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!





2019 Clambake Flyer and Reservation Form

Our Annual Clambake is held the Saturday after Labor Day each September. This year, it will be Saturday, September 7, 2019. Our event promises an evening of good food, music, and great conversation, all while supporting our parish. Our evening also features a 50/50 drawing, and several live auction items.

  • Dawna Meng, 440.552.9256



    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!

    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. 



    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

    Click here to help at our 2019 Picnic on Sunday, July 28!

    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!

    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 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.

      CANCELLED One more Spiritual "Walk the Mall with God and Friends" on Monday, March 16th from 9:15-10:30 am. Meet at Panera (upstairs food court). RSVP to Vicki at 440-666-3591. 

      CANCELLED St. John Neumann will have a senior event on Tuesday, March 17th from 12-2 pm. There will be entertainment and lunch. Contact Vicki Mestek at 216-336-5771. 

      CANCELLED Wednesday, March 25th is a spiritual presentation on the Camino "Walking Another Way" with Joan Kuczek in the HFC followed by dinner and door prizes from 3-6 pm. Cost is $10 at the door. RSVP to Mary Ann at 440-238-9336 by Sunday, March 22nd. 

      Our first "Walk with God and Friends in His Great Outdoors" is Monday, April 20th from 9:15-10:30. We will meet at Lake Isaac (Middleburg Hts., between Big Creek Parkway and Fowles Road). Scripture readings, reflecting. conversation and prayer will be incorporated into our time for fellowship with God and friends. Our second walk will take place on May 18th. RSVP to Vicki at 440-666-3591. 

      Tuesday, April 28th we will play bingo in the HFC followed by dinner and door prizes. A 50/50 raffle and side boards will be available. Cost is $10 at the door. RSVP to Mary Ann by Sunday, April 26th.

      Wednesday, May 27th in the HFC we will have an afternoon of comedy by Jeannie Robertson (see her on YouTube) followed by dinner. Cost is $10 at the door. RSVP to Mary Ann at 440-238-9336 by Wednesday, May 20th.
      IN THE WORKS: Overnight June bus trip to Chautauqua. Contact Jane at 216-233-7530 or Chris at 440-238-8539 after March 1st. 

      If you'd like an email with updates, email Mary Ann: Turn on JavaScript! or 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 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 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.

        Sunday, July 28th 
        Annual Parish Picnic
        Come for Noon Mass with the Praise Team
        Stay for the fun until 5pm
        Featuring live music, food and games for all ages

        Would you like to help out at the Picnic?

        Wednesday, July 31st
        Youth Altar Servers' Picnic
        5:30-7 pm
        Parish Ice Cream Social
        7-8:30 pm
        Family Movie Night 
        8:30 pm

        Saturday, August 3rd
        15th Annual Parish Golf Outing
        Briarwood Golf Club
        Click here for more information!


        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!