REACHING OUT

Parish Ministries

Deacon John Durden

About Ministries

All our ministries spring from the hearts and minds of the parish community, and all have been sustained by your generosity. We encourage parishioners to spend a couple of hours each month sharing their talents in gratitude for the gifts they have been given.

Hospitality

This ministry provides loving assistance to parishioners who are planning a “Celebration of Life” for a loved one. If desired, we will provide assistance with the reception held in the multipurpose room. We will help with set up, greet guests, help with refreshment decisions, and supply all paper goods, coffee, punch, and cookies, if requested. Our goal is to be supportive of our parish family in a most difficult time. When this service is needed, which can be once a week, or maybe only once a month or less, the time commitment is 5 hours per reception.

Contact: Janet Williams

Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org

Phone: 925-830-0600 (Parish Office)

Liturgical

This ministry takes care of the Mass linens and white robes. Members rotate at two-week intervals, with the frequency of the rotation 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: Janet Williams, janetgwilliams@hotmail.com

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 Altar Server. Class dates and times are announced in the 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

Phone: 925 648-8018

Liturgical Ministers are needed at our weekday 9:00 AM Masses and include the following.

Contact: Janet Magtoto (jmagtoto@sjasr.org) or Raymond Figueroa (rfigueroa@sjasr.org) at 925-830-0600

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: Lisa Roberts, lrrl@sbcglobal.net

 

Trained members of the daily Mass community assist the priest at daily Mass as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (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, please Contact: Janet Magtoto (jmagtoto@sjasr.org) or Raymond Figueroa (rfigueroa@sjasr.org) at 925-830-0600

Greeters have an important role at our weekend and Holy Day Masses – they create a warm and welcoming environment as people enter the doors. Greeters arrive 15-20 minutes and are scheduled to serve at a Mass of their preference. 

Contact: Joannette and Don Fong, fongohana93@comcast.net

 

Our ministry visits patients who are hospitalized at San Ramon Regional Medical Center every day of the year. During our visits we provide Communion and prayer for patients and their families. Time commitments for this ministry can vary depending on the number of patients that we see who have been identified as Catholics. The typical visit will take approximately one to two hours of time. Orientation and training is provided.

Contact: T.J. DeSoto, tino.desoto@gmail.com, or call 925-858-9270

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 online. As a Lector at St. Joan’s, you can expect to be scheduled once every 5-6 weeks, at one of our four-weekend Masses. Lectors also are assigned to Holy Day Masses and other special liturgies throughout the liturgical year. Lectors spend time preparing for their assignments on Thursday nights at 7:00 P.M. prior to their scheduled Masses and meet online via Zoom.

Contact: Janet Cooke, sjalectors@gmail.com

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, please Contact: Janet Magtoto (jmagtoto@sjasr.org) or Raymond Figueroa (rfigueroa@sjasr.org) at 925-830-0600

This group creates and enhances the beauty of our church to make our worship space more prayerful and aesthetically pleasing.  While the work of the committee is most noticeable during the major seasons of the Church Year, the committee functions year-round.

Contact: Laurie Miller, lauriemiller@sbcglobal.net

In taking communion to the sick and homebound the Minister represents Christ and manifests faith, love and hope on behalf of the whole community of St. Joan of Arc toward those who cannot be present at the Celebration of the Eucharist. Most of the time Ministers visit the homebound on a weekly basis at the convenience of both the recipient and the Minister; the visit itself can be brief or extended, depending on the need and available time.

Contact: Peg Wilcox, mrbwilcox@aol.com

 

 

 

PARISH CHOIRS

Men and women of all ages are welcome to join the Parish Choir. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in the church from 7 to 9 pm. for the 10 am Choir and 8:15 to 9:30 pm for the noon Choir. Rehearsals run from September through Corpus Christi. Choral experience is appreciated, though not required. We also welcome families of all sizes (especially those with teenagers and young children) to come by at 11 am every Sunday to sing at the noon Mass. We would love to have you join our music family! Contact: Agatha Lee at alee@sjasr.org or call (925) 830-0600, x227

ORCHESTRA

Experienced and developing instrumentalists are encouraged to share their gifts with the community as orchestra members. This group was developed during the pandemic and has been a beautiful addition to our parish. We can use your help in growing and maintaining this ministry. Please consider joining us as we welcome new members (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, and Rhythm Section). Only one hour of rehearsal per week. Contact: Agatha Lee at alee@sjasr.org or call 830-0600, x227

