Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses
Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 8AM, 10AM & 6PM

Weekday Masses
Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9AM

Caleandar of Events
Sat - Oct 21
Weekend Mass
Sun - Oct 22
Sunday Mass
Sat - Oct 28
World Wide Marriage Encounter in School Building

Contact Us

St. Joseph Church
Father Ted J. Mauch
440 Joliet St.
Dyer, Indiana 46311
Phone: 219-865-2271
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Ministries

Ministry and service within the parish, our community, and the Body of Christ is core to the Christian life – and to the lives of the parishioners at St. Joseph Parish. We invite you to become involved and to serve.

For further information on any of these ministries, please contact us.


Main Opportunities for Ministry

EDUCATION/FORMATION COMMISSION

Catechist = teach the Catholic religion/faith to children.

Catechist Aide = helps the Catechist teach the Catholic religion/faith to children

General Assistance for the Religious Education Program = be willing to help the Director of Religious Education where need be.

Adult Faith Formation = help put together a series of programs and presentations to help adults grow in Catholic education and Catholic faith formation.

Education/Formation Commission Member:
Mission and Purpose

The education and formation efforts in the parish are intended to enhance the faith life of the Catholic Christian.  Education and formation ministry takes on many forms in the parish, such as the religious education program, adult formation, and opportunities for faith sharing, to name a few.  Whatever form education and formation takes, it is always guided by the needs of the people.  In working to meet these spiritual and pastoral needs through formational and educational programs, the Commission is helping people grow in their faith and to deepen their relationship with God.  In developing and implementing programs the Commission consults and collaborates with the Pastor, the Parish Staff, the Religious Education Program,  as well as the other Commissions.


SPIRITUALITY/WORSHIP COMMISSION

Liturgy Planning Committee = plans the Sunday Masses, Holy Day Masses and liturgical events throughout the church year.

Choir = blend singing voices with others to enhance the worship experience.

Cantor = Lead song and psalms at Mass.

Play Musical Instrument = to enhance the worship experience.

Retreat Committee = help plan retreats and missions for parishioners.

Environment/Art Committee = help create/implement the décor for the church.

Lector = proclaim the Word of God at Mass.

Usher = guide people in church, take up Sunday collection and hand out Sunday bulletins.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion = serve the Body and Blood of Christ at Saturday/Sunday Masses.

RCIA = help people in the process to become Catholic.

Altar Server = 4th grader on up and adults to help serve at the altar during Mass.

Greeter = say “hello” to people as they come into church for mass.

Spirituality/Worship Commission Member:
Mission and Purpose

“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.”  It is therefore the privileged place for catechizing the People of God.  Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, that Christ Jesus works in fullness for the transformation of all.  The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire of the Church; it must be preceded by evangelization, faith and conversion.  It can produce its fruits in the lives of the faithful; new life in the Spirit, involvement in the mission of the Church, and service to her unity.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, Catechisi Tradendae, John Paul II).  The mission and purpose of the Spirituality and Worship Commission is the development of liturgical and devotional celebrations that will call the entire community to “full, conscious, and active participation” (CSL n. 14) in the heart of the liturgy: the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ.  The Commission collaborates with other Commissions whenever possible for programming.


PARISH LIFE COMMISSION

Welcoming Team = sign up new parishioners through a welcoming process.

Hospitality Ministry = provide monthly hospitality after the Saturday/Sunday Masses.  Plans social events for the parish throughout the year.

Grief Support = develop a support group for those going through major losses: death of a loved one, job loss, etc.

Funeral Luncheons = reaching out to parishioner’s families who have lost a loved one by serving lunch at the parish after the funeral.

Hospital Ministry = take Holy Communion to Catholics in the local hospitals.

Ministers of Care = take the Holy Communion from Saturday/Sunday Mass to parishioners who are home-bound.

Nursing Home Ministry = take Holy Communion to Catholics in the local nursing homes.

Parish Life Commission Member:
Mission and Purpose

The mission and purpose of the Parish Life Commission is to promote family life, and to help build community in the parish.  This Commission identifies the needs for social and communal activities and programs that will strengthen the faith community and give people a sense of belonging.  The Commission collaborates with the other Commissions whenever possible in implementing programs.


SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION

Food Pantry = help collect, pack and distribute food to the needy every month.

Pro-Life Team = help promote the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

Health Ministry = have nurses from the parish be available for various health screenings for parishioners.

Social Justice Commission Member :
Mission and Purpose

Our baptism calls us to hear and proclaim the Gospels; to celebrate the sacraments and deepen the life of grace within ourselves and to serve the needs of others in the Church, in the community and throughout the world.  In a special way this vocation calls us to promote and define the dignity of each human person.  The Peace and Social Justice Commission has a threefold purpose:

  1. Help people understand and act upon the conviction that peace and social justice is an essential element of the Gospel that flows from the meaning of the Eucharist.
  2. Help people see that the work of peace and social justice is the work of the whole parish.
  3. Help people see that the actions of peace and social justice must take place locally, nationally, and world-wide.

The Commission collaborates with the other Commissions whenever possible in implementing programs.


STEWARDSHIP/ADMINISTRATION COMMISSION

Bulletin Stuffers = place Sunday bulletin inserts in the 600 bulletins as well as stuffing 1000 envelopes for special mailings.

Stewardship Committee = plan creative ways to encourage more stewardship of prayer, time/talent and treasure at St. Joseph Parish.

Building/Grounds Committee = help repair the parish buildings and beautify the parish grounds.

Office Volunteer = help the Office Staff where need be.

Computer Volunteer = help the Office Staff with computers where need be.

Gardening Around the Church = help to beautify the parish grounds with flowers.

Grasscutting Crew = Mowing and trimming all lawn around church, rectory, & school.  Also mow & trim cemetery.

Stewardship/Administrative Commission:
Mission and Purpose

Stewardship is a call to discipleship, a call to conversion of every baptized person.  Stewardship is rooted in an understanding of who we are in relationship with God.  All that we are and all that we have by way of time on this earth, and talent and material resources are gifts from God.  We are only stewards of these gifts.  The mission and purpose of the Stewardship Commission is to create a Stewardship Parish through ongoing formation that will lead the people to a true conversion – to discipleship.  The Commission collaborates with the other Commissions whenever possible in implementing programs.


Helping Hands Food Pantry
Every third Wednesday
10:00am to Noon
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Second Collection for Food Pantry
Second Sunday of every month
Groceries brought in to restock Food Pantry shelves

Hospitality Sunday
First Sunday of the month from September – June
Following 8am and 10am masses
In the Gathering Room

Recycling Program
Bring in your newspapers and paper products
Recycle dumpsters are located on the east side of the parish parking lot
The Church receives a rebate from recyclers toward our budget

Stewardship of Time & Talent


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