The following ministries are under the direction of the Worship Commission:
Music and Choirs
The Music Ministry consists of volunteers who dedicate their time and musical talent in service to the church and community. The Adult Choir, Resurrection Choir, Contemporary Ensemble, Children's Choir, Cantors, and Instrumentalists comprise the Music Ministry.
The Adult Choir rehearses every Monday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. from September through Pentecost. The choir prepares music consisting of 3 to 5 part compositions for weekend liturgies, holy days, and sacramental celebrations, as well as visiting nursing homes and participating in local ecumenical services. Time is made to maintain a prayerful atmosphere while arranging some social outings that include trips to New York City as well as attending local performances.
The Resurrection Choir provides a valuable service to the community by offering prayerful musical enhancements to funeral liturgies. The choir assembles 30 minutes before the funeral Mass to prepare for its repertoire.
The Contemporary Ensemble consists of three dedicated individuals whose avocation is providing prayerful music throughout the church year, as well as local community events.
The Children's Choir consists of children from grades 3 through 8. They rehearse every other Monday evening from 5:30 - 6:30 P.M. and sing the first Saturday Evening Mass of each month. They will also combine with the Adult Choir for special liturgies, as well as visiting local nursing homes.
The Cantor provides trained musical leadership to the congregation, displaying a prayerful persona that is warm and inviting.
On special occasions and major Holy Days, trained instrumentalists, often high school age students, will volunteer their service to heighten the celebration.
Should you have any question regarding the Music Ministry or would like more information, feel free to contact the Director of Music Ministries, Lisa Endler.
The Directory for Masses with Children tells us that in Masses with adults it is necessary to take great care that the children present do not feel neglected because of their inability to participate or to understand what happens and what is proclaimed in the celebration. For this reason Our Lady of Joy will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word with the children in a way they can understand. The children process downstairs where there is an altar with candles and a cloth - and where the Lectionary is brought.
This Liturgy of the Word follows the same format as the one in the Church. It includes: readings, an introduction to the Gospel a Gospel acclamation a simplified version of the Gospel a homily and some kind of appropriate activity to help break open the Gospel - to help the children understand a simplified Creed and prayers.
The children rejoin the assembly for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They arrive back as the congregation is finishing their prayers of intercession.
Children's Liturgy at Our Lady of Joy is held at the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass from September thru May. Dates are subject to change so please check the church bulletin for dates and times. For more information or if you would like to volunteer to help with the Children's Liturgy, please call the Religious Education Office at 412-795-4389.
Eucharistic Ministers assist the Pastor and visiting priests in distributing Communion at weekend and Holy Day Masses. They also take the Eucharist to hospitalized or homebound members of our parish.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God through the reading of Scripture at weekend and Holy Day Mass. Interested parties, please contact the Parish Office.
Members of our parish 11 years and older can become Altar Servers at our weekend, and Holy Day Masses.