“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. You are the eyes through which He looks compassion on the world. You are the feet with which He walks to do good. You are the hand through which He blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body on earth but yours.”~Teresa of Avila
ALTAR SERVERS – The altar server ministry assists the celebrant and worshiping community in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Mass, special Liturgies and celebrations and the celebration of the sacraments. We are blessed to have an intricate role in the Mass, performing specific actions and setting an example to the congregation by our active participation in the Liturgy. It is our hope that the tasks we perform will draw all of us to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to desire unity with Jesus Christ. Eligibility: Boys and girls fifth grade and up who have received their first Holy Communion. Exceptions have been made for younger siblings who have received their first Holy Communion and will be accompanied in serving with a sibling.
BAPTISM HOSTS – In response to the Risen Christ’s charge, SJCC has a Baptism Team who meet with new parents to discuss the sacrament of Baptism, the holiness and challenges of family life and the responsibilities of raising children in our faith.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP – SJCC’s Bereavement Support Group aims to help people navigate through the journey of grieving a loved one. SJCC’s Bereavement Support Group for the loss of a spouse, parent, sibling or friend meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child Bereavement Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Counseling Room.
CACOYA – Carroll County Young Adults – We are a community of young adults (ages 21-30) who encourage each other to grow our faith, seek adventure and transform into the best version of ourselves. We help each other identify our gifts and motivate one another to foster a richer relationship with God. We accomplish these goals through four areas of development that guide our community: spiritual, social, service and scholastic. Come join us on Thursday nights 7:00-9:00 PM in the Youth Room on the lower level main hallway.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – SJCC’s Cancer Support Group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Rosary for Life for those who have cancer takes place on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm or the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am following daily Mass.
CARROLL COUNTY FOOD SUNDAY – Carroll County Food Sunday (CCFS) distributes milk, eggs, meat and non-perishable food products to 40-55 families in our area every Wednesday throughout the year. Volunteers are assigned to teams and each team works one week a month usually between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon. Donations to our food pantry come from various sources with the bulk of the food coming from Carroll County Food Bank. Contact Elaine McClearn 410.549.3441
CANTORS – Cantors proclaim the psalm in song after the first reading at Mass. They also intone the Mass Acclamations, including: the Gloria, the Gospel Acclamation and its verse, the “Sanctus” (Holy, holy, holy…), the “Mysterium fidei” (Mystery of faith), the Great Amenand the “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God). They are responsible to cue and lead congregational singing. These music ministers need singing ability as well as clarity, conviction and sensitivity to the texts, the musical settings and those who are listening to the psalm and joining in song.
ADULT CHOIR – Open to Adults of all ages who love to sing! The group meets Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm at SJCC. All levels of music reading welcome. Attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in Mass about once/month and two concerts expected.
CHILDREN’S CHOIR – Open to Children in grades second through fifth who love to sing! The group meets Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm at SJCC. All levels of music reading welcome. Attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in Mass about once/month and two concerts expected.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE – The Contemporary Music Ensemble leads the worship at the 5 pm Mass on Sundays. The group is composed of adults, young adults and youth from eighth grade through high school age. A person who wishes to join the group can participate as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist. From year to year, the group has seen instrumentalists such as acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drums (the group uses a Yamaha electronic full set) and other percussion instruments, keyboards, and many different wind, brass and stringed instruments. A team of A/V ministry volunteers support the ensemble by setting up a live sound environment, creating PowerPoint slide presentations with song lyrics, setting up projectors and operating the projection equipment during Mass. Contact Danny Gallagher 443.974.6354, or Sam Castiglione 410.404.3580.
HAND BELL MINISTRY – Weekly rehearsals on Monday at 7:15 pm. Commitment to weekly rehearsals required. Note reading (reading music) necessary. Training provided. Ringers for Special Services: Rehearsals as announced. Short term commitment. Note reading (reading music) not necessary. Basic counting is helpful. Very easy music. Training provided. Age: fourth grade through adult
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR – Open to Middle School Grades sixth through eighth who love to sing! The group meets Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm at SJCC. All levels of music reading welcome. Attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in Mass about once/month and two concerts expected.
CONFIRMATION PREP – Confirmation Prep at SJCC is a two-year process for students in ninth grade or higher. As part of their preparation, students learn about their faith and build community in large groups and in small Disciple Groups; attend Mass and assist at liturgies; participate in the Sacraments; go on retreats; engage in private prayer and study; do service projects. The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually administered in the spring of the tenth-grade year. Adults who are practicing Catholics and are willing to share in the faith journey of our teens are invited to join our team of catechists. We will provide training as well as lesson plans.
