Community Life Commission

Ministries and organizations within the Community Life Commission provide opportunities for the St. Joseph Parish Community to grow together in fellowship. Its activites include opportunities to foster a spirit of togetherness and community among parishioners of all ages. Our Guidelines assist us in providing direction for our commission.


  • Marie Kuchynski-Burdick, 216.469.9509, Turn on JavaScript!





2018 Clambake Flyer and Registration Form

Our Annual Clambake is usually held on the last Saturday of October, but beginning this year has been moved to September. This year, it will be Saturday, September 8, 2018. Our event promises an evening of good food, music, and great conversation, all while supporting our parish. Our evening also features raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing, and several live auction items. In the meantime, if you have questions, please give us a call!

  • Dawna Meng, 440.552.9256



    Funeral Luncheons

    The St. Joseph Funeral Luncheon Committee offers pastry and coffee or lunch in the Holy Family Center. This is available to any family who wishes to offer refreshment to their relatives and friends following a funeral at St. Joseph. Volunteers are needed to assist this ministry as hostess or to provide food items upon request. It's a great way to help out on an as-needed basis.

    • Regina Cardello, 440.846.0055
    • Alice Mushenheim, 440.572.3908

    Golf Committee

    St. Joseph Golf Committee consists of a group of parishioners whose purpose is to organize the annual St. Joseph Golf Outing. This annual outing is primarily a social event and at times, a fundraiser for St. Joseph Parish.

    • Matt Lawler, 216.392.4447, Turn on JavaScript!

    Health and Wellness

    The Health and Wellness Ministry is a group interested in the health of our parishioners by coordinating events throughout the year. Main events include the annual health fair and the SOUL 5k run/1-mile walk. Meetings are scheduled on an every other month basis and more depending on the event planning. Health professions or other parishioners just interested in health are always welcome. We welcome new ideas for other parish events.

    • Marie Kuchynski-Burdick, 440.878.0902, Turn on JavaScript!


    Coffee and donuts are served most Sundays after the various masses (8am and 10am) during the year and on special occasions. This hospitality ministry enables parishioners to socialize after Mass. One Sunday per month, volunteers serve coffee and clean up after the Mass they attend.

    • Monica Ali, 440.572.0860

    Knights of Columbus

    Founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the Knights of Columbus is the largest order of Catholic Laymen in the world and provides insurance benefits to its members and their families. The St. Francis of Assisi Council primarily volunteers for activities and raises funds that serve the Strongsville Community, including the parishes of St. Joseph and St. John Neumann.

    Visit the St. Francis of Assisi Council's Home Page

    Lenten Dinners

    2018 Menu

    Our Lenten Dinners occur twice during Lent. We have a dinner on the Friday immediately after Ash Wednesday and then again, sometime later, usually close to St. Joseph Day (March 19). Volunteers are need to staff the kitchen, staff serving lines, offer hospitality, serve tables, handle take-outs, clean, and collect bills. Volunteers usually meet once before the dinners begin - in January. 2019 Dinners are Friday, March 8 and Friday, April 5. Please join us!


    • Parish Office, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!


    As a ministry of our Health and Wellness Ministry, our NAMI Support Group strives to be a resource for all those who are affected by mental illness. Our group meets once a month on the first Tuesday of each month.

    Parish Picnic

    The Picnic Committee is responsible for planning the Annual Parish Picnic, which occurs on the last Sunday in July. The group meets on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Committee chairpersons and volunteers are needed in various aspects of the events, including games, entertainment, set-up and clean-up. 


    • Jeff Branic, Turn on JavaScript!
    • Fr. Joe Mamich, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!

    Prayer Shawl Ministry

    Prayer Shawls are knitted or crocheted by members of this ministry while offering prayers and blessings for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered with prayer to the recipient. You don’t have to be an experienced knitter to join. We have a beginner pattern, or you can use one of your own. We meet on Tuesday evenings during the school year.

    • Denise Weaver, 216-347-0116

    For information about Prayer Shawls, please visit:

    Reverse Raffle

    Join us for St. Joseph's Fourth Annual
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    Holy Family Center
    $2,000 Grand Prize
    2019 Event Flyer

    ***  Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, February 4. ***


    Advance ticket prices:

    $40 per person includes dinner, drinks, and one main board number

    $60 couple ticket includes dinner and drinks for two, and one main board number

    Purchase advance tickets in the church office January 10-18.

