Parish News and Events
Thank you all for our wonderful generous response to the Holy Thursday Young Adult Mission Experience (YAME) collection. Our hearts and our baskets are overflowing! We can’t wait to take your love, support and your donations to Los Toros in May to share among all of the people there.
The May Mission Group will be leaving on May 23rd with suitcases packed full of your donations! Thank you!
For more information, please contact Cathy Mateo Zayas, Trip Coordinator, at 262-720-1884.
St. Joseph Parish now has its own Facebook page. It can be reached at this location.
April 24 – May 22
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish
Grief Support Sessions are open to all who have suffered the loss of family members, spouses, friends, child, etc. There will be time to learn about grief, as well as time to share. Sessions will be held in the Pastoral Center – please follow the signs.
Topics to be covered are:
• GRIEF IS CRAZY, UNIQUE, NECESSARY AND NORMAL
• UNDERSTANDING THE STAGES OF GRIEF
• SURVIVING STRESS AND LONELINESS
• OUR FEELINGS OF DENIAL, BARGAINING AND GUILT
• OUR FEELINGS OF ANGER AND DEPRESSION
• PRAYING OUR GOOD BYES – THE VALUE OF MEMORIES
Questions?? Please call Ken Stanczyk, Director of Adult Ministry, at 262-375-6500 x104 or Kathy Davies at 262-375-1106. There is no cost to the series.
St. Joseph St. Vincent de Paul Society performs many more activities than we have described in the past weeks. Here are some of them:
SVDP collects donations from parishioners to stock its pantry of non-perishable food, paper products, and cleaning supplies which are provided to the hungry or to help offset the cost of buying groceries.
Generally three times a year, the SVDP Thrift Store truck is parked in the church parking lot so parishioners can conveniently donate furniture, household items, clothing, linens, toys, etc. to the Thrift Store.
Back to School Drive:
SVDP requests donations of money and school supplies for the upcoming school year for children of those families helped during the previous year. Money is used to help purchase school shoes for the children.
SVDP packs Thanksgiving boxes with food from its Pantry. Each family helped during the past year receives a food box for Thanksgiving and a gift card to help offset the cost of a turkey.
During Advent, SVDP displays its Giving Tree. Each ornament lists the gifts wished for by every family member helped during the previous year. Parishioners select ornaments and return the wrapped gifts, SVDP then delivers them to help a family have a brighter, happier Christmas.
“Twinning” is a process whereby SVDP Conferences assist other Conferences lacking the resources to carry out their works of mercy. St. Joseph SVDP maintains “twinning” relationships with:
• St. Catherine SDVP Conference which serves the North Central area of Milwaukee
• SVDP Conference in Los Toros
The SVDP Youth Chapter:
The SVDP Youth Chapter is led by a group of teens who plan events for the upcoming school year based on the needs of the adult chapter, as well as personal interests of the youth planning the events. All youth in grades 6 -12 are welcome. It is not a “closed” membership so youth may participate for just one or many of the events.
Each summer we offer an exciting and entertaining camp for children in K4-4th grades. Our campers explore God’s love through crafts, singing and games. Our volunteer youth counselors (5th – 12th graders) enthusiastically lead and join in the fun activities with the campers. Adult leaders supervise and organize the different activities.
In Summer 2017, our Vacation Bible School will run from June 19 through June 23, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily at St. Joseph Parish. Registration forms for campers and volunteers are available using the links below. Youth and adult volunteers will prepare for the camp the week of June 12.
Forms to download for Vacation Bible School
|VBS Registration Letter||Registration Form|
|Adult Leader Form||Youth Leader Form|
St. Joseph Parish has an opening for a part-time Weekend Cleaning Assistant. This person would work Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. – Noon. The position requires basic cleaning and light maintenance experience, good communication skills, and a sense of the Christian faith and ministry we provide as a parish.
This position is important to the readiness and presentation of the school, church and grounds for liturgies, and the building in general for the many activities that take place on the weekends. It serves as an assist to the staff, parishioners and visitors, as well as the Lead Maintenance person.
If you are interested in applying for or understanding more about this position, please call Jay Frymark, the parish’s Director of Administration, at 262-375-6500, ext. 102.
St. Joseph Parish workcampers are reaching out to area businesses that might help support the youth of our parish in their mission trip to Rushville, IN next July to help repair the homes and hearts of under-privileged residents in that community.
2017 will mark the 16th summer our youth have traveled across the country instilling the importance of service, and more remarkably, changing their hearts as they see the need that lies beyond their local community.
Though the youth and adults all donate their time, there is a financial commitment they have to make in order to serve on this trip. To that end we are reaching out to businesses in the community that would like to help support our mission by making a financial pledge. Though we welcome any support, we offer the following categories to help you decide.
Platinum Sponsor: With a pledge of $1,000 we will provide your business logo prominently on our workcamp t-shirt and sponsor board at our well attended Meatball Madness Dinner in January and you will have a sponsor table at that event. Your logo will also be prominent at our other workcamp fundraisers throughout the year.
Gold Sponsor: $500 commitment will receive recognition at our Meatball Madness Dinner on our sponsor board and a medium logo on our workcamp t-shirts.
Silver Sponsor: $250 will receive a small logo on our t shirts.
For those businesses interested in a sponsorship, checks should be made payable to St. Joseph Parish with 2017 Workcamp Sponsorship on the memo line. For additional information on how to participate in this sponsorship program, please contact one of the following:
Gary Clausing at 262-305-8869
Dan Miller at 262-744-6781
Brenda Cline at 262-375-6500, x103
Thank you for your consideration of our youth and this important mission they are undertaking.
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.
Hospital Visits: Kathy Davies at email@example.com or 262-375-1106
Home Visits: Arlene De La Pasqua at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-618-4366
Residential Facilities Visits: Sandy Michalski at email@example.com or 377-4688
Community News and Events
Volunteers are needed at Lasata to assist residents to Mass on the 2nd Monday of the month.
Lasata Nursing Home is also looking for volunteers to take residents to the Chapel for Rosary on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month starting January 17th. Volunteers would need to be at Lasata by 9:30 a.m.
If interested in volunteering, please contact Vivian Knepel or Christine Barbano at 262-512-2804.