Parish Pastoral Council
St. Joseph Parish Pastoral Council promotes and supports the purpose of St. Joseph Parish as defined in the Parish Mission Statement. They are a group of men and women representatives serving our Church by offering their collaborative talents, leadership, and advice directly to the Pastor. Candidates are nominated from the parish community and discerned for membership. Members serve a three-year team and seek to recognize the Holy Spirit's guidance in developing goals and priorities to meet the spiritual needs of the community. Assisting them in their work are the members of three commissions, which are detailed below. As a Council, we meet the second Monday (following the 6:30pm Mass) of every other month.
Dolores “Dee” Downey
Justin De Guire
Mary Ann Herrle
Not pictured: Carmine DeCandia, Dan Kilbane, Joe Metz, Joe Keys, and Youth Representative, Greg Savel.
Assisting the Parish Pastoral Council in their work are the members of three commissions. These Commissions, began in Fall 2012, and consist of a Parish Pastoral Staff Member, a Parish Pastoral Council Representative, and interested parishioners working collaboratively in these three areas. The Commissions are:
Community Life Commission – This commission serves to provide opportunities for the St. Joseph Parish Community to grow together in fellowship. Its activities include the Parish Picnic, the Pride in St. Joseph Week, Trunk-or-Treat, along with other opportunities to foster a spirit of togetherness and community among parishioners of all ages.
Spiritual Life Commission – The purpose of the Spiritual Life Commission is to propose and help provide opportunities for parishioners to deepen their faith. Its goal is to enhance parishioners’ faith and personal relationship with Jesus through, prayer, education and service.
Youth Commission – The Youth Commission seeks to engage and empower the youth of the Parish. The main goals of the Youth Commission include: 1) to involve the youth in the life of the parish (Mass and activities) and in the Strongsville community, 2) to foster relationships among all family members so the entire family takes an active role in the parish and community, and 3) to continue to develop Youth Ministry leadership teams of youth and adults and to develop a Junior-High Youth Ministry leadership team of adults. The Youth Commission is made up of both the youth and adults of the parish.