The Power Point Ministry runs the computer to display the songs (lyrics) and prayers during Mass. The Music Ministry provides the slides, so the only time commitment is to show up to Mass 15-20 minutes early, run the slides during Mass and restart the announcements loop after Mass. If we have enough volunteers for each Mass time, you’ll only need to serve once or twice a month. Additional optional opportunities to serve are also available on Holy Days of Obligation. Training/orientation only takes 15-20 minutes.  If you're interested in joining the Power Point Ministry, please contact David Magenheimer at David.magenheimer@wcpmc.com 

 

Trained members of the daily Mass community assist the priest at daily Mass as Sacristans and 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, please Contact: Janet Magtoto (jmagtoto@sjasr.org) or Raymond Figueroa (rfigueroa@sjasr.org) at 925-830-0600

“Simbang Gabi” literally translated as “Mass of the Night”, is a 400 year old Christmas tradition of the Philippines.  It is a 9-day novena of Masses from December 16 to December 24, to usher in the birth of Christ.  Volunteers will be asked to help with the preparations starting around September of every year and be able to help in different ways such as in Public Relations, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters/Ushers, Altar Servers, Choir, food arrangements, set-up, clean-up, and other areas where they are needed during the 9-days novena.

Contact: Ely Torres, elydtorres@yahoo.com

 

Ushers 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: Del Tecson, deltecson@gmail.com   

 

Sports

The St. Joan of Arc CYO basketball program is a youth ministry open to boys and girls, grades 3 through 8, regardless of religious affiliation. To learn about player and coach registration, costs, scheduling, and other program details, please check out our website at saintjoancyo.com.

The 2024 CYO Track & Field season began in early February and runs until early May. We offer a full range of Track (running) and Field (High Jump, Long Jump, Softball Throw, and Shot Put) events for Grades 3rd through 8th.  

Parent information meeting dates, practice/track meet schedules, and information about our program are available on our website at www.sisjacyotrack.org.   

Our program is in need of parent volunteers for coaching and leadership/administrative duties. If you are interested in assisting with coaching or being part of our leadership team, please contact  sisjacyotrack@gmail.com.  No prior track experience is necessary.

Support

Christian Family Movement (CFM) is a national network of small groups of Catholics and their families. Parents meet regularly in one another’s homes. Through the use of lessons that pertain to everyday life, and group discussions, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in service to others. Time commitment each month is 3-6 hours for adult meetings and family socials.

Contact: Annette Altamirano

Email: annette_altamirano@yahoo.com

Phone: 925-206-0189

(By invitation of the Pastor)We are a visionary and advisory body that meets quarterly, The Finance Council’s mission is to make the finances of the parish transparent to all parishioners, ensure that the parish finances are sound, and put in place proper controls according to Diocesan policy and procedures. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours a month.

Contact: Ken Young

Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org

The St. Joan of Arc Giving Tree is an annual outreach ministry. It takes place between the first and third week of Advent. Our first meeting is in September. Jobs involve being a liaison for agencies, cutting out ornaments and stringing and labeling the ornaments. There is also the sorting of gifts and driving gifts to the agencies.

The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal and service organization for Catholic men. 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 opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families, and young people. Membership in the K of C is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old.

Contact: Don Fong, Grand Knight

Email: donfong123@comcastnet

Knights of Columbus Website

The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County is to provide community-based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs. With thousands of volunteers, they serve over 170,000 meals each year. According to the Contra Costa Times, they are one of the most cost-effective charitable organizations in the Bay Area and are second only to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties for efficiency. St. Joan of Arc volunteers serve at Martinez and Pittsburg soup kitchens and help prepare meals at Pittsburg Central Kitchen. We welcome new volunteers to serve with us. This is a great way to make a difference in our county, meet new friends in the parish and bring Christ to others.

Contact: Angela Rivello

Email: angelarivello@mac.com

Phone: 925-828-2025

We are a visionary and consultative body that meets monthly and is represented by 9 parishioners, a staff member, and our Pastor. The Council acts on behalf of our Pastor to garner/assess Parish feedback and collaborates in the creation of the strategic plan for the Parish. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated for a vacant position. Those selected for that year by the Pastor begin their three-year term in June. For comments, please email Pastoral Council Leader Lisa Roberts.

