
706-247-1326
jeannedas@hotmail.com

Additional information about the responsibilities of this ministry area can be found
in The Effective Lector.

Music and Choirs

This ministry is responsible for providing music for all liturgies to enhance and enrich each parishioner’s religious experience. Anyone interested in participating in this ministry should contact the respective coordinators listed below.

Music Ministry group picture

Director of Music Ministries
Gerard Mirandilla
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com
706-206-8178

 

Gerard oversees and directs the ministry’s activities. He organizes and facilitates the music ministry’s monthly meetings that are conducted to discuss, plan, and coordinate church activities, including both regular and special Eucharistic celebrations as well as other areas of the Parish life that require the services of this group.

In addition to playing on weekday masses and his regular stint at the Saturday 5:30 pm and the Sunday 8:15 and 11:45 am masses, Gerard also provides support to the other choral groups when needed and requested. On certain special church celebrations, Gerard organizes a unified choir, which is a collaboration of available members of the different choral groups, to provide music during such grand occasions.

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5:30 PM Saturday Mass
Glory and Praise Choir

Coordinator:  Gerard Mirandilla
732-330-0343
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com

Glory and praise choir group photo
This choir that sings in Saturday 5:30 pm vigil mass is primarily, but not exclusively, composed of Filipino-American parishioners. Each week’s songs are carefully selected from the hymnal to echo the message of the Mass readings. The group’s music is enhanced by piano, string (violin and guitar), percussion (beat box), flute and other wind instrument accompaniment. Even with its initial membership profile, the group does not actually limit itself to a particular ethnic affiliation and therefore welcomes any interested parishioner to join the choir.

The group rehearses with the 8:15 am Sunday choir on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Epps Bridge Chapel.
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7:30 PM Saturday Spanish Mass
Luz y Esperanza Choir

Coordinator: Jorge Galdamez
706-818-3669

Spanish Choir meets Friday 7:00pm in the basement or Conference Room. Music for the 7:30 PM Vigil Mass, celebrated in Spanish, is combined from Central and South American cultures. It is accompanied by guitar, piano, and percussion instruments
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8:00 AM Sunday
Glory and Praise Choir
Coordinator:  Gerard Mirandilla
732-330-0343
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com

From the quartet that comprised this group in the early 2000s, this choir has grown considerably to its current ensemble of singers and instrumentalists. As each Sunday morning is refreshingly ushered in, this group leads the congregation in singing at the 1st morning Mass of the day. This choir sings a mix of traditional and contemporary music that enhances the understanding and appreciation of the biblical readings for the week. The melodious choral arrangements are usually augmented by piano, organ, violin, and flute accompaniment. Anyone – including those with the slightest interest in music but with some strong enthusiasm to sing – is invited to join this choir. As the recent additions to the group would attest, singing in a choir like this has been truly enjoyable and spiritually uplifting.
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10:00 AM Sunday
St. Cecilia Choir
Coordinator:  Mark Wenthe
706-247-6839
wenthem@gmail.com

The choir for the 10:00 AM Mass leads the congregation in singing and encourages all parishioners to participate. It does this through primarily traditional church music of composers from the classics to modern, from Gregorian chant to folk music, blending men’s and women’s voices in harmony or unison. The choir is accompanied by the organ. The choir is open to all. One does not have to have a trained singing voice or be able to read music. A love of singing is the only requirement.

The practice is Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:45 and also 9:30 am prior to mass.
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12:00 PM Sunday
Glory and Praise Choir
Coordinator: Gerard Mirandilla
732-330-0343
gmirandilla@stjosephathens.com

The music at the 11:45 Mass is provided by an adult contemporary group. Most songs are taken from the Glory and Praise songbook. Instruments include guitar, bass, piano, flutes, and saxophone. New members are always welcome, especially singers.

We practice at 6:30PM in the Chapel at Epps Bridge on Tuesday.  During the summer, we practice every other week.

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2:00 PM Sunday
Laudate Si Choir
Coordinator: Vitelio Tejada
706-224-0024
fvtejada@gmail.com
The practice is Sunday mornings at 12:00 noon on the front steps of St. Joseph School
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Praise band choir

6:00 PM Sunday
Praise Band Choir
Coordinator: Chris Henderson
706-255-6701
cwhenderson@charter.net

The Praise Band shares their ministry primarily in Christian contemporary music. The ensemble is comprised of members of high school juniors or seniors, UGA students and other members of the parish family. On any given Sunday, the 6:00 pm Eucharistic celebration may be supplemented with vocals, guitar, piano, and drums.

