Liturgical Ministries

» Communion Ministers
Communion ministers assist the celebrant during Mass by serving the Body and Blood of Christ to the members of the congregation. Volunteers for this ministry are always welcome. Training is provided. For more information, contact
» Lectors
Lectors are the people who read God's Holy Word at Mass. Volunteers for this ministry are always welcome. Training is provided. For more informaction, contact
» Altar Servers
Altar servers assist the priest celebrating Mass. This service is open to boys and girls from third grade onward. Volunteers are always welcome. The majority of our servers are students, but adults also serve. Servers also assist during special Masses, funerals and weddings. Classes of instruction are held periodically. For more information, contact
» Sacristans
Sacristans make sure everything is in place for the celebration of Mass. They also clean vessels and put away books after each Mass. Training is provided. Volunteers are needed for each of the weekend Masses and holy days of obligations. For more information, contact
» Greeters and ushers
Greeters and ushers support our celebration of Mass by greeting people as they arrive and assisting them to find seating or other church facilities as needed. Ushers collect the offering during Mass and distribute bulletins to departing churchgoers afterward. Men and women of the parish are always welcome to volunteer to be greeters.
Faith Formation Ministries
» Religious Education
Traditional classroom instruction is provided to pre-schoolers, children and teens. Classes are held from 9 - 9:45 a.m. Sundays from the first Sunday after Labor Day to mid-May.
For more information, please contact Sr. Susan Clark, C.S.T., director of religious education. 
» Adult Education
Classes are taught to give adults the opportunity to enrich their faith lives. The goal of this ministry is to provide a variety of activities and opportunities for adults to gather, share, question, discuss and learn more about their faith. Adult education classes are held from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Sundays from the first Sunday after Labor Day to mid-May.
The Rite of Christian Initiation is the way in which the Catholic Church guides those wishing to become Catholic, as well as those wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith. At St. Joseph Old Cathedral, the RCIA group meets once per week, with the exception of holidays, in the education building to the west of the Church. The climax of the process comes when those who choose to do so are confirmed and baptized (if necessary) into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil.

This year our Sunday evening sessions begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. and close promptly at 7 p.m. Speakers may include our pastor, one of the facility members or a carefully selected guest speaker. Each week brings a new topic concerning facets of conversion, the Catholic faith and the journey of our inquirers as they grow closer to God.

A person who is considering the possibility of becoming a Catholic, or who simply wishes to learn more about the Catholic Church, will find no better way to do this than to become a part of St. Joseph Old Cathedral's RCIA.

For more information, please contact Deacon Ed Duclos, RCIA director.
Music Ministries
» Adult Choir
The music ministry offers hymns and sacred music during Mass. Our organist and cantors lead the congregation during Mass in the antiphonal responses and in song. Our choir is unauditioned and always welcomes new voices. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to praise God through their song.

For more information, please contact Aaron Kellert, choir director.
St. Joseph Old Cathedral Altar Society
The Altar Society serves as both a social organization, as well as maintaining liturgical items and supporting the purchase of liturgical needs through fundraising efforts. We purchase for the church liturgical supplies, Altar flowers, Altar wine, Altar bread and other miscellaneous items. All women of the Parish are considered members of the Altar Society. There are approximately 65 dues-paying members of the Altar Society. Dues are $5 year. Altar Society holds various fundraisers throughout the year such as bake sales, and collections for Altar wine and Altar flowers. You can sign up in the back of the church if you would like to sponsor the flowers for a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary, birthday or whatever. Altar Society is very active and new members are welcome to join.
St. Joseph Old Cathedral Altar Society Officers 2015-16

Pam Stottman
Laura Nauman
Vice President

Lydia Foote
Denise Waters
Altar Society meetings are the first Sunday of the month in the Parish Hall, September through May.

v January


v February
Meeting; Membership Event; Bake Sale; Nominations for woman of achievement

v March
Meeting; Collection for wine; Collection for Easter flowers; St. Joseph Feast Day; Altar Society sponsored Lenten supper

v April
Meeting; Woman of achievement luncheon; Archbishop Confirmation reception; Slate of officers

v May
Meeting; Election of officers; Father’s Ordination Anniversary reception

No Meeting

v July
No Meeting; Father’s Birthday – July 3rd

v August
No Meeting

v September
Meeting either first or second weekend

v October

v November

v December
Collection for Christmas flowers



Knights of Columbus Council 13366


Knights of Columbus Council 13366 is open to all men who are practicing Catholics and are at least 18 years of age. The Archbishop Charles A. Salatka – St. Joseph Old Cathedral Knights of Columbus was formed in 2003 and has about 50 members. The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 in Connecticut to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.


