Parish Ministries

Contact information is available for all Ministries through the Parish Office. New members are encouraged and invited to join.

Please call 732 264-0322 X 10 or contact nlopez@stjosephkeyport.org for additional information.

Adult Faith Formation

These programs are offered throughout the year through the All Parish Catechesis Program.

Baptism

Arrangements must be made with the parish office well in advance of the Baptism. Parents must attend pre-Baptismal instruction. Sponsors must obtain a note of suitability from the Pastor of the church where they are members.

Counters

Volunteers work as a team to count and record the weekly offertory collections in the parish office.

Haiti Parish Twinning

Committee

This ministry is dedicated to nurturing understanding, love and solidarity between our parish and the parish of Pignon, Haiti. The program provides the kind of assistance that will empower the people of Pignon to become self-sufficient. The main focus of the ministry is Micro-credit loans and School Sponsorship.

Lectors

The lectors job is to make the Word of God come alive by proclaiming the scriptures to the assembly at each liturgy.  

Ministers to the Sick and

Homebound

Ministers and a parochial vicar visit hospitalized and homebound parishioners distributing the Eucharist and providing spiritual and emotional comfort.

Pastoral Leadership Council

The mission of the PLC is to be an instrument of common counsel for the definition of goals, the determination of policies, and the execution of programs in all matters concerning the spiritual and temporal welfare of the community. The main goal of the PLC is to be the comfortable response network between the parishioners, ministries, and the clergy of the parish and to enable intra-parish communications.

Sacred Heart Prayer

Group

This group gathers every once a week in the parish center to praise and worship God in song and prayer. They place before God the needs of family, friends and the parish community, seeking healing through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Monthly Mass takes place the first friday of the month at 8PM.

Knights of Columbus

Provide fundraising efforts and support of the Parish events.

Youth Ministry

This ministry is open to all youths ages 13-17. Its purpose is to provide a safe place for the young adults of the parish to increase their faith formation while encouraging them to become more involved in the works of the church community.

Altar Rosary Society

The mission of the Altar Rosary Society is to show devotion to our Blessed Virgin Mary and incorporate the teachings of the church with projects which help those less fortunate. Their annual projects work in concert with other parish ministries to provide services to families needing assistance in St. Joseph and neighboring areas.

Bingo

Bingo is held in the Parish Center Gym, a smoke free and air conditioned facility, Wednesdays at 12:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Refreshments available. Bingo workers are always needed and welcome.

Eucharistic Ministers

These ministers serve at the Liturgy regularly. Many also bring Communion to shut-ins and the sick.

Health Ministry

This ministry was designed to assist in the overall health and wellness of the parishioners. It holds monthly blood pressure screenings the second Sunday of the month as well as various Yoga Classes each week. The Health Ministry assists the Lazarus Committee, holds Bereavement Support as well as various support group meetings. It hold an annual Blood Drive and participates in Breast Cancer Annual fundraiser walks. The ministry has a weekly walking club and a Community Garden that is cultivated by them with the proceeds aiding the clients of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Liturgical Planning

Committee

This Committee, under the guidance of the priests, seeks to prepare and enrich all aspects of the liturgy to include the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Music, Art and Environment, Hospitality, praise and service.

Music Ministry

Under the direction of the Music Minister, The choirs perform during the liturgies at special seasonal celebrations as well as at regular weekend Mass. The choirs consist of an Adult Choir, a Children's Choir (Joyful Noise Choir) and cantors who lead the congregation in singing the Lord's word and praise.

RCIA, Rite of Christian

Initiation for Adults

This ministry was designed for those un-catechized youth and adults who wish to become Catholic. This ministry journeys with them and prepares them to move toward the Sacraments of Initiation and welcomes them into a caring, Catholic family community.

Women's Guild

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St. Vincent DePaul Society

Provides aid for families in need of food and/or financial assistance. Activities include: Maintaining an assistance Help Line; A food pantry; Semiannual luncheons for senior citizens; Food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas; and Adopt-a-Family Christmas program.

Altar Servers

All children who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to become Altar Servers. Their main purpose is to assist the priests and deacons during the Liturgy.

Cemetery and Mausoleum

Sales of mausoleum crypts and niches, and burial plots. Opening of crypts, niches and graves for burials.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is a selected group of parishioners with special competence in financial matters and prudent judgment. It is a consultative body, which helps the Pastor and parish manager to act justly and prudently in the administration of the parish’s temporal goods. The Finance

Committee is responsible for the formation of financial policies, including the devising and regular monitoring of parish budget; formation of policies for the proper maintenance of buildings and grounds; long range financial planning; preparation of an annual financial report; and attention

to civil law pertaining to the administration of the temporal goods of the parish.

Lazarus Ministry (Funeral

Assistance)

This ministry consists of volunteers who journey with a family who have lost a loved one through death. They not only assist in arrangements according to the Rite of Christian Burial, but share their time, talent and emotional support.

Marriage

Arrangements must be made with the parish office well in advance of the Marriage.

Parish Religious Education

Program P.R.E.

The religious education ministry, along with their parents, is entrusted with the education of the children of the parish in all church teachings. This ministry consists of a coordinator and volunteers who are trained to instruct their students at each grade level with the curriculum set up by the Church. The P.R.E.P. also prepares those students who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.

Registration

It is recommended that all members of the church be registered with the parish office.

Food Pantry

Collect food located at Jesus the Lord Campus.

Ushers

Assist the congregation in finding seats during the liturgies. Takes up the first and second offertory collections.

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