People with Special Needs Ministry
St. Joseph Parish welcomes people with disabilities to worship with us. We want to meet your needs. Let us know how we can assist you. Contact our Parish advocate, Andrew Matragrano at 570-275-0972.
Our Church is Handicapped Accessible
All entrances to the church, chapel and administration building are handicapped accessible. The main entrance of the church and the chapel entrance are push button activated. There is also a handicapped accessible bathroom on the first floor between the chapel and the front lobby. An elevator gives access to the upper and lower levels of the St. Hubert Building.
We have amplified hearing devices that people can use during Mass. They are tied into our sound system in the church. These devices are kept in the sacristy (where the priest vests and ministers gather). Talk to the greeters and they will take you to the sacristy and assist you. At the end of Mass, we ask that the devices be returned to the sacristy.
Books with large print are available at the back of the church. The readings and Gospel for Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days of Obligation can be found in these books. Please help yourself to these worship aides, and return them to the back of the church after Mass.
Persons with Autism
We encourage families whose members have autism to contact us if there is anything you need to enable your family to worship with the church.
Let the greeters know if you have trouble walking up to receive Holy Communion. They will help you find a place to sitand then they will direct the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to bring Holy Communion to you. If you are in a wheelchair, St. Joseph Church has four spaces for wheelchairs. Wheelchairs can be parked in the available spaces allowing the family members/caregiver to sit next to you. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will bring Communion to you, if you wish.
If you are physically not able to attend Mass on the weekend, please contact the parish office. Father Lease, our pastor takes Communion to the homebound during the week of First Friday each month. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take Communion to the shut-ins at various times of the month. Call the parish office and get your name or the name of a loved one on the list.
If you have a gluten allergy, please come to the sacristy before Mass begins and let Father know. We do have gluten free hosts.
St. Joseph Parish encourages parents to bring infants and small children to Mass. If your child gets excessively noisy, we have an area in the back of the church where you can go until your child settles down. The glass in the walls and doors allow you to see what is happening and still be able to hear the Mass. Changing table is available in the handicapped bathroom.