The 2019 Commitment Form may be filled out online and emailed to our Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you elect Online Giving, a signed Electronic Giving Authorization must be submitted to the Parish Office.
Parish News and Events
Last week Brenda, Father Steve, and I received official letters from the Archdiocese and the Archbishop notifying us that we have all been extended in our current pastoral assignments here at St. Joseph Parish, Grafton, WI. Based upon the full support of the Pastoral Council of our parish, Brenda’s 3rd four year term as “Parish Director” becomes effective immediately with the stroke of Archbishop Listecki’s pen. With the Archbishop’s generous support and encouragement, Brenda can count on Fr. Steve’s assistance for pastoral and liturgical assistance weekly (especially weekends) and I will continue as the “supervising priest,” a designation required of every parish without a resident pastor. Fr. Steve’s assignment runs thru 2021, as this date accounts for the prospect of Fr. Steve’s own retirement at the age of 68. I intend to hold my assignment as “supervising priest” while retired. We three have enjoyed your support and encouragement totaling some 60+ years of service in the pastoral ministry and care of St Joseph parishioners. What a daunting task to continue to serve our “golden parishioners” who have belonged here even longer than our service of you!
Unbeknownst to most of you, Brenda Cline was also recently appointed to the Archdiocesan Priest Placement Board–a historic first in the 175 years of our Archdiocese– Brenda is the first person who is not ordained to serve in this significant position of placing priests in their parishes. It is her task to meet regularly with the other priest members of this board, including Rick Tank, to discern assignments and recommendations for all the priests who transfer yearly in and out of the 200 parishes of our Archdiocese. I believe this is significant not only for Brenda (and more work!) but it reflects well of St. Joseph Parish’s willingness to share your leader, your wisdom, and a vision of Church going forward which will be reflected by her representation of you in the deliberations which will match gifts and talents of both the ordained and the many important trained, skilled, parish ministers upon whom the Church relies to support the growth of our local parishes. This is parish history in the making.
Yet, none of us works in a vacuum. Not one of us could do what we do without the support of all our parishioners, staff members, councils, committees, hard workers, support staff, and ministers/ministries all. We are fully and humbly aware of all your faces and names–on the cover of the Rolling Stone.
Please place any donations in the Human Concern’s “Empty Basket” in the front entrance to Church.
Thank you for your continued support.
Join us for Miraculous Mission! Jesus Saves the World.
June 17 – 21
Daily: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost is $40/camper (current K4 through 4th grade).
Financial assistance is available to those in need.
Current 5th graders through High Schoolers are needed as counselors.
We are looking for Adult leaders, too!
Register online at: https://vbsmate.com/StJosephParishGraftonWI
Registration forms are also available in the Christian Formation Office.
Please consider being the gift bearer at a weekend Liturgy. The sign up book is located near the gift table in the colonnade of the church. Please give us your name and email so we can send a reminder. All you need to do at the Mass of your choosing is to talk to an usher before Mass. Thanks – All Are Welcome!
You Never Know… when you will need to help save a life. As an update for some, and news for others, the parish has 2 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). They are used to evaluate heart rhythms and deliver a potentially lifesaving shock if necessary. Anyone can use them!
1. Located at the top of the stairs leading to the lower church hall. You’ll see a 3 dimensional sign facing the worship space. Look for it today, so you’ll know where it is during an emergency.
2. Located on the lower level across from the gym doors. During an emergency, if someone says, “get the AED,” please do not hesitate. Take it out of the cabinet on the wall and bring to the site, and call 911.
The parish also stocks 3 first aid kits:
1. Usher’s Room
2. Kitchenette off Gathering Hall
3. Parish Office Workroom
– even if you just need a Band-Aid
Prayer Shawl Ministry meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month (except June, July and August). Prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted and given to the sick, to grieving families to comfort those who have lost loved ones and to Hospice care facilities. The number of shawls that have been distributed now total 399!
To find out more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact either Carol Arentz at 262-375-0673 or Joan Raasch at 262-365-8656.
If you would be interested in serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Columbia St. Mary Ozaukee Campus, please contact Bridget Lozano, Columbia St. Mary Ozaukee Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 262-243-7355 or email@example.com.
Applications are also available on the CSM website: www.columbia-stmarys.org/volunteer_ozaukee.