Catholic Women's League (CWL)
The Catholic Women's League (CWL) of Canada, founded on Gospel principles, is a national organization. ecognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as a lay association, CWL is affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations and holds membership in the conference of International Catholic Organizations. Our parish CWL encourages women to deepen their faith, serve their parish through ministry, and offers spiritual growth, friendship, and support.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization in Canada that focuses on aiding those within parish boundaries through home visitations by lay members called Vincentians. This sets them apart from other charities as they provide a compassionate ear. Effective operations require skills such as leadership, administration, and communication. We have opportunities for those who wish to help others, and their food hamper distribution especially during Christmas.
St. Joseph’s Bread Ministry
The St. Joseph's Bread Ministry gathers bread to include in food hampers distributed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) from their St. Joseph's Parish location. Charitable donations of unsold breads from Calgary bakeries are collected every two weeks. These donations are individually packaged and stored to support the SVDP food hamper program, with any excess going to the Drop-In Centre or individuals and families in need. Volunteers are welcome to join on Saturdays to assist with this initiative.
Providing liturgical music and leading the assembly in sung prayer during Sunday Masses and other liturgical celebrations. Previous musical training is not a necessity as long as you sing in pitch, possess strong musicality and love to sing in a group. Attendance for rehearsals are expected. Training can be provided for those wanting to learn more about liturgical music. We also welcome pianists (Gr. 5 skill and above), and other skilled instrumentalists.
PARISH SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Join the parish social committee to make a meaningful impact in your community. Organizing events like the Children's Christmas Party, Grandparents Day, and Pasta Night, we foster belonging and camaraderie. Support other ministries and connect with fellow parishioners. Whether planning or assisting on event days, there are various ways to get involved.
coffee ministry after 11 am Mass
Join our post-11 AM Mass coffee-serving team and be part of our welcoming parish community! Prepare coffee for all to enjoy and build relationships. No commitment required each Sunday—we can accommodate your schedule. Connect with new people and catch up with old friends. This ministry offers a wonderful opportunity to make connections in our church community.
Web and Social Media team
Join our Web and Social Media team to make a community impact with your communication and social media skills! We strive to create an engaging online presence, keeping parishioners connected and informed. We'll work with your schedule to ensure this opportunity fits your life.
At our parish, we rely on the generosity of our community to support our ministries and programs. As such, we need volunteers who can assist us in the timely and accurate counting of weekly collections. We require at least three volunteers on any given counting day, which takes place every Tuesday at 1 PM. If the schedule works for you, we'd love to welcome you aboard!
Hospitality ministry at St. Joseph's parish strive to create an inviting atmosphere for all who enter our doors. We are often the first point of contact for visitors and the reason for their return. With a welcoming smile and friendly greeting, we strive to follow the example of Jesus by showing kindness and care to everyone. Let's create a warm and welcoming environment at St. Joseph's parish, one greeting at a time.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our prayer shawl ministry welcomes all crafters, regardless of experience level! It's an evening of prayer, laughter, sharing, and support. We gather every first Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm in the conference room, praying and knitting items to give to those who are in need of prayer, i.e., someone who has lost a loved one, is ill, in a hospital or nursing home, having a baby, uniting in marriage, or those experiencing times of challenge and/or joy.
Mass is the central prayer and liturgical activity of the Catholic faith community. We assist the assembly by presenting and arranging items used in liturgical celebrations. We reverently and efficiently enable other ministers to attend to their own roles. Since they are visible to all, the Altar Server also models good liturgical participation. We invite any youth who has received their First Holy Communion to join the Altar Server Ministry.
LITURGICAL ENVIRONMENT (DECORATING)
The Liturgical Environment team prepares the worship space to reflect the sacred beauty of the Mass and the liturgical season. We welcome those who have an interest in arts and crafts, arranging and caring for plants/flowers, and have an eye for beauty. Participation can be seasonal (i.e. Christmas/Easter) or on a more regular basis to support with plant care and general maintenance.
The Sunday and celebrated Feast Day readings are read by lay people. Lectors require skill in public reading and an understanding and love for scriptures. Lectors must be committed to the ministry and attend workshops offered to update and improve their skills and changes in practice. In the absence of a cantor, the reader may proclaim the Responsorial Psalm after the First Reading. In the absence of a Deacon, the reader may also read the Prayers of the Faithful from the Ambo after the Homily.
Cantor / Psalmist MINISTRY
As cantor and psalmist, we lead and sustain the congregation in sung prayer, especially during the Liturgy of the Word and/or in singing the Sunday/weekday antiphons. If you are comfortable and poised leading a large group of people in singing, rehearsing music in advance, this might be a ministry for you! You'll rehearse music in advance and attend an orientation, but being a choir member is not a requirement.
Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Assisting the Priest (Ordinary Minister) with the distribution of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. If you are fully initiated in the Catholic Church (baptized and confirmed) and have a great respect, reverence and understanding for the Body and Blood of Christ, you are invited to join the ministry. Orientation is mandatory and will be provided upon approval from our parish priest.
Seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join our team of catechists in preparing children and youth for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Responsibilities include teaching lessons, greeting families, collaborating with team members during monthly sessions and bi-annual retreats, and participating in Sacrament celebrations. Perfect for education students, retired teachers, and individuals passionate about sharing the message of Jesus with our youth.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Join our passionate team of catechists who are eager to share their faith with others! As part of the RCIA program, you will have the opportunity to prepare and lead class discussions under the guidance of the RCIA Coordinator. Through reading, prayer, active listening, and sharing life experiences, you'll experience invaluable rewards such as deepened faith, enhanced understanding of the Word, and a heightened awareness of grace in action.