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

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Opening of our 75th Jubilee: Noon Mass

Live-streamed and in-person

Bishop Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

“Old Fashioned” Parish Picnic and Ice Cream Social

Bring your own chair, picnic basket, and enjoy live music outside in our front yard!

Ride the Euclid Beach Roller Coaster Car, too!

Ice cream will be provided and limited food and drink available for purchase.

 

Sunday-Tuesday, October 3-5, 2021

Year of St. Joseph Parish Mission

Spend some time in prayer and learn about our Patron Saint.

Mike Aquilina, author of St. Joseph and His World

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Annual Parish Service Day

Serve God through Service of Neighbor

Advent/Christmas Season

Anniversary Music Concert

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

10am Mass

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Grand Celebration Catered Dinner

Strongsville Recreation Center

Details and ticket information to follow.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Closing of our 75th Jubilee: Noon Mass

Reception to follow in the Holy Family Center. 

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 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.

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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

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

 

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 Carpenters are a group of adults from the age of 50 and beyond. We, the Carpenters of St. Joseph 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.

Spiritual walks: Meet in the picnic pavilion at Berea's Coe Lake, behind the Berea library, from 9-10:30am. Parking is available behind the library. We will begin with readings and prayer followed by a 40 minute walk with a break, then back to the pavilion for end discussion and prayer. Please RSVP to Vicki at 440-666-3591.  Please join us for the last walk of the season on Monday, October 25th.

Wednesday, October 13th, we will be showing the Fatima movie in the Holy Family Center. Come and commemorate the apparitions of our Blessed Mother to the three children of Fatima, Portugal; Lucia, Franciso and Jacinta a series of events reported to have occured miraculously on October 13, 1917. Let's watch the movie then enhoyu a dinner ater with door prizes. A 50/50 raffle will be available. The festivities will begin at 3pm. RSVP to Chris at 440-237-8539 by Friday, October 8th. Cost is $10 at the door. (Please advise Chris if unable to attend before the cutoff date.)

Let's join St. John Neumann on Thursday, October 14th from noon to 3pm for Fr. Barry's presentation on the Blessed Virgin then lunch by JBella. Cost is $10. RSVP to Kristen at 440-238-1770.

Join us on Tuesday, November 30th for a bus trip to Hollywood Casino for a bit of gaming and time to grab some lunch. We'll then head over to Gardens Aglow at the Franklin Park Conservatory for some seasonal foliage and twinkling lights plus entries in the annual gingerbread competition. Before we head home, we'll enjoy Alum Creek Holiday Lights with more than 100 displays. We'll have some added treats and a couple fun games on the bus. Cost is 65. For more information (boarding and return times, attraction specifics and payment details) and to RSVP contact Jane at 216-233-7530 by November 15th.

In the works: Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 9th to begin your Christmas celebrations at St. John's. Contact Kristen at 440-238-1770 (St. John Neumann Parish).

             

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 Mary Ann for events at 440-238-9336. 
RSVP for bus trips to Jane at 216-233-7530 or Chris at 440-237-8539.

 

    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!