Parish Office
1162 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA  95603
(530) 885-2956



The Ministry to the Sick is an important aspect of the sacramental life of the Parish of St. Joseph/St. Teresa of Avila. This is especially true in light of the fact that there is an unusually large number of elderly members in the parish – some homebound, others in rest homes or hospitals.

This ministry requires many dedicated volunteers who themselves must be in good standing in the Church and who must be carefully instructed in the proper procedures for administering the rite of ordinary "Communion visits" to shut-ins.

Training, assigning and supervising the volunteers in this Ministry is presently the responsibility of Sister Maureen Costelloe. Sister affirms and journeys with the new volunteers and assigns coordinators to assist with those who volunteer for ministry at the hospital. Sister also presides over communal Communion services outside of liturgy every Friday at various nursing facilities in the area.

On a daily basis, Sister and the other ministers to the sick work directly with the homebound. In addition to providing Communion when requested, it is the responsibility of these dedicated ministers to inform the parish priests concerning the other Sacramental needs of the sick, e.g., Anointing, Reconciliation, etc. From time to time, the priests of the Parish arrange for communal Anointing of the Sick at the Church and at the nursing homes.

Sister Maureen can be contacted through the Parish Office at (530) 885-2956.

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The Music Ministry at the Parish of St. Joseph / St. Teresa of Avila is designed to provide a means for parishioners to participate more fully and meaningfully in liturgical celebrations. The ministry provides guidance and leadership to the parishioners in the musical celebration of the liturgy and opportunities to participate as cantors, musicians and in choral groups.

Groups currently in place and open to new members include:

  • Adult Choir
    St. Teresa of Avila Church
    Sunday, 8:30 A.M. Mass
    Rehearsal – Tuesday, 7:30 P.M. at St. Teresa’s
  • Adult / Youth Music Group
    St. Joseph’s Church
    Sunday, 10:30 A.M. Mass
  • Adult / Youth Music group
    St. Teresa of Avila Church
    Saturday, 5:00 P.M. Mass

Please contact Bobbie Brown, Music Director at (530) 637-4376 for more information on opportunities to participate in the music program.

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Eucharistic Ministers assist the celebrant at Mass by helping to distribute the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ to the faithful in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers assist at all masses on the weekends and most Holy days of Obligation. To be a Eucharistic Minister for the Catholic Community of Auburn, a person must be a registered member of the Parish in good standing, have attended the required training, and signed a statement of commitment for the responsibilities and obligations of being a disciple to Jesus Christ as a Eucharistic Minister.

Duties of a Eucharistic Minister include assembling the necessary vessels before mass for the consecration and distribution of Communion under both species, preparing sufficient quantities of bread and wine to provide Communion for that Mass, sharing the Body and Blood of Christ with the faithful at Communion time, and purifying all the vessels used in the consecration and distribution of the Sacrament.

For more information on this wonderful ministry, contact Tony and Carrie Ivins at (530) 885-1269

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This committee meets periodically to address interior environmental needs of our churches. Those needs include florals, linens, draperies, candles, and furnishings as well as special preparations for liturgical seasons. The emphasis is on quality and appropriateness. Artisans in the various categories have responded. These very dedicated men and women, along with members of the Altar Society, continually strive to improve the liturgical environs within our two churches.

For information: Anna Manzinali, 885-3927

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Responsibilities of the Altar Society include light cleaning tasks, caring for linens, vestments and altar server garments, and maintaining a supply of candles. The Society purchases the candles, linens, fabrics and cleaning supplies. Florals are provided for special occasions. Funding is through the sale of votive candles and donations.

Membership is open to both men and women. Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month following the 8:30 mass at St. Joseph’s Church.

For information: Anna Manzinali, 885-3927

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By presenting your child for baptism, you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the Catholic faith. The parish community proclaims and celebrates that faith.

We welcome your child’s presence among us and invite him/her to walk the journey of faith in our company.

Parents must be practicing Catholics and godparents must be practicing confirmed Catholics both must attend the required classes. Classes are held the first and second Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 PM.  (There are no December classes or baptisms.)  Please note that days may change slightly due to holidays. 

First session - for Parent’s and godparent’s: The meaning of Baptism and Commitment are presented in a informative video.

Second session for Parents: Living out our baptismal promise practical ways of living out our faith and making your child’s baptism day special.   Godparent’s are welcome to attend this class but it is not required.

For more information and to register for classes please call, Jim or Julie Opsahl 887-0416

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The Parish has a Familia group for mothers of young children to help them learn more about the Catholic Faith through prayer, reflections on the Gospel for the following Sunday, and study of the Holy Father’s writings on the Family. This is an ongoing, four year program open to all women of the parish. They are currently presenting year’s I and III.

Familia meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Fireplace Room at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Meetings are held each month from September through June. Childcare is available. Contact Ginny Huckins at (530) 885-8364 for more information.

There is a corresponding program for husbands and fathers that is offered at St. Dominic’s in Colfax. It meets once a month. Call George Coelho for information, (530) 878-1851.

