Liturgy / Worship
Throughout the years, St. Joseph Church has been a shining example of how hospitality can be magnificent in growing a community where everyone is truly welcomed and loved for their giftedness, whatever those gifts may be. While the Society of the Divine Savior founded this parish as a mission for Blacks in 1952, today we have within our membership a number of distinctively different cultures.
Over the years, our shared charisms have been consistently accomplished by the whole community, in a corporate fashion, in order to meet each other where we are, regardless of station in life. Corporate worship in the parish has been largely effective because it meets the needs of the people, the whole community. We sit around the Eucharistic table, the altar, without regard to distinction—nationality, ethnicity, age, or gender—because we know our faith in Jesus Christ is about us as a loving family. Christ remains truly present in our world today through the Church. We are the Church.
An awareness of giftedness is necessary and useful to our consideration and response to the need for liturgical life. We all have been given gifts bestowed by God, and unity in diversity is one of the magnificent marvels God has given to the Church. Through Jesus, the Incarnation, imbued with the Spirit, we are able to find the prime example of how to live in community and claim our giftedness. By coming together as different cultures while maintaining the oneness in the Spirit and our beliefs and by sharing the self-giving love of Christ, the faithful are able to share hopes, dreams, and fears as true companions on the journey.
We invite you to consider joining one of our liturgical ministries. Please contact Fr. Joseph Lubrano at 256-534-8459 for more information.