Beginning November 27th, the Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Joseph’s in Oriskany Falls has moved from 6pm to 5:30pm every Saturday. We no longer need to solicit pre-registrations in order to facilitate our weekend Mass schedule in Eastern Pastoral Care Area 4! This means that anyone can now attend Mass anywhere at any time in our PCA. See you Sunday!

Ministry Opportunities and Contact Info

Altar Server: Do you like helping out?

Altar servers have the privilege of assisting the priest in the sanctuary during the Mass and other liturgical functions.An altar server attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as lighting candles, ringing the altar bell, as well as carrying the cross, among other things. Anyone interested in becoming an altar server, who has made his/her First HolyCommunion, please call the parish office,
315-841-4481 or emailing Judith Kemp-Barnes at

Altar Cleaning: Do you experience deep satisfaction from a job well-done?
The Altar Cleaning ministry serves our Lord and our church community by cleaning and refreshing the altar, and holy water fonts. The duties include dusting, polishing, vacuuming, and preparing the sanctuary for the weekend liturgies. If this is a ministry youmight be interested in, please join us in serving our parish community. Please call Laurie Ostrander at 315-525-7831 if you’d like to pitch in!

Bereavement: Does providing comfort to others in their time of need give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment?

St. Bernard’s Bereavement Ministry provides a place in which the friends and family of the deceased can come together and be nurtured by hot meals in a comfortable surrounding by our volunteers who report the experience of service as being equally beneficial to them aswell. Those interested in becoming involved in this ministry should contact Paula Burback at 315-404-3409 or 315-841-4370.

Coffee Hour: Does providing others with an opportunity to experience fellowship (and afew treats) leave you feeling accomplished and content?

Assistance is needed with preparation and clean-up for coffee hours which are offered afterMass times minimally throughout the year. Duties include: making coffee, setting out cups, plates, napkins, etc and desserts prior to the end of Mass. Clean-up entails clearing thetables, washing any platters or silverware which were used, and returning unused items to storage for future use. No heavy lifting is required. If interested please call
Judith Kemp-Barnes at 315-841-4481 or email

Community Outreach: Do you enjoy giving back to the community? Do you find happiness through helping others?
St. Bernard’s offers many opportunities for you to give back to the community through programs such as:

  • Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter Food Baskets
  • The Giving Tree
  • Clothing Giveaway, among others. If any of these interest you please call Lynne Pletl at 315-527-4016

Eucharistic Minister: Is your faith experience enhanced through the sacraments of the Church? Does the prospect of having a role in providing this experience to others appeal to you?

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person who assists the priest in administering the sacraments of Holy Communion, the consecrated bread and wine.
If you’re interested in being trained for this ministry call Judith Kemp-Barnes at 315-841-4481.

Hospitality: Do you enjoy welcoming others? Would you like to be the first face people see when they enter the church for Mass? Those ministers involved with hospitality have the important role of providing a first impression for visitors to St. Bernard’s Church! Greeters offer a Missal w/ bulletin to each visitor and take up the collection during the Mass. If this ministry is of interest to you, please contact Judith Kemp-Barnes at 315-841-4481 for more information.

Lector: Do you enjoy speaking aloud or are you willing to challenge yourself to go outside your comfort zone? Are you interested in proclaiming the Word of God to the congregation? The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. S/He may also announce the intentions for the UniversalPrayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.
(Taken from “The Lector at Mass” USCCB.)
Please contact Judith Kemp-Barnes at 315-841-4481 for more information.

Music: Do you love to sing and/or play an instrument? Are you interested in joining those members of our church who have similar talents?
St. Bernard’s Music Ministry offers these kinds of opportunities during the 10:30am Mass every Sunday! Please call Mary Beth Sigmund at 315-368-8738 if you think you’d like to take part in the fun!