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Marriage Encounter is a weekend experience for married couples who want to enrich their relationship and improve their good marriage. This "Seminar for the Heart" gives couples an opportunity to share their feelings, their hopes, disappointments, joys, and frustrations in an open, honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person each has chosen for a lifetime.

Participants listen to presentations given by Catholic couples and a priest, then discuss privately what they have heard and how it applies to them. The emphasis is on communication between the husband and wife, who spend their weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to concentrate on each other. Visit their website to view schedule and learn more:

For more information, please contact at (530) 889-2072.

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Catholic Engaged Encounter is a marriage preparation program available to couples being married in the Catholic Church. If you are planning marriage, please ask your priest about this exciting and dynamic program.

Presentations usually start on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon. Weekends are held at various locations in the Sacramento area throughout the year.

All discussions during the weekend will be between couples where you will explore your relationship while answering probing questions about your views on family, finance, customs, children... the list is too long to be covered here.  At the conclusion you will have discussed many of the topics that you will eventually address during your beginning years of marriage... and there is no requirement for you to speak before the group, other than a quick introduction session. This is a one-on-one program between couples.

We think there is no better program available to prepare you for marriage anywhere! With the staggering divorce rates and the effect they have on family and children, why wouldn't you learn all you can about your lifestyle for the rest of your life? Now is up to you!

More information about Catholic Engaged Encounter is available at

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The Mission Statement of the Liturgy Committee is as follows:

"We, the Liturgy Committee for St. Joseph’s and St. Teresa’s parish, are called to follow Christ and promote the teaching o the Catholic Church in matters of Faith, reflecting on our liturgical celebrations, which must be prepared well in order to provide more meaningful and prayerful celebrations."

The purpose of the Liturgy Committee is to facilitate the full, conscious, active participation in the Liturgy by the assembly. The Liturgy Committee is an advisory body to the Pastor. It meets monthly to learn about liturgy and to help meet parish needs regarding liturgy. It attempts, by planning ahead, to create/enhance liturgies for Sundays, special occasions (Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation Services), and liturgical seasons (Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas). This is done to deepen people’s faith and increase their understanding of liturgical celebrations, so that parishioners will more readily pray, celebrate, and encounter Christ deeply and spiritually. In addition, the work of the Liturgy Committee during the Jubilee Year includes recognizing and helping the parish celebrate selected Jubilee Days.

The committee is chaired by Father Soane Kaniseli. There is a recording secretary. It is composed of a representative from each of the following parish communities and liturgical ministries: Environs, Music, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Altar Servers, Ushers, Youth Ministry, the Foresthill community and the Spanish community, plus St. Joseph’s Sacristan.

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The development of a relationship with God and our neighbor is the core of the call to ongoing conversion within each of us as we journey through life toward our God.

We welcome people who are interested in inquiring about the Catholic Faith or who wish to convert or come into full communion with the Catholic Church.

The process is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of adults (RCIA). It is one of the best things to happen regularly in our Parish. Each week from September to April, Tuesday evenings give life and energy to all who are involved in making this process happen.

If you are interested in knowing more about RCIA, please call Mary Dent at the Parish Office – (530) 885-2956.

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Numerous quality books, audio tapes and videos are available for sign out from the Parish Library for both adults and children. The library is located in the large conference room next to the Parish Office.  It is normally open on Sundays 8:30am - 12:00 noon; Tuesdays, 9:00am - 11:30am and Thursdays, 9:15am - 12 noon.  To view the complete list of titles click here.

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The parish youth can participate in the mass as altar servers. They assist the priest with the preparation of the altar and ensure that the required items used during the mass are in place. Boys and girls in the fourth grade or older may join if they are willing to make the commitment to be responsible and on time for the masses they are assigned. A mandatory initial training program is required along with occasion refresher training sessions. Interested girls and boys should contact the Altar Server Coordinators, Doreen and Dean Wood at (530) 823-5066 or Click for the current server schedule. Altar Server instructions are available for review but requires the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view.

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Little Rock Bible Study is a Parish-based program that leads to a greater understanding of the Bible, an awareness of God’s living presence in sacred scripture, and an appreciation of how the bible can be applied to daily life. Through personal study, small group discussion, lecture and prayer, the program provides a solid balance of scholarship, reflection, and application. Generally this is a strong Catholic program with emphasis on Catholic teaching and liturgical practice. Historical Critical, Hermenutical methods of study are employed. The Parish offers classes at different times and locations. Check the Parish Bulletin for details.

Along with this Parish Bible study program are adult education lectures presented by guests and Parish speakers. These lectures focus on topics such as biblical archaeology, the Dead sea scrolls, Apocalyptic literature, the Apostles, the early church, the Mass and other relative subjects that arise throughout the study session.

Also presented by Little Rock Bible Study are Taize services which enhance the student participants spirituality. Several times during the year, these Taize services of music and meditation are offered to the Parish and community.

Annually, during Lent, Little Rock Bible Study offers a Seder (Passover meal). This is a symbolic version of Jesus’ Last Supper, where matzah, bitter herbs, lamb, and wine are served and a dialog of the event is given. This meal is traditionally shared by other Bible study groups. An annual potluck dinner follows this spiritually moving experience.

