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.

 

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75th Anniversary

182 years ago this month (June 2022) – in June 1840 – seven years before the 1847 founding of the Diocese of Cleveland, an early record of Catholics in Strongsville Township, noted a visit by Bishop Purcell, of the Diocese of Cincinnati, to the two Catholic families in the township. Bishop Purcell was on his way from dedicating St. Mary-on-the-Flats in Cleveland and stopped here before going onto Valley City. He visited two Catholic families. Two. Yet in June 2022, just counting our parish, we have 2,626 registered families.

 

It is doubtful that Father McGraw and our earliest parishioners could have imagined what the future would bring for this community. Our celebration was joy-filled, for many things, but particularly tonight for the life of our parish – for what has been, what is, and together, what we can still be over the course of the next 182 years. Since that first record of Catholics in 1840, through the founding of our parish now-76 years ago, and continuing through today, the Strongsville community has been enriched by our Christ-filled presence. 

From the days of Fr. Joseph McGraw, whose chalice continues to be used regularly for special Masses, through the building of our current church under Fr. McDonough, the ingenuity of Fr. Donohue, the spirituality of Fr. Dodd, and the compassionate-care of Fr. Sanson, and my own health challenges, Christ has been present and active here through the lives of parishioners and staff and all who have experienced his presence through our own words and actions.. Not even the destruction of our first Quonset Hut church and half the school by the powerful 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado, nor the experience of our communal heartbreak and betrayal in December 2019 crushed our spirit. These events shaped us, but our definition as a community is far beyond any one event. We are people filled with many gifts and great resilience.

 

During Fr. Joe's COVID Easter, aka Easter 2020, homily, he used a quote “the comeback is always stronger than the setback”…little did he know what that was going to mean for him, personally, but he had a sense what it would mean for us as a parish. We are alive, we are coming back, and we will continue to do so! We are grateful for those who have gone before us to provide us with the community that we have today and we pledge to continue what began in 1946, so our children, and their children, and even their children’s children, will have what we have had. Let us strive, with Jesus’ divine assistance, to give them the best! We cannot wait to see what God still has in store for us. When you can be easily be in other places and in other parishes, Fr. Joe remarked "thank you for choosing to be a part of our community. I hope you will stay along for the ride!" May God continue to bless our community, each one of us, and those we love…

Watch our Opening and Closing 75th Annviersary Masses on YouTube
View pictures and read the homily and remarks from our three major 75th Anniversary events

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

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.

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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.

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Hospitality

Coffee and donuts are served the first Sunday of the month after the 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses. This hospitality ministry enables parishioners to socialize after Mass. One Sunday per month, volunteers serve coffee and clean up after the Mass they attend. If you would like to help, contact Monica Ali, below.

  • 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.

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

Lenten Dinners

Our Lenten Dinners usually 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.

 

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Murder Mystery

Held every fall, our Annual Murder Myster Dinner benefits St. Joseph's Feeding our Family ministry.


For more information, please contact Carol Henderson Turn on JavaScript! or 440-570-6204. 

 

NAMI

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

Sign-up to help for Picnic 2022 - Sunday, July 31, 2022

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.

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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.

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For information about Prayer Shawls, please visit: www.shawlministry.com

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 St. Joseph Carpenters senior group is comprised of adults from ages 50 and beyond.  We are a diverse group of spirit-filled seniors who pledge to build strong relationships within our homes, parish, and community, formed in loved and rooted in faith, while providing opportunities to gather in spiritual, educational, and social settings. 

 

Annual membership:  Our events are for Carpenters members, and membership is always open.  Join at any event anytime now through June, 2023.  The membership fee is $5 from August through June.  Carpenter events are held at St. Joseph Church unless otherwise noted.  For Carpenter information, please contact Chairperson Judy Feador at 440-503-6229 or Turn on JavaScript!.

 

Upcoming events:

 

Bus Trip - There is only one seat left on the Carpenters bus trip on Tuesday, October 18.  We will be going to the Amish Country Theater to see the comedy show “All Hogs go to Heaven”.  After the show, we will stop at the Dutch Valley Market and at a local winery.  Purchases at the market and winery are optional.  Cost is $95 per person which includes transportation, the show, and lunch at Der Dutchman.  We are departing at 9:30 a.m. and returning around 7:30 p.m.  Call Chris Novak at 440-237-8539 to reserve your seat. 

 

Spiritual Walks - Our last outdoor spiritual walk with God and fellow Carpenters is on October 24.  We meet at the Coe Lake picnic shelter located behind the Berea Library from 9:15-10:30 a.m.  Scripture, prayer, sharing, and a bit of walking round out our morning get together.  RSVP to Vickie at 440-666-3591.  Details about our Fall and Winter indoor walks are in the works.  

 

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    SummerFest

    SummerFest is our annual celebration beginning with 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! With emergence from COVID-19, we only have two events scheduled in 2021:

    All are welcome to join us for our 2021 SummerFest

    Sunday, July 25th
    "Old Fashioned" Parish Picnic & Ice Cream Social
    Come to Noon Mass and stay for the fun!
    Bring you own chair, or use ours, or a picnic basket, and enjoy live music 
    outside on the Front Lawn.
    Ride the Euclid Beach Roller Coaster Car or a Pony!
    Ice cream will be provided
    Limited food and drink available for purchase from European's Best and Olympia Sweet Treats and Grill.

    Saturday, August 7th
    17th Annual Parish Golf Outing
    Briarwood Golf Club
    Click here for more information and a 
    registration form.
    To sign up at Sign-up Genius 
    Click here.

    Look for more information, please call the Parish Office at 440.238.5555.

    WinterThaw

    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!