    Ticket prices after January 18:

    $45 per person includes dinner, drinks, and one main board number

    $65 couple ticket includes dinner and drinks for two, and one main board number

    Tickets can be purchased at the church office during regular office hours January 19 thru February 4 or
    after all Masses in the Gathering Area the weekends of January 26-27 and February 2-3.

    $2, $3, $5 Side Boards
    $10 "Quickie" Board
    Basket Raffles
    "Even and Odds" Games of Chance
    Ticket buy-back option
    Number 46 Ticket Raffle


    Please contact Judy at 440-503-6229 to volunteer or for more information.

    *No BYOB and attendees must be 21 or older.

      SOUL Race

      Our Annual SOUL Race provides an opportunity for parishioners and community members to challenge themselves and have fun, while supporting great causes. The SOUL 5k race and 1-mile walk is held every fall.

      St. Joseph Carpenters

      The Carpenters are a group of adults from the age of 50 and beyond. We, the Carpenters of St. Joseph’s as a group of diverse, spirit-filled seniors pledge to build strong relationships within our homes, parish and community, formed in love and rooted in faith, while providing opportunities to gather in spiritual, educational and social settings.

      Monday, March 4th Plump Monday, bus trip to the Hard Rock. Cost for this trip is $25 with a casino perk of $20. We will stop for a visit with Fr. Anthony at St. Columbkille before our ride home. RSVP to Mary and Ed at 440-238-4270 for details and boarding times.

      Our Spiritual walks will resume for 2019 in April: details will follow soon.

      Tuesday, April 30th will be another fun afternoon of Bingo in the HFC from 3-6 pm. An early bird dinner will follow. A 50/50 raffle and side boards will be available. Your cost will be $10 at the door. RSVP to Maryann at 440-238-9336 by Friday, April 26th.

      Wednesday, May 22nd, come enjoy a wondrous demonstration of a master carver (Greg Butauski, a graduate of Sts. Joseph and John School) turning veggies and fruits in to an artful display. Dinner will follow. Join us in the HFC from 3-6 pm. Your cost is $10 at the door. RSVP to Maryann at 440-238-9336 by Friday, May 17th. 

      Wednesday, June 19th and Thursday, June 20th there will be an overnight bus trip to the Rivers and the Meadows Casinos. Also included are a riverboat ride and a wonderful meal at one of Pittsburgh's fine eateries. Cost is $194 double occupancy. RSVP yo Mary and Ed at 440-238-4270 as soon as possible for further details.

      If you'd like an email with updates, email Maryann @ Turn on JavaScript!.


      *Membership: our events are for Carpenter members but membership is always open. Join at any event or bus trip. Cost is $3 from August through June. Want to be a guest? Your cost will be $13 but your name will NOT be added to the Carpenter membership roster.
      *Events are held in the HFC of St. Joseph Parish from 3-6 pm.

      RSVP to Maryann for events at 440-238-9336; RSVP for bus trips to Mary and Ed at 440-238-4270.



        SummerFest is our annual celebration including the last Sunday of July that celebrates community, faith, and our parish family. Unless noted, there is no charge to participate. Please consider joining us...and invite a friend! Need information? Call the Parish Office at 440.238.5555.


        SummerFest 2017 Schedule

        Friday, July 28

        Family Movie Night


        Rain or Moon under the tent!


        Saturday, July 29

        “A Night under the Stars” Reverse Raffle


        $2,000 grand prize

        $40/person; advance sales only.

        Details at

        21 and over only


        Sunday, July 30

        Annual Parish Picnic

        Come for Noon Mass and stay for the fun until 5pm!

        Featuring live music, food, games,for all ages!!


        Tuesday, August 1
        Annual Youth Altar Servers’ Picnic

        Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and "By Teens, For Teens"

        Rectory Courtyard



        Wednesday, August 2

        Annual Parish Ice Cream Social

        Holy Family Center



        Saturday, August 5

        Annual Parish Golf Outing

        Mixed Scramble at Briarwood Golf Club

        Fees will include golf, food, and prizes!

        Details at


        • Parish Office, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!


        Hosted by Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Community Life Commission one Saturday evening in January immediately after the 4:30pm Mass. Proceeds will go to support our Heritage College Scholarship Fund, which awards up to three college-age parishioners $500 scholarships each year. Cost is $5 per person. Come and sample soups and chili and also enjoy appetizers, desserts, and soft drinks. Think you have the best recipe? For soup entries, contact Mary Krenciz by phone 440-773-1953 or email Turn on JavaScript! and for Chili entries, contact Joe Cianciolo by phone 440-532-2134 or email Turn on JavaScript!Winning soup and winning chili entry will receive a prize! Come join us and bring a friend!