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This adult education program was started by a core group of Parishioners, together with Father Soane Kaniselli, who incorporated a lending library to go along with the program

Study groups continue all year in five week sessions, with a three week break between each session. Each group[ is facilitated by a trained team of two or more. Each week the sessions delve into a different topic concerning the Catholic faith. Participants take reference material home to research. These are discussed in the study groups. This helps the participants assimilate a greater amount of information concerning the Catholic faith and beliefs.

For more information, contact Adele Claassen at (530) 885-5284

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A lector is one who proclaims the word of God at Mass. The lector assist at mass by proclaiming the first and second readings and occasionally the Psalm. The lector’s role is not merely to read but to bring the word of God to life for the assembly.

All lectors are provided training which includes use of the microphone, actions and posture at the lectern, and how to enunciate and speak clearly and with vitality. For more information, contact Joe Wilcox at (530) 878-2828.

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The Food Resources Program serves our parish, providing groceries as needed to large and low-income families. At Christmastime, we provide canned goods, staples and holiday items to 28-30 families. The number aided at other times during the year varies with need.

Our collections are made the second weekend of each month, with barrels stationed at each church. The items are inventoried and stored in the kitchen pantry at St. Teresa of Avila Church. Committee members bring donations from Foresthill and St. Joseph to the storage site.

Each bag of groceries provided includes a flyer designating that the items are provided by our parish and listing the schedule of Masses and Confessions for each site.

Jeanne Smith, Food Resources Coordinator

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Our Parish Youth Ministry is for, to, with and by junior high school and senior high school youth. Our most important goals are:

  • To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus in our world today.
  • To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community.
  • To foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

Our Parish Youth Ministry strives to affirm the faith, gifts, talents and energy of our young people, and we recognize the need for all the people and resources of our Church Community to accomplish this. As our Holy Father said in 1995 at World Youth Day:

"What is needed is a church which knows how to respond to the expectations of young people. Jesus wants to enter into dialogue with them and through His body, which is the church, to propose the possibility of a choice which will require a commitment of their lives. As Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus, so the church must become today the traveling companion of young people…." (Youth: Sent to Proclaim True Liberation, World Youth Day. 1995, Philippines)

Katie Prust, Youth Ministry Coordinator

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Since the Second Vatican Council, laymen and women have been called to a variety of new liturgical ministries. The ministry of USHERS has been with us before Vatican Two.

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The second book of Kings speaks of the "Keepers of the threshold" who collected money offerings from the people (2 Kings 22:4). Guardians of the threshold are also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 9:19 and Jeremiah 35:4.

When the liturgical reform began after the Second Vatican Council, the role of the USHER was already well established in almost every parish. Many

USHERS had been serving in their role for decades before the Council and continued as USHERS as the liturgical reforms were implemented.

The USHER and GREETERS serve the assembly in a variety of ways. Perhaps the most important can be summed up in one word, "HOSPITALITY".

In order to create a sense of HOSPITALITY in our Parish, the ministry of USHERS and GREETERS has been created. The community of parishioners, as a whole, bears the responsibility for creating good worship. USHERS and GREETERS, therefore, are called to set an example of HOSPITALITY that should spread throughout the community. It is a common impulse to "let somebody else do it", but no one person can fulfil the role of the community.

Part of the task of USHERS is to help maintain order in the liturgical assembly. USHERS help form a unified assembly by guiding people to sit together and near the altar. They maintain order during processions within the liturgy. They keep things orderly in the gathering space and throughout the church building. They may at times have to help restore order after an emergency or other disruption.

Probably the most common role for USHERS at the end of the liturgy is to hand out bulletins to parishioners as they leave. Some parishes just put the bulletins in racks or on tables for people to pick up, but there is certainly a value in the personal touch of handing the bulletins to people. This also gives you an easy opportunity to say a word of farewell to people as they leave.

Other duties may include: Post Liturgy Gatherings, Guarding the Collection, Cleaning up the Church, Checking the Pews, Turning Down Lights, Heat, Air, etc.

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Meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the home of a parishioner in the Auburn area to offer prayers, petitions, and to pray the holy rosary. For more information, call Jim or Julie Opsahl at (530) 887-0416

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A gathering of lay people who meet to pray and recite the rosary and to study the works of Father Steffano Gobbi with the intention of praying for priests. They meet on Thursdays at 6:15 PM (after Benediction) at St. Joseph's Church. For more information, contact Carole Gilsdorf at (530) 823-1126 or Helen Griffith at (530) 878-1738.

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A group of lay people who meet to praise, worship, and give thanks through intercessory prayer, singing, meditation, scripture reading, and sharing. Their purpose is to bring about a deepening of life in the Holy Spirit and a closer relationship with our heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. They meet every Monday evening at 7:30 PM in the home of a parishioner in the Auburn area. For more information, call Clara Rossito at (530) 885-9667.

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A group of Catholic lay people who advance the work of the Church by visiting homes, hospitals, rest homes and other institutions bringing Holy Communion and sharing Christ's love through prayer. Active members meet on Thursdays at 1:30 PM in the large Conference Room behind St. Joseph's Church. For more information, contact ____________________.

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