2607 Lumpkin Rd. Augusta, GA 30906 | 706.798.1920 | Office Hours 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
African American Ministry – Betty Jones 706-790-5208
The purpose of the African American Ministry is to educate others about our heritage and culture as it relates to the church and other cultures. In conjunction with the Diocesan office we foster and develop opportunities for African American Catholic youth to receive academic, cultural and spiritual growth. During the month of February the African American Ministry develops and hosts a special Mass and program showcasing the heritage of African Americans. Annually the African American Ministry holds a bake sale and fish fry to raise funds to benefit causes in the community. The Ministry also does outreach by visiting the elder in nursing homes and conduct clothing drives for the needy. The African American Ministry meets the 3rd Saturday of the month in St. Nicholas Hall at 3:00pm from September to May. If you have any questions please contact Betty Jones.
ALTAR LINENS – Vickie Goetz 706-798-4588
Volunteers rotate gathering, washing, ironing, and delivering the altar linens to the church each week. The time commitment is an average of 1-2 hours per month.
ALTAR SERVERS – John Visintainer 706-796-7455
Boys and girls middle through high school age assist the priest at Mass. Training is required before serving, and classes are held once per year in early summer. Time commitment is to serve 1-2 times per month.
ALTAR SERVER ALB MINISTRY – Michelle Scott 706-798-1920
Volunteers clean and/or repair albs, rotating on a weekly basis. Time commitment is 2-3 hours per month.
BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE – Flo Morris 706-798-1810
Greeting and feeding families of those who have funerals at the parish. Time commitments vary based on need, on average only 1-2 hours per month.
CANTORS – Dan Funsch 706-793-5688
Trained vocalists who lead the congregation in sung prayer. The cantor commits to 4-8 hours per month in special rehearsal and singing for Masses, Holy Days, funerals, and other times as needed. Audition required.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word – Sister Isabelle Lohan 706-798-1920
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered for children between the ages of 4 and 10 who attend the 11:00 am Sunday Mass from September to May. The purpose of adapting the liturgy for this age group is to gradually lead the children to participate more consciously and actively in the Sunday liturgy. If you would like to help with the ministry please contact Sister Isabelle.
CHOIR – Dan Funsch 706-793-5688
Choir rehearses Sundays 9:45–10:45 am in the church. Choir sings at 11 AM Mass and meets August-June with a break for summer. All voices and levels of skill are invited to join.
CLEANING MINISTRY – Kim Lockhart 706-793-2811
Cleaning of the church building: 1st Thurs. 4 pm, 2nd Thurs. 9:30 am, 3rd Wed. 9:30 am, or 4th/5th Thurs. 5 pm. Time commitment 2-4 hours per month. The more volunteers that help the less time it takes.
COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN (CCW) –
President: Flo Morris 706-798-1810
Hosts the annual International Tasters Dinner, receptions, Day of Reflection, and several other events throughout the year. Meetings held: 1st Saturday of each month August through May.
CURSILLO / KAIROS Retreats – Gene Lefort 706-771-0343
Cursillo is a weekend-long spiritual retreat for adults offered several times per year. There is a prerequisite for serving in the Kairos Ministry. Kairos is a retreat model ministry for our imprisoned brothers and sisters, much like a Cursillo. Volunteers are always welcome.
ELIJAH CUP – Ray & Rita O’Keefe 706-79-7407
Families & individuals volunteer to take the Elijah Cup weekly at one of the weekend Masses to pray for vocations. Time commitment varies. Sign-up to take the Elijah Cup is required.
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE – Parish Office Staff 706-798-1920
Decoration and floral care in the church building, needed weekly and for several hours at holiday times (Christmas and Easter, Confirmation, First Communion, etc.). Times vary based on volunteers’ schedules, averaging 1-2 hours per month.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION -
First Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm, (check the bulletin as times may vary) the Chapel is open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Sign up every month is encouraged but not required. One hour per month and your love for Jesus is all that is required.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – Deacon James Lloyd 706-771-1134
Parishioners approved by the Bishop to assist at Mass in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist. An application, approval, and training are required to serve. Time commitment is at least one Mass per month, and additionally as needed.
