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Parish Ministries

Visit here to learn about the many and diverse ministries or volunteer activities available at St. Joseph The Worker virtually or in-person pending post-pandemic adjustments!

For more information please contact the Parish Office at 905-432-2300 or through our email stjosephtheworkeros@archtoronto.org

 

Altar Servers

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the Priest in the celebration of the Mass. It is a great privilege to serve at the altar, therefore servers have a solemn responsibility to do their assigned duties with dignity and reverence. Altar servers also model good liturgical participation. To become an altar server is a commitment and an honour. All people of good faith who have had their First Communion and desire to serve are encouraged to serve.

 

Catholic Mom's Group

Fellowship, connect and pray with catholic mom's in the parish; this group is actively meeting virtually on a monthly basis. Contact us via sjw@catholicmomsgroup.com.

Children of the Eucharist

The Children of the Eucharist program engages boys from Kindergarten to grade 2 and girls from Kindergarten to grade 8. This program seeks to actively involve children in the Liturgy while teaching them participation, reverence, and devotion to ultimately instill enthusiasm in children of a variety of ages.

Various roles are tailored to each age group. Younger children serve as bell ringers during the consecration. Children in grade 2 serve as offertory presenters. Older girls serve as Daughters of Mary to deliver the prayers of the faithful. The functions and activities of each group are integrated and provide close interaction between children of different ages, parents, organizers, priests, and the worship community. Children of the Eucharist serve at the 9:00am Sunday Mass.

 

Children's Liturgy

Children's Liturgy at St. Joseph the Worker Parish is available to children from Kindergarten to Grade 2 who have not yet made their First Communion. Our program runs in conjunction with the Liturgical Readings of each Mass.

Parents are asked to bring their children to the Parish Hall prior to the 9:00 a.m. Sunday mass. Children will be returned to their parents, who should be seated in the reserved section of the church, before the Gospel reading.

Choir

The St. Joseph the Worker Parish Choir consists of parishioners with a wide variety of musical talents who share a of love of praising God through song. We are always welcoming new members and while musical experience is helpful, it is not necessary. The choir meets weekly on Tuesday evenings to practice.

Couples for Christ

Couples for Christ (CFC) works for and with Catholic, married couples who want to deepen their faith. They provide support for one another and focus on reviving their relationship with God and responding to the call to holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Membership with CFC begins with a couple's participation in the Christian Life Program, an interactive faith formation program, designed to help couples to discover the essentials of the faith and the sense of their vocation to marriage and family life. 

CFC welcomes all Catholic, married couples and their families to get involved in their various ministries.

For more information, please visit the Couples for Christ website.

Lectors

St. Joseph the Worker Parish welcomes all parishioners who are interested in becoming lectors. 

Lectors are those who recite the readings of the Mass to the congregation. Lectors are required at all masses.

Men's Group - That Man Is You

That Man is You is a men's group focused on the leadership role of men in the modern world. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!

This has proven to be a very powerful program for men of all ages. Registration is free and has been running virtually through the pandemic.

Our programm starts again this fall, on Thursday, September 9. Contact  email: lambert_n@sympatico.ca 

Ministers of Holy Communion

Ministers of Holy Communion aid in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist at each Mass. They help to distribute the Eucharist to the members of the congregation. St. Joseph the Worker Parish welcomes all parishioners who are interested in participating in this ministry.

Oshawa Catholic Chaplaincy

The Oshawa Catholic Chaplaincy is a faith-filled community of university and college students in Oshawa, Ontario.  As a Catholic chalpaincy we wish to give all interested students a spiritual family that emulates the love of Christ. We provide opportunities for fellowship, catechesis, service and the Sacraments while accompanying students throughout their post-secondary journey.  Grow deeper in faith and friendship while discovering your unique passions and gifts - no matter where you are on your faith journey, there's a place for you within the Oshawa Catholic Chaplaincy!
Visit:  https://oshawacatholic.ca/ for more details.

 

Parish Nursing

If you or your loved ones are unable to attend Mass, the Parish Nurse or a member of the Pastoral Visiting Team can bring Communion to you at your home or hospital. 

Please call the Parish Nurse at 905-432-2300 ext. 202 to make arrangements. If you are admitted to hospital please make sure your parish affiliation is noted.

Prayer Group

The Prayer Group at St. Joseph the Worker Parish meets weekly in the Parish Hall on Saturdays between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Pro-Life Group

The Pro-Life Group at St. Joseph the Worker Parish is committed to defending the dignity and sanctity of all human life. The pro-life group works to educate and empower parishioners through participation in various pro-life events and initiatives.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Mission Statement

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:

  • to live the Gospel message
  • by serving Christ in the poor
  • with love, respect, justice and joy.

Values

The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies that as Vincentians, we:

  • see Christ in anyone who suffers;
  • come together as a family;
  • have personal contact with the poor;
  • help in all possible ways.


Seniors' Group

‚ÄčThe Seniors' Group at St. Joseph the Worker Parish gathers weekly in the Parish Hall. Join in for an afternoon of cards and fellowship. 

Serra Club

Serra is a Catholic lay organization for the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, the affirmation of vocations, and the spiritual development of its members. Today, there are more than 1109 Serra clubs in 46 countries with a total membership of more than 19,000 men, women and permanent deacons on six continents.

Serrans are lay Catholics – men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are dedicated to promote and foster vocations.

Serra International (“Serra”) is formally recognized by the Holy See as the global lay apostolate for vocations in the Catholic Church.

Squires

The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. Squires is dedicated to promoting service and the Catholic faith, while providing opportunities for fun and leadership training to young Catholic men. The Squires program also strives to give young men the spiritual and moral guidance that they need to succeed in life. Catholic young men between the ages of 10 and 18 are eligible for membership.

Teams of Our Lady

The Teams of Our Lady is a movement of married spirituality in the Catholic Church. This ministry exists in order to help couples discover the riches of the sacrament of marriage and to live out a married spirituality. Through their example, these couples are witnesses of Christian marriage in the Church and in the world.

Members of Teams of Our Lady unite and place themselves under the patronage of Mary the Mother of God in bearing witness to the richness of the sacrament of marriage and their Christian married spirituality in the Church and in their communities.

The core of Teams of Our Lady is rooted in the Endeavours. The Endeavours are concrete exercises practiced daily with commitment both as a couple and as individuals.

The Endeavours are:

  1. Regular listening to the Word of God
  2. Daily Personal Prayer
  3. Conjugal and Family Prayer
  4. The Monthly Sit-down
  5. The Rule of Life
  6. The Annual Retreat

 

The Catholic Women's League

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

Objectives:

1.      to achieve individual and collective spiritual development

2.      to promote the teachings of the Catholic church

3.      to exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life

4.      to protect the sanctity of life

5.      to enhance the role of women in church and society

6.      to recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere

7.      to uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world

8.     to contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony

Membership is open to all women of the parish.

 

The Knights of Columbus

St. Joseph the Worker Parish is supported by the Knights of Columbus Council 9989.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer and fundraising opportunities in service of the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Catholic men 18 years of age and older are eligible for membership.

 

Young Women's Group

The Young Women's Group (ages 18 to 35)  at St. Joseph the Worker Parish meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 

Youth Group

The Youth Group at St. Joseph the Worker Parish is open to all teens of our parish in grades 9 through 12. Our mission is to provide teens with opportunities to grow in their faith through participation in the Sacraments, prayer, fellowship, and community outreach.