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Parish Membership Guidelines
Membership in a parish is by virtue of baptism or a profession in the Roman Catholic faith. The parish can be in one’s territory of residence or of personal choice. It is the duty of every adult Roman Catholic to register in their parish.
Each member of the Church community must recognize and acknowledge the rights and responsibilities which flow from membership. Some of the rights of all members are: to worship God, to receive the spiritual goods of the Church, mainly the sacraments, the Word, to service from the official ministry in the Church, to participate in parish elections, life and mission, to Christian burial from the parish, and to redress if these rights seem to be violated.
Some of the responsibilities of all members are: To be regularly present for Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation; to be frequent recipients of the sacraments, and to participate in parish life through contributions of personal time and talent to parish programs as well as regular financial gifts toward the church support.
St. Joseph Parish knows Mass on the Lord’s Day is the Font and source of our unity. The Bible records that the early church felt no one should lightly excuse themselves from communal worship. We give good example and strength to others by sharing time in honor of God in Christ and receiving His Body and Blood, Holy Communion, together regularly. Our church will prosper if we choose to be generous and make sacrifices to support it. Time and talent are rich offerings to the welfare of our programs. Regular donations of financial gifts and resources are vital, but personal circumstances determine what one’s contributions should be.