Lay Ministries


Contact:     Connie House, Rhoda Trinity and Carolyn Taylor
In collaboration with the Liturgy Committee, the art and environment play an important role in expressing the meaningfulness of liturgy on a visual level from lights, color, flowers, banners, symbols and much more. We meet to plan and execute the worship service of our church community.  The ministry incorporates the gifts and talents of our people, which allow us to worship in a style that is American, African and Hispanic in perspective and Roman Catholic in beliefs. We are responsible for designing worship environments for liturgical seasons and feasts, to include Advent, Christmas, Triduum and Easter Masses.  Additionally, the ministry creates and maintains a constant environment for all masses throughout the year.  Preparation and setup usually occurs several days prior to the feast or on a day before the liturgical season begins.  Those with an eye for design or just a desire to help create a beautiful worship environment are encouraged to participate.  


Contact:    Debbie Carroll
The Art and Environment “Committee” at St. Joan of Arc site of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish is coordinated by Mrs. Debra Carroll.  The Committee is responsible for decorating the Church for holidays and special occasions throughout the year.  The committee, with much love, devotion, attention and pride, strives to make our church a warm, welcoming and inviting place to worship.  Everyone is welcome.  Many hands make light work!  


Contact:    Bernadette Loveland
We present the opportunity for all members of the parish to participate in an annual event. As a fund raiser for the parish, we provide a smorgasbord every year on the first Saturday in June. The meal is provided by the parishioners. The event allows us to enjoy the cuisine and fellowship of our diverse parish. Our meetings are held the first Saturday of each month from March to May.
All members of the parish are welcome!


Father Gerard Marable
Meeting:  Once a month 
The Finance Committee exists to assist and advise the pastor on various financial matters relating to the parish.  The committee’s primary areas of responsibilities include administration and finance (regarding the general financial condition of the parish) and facility management.  A background in Finance or Management is preferred.  If you have an interest in serving in this important ministry, please contact the Pastor to express your interest.  Selections are made by the Pastor.  Committee members serve for a minimum of two years.

LADIES DAY                    

Contact:     Ida A. Waters
During the month of May we pay homage to the Blessed Mother, mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In addition, on Mother’s Day we honor the mothers and the ladies of the parish.  Every year a committee is formed. We meet three times from January to May. We select a guest speaker for the Mother’s Day Liturgy.  Also, during the month of May, we organize events that are of interest to women. Participation on this committee gives one the opportunity to demonstrate their support of the women of the parish and the St. Josephine Bakhita community. Please join us!

LADIES GUILD                            

Contact:    Chrissy Lacy        
The Ladies Guild was organized as a major fund raiser for the parish. Our annual dinner dance which is held during the fall season is one of our most memorable events. In 2012 we will celebrate our 45th anniversary.  Through time, talent and treasure we have sponsored numerous events.  Some of the activities that we have sponsored during the year are: home cooked breakfast after mass approximately five times each year, bowling parties, casino trips and shopping trips. Our meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. We encourage all women of the parish to join us.


Contact:    Lisa Soto
Los Servidores are members of the Hispanic community who advise the pastor and the Pastoral Council on the concerns of the Hispanic Community. They organize the Marian celebrations of the Hispanic community and have a voice in guiding the vision of the parish.
Meetings are at St. Joan of Arc on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m..

MEN’S CLUB                                

Contact:    Anthony Archie
The Men’s Club consists of the males from the parish between the ages of 18 on up. Our responsibilities are to assist with all the programs within the church.  We maintain the grounds and provide security. On our annual Men’s day, which is held on Fathers’ Day, we select a guest speaker for the services.  Also, every year during the month of December we sponsor a major fundraiser for the parish.  Our meetings are held monthly.


Fr. Gerard Marable
Meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month
The St. Josephine Bakhita Parish Pastoral Council serves as the planning instrument that the parish uses to form its pastoral plan.  Having knowledge of the Diocesan Vision Statement and the parish’s Mission Statement, the pastor consults the Council about any practical matters such as the implementation of local pastoral priorities which will in many cases resonate with the diocesan pastoral priorities which are Liturgy, Lay Ministry, Lifelong Faith Formation, Priestly Vocations, Youth and Young Adults and Compassionate Outreach. The Parish Pastoral Council offers their wisdom prudently, with regard to major pastoral matters connected with the life and mission of the parish.  They examine, consider and make recommendations after prayer, careful study and open discussion.  St. Josephine Bakhita Parish Council welcomes people of every race, language and way of life around the table of our Lord Jesus Christ in an American African/Hispanic expression of Roman Catholic worship.


Contact:     Herbert Hicks
The ushers are a group of dedicated men who serve as “welcoming delegates” of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish and to all who attend the weekend and other liturgical masses.  While doing this the usher will ensure that each member and visitor receives the missal, church bulletin and all necessary envelopes. Ushers participate in the Offertory by requesting parishioners to assist the Celebrant of the mass.  The usher’s duty is to attend and assist all members and visitors with seating and to ensure their comfort while in the house of the Lord.  We welcome new members.