Groups & lay ministry

There is a family spirit at St Joseph’s, as in every Catholic parish. That is to say, a Catholic parish is rather like a home to which everyone belongs and in which everyone is valued. There are no distinctions, as St Paul taught. That being the case, all are encouraged to share their gifts, whatever their nature. The degree of involvement and commitment is high at St Joseph’s.

St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society was established in England and Wales in 1844 and is committed to providing practical assistance for those in need. Membership is open to all Christians who wish to live their faith by loving their neighbour in the service of the needy. The SVP is currently active in 1200 parishes and in over 100 Youth SVP groups across England and Wales.

Our parish conference currently has 17 fully active members with a number of additional parishioners always ready to provide extra assistance. Some of our activities are outlined below:

Befriending:

The core work of the SVP is befriending: sitting side by side with those who are isolated for whatever reason. This can involve visits to the sick at home or in hospitals; people in residential homes; and people in offender institutes to offer support. Activities vary from Conference to Conference and members carry out a range of work.
Spiritual Growth:

As well as the very practical aspect of Vincentian work, SVP members are encouraged to grow in spirituality through their relationships with those they seek to help, through prayer and reflection, and also through the Eucharist.

Masses for the Sick, Elderly & Housebound in St Josephs, Brighouse are held in Spring & at the beginning of Advent. All parishioners are encouraged to attend these special masses. The day includes a meal for our guests, entertainment, bingo and the traditional raffle in the Parish Hall.

Join Us:

If you are interested in joining our SVP Conference see the parish bulletin for contact details. For further information about the work of the SVP follow this link – www.svp.org.uk.

The Churches Together in Brighouse Group

This is a group of representatives from each of the Christian churches in Brighouse who meet regularly to discuss and arrange joint services throughout the year, particularly during Lent and Easter, Advent and Christmas and also Pentecost.

The group work to support the local community by, for example, providing food parcels for the needy. They operate the ‘Turning Point’ counselling service and a Debt Advice Centre too.

It also works closely with the ‘Build a Better Brighouse’ group and have played an active part in events such as the very successful 1940’s weekend.

The next meeting will be held in St. Joseph’s Parish hall on Tuesday 30th September at 7.30 p.m. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Social Committee

This is an ad hoc group of parishioners who take it upon themselves to organise and arrange diverse events to entertain, inspire and welcome people to the parish. They have organised dances, singers, quizzes and Lenten Lunches over the years.

The aim is to provide the opportunity where people can enjoy themselves and meet other people and not to make a profit. If a profit is made, the proceeds are donated to different charities. Any suggestion or idea is always welcome!

Every social activity is publicised, in advance, on the weekly bulletin.

Coffee Group

The Coffee group provides coffee, tea and biscuits in the church hall after the 11 am Mass on Sunday. Everyone is welcome for a drink and chat.

There are currently about five or six teams offering this service and each pair is generally asked to provide these refreshments about five times a year.

The time commitment on each occasion is approximately one hour. No skills required!

All new teams are welcome.

The 300+ club

The 300+ club is a fund-raising enterprise, involving a weekly cash prize draw and two extra draws at Christmas and Easter.

Maximum membership is 300+. Funds raised are shared between the parish and the winners.

Our typical income is about £3000 per annum of which half is returned in prizes.

You can pay your contribution in the Church Hall after the weekend Masses.

The Friendship Club

The Friendship Club takes place every other Tuesday in St Josephs Church Hall commencing at 2pm and welcomes everybody

This is a social gathering which includes, raffle, games of bingo and a quiz followed by refreshments

Other events include a local choir who entertain twice a year, a Christmas party, and during the summer a day coach trip is organised – this year it is to Chester

Everyone is welcome to attend so why not come along, bring a friend or make new friends – try it out!

The Flower Group

The are a group of people of all abilities no experience necessary who enjoy getting together to arrange the flowers for church.

We work in teams of 2, 3 or 4 people and look after the flowers on a 2 weekly basis through a rota system.

We all get together to decorate the church in readiness for Christmas and Easter and are always looking for new people to join our friendly team.