CONNECT GROUPS – We have 11 connect groups. Connect Groups are for people who want to deepen and engage their faith in various ways and contexts. These groups are open and inviting, reaching out to both the churched and the unchurched. They often center on scripture studies and fellowship. Sometimes they gather to address particular issues that are relevant for those who want to know the Church’s teachings on current matters. They usually gather in private homes, local restaurants and church facilities.
Pizza and Play Matt & Jennifer Anthony
WINGS Wednesday Evening Eileen Lohrmann
Men’s Saturday Morning Fr. John Worgul
Men’s Tuesday Evening Bob Bastress
Coffee and conversation Bob and Diane Bastress
Whiskey Wine and Wisdom Madeline Jones
Wine, Cheese and Wild goose Bill Jones
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – As EMHC, we participate in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to all who present themselves at Mass; we also go to private homes, nursing homes, prisons , hospitals and wherever requested and approved by our clergy. All ministers have received training prior to serving in this ministry. The majority of our volunteers serve at our weekend liturgy on a rotating schedule, every three weeks at the Saturday and Sunday Masses. A smaller group of volunteers serve at our daily Mass, Monday through Saturday morning. A designated group of sacristans, who assist at funeral Masses, have also received the same training, as it relates to Holy Communion. The volunteers who distribute the Body of Christ to the homebound or to other places of residence are usually the same who participate in the weekly services.
GREETING AND WELCOME MINISTRY – Everyone who enters SJCC is welcomed with a friendly greeting and a warm smile before Sunday morning liturgies. We serve our new families by assisting with registration, connecting them to the activities and opportunities in the parish and encouraging them to become active in the life of our community. The Welcome and Information Table is staffed and open each Sunday immediately after the Sunday morning liturgies. We also assist with hosting a “Get to Know You” gathering on the second Sunday of every month at 9:30 am in the Tonry Room to meet our new families face to face. Contact Diane Bastress
LECTOR MINISTRY – As Lectors of SJCC, we will proclaim the Sacred Scripture so as to afford our community with a better understanding of the Word of God and to enhance the spiritual growth of the parish. This is accomplished through loving knowledge and prayerful contemplation of the Scripture, communicated with sincere reverence and gratitude.
MARRIAGE SPONSOR COUPLES PROGRAM – SJCC offers the Sponsor Couple Program as part of marriage preparation for engaged couples. This marriage preparation process will assist the couple in discovering within their relationship the significant areas of strength and uniqueness upon which to build a lasting, loving marriage. The Catholic Church wants to help engaged couples think and communicate more fully about areas of married life which may or may not have been discussed. Trained married couples meet with engaged couples at the home of the sponsor couple to help increase their knowledge and awareness of each other’s values and attitudes as well as improve their communication skills, problem-solving abilities, appreciation of human sexuality and the expression of their shared spirituality. Contact Biji James
MONDAY MORNING CLUB – A small but committed ministry that help with the order and cleanliness of our worship space. Volunteers assist with straightening the church after the weekend masses (i.e. hymnals, unused collection envelopes, prayer aids, extra music sheets, etc.). Contact Bill Strotz 410.259.2654
OUR DAILY BREAD – Our Daily Bread serves more than a quarter of a million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year. Parishioners make approximately 100 – 150 casseroles each month. The pans and recipe are provided. The ODB team consists of volunteers that deliver the casseroles and serve the meals on the second Thursday of each month. Contact Diane Desimone
PILGRIMS GROUP – This Connect Group is for Young Adults 18 to 21 years old. If you are looking for a group of people who want to know more about growing in faith in your first few years of adulthood, then come join us on Monday nights 5-7 pm. Going from high school out into the “real” world is easier when you can count on the group to hang out with while you learn to navigate prayer, social life, new freedoms and new interests. Each month we combine life planning, prayer, service and a day out hiking, kayaking or movies. Come and connect with some fellow travelers on your journey. Contact Madeline Jones
PRISON MINISTRY – Volunteers visit and minister to prisoners at the men’s minimum security prison facility on the southern grounds of Springfield Hospital Center. Contact Andy Becker 410.552.0807
RADIO MINISTRY – WSJF-LP – 92.7 FM – SJCC is one of only two churches in the Archdiocese of Baltimore that has a Catholic radio station which is on the air 24/7/365. The station is “low-power” FM and can be heard within a seven-mile radius of the church. The content comes from Relevant Radio and includes Catholic news, talk radio and prayer, including daily Mass and the Rosary. The Radio Ministry Team supports the station by ensuring its broadcast quality, writing and recording the announcements that air on the radio and developing and producing original shows. All of the support work happens from the WSJF broadcast and recording studio in the lower level of the SJCC Parish Center. Contact the Radio Ministry Team chairperson, Danny Gallagher, email@example.com, or leave a message on the studio phone voicemail at 443.920.9125. You can also keep up with radio station events and like us on Facebook at WSJF 92.7 FM.
