Altar Care

This ministry takes care of the Mass linens and white robes. Members rotate at two-week intervals, with the frequency of the rotation of dependent on the member of members.  Members are responsible for collecting used linens and white robes any time after the noon Mass on their Sunday and returning them before the Saturday Vigil Mass the same week. Contact: Karen Rivera or phone the Parish Office at 925 830-0600

Altar Servers (Weekend Mass)

Boys and girls who are at least 9 years or in the 4th grade are welcome to attend a training class to learn how to become an alter server. Class dates and times are announced in bulletin.  As an altar server you should expect to serve at Mass at least twice a month, and attend a few training sessions a year.  Contact: Michael Kelly or call 925 648-8018

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

This program involves the celebration of the Sunday Mass readings in a manner appropriate for children who are in kindergarten through sixth grade.  After the opening prayers at Mass, the children are escorted in their age groups to the parish center classrooms.

Following their Celebration of the Word, they are escorted back to church during the Offertory.  The program is offered at the 9:00 and 10:30 am Masses usually on the first three Sundays of the month (holidays excluded).  Contact:  Erin Tulley

Daily Mass Ministry

Liturgical Ministers are needed at our weekday 9:00 AM Masses and include the following. Contact: Rosemarie McKenney or call 925-830-0600

  • Altar Servers (Daily Mass) Trained members of the daily Mass community assist the priest at daily Mass as altar servers. They act as sacristan before and after Mass, set and clear the altar, hold the sacramentary for the priest, and other services as dictated by the specific liturgy.  Training is provided and is a prerequisite to serving.  Ministers are scheduled a month in advance on a rotating schedule.  For more information click here
  • Eucharistic Ministers (Daily Mass) Trained members of the daily Mass community assist the priest at daily Mass at Eucharistic Ministers.   They assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at daily Mass.  Training is provided and is a prerequisite to serving.  Ministers are scheduled a month in advance on a rotating schedule.  For more information click here
  • Lectors – Ministers of the Word (Daily Mass) Trained members of the daily Mass community assist the priest at daily Mass as Lectors.  They proclaim at the ambo the first reading and psalm from the daily lectionary and read the general intercessions for the day.  Training is provided and is a prerequisite to serving.  Ministers are scheduled a month in advance on a rotating schedule.  For more information click here

Eucharistic Ministers (Weekend Mass)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute Holy Communion at the weekend Masses. It is necessary to go through a one-hour training provided by the coordinator.  The ministers sign-up at church prior to the Mass they are attending that day.  Requirements are: must be registered in the parish; must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation; must be in good standing with the Church. Contact: Julie Disch or call 925-735-3371

Environment Committee

This group creates and enhances the beauty of our church to make our worship space more prayerful and esthetically pleasing.  While the work of the committee is most noticeable during the major seasons of the Church Year, the committee functions year round. Contact: Karen Rivera or call 925-830-0600

Lectors – Ministers of the Word (Weekend Mass)

Through His Word, God speaks to his people and nourishes their spirit. Thus, this ministry requires readers with a speaking style that is audible and clear as a first means of transmitting the word of God properly to the congregation.  In addition to the scripture readings, lectors  lead the congregation in the Prayers of the Faithful.  The requirements for participation in the lector ministry at St. Joan’s are you must be a registered member of the parish, you must be confirmed and you must attend a lector training session and complete the Safe Environment for Children training on-line.  As a lector at St. Joan’s, you can expect to be scheduled once every 5-6 weeks, at one of our five weekend masses.  Lectors also are assigned to Holy Day Masses and other special liturgies throughout the liturgical year.  Lectors send time preparing for their assignments on Thursday night beginning at 7:00 P.M. prior to their scheduled Masses and meet in the church. Contact: Janet Cooke or call 925-413-5778

Ushers

Usher play an important role in creating a warm and hospitable environment for worship.  They help greet our parishioners and guests, show seats to parishioners and guests as needed, take up the collection and arrange for the presentation of the gifts.  Both men and women are encouraged to share in this ministry.  Ushers are scheduled once or twice a month at the Sunday Mass of his or her choice.  New ushers are also requested to attend a one-hour training session and, if available, ushers are asked to attend a quarterly meeting to exchange ideas with fellow ushers on how to better serve the parishioners.

Contact: Christy Torkildson  Email: Christytork@gmail.com  Phone: 925-984-3201