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis, aware that service to our brother and sister in need is in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. The St. Joan of Arc Conference helps in caring for the physical needs of those in financial crisis within the parish and the larger community. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM.

Contact: Frank Wnuk

Email: svdpstjoan@gmail.com

Caring Circles (TM) for Dementia/Alzheimer's provides a safe space for sharing experiences, exchanging resources, and offering emotional support, and aims to enhance the quality of life for those caring for loved ones through understanding, empathy, and education. All are welcome! Groups are offered at both St. Joan of Arc and St. Isidore's in Danville. 
The St Joan of Arc group meets in the Lower Conference Room twice a month on Fridays at 11a.m. (look for the Caring Circles banner) and at St. Isidore's Church in the Hospitality Room twice a month on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (across from school entrance). For questions please reach out to Wendy Thompson at WRuthT@aol.com

SAM gathers once a month for a BYOB (bring your own bag) lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the church Conference Room. Includes ample time for fellowship, food, and discussion. For more information, please email Phyllis Stevens.

Teaching

Adult Faith Formation covers all adult education and faith formation programs. That includes Adult Confirmation, Alpha, Bible Study programs, Peacemakers, RCIA, Small Christian Communities, and various classes and workshops. For more information check out the Adult Faith Formation page.

Contact: Rosemarie McKenney

Email: rmckenney@sjasr.org

Phone: 925-830-0600

Baptism

Contact: Mary Machi    

Email: baptism@sjasr.org    

Phone: 925-830-4710

VBS is a program that takes place during summer vacation. It is usually the last full week in June. The program is geared to those going into Kindergarten through Grade Six. It is based on either the Old or New Testament with games, crafts, snacks, stories and music to fit the theme. Teens from Grade 7 to 12 serve as counselors and session leaders. Adults are needed to direct each area. The time commitment for teens is (2) two hour prep workshops, 4 hours of decorating the week prior and about 4 hours per day of the week of VBS. Adults time commitment is whatever time it takes them to prepare their sessions, plus the week of VBS and usually one time to work with teens at a workshop preparation.

Contact: Marie Pena

Email: mpena@sjasr.org

Phone: 925-830-4710

St. Joan’s Faith Formation program for children in grades K-5 and their families. SJAKids brings kids and parents together with other families to learn about our faith through Scripture, music, prayer, crafts, games and more! We do our best to make our beautiful Catholic faith engaging and fun for both kids and parents.

Contact: Mary Machi    

Email: mmachi@sjasr.org    

Phone 925-830-4710

Youth Ministry at St. Joan of Arc is a dynamic, exciting ministry that seeks to bring our teens into a deeper relationship with God and our Catholic community. We offer the following:

EDGE

Edge is our youth ministry for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is a weekly youth group that meets Wednesday nights from 6:50-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Teen and adult group leaders facilitate discussion on the topic of the day, helping our 6th, 7th and 8th graders to make our faith their own. Adult and Teen volunteers are needed. 

Contact: Gina Camp    

Email: gcamp@sjasr.org    

Phone: 925-830-4720

 

LIGHT

LIGHT welcomes all high school students! We meet Monday nights during the school year from 6:50-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Teen and Adult leaders engage teenagers in activities and discussions that deepen our understanding of ourselves and our faith. LIGHT also sponsors three-weekend retreats each year, which offer incredible opportunities to learn about faith and to experience it! Adult volunteers are needed. 

Contact: Beverly Fung    

Email: bfung@sjasr.org    

Phone: 925-830-4710

 

Confirmation for Teens

The confirmation program is open to juniors and seniors in high-school who have completed the prerequisites, which include consistent attendance at two semesters of LIGHT, one parish retreat, and 20 hours of service. The Confirmation program includes attendance at the Confirmation retreat day and all small group sessions, as well as an evening of reflection.

Contact: Gina Camp    

Email: gcamp@sjasr.org    

Phone: 925-830-4720

 

SALT

The Student Action Leadership Team consists of high school students who meet regularly to plan LIGHT Nights, and are committed to serve the high school community through retreats, outreach, liturgy, service and socials. SALT members team with adult leaders to facilitate the small groups at LIGHT Nights.

Contact: Beverly Fung    

Email: bfung@sjasr.org    

Phone: 925-830-4710

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