RCIA: The Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults – If you are 8 years of age or older and want to explore the possibility of receiving Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, then this program is for you. You can be at any stage on your journey: A seeker, a new believer, a member of a different Christian tradition who wants to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, or a baptized Catholic who desires the other Sacraments. Give me a call or email me and together we can make a plan for your next step.
SAINT VINCENT dePAUL MINISTRY – Volunteers meet with community members experiencing financial emergencies and administer assistance on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons for approximately two hours. Volunteers work in teams and monetary assistance comes from the poor box donations throughout the year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SISTERHOOD OF SAINT HUNNA – The Sisterhood of Saint Hunna is a group of volunteers who purify and launder the cloths, known as purificators that have been used in the distribution of the Precious Blood of Christ at Mass. This group has its own orientation, separate from the usual training for EMHC. Contact Joan Brady
STEPHEN MINISTRY – Stephen Ministry is a highly effective caring ministry here at SJCC. Through Stephen Ministry, congregation members receive training to provide emotional and spiritual care to people experiencing grief, divorce, illness, job loss, hospitalization and other difficulties. Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who will provide confidential one-to-one Christ-centered care to members of the SJCC who are hurting.
STREET EVANGELIZATION – The Street Evangelization goal is to meet people and introduce them to Jesus Christ through SJCC. We attend local fairs, festivals and markets with our tent and free giveaways, not to mention our life size Pope selfie cardboard cutout. We hand out literature, engage in conversation and invite them to share in what St Joseph has to offer. Contact John Pavlick
USHERS – Ushers perform a particular liturgical function that belongs to certain members of the People of God. Their ministry is to welcome the faithful, seat them appropriately, guide them in procession, take up collections and distribute bulletins at the end of Mass. They perform other services as needed to promote good order, safety and a sense of welcome.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY – HSYM 611 – HSYM 611 provides students in grades 9-12 with opportunities for fun, faith-development and fellowship. Throughout the school year, HSYG 611 typically meets on the first and third Sundays of each month from 6:11-7:30 pm, immediately following the Sunday 5 pm Mass. Juniors and seniors interested in leadership opportunities can apply to be part of a Peer Ministry Team. In addition to serving the parish and local community throughout the year, teens are invited to participate in a summer high school mission trip program. In past years, Mission Trip volunteers have served others in need in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY – MSYG – MSYG provides students in grades 6-8 with opportunities for fun, faith-development and fellowship. Throughout the school year, MSYG typically meets on the first and third Fridays of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm. Middle school students are also invited to apply to attend our popular Summer Madness Service Camp program, which takes place for a week each summer in July.
PROGRAMS ASSOCIATED WITH SJCC
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA COURT SAINT JOSEPH 2300 – The Catholic Daughters of America is a national organization of women who are active participants in religious, charitable and educational apostolates of the Church. Embracing the principle of faith working through justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all humankind, they engage in programs which provide them with opportunities to develop their gifts in a meaningful way to positively influence the welfare of the Church and peoples throughout the world. The local Court of St. Joseph, which meets in our parish, is a member of the Maryland State Court.
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, FULTON J. SHEEN COUNCIL 7612 – The Knights of Columbus is a dynamic Catholic organization of men over 18 years of age who join together in activities which support family, church, fraternity, youth, community and charitable works. The Fulton J. Sheen Council, established in 1980, supports SJCC in Sykesville. It is one of approximately 90 councils in Maryland.
COLUMBIAN SQUIRES – St. Michael’s Circle of the Columbian Squires is a service-oriented organization of young Catholic men between the ages of 12 and 19. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the group enjoys autonomy in their programming, which includes spiritual, social and service activities.
SHEEN’S COLEENS – The Sheen’s Colleens is a complement of women whose husbands and sons are members of the Fulton J. Sheen Council #7612 of the Knights of Columbus. The women not only join with the Knights in their activities, but engage in charitable functions of their own as well, with the focus of the Catholic family as their inspiration.
TROOP 0883 VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP – Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Cub Scout program. They serve in a variety of positions – including unit leaders, the Pack Committee Chair, Committee Members, Pack Trainer and Chartered Organization Representatives.