The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members across the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.


The council at St. Joseph Old Cathedral holds quarterly parish breakfasts and biannual blood drives, as well as assists in other church projects. Members meet monthly at the parish's religious education building.


Council 13366 also holds events to include family members.


Knights who belong to other councils and become St. Joseph Old Cathedral parishioners may switch their memberships to Council 13366.


The Knights meet at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday, except during July.


Annual dues are $25.


John Porretto is the grand knight; Dean Hinton is the deputy grand knight; John Leon is treasurer and Kurt Benes is recorder. Frank Kellert is the council’s financial secretary.



Parish Pastoral Council


The St. Joseph Old Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council is an advisory board to the pastor. It oversees parish policies.

The council meets monthly, except during the summer. It reviews and approves annual budgets submitted by the church's finance committee. Council members also discuss parish activities and review actions of the various boards and committees.

The parish pastoral council, with the pastor, sets long- and short-term goals.
The parish pastoral council consists of the pastor, seven members elected by parishioners and two members appointed by the pastor.

Members are:
W.B. Smith, chairman
George Waters, secretary
Ben Tatum
Diane Culbertson
Geraldo (Jerry) Estrada
Robert Robles
John Leon
Deacon Herb Vance
Fr. M. Price Oswalt, pastor

The parish pastoral council meets at 2:30 p.m. on the third Sunday. Parishioners are welcome to attend.


St. Joseph’s Social and Charitable Club has been in existence for more than 30 years and was formerly known as the Men’s Club.
The Mission of the St. Joseph’s Social and Charitable Club is to:
  • assist the Church in its endeavors to provide sustenance to the poor and needy.
  • promote and provide support to parishioners, both spiritual and economic.
  • advance the fellowship of its parishioners.
The Social and Charitable Club meets on the fourth Sunday every month after the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the parish kitchen to sack meals for the homeless. Volunteers are welcome to join in this activity.
The Club also collects food, personal items, and school supplies from parishioners every month and distributes these items to local charitable agencies serving the poor and the homeless. Items to be donated can be placed in the wooden box at the back of the church. The monthly schedule of collection items includes:
 January – Canned Meats
February – Pork & Beans
March – Canned Vegetables
April – Cereal
May – Cookies and Crackers
June – Toiletries
July – School Supplies
August – Canned Fruit & Jello
September – Cereal
October – Macaroni & Cheese
November – Soup
December – Baby food & Supplies
One of the highlights of the Social and Charitable Club calendar is our annual Christmas Giving Tree for needy children and adults. Generous parishioners provide the gifts and the Club handles the wrapping and distribution. The Club also provides Christmas food baskets for needy individuals in our parish. Funds for the baskets are raised during the year through raffles, silent basket auction, and private donations.

To promote fellowship, the Social and Charitable Club hosts an annual St. Joseph Day luncheon, cooks a traditional Octoberfest breakfast and provides coffee and donuts to parishioners after masses twice a month.

In recent years the Club has adopted our military parishioners who are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq by sending them cards, toiletries, snacks, and telephone cards.

Annual dues for the Social and Charitable Club are $5.00. The Club’s 2008-2009 Officers are:

Volunteer opportunities are available with the Social and Charitable Club, and it’s a great way to meet parishioners.

Monetary donations are also welcome and help the Club carry out its many activities. Checks can be made out to St. Joseph Old Cathedral Social and Charitable Club and sent to the Church office or placed in the secure small box in the larger wooden box at the back of the Church.

We invite you to get involved and make a difference!


St. Joseph Youth Club