The Praise Band rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm, and is open to new members with a heartfelt desire to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
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children's choir

Children’s Choir
Coordinator: Julia Seymour
juliamseymour@outlook.com

In addition to our many choirs for adults, we are also blessed to have the Children’s Choir at St. Joseph Parish! The choir is made up of children and teens, Kindergarten through 12th grade, and they lead the music at the monthly 11:45am Family Mass.  They also sing at the annual Parish Christmas Party, Annual Tea Party, Hispanic Community Christmas Party, at the Nursing Home during the Holy Week Mission, and at other Parish events.

They practice at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays in the Music room, #303, at St. Joseph School and always welcome new members to join them.

2019:
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 19, 26
April 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14

Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and Greeters welcome and assist parishioners to find seating during Mass, take up the collections, find someone to bring up the offertory gifts, and distribute bulletins as parishioners leave.

If you are interested in becoming an Usher or Greeter, please contact:
Al Johnson
706-340-0636
al6218@bellsouth.net

Spiritual Life

The life of a Catholic makes no sense unless it is a life of constant spiritual growth. To cease to grow in our spiritual lives is to become indifferent to God, deaf to Christ’s constant loving call to us. It is our duty — and it should be our joy — to strive to grow toward Christ in the way that a flower grows toward the sun.

These ministries give us the opportunity to not only serve the Lord but to also grow our faith beyond our Confirmation into the Church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is both a prayer and a ministry.

monstrance with the consecrated hostAs a prayer, we adore and glorify God, thanking him for the gift of his Son. Adoration is one way we come closer to God.

As a ministry, we take time out of our busy day to be in the presence of our Lord.  Every Friday with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament those called to this ministry are asked to commit an hour of their time and remain in the presence of our Lord.  During the day when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed a Guardian must be present.

If you feel called to serve our Lord as a Guardian of the Blessed Sacrament, please contact:

Dori Porter
706-621-3234
doriporter@gmail.com

Adult Bible Study

Women’s Bible Study: Walking with Purpose
Walking with Purpose is a Catholic women’s Bible study program that aims to help
women develop a deeper relationship with Christ through the study of the Scriptures. The classes meet September-April on Thursday mornings at 9 am till 11 am in the Youth Room and begin with refreshments and coffee. The cost is $75 which includes all course materials and childcare. Pre-registration is required to participate. The advanced-level courses are offered each year on a rotating basis. Newcomers are always welcome!

For more information, please contact:
Heather Gardner                                  Jenny Williams
706-362-6416                                            404-606-0487
georgiacatholic@gmail.com                      collard.williams@gmail.com 

Men’s Bible Study: 
All men are welcome to join this year-round Catholic men’s program focusing on the role of men in their families and the church.
Meetings are held Wednesdays at 6:30 AM with coffee and donuts served at 6:15 am; no childcare is available.

For more information, please contact:
Phil Tybor
p-tybor@charter.net

Funeral Planning

When a loved one dies those who are left behind are often unable to cope with the tasks necessary to lay their loved one to rest, particularly if the death was unexpected. One of these tasks is the planning of the Funeral Liturgy including the selection of appropriate readings, ensuring a priest and altar servers are available, and coordinating the music for the liturgy.

If you would like more information about this ministry, please contact:
George Gazda 
706-548-4647

Dee Elliott 
770-725-0483
tbyet@yahoo.com

If your family has experienced a death and you need to plan a  funeral, please contact the Parish office:
706-548-6223.
secretary@stjosephathens.com

Home Groups

The St. Joseph Home Groups or small groups program is alive and vibrant in our parish. These are groups of 10-12 adults meeting in people’s homes or even at a restaurant or pub. Our goal is to break bread together, break into the Word and Faith together and then break out into the world. We discuss the faith using great Catholic and priest-approved studies such as The Bible and Virgin Mary, The Bible, and the Sacraments, the Catholicism series by Bishop Barron and other such similar studies. Each group selects a Facilitator, a Parish contact, and a coordinator to handle schedule and meals.

For more about this ministry, please contact:
Ben and Jenny Williams
404-606-0487
williamsatown@gmail.com

Liturgy of the Hours

The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office is often referred to as the Breviary and is the official set of prayers “marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer”.

Readings and prayers are held in the Chapel.
8:10 AM,  Monday – Saturday.

liturgy of the hours picture

Prayer Groups

Charismatic Group
Grupo Carismatico meets every Tuesday from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Room 254

For more information, please contact:
Demetrio Rios
grupocarismatico@stjosephathens.com

Women’s Evening of Reflection
We have a new program for women this year, An Evening of Reflection.
Beginning with Mass and Adoration, the evening will also include dinner and discussion on a variety of topics. The group meets on the second Monday of the month.

