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!




Chicken Paprikash Dinner

Begun by two parishioners in 2014, our Chicken Paprikash Dinner is held one Saturday evening following 4:30pm Mass. Usually held in February, this is great opportunity to come out of the cold for a warm, home-cooked (at the parish!) meal. Fun for all ages!

  • Judy Feador, 440.503.6229


2017 Clambake Flyer and Pre-Order 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 9, 2017. 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



    Family of Friends

    Family of Friends is a new community forming on the basis of the idea is that "friends are the family you choose". This group is open to all single, separated, divorced or widowed parishioners and seeks to create lasting friendships through social activities.

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    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. 2018 Dinners are Friday, February 16th and  Friday, March 16th. Please join us!


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    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

    Volunteer here for our 2017 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, 440.268.6128

    For information about Prayer Shawls, please visit:

    Reverse Raffle

    Join us for St. Joseph's Third Annual
    Saturday, July 29th
    Holy Family Center

    2017 Event Flyer
    $2000 Grand Prize
    Tickets: $40 each - includes dinner, open bar (beer, wine coolers and soda), 
    and one main board ticket

    $2, $3, $5 Side Boards
    Ticket buy-back option
    Number 100 Ticket Raffle

    Purchase tickets in the Parish Office during regular business hour
    In the Gathering Area after Masses the weekends of 
    July 15th-16th
    July 22nd & 23rd


    Please contact Judy at 440-503-6229 to volunteer or for ticket purchase.

    *No BYOB and attendees must be 21 or older.

      SOUL Race

      Our Annual SOUL races 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.

      • MaryAnn Herrle, 440.238.9336, Turn on JavaScript!m

      Fat Tuesday bus trip to Sweeties and the Hard Rock is set for February 13th. Cost is $25 with the Hard Rock offering $20 in free play. Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy an afternoon of gaming. Contact Ed and Mary to RSVP and for more information at 440-238-4270 by Monday, February 5th.

      Monday, March 19th is St. Joseph's Feast Day. Come celebrate with us and hear Christopher Milo, an internationally renowned concert pianist, motivational speaker, performer and entrepreneur with a healing story to tell. He has chosen to use all these qualities to help others. Our event will begin with our entertainment followed by dinner from Antonio's from 3-6 pm in the HFC. Continue your celebration of our parish feast day by attending Mass in the Church at 6:30 pm. This event is open to the parish. If you are available at our event  time please join us for an inspiring afternoon. Reminder to those 50+...our Carpenter membership is always open ($3). RSVP to Maryann by Monday, Monday 12th at 440-238-9336 or Doreen at 216-533-9324. Cost is $12 to be dropped off at the Parish Office in an envelope marked with your name, event, date and amount enclosed.

      Wednesday, April 18th, come enjoy an afternoon of bingo followed by an early bird dinner in the HFC from 3-6 pm. RSVP to Maryann by Monday, April 16th at 440-238-9336. Cost for this event is $10 at the door.

      Wednesday, May 16th we will welcome Noelle from Pettiti's with an inspiring talk on how to bring spring into your yard, home and apartment. Noelle will bring some plants to show and some of you may be the winners to take them home as door prizes. All these spring ideas and an early bird dinner, too, along with some side boards for a bit of game fun from 3-6 pm in the HFC. RSVP to Maryann by Monday, May 14th at 440-238-9336. Cost is $10 at the door.

      Wednesday, June 20th and Thursday, June 21st join us for our overnight bus trip to The Rising Star Riverboat Casino in Indiana then to Kentucky to tour The Museum of Creation and Noah's Ark. Your $177 cost per person based on  double occupancy includes transportation, one night stay at Rising Star plus a bonus of a buffet dinner, a buffet breakfast, $10 in free play and the admission to The Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. RSVP to Mary and Ed at 440-238-4270 (ASAP) to reserve your place and for payment information.

      *All events held in the Holy Family Center at St. Joseph Church, 12700 Pearl Road, Strongsville.

      Call MaryAnn to RSVP 440-238-9336 for events and Mary and Ed for bus trips and information 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!