HOMEBOUND MAILING MINISTRY – Catherine Kennedy 706-798-1920
Sends greetings and news to homebound parishioners. Average time commitment is under an hour per month.
HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE – Janice Mousseau 706-798-1920
Hosts hospitality events including annual picnics, receptions, and parties. Welcome newcomers, and greet visitors. Time commitment will vary, approximately 2 hours per month.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – David Lucero 706-790-5703
Men’s benevolent organization: fellowship, fundraisers, charitable works, and support of the parish. Meets Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov on the 3rd Tuesday 7:30–9:30 pm in St. Michael Social Hall. Time commitment varies based on need and schedule, average 2 hours per month.
LECTOR MINISTRY – Deacon James Lloyd 706-771-1134
Skilled readers who proclaims the Scripture at weekly Masses. Training is required before beginning. Time requirement varies based on the monthly published schedule.
Master’s Food Table (Soup Kitchen) – Sister Isabelle Lohan 706-798-1920
The Master’s Food Table Soup Kitchen located at 842 Fenwick Street (situated between Augusta’s Main Post Office and Walton Way) serves lunch from 11:00am to 12:30pm every day of the month to the hungry and homeless of the Augusta community. St. Joseph’s Volunteer group serves on the second Friday of the month starting at 8:30am with food preparation then cooks or heats up prepared food along with setting up the serving line. If you would like to help in this very rewarding and enjoyable service lease contact Sister Isabelle. “…for I was hungry and you gave me food…” Matthew 25:35
MONEY COUNTERS – Catherine Kennedy 706-798-1920
Men and women who commit 2-8 hours per month counting the collections and funds for the church. Accounting acumen and strict confidentiality is required of any volunteers. Money Counters meet Monday mornings from 8:15-10:30 in the parish office.
PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (PRE) – Sister Isabelle Lohan 706-798-1920
For children: Religious Education instruction ages 4 through high school. Meets Sundays, Sept. - May from 9:35-10:50 am in St. Nicholas Hall. Teachers, aides, and clerical help are needed. Time commitment is approximately two hours per week through the school year, and occasional day-long educational sessions for teachers.
Pastoral Council – Chairperson: Gene Lefort 706-771-0343
The Pastoral Council of St. Joseph Catholic Church is the representative of and the liaison between the parish-at-large and the pastoral staff. The main purpose of the council is a consultative role in the decision-making processes of the parish. The Pastor, by virtue of his priestly office and canonical mission, retains the ultimate decision-making responsibility within the parish. The council meets once a month (usually the second Wednesday) from September – June. During the spring of the year Pastoral Council holds nominations for those interested in serving the parish in this way. Requirements for nomination are active, practicing members of the parish who are at least 18 years of age and in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The term of service is two years with the possibility of another two year term with the maximum consecutive period of four years. If you have any questions please contact Gene Lefort.
PRAYER CHAIN – Carol Bernard 706-790-8073
Volunteers who pray regularly for the needs of our parish family. All that is needed is a telephone, a love for God and His people, and a commitment to pray daily. Prayer requests are passed on to prayer chain members by telephone.
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT – Catherine Kennedy 706-798-1920
Maintenance and repair of the buildings and grounds. Time commitment starts at one hour per month. All skilled and willing workers are welcome.
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE – Janice Mousseau 706-798-1920
Help with annual Stewardship Renewal, picnics, hospitality, communications, and parish-wide retreats. Monthly meetings and tasks require approximately 2 hours per month, although times will vary based on need.
USHERS – Frenchie Savoy 706-339-5135
Welcome, greet, and seat parish members and visitors at all Masses and Holy Days. Assist at Mass with collections and church clean-up. The average usher serves 2-3 Masses per month.
YOUTH MINISTRY – 706-798-1920
Young adults 9th - 12th grade. Time commitment varies depending on schedule. Adult volunteers always needed and welcomed for a 1-2 hour per month commitment, or based on need.