For more information, please contact:
Tracy Cullom
cullomfamily@gmail.com

As we become aware of other prayer groups we will list them here.
If you have a group you would like to have listed please contact the Parish Office:
706-548-6332

Sick and Homebound

The Sick and Homebound ministry is dedicated to assisting those members of our parish who are unable to participate fully in our parish life due to illness or another incapacity. This may include bringing the Holy Eucharist to these parishioners. Because of the highly vulnerable nature of those being ministered to, the Archdiocese requires volunteers in this ministry undergo special training as well as a background check.

If you are in need of a visit,  please contact the Parish office:
706-548-6332
secretary@stjosephathens.com

If you are interested in assisting in this ministry, please contact:
Mary Lauren Schroeder 
706-254-6675
marylaurenschroeder@gmail.com

Parish Life

The parish community has a special role in promoting participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community.

The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. Not only are they where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, but where believers join in fellowship. An extension of our own homes, our Parish is the heart of our Catholic community. Parish life enables God’s people to meet Jesus in word, sacrament and in each other.

Check out our Photo Albums to see some of the fun things we do at St. Joseph’s!

Athens Catholic Radio

Athens Catholic Radio is a ministry dedicated to reaching and serving our community through an encouraging, Christian community that learns and prays together.

The station broadcasts EWTN Radio programming in English and Spanish, delivering a schedule tailored to the needs of our unique community. Programs include EWTN live, EWTN Classics, Radio Catolica Mundail as well as several popular EWTN talk shows.

Athens Catholic Radio operates under the authority of an Advisory Board under the direction of St. Joseph Pastoral Parish Council.

Check out their website for programming schedules:
https://www.athenscatholicradio.com/

For more information, contact:

George Sigalas
athenscatholicradio@gmail.com

Columbiettes

The St. Joan of Arc Auxilliary 6514 of the Columbiettes is a growing organization of Catholic women focusing on using their talents and creativity to foster our charitable contributions as well as our spiritual growth.

We are affiliated with and work hand-in-hand with our brother Knights of Columbus.

The St. Joan of Arc Auxiliary was founded on April 12th, 2008.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in room 255 at the Epps Bridge campus.

If you have questions or need more information, contact:

stjoescolumbiettes@gmail.com

Craft Guild

The St Joseph Craft Guild is a group of volunteers who create craft items from materials they provide as well as donated.   The guild holds an annual sale and will also rent out stalls to other crafters to raise additional money for various charities.

If you are interested in donating materials or learning more about the group, please contact:
Raymonde Mickelsen
706-543-3443
savoyarde40@gmail.com

The following pictures were taken during one of our past Craft Guild Sales.

craft guild projects

Gift Shop

Our gift shop is located upstairs in Room 253. We are open twice monthly and have a wide selection of religious items including rosaries, statues, books and more!

For more information on this ministry, please contact:
Laura Onstott
706-296-3498
laurag1018@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus

Deacon William P. Lakin, Council 6514

The Deacon William P. Lakin, Council 6514 of the Knights of Columbus is a growing organization of Catholic men focusing on using their talents and creativity to foster our charitable contributions as well as our spiritual growth.

We are affiliated with and work hand-in-hand with our sister Columbiettes.

The Council consists of members from St. Joseph Parish and the UGA Catholic Center. Members work closely with the Athens community, providing funds for various projects, and charities with members also being active participants in their parish and the local catholic schools.

For more information, visit http://www.kofc6514.com or contact:

George Johnson
706-372-2898

georgejohnson55@hotmail.com

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Nursery

We provide a nursery for our during our 10:00 AM and 11:45 AM Sunday Masses. Located in the school Pre-K/Kindergarten room, we welcome children 6 months to 4 years old.

For more about this ministry or to volunteer, please contact:
Jenny Williams
404-606-0487
collard.williams@gmail.com

Welcome Committee

The Welcome Committee greets visitors and newly registered parishioners with a warm welcome and encouragement to become an active member of our parish. They also facilitate registrations after weekend Masses and hosts social events for new parishioners.

If you are interested in joining this committee or need more information, please contact:
Dave and Betty Beck
706-353-8018
eybeck@bellsouth.net

Young at Heart

The Young at Heart Ministry was started here at St Joseph’s more than 35 years ago.  It is geared towards senior citizens and anyone else who is “young at heart”.

The group provides an opportunity to share faith, fun, and food as we meet for lunch in the Fellowship Hall following  First Friday Mass, which is held at 12 Noon the first Friday of each month, September through May.

Volunteers provide the food or arrange for catering. We celebrate monthly holidays, birthdays and other milestones, and we have drawings for door prizes.

For more information, please contact:
Betty Anne Dye
706-549-8223
badye1@gmail.com

Human and Social Concerns

Our social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding that every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to a life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment.

Through our Human Rights and Social Concerns Committee, we seek to address the many issues that confront us…poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, and immigration– educate and advocate for the least among us.

To find out more and how you might help, please contact:
Deacon Jim Gaudin
jmgaudin2@gmail.com

Click here for information from the US Bishops on:
Justice and Peace

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Interfaith Hospitality Network of AthensThe Interfaith Hospitality Network is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families in the Athens area. They are located at 393 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601 and depend on volunteers to carry out their mission.

To find out more about the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens please visit their website.

If you are interested in volunteering through St. Joseph, please contact:
Deacon Jim Gaudin
jgaudin@charter.net

Jeanne Das
706-247-1326
jeannedas@hotmail.com

Prison Ministry

Athens-Clarke County JailIn this ministry, we visit and/or write to prisoners at the Athens-Clarke County Jail who request a visit or mail.  Bible study for prisoners is conducted periodically when the Chaplain of the Jail contacts us to set up a date/time.

The Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph’s conducts a Spanish service/Bible Study on the 4th Thursday of every month.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Prison Ministry, please contact:
Charles or Dori Porter
706-621-3747
c.porter5@gmail.com

Religious Freedom

Our religious freedom as Americans is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”

The Religious Freedom Committee of St. Joseph’s parish aims to guard and protect the religious freedom that we enjoy as citizens of the United States. We inform our parish of issues that threaten religious freedom and recommend courses of action to combat these threats. We are not a partisan group, and we confront these issues wherever they may exist.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Religious Freedom Ministry, please contact:
Marty Lendenham
706-255-7937

classicbio@charter.net

Who We Are: 

This committee was formed on July Fourth, 2013, to take action against the attack on religious freedom that is included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. This act defines a religious organization in a way that includes only the worship facility and excludes many of our charitable organizations as well as our educational institutions. Yet Holy Scripture tells us in the Epistle of St. James that worship is only the beginning of the true definition. “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves . . . . Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Our American bishops have called for our support for religious freedom, and we are acting in response to their call.

It is important to note that leaders of other religions have joined the Catholic Church in protesting these provisions of the ACA. Among those testifying before Congress and speaking out against the violation of the First Amendment were Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Jewish leaders.

What We Do: 

We informed our parish of the unjust provisions of the ACA. We conducted a letter writing campaign directed towards the two Georgia senators and our representatives in the House, as well as Speaker of the House John Boehner. We asked each of these elected officials to support the Healthcare Conscience Rights Act, which will protect people of all faiths. On the weekend of August 17-18, nearly 300 parishioners signed letters to these officials that were then mailed by the Religious Freedom Committee.

How You Can Help:

Stay informed! 
The Human Life Action Life Center is the U.S. Bishops public policy arm and is a great way to keep up to date on all issues.

Contact your elected officials!
Write our U.S. Senators at:

Office of Senator (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Write our US Representatives at:
Office of Representative (Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Call the US Capitol Switchboard at:
(202) 224-3121

CALL TO PRAYER

Join us on the third Saturday of each month at the 8:30 AM Mass at Prince Avenue which is dedicated for all persecuted Christians and other believers. Mass is followed by a Rosary.

Also on the third weekend of each month before all Masses, we recite the US Bishop’s  Prayer for Religious Liberty

Respect-Life Ministry

Respect Life Advocates is a pro-life organization at St. Joseph Parish formed to promote the Catholic Church’s teaching on the respect, care and protection of human life from conception to natural death.

For more information on this ministry,  please contact:
Rosemary Risse
lrisse@bellsouth.net

St. Joseph Charities

“Conditional assistance is given with unconditional love” 

St. Joseph Charities assists our parishioners and others in our community who have emergency financial needs.  We serve Clarke, Oconee, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties and work by appointment only.

The Charities office accepts calls Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to Noon. Their direct line is (706) 850-7777

Clients are interviewed and if eligible will meet with a trained volunteer to determine possible assistance with rent/mortgage or non-narcotic prescriptions. All clients leave with a plan in place to try to resolve their financial problems in the future.

For more information about St Joseph Charities or to volunteer, please contact:
Dee Elliott
tbeyet@yahoo.com