Parish Life Ministries
These ministries are responsible for any parish events, communications, publications, and coordinating other clerical activities.
- Bereavement Ministry
- Friendly Visitors
- Funeral Luncheons
- Golf Committee
- Health and Wellness
- Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)
- Multimedia / Technology Ministry
- New Life Choir
- Open Arms
- Parish Picnic
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Bereavement Ministry is a ministry of consolation for those in the parish community who have experienced loss through death. Members reach out through phone calls and referral to community resources on bereavement as needed. Members also help plan the Mass of Remembrance held on All Soul’s Day. Twice a year, a six-week program is offered entitled Healing and Growth Through Grief.
- Rosanne Radziewicz, 440.238.9477
The Friendly Visitor Program offers an opportunity for meaningful contact with the outside world to an older person who is homebound, in a nursing home, assisted living, independent living, or limited in outside contacts. Friendly Visitors bring interest, information, and activity to an older person and offer the comfort of having a friend who cares enough to visit or call on a regular basis.
- Denise Weaver, 440.268.6128
The St. Joseph Funeral Luncheon Committee offers pastry and coffee or lunch in the Holy Family Center to any family who wishes to offer refreshment to their relatives and friends following a funeral. Volunteers are needed to assist this ministry as hostess or to provide food items.
- Regina Cardello, 440.846.0055
- Alice Mushenheim, 440.572.3908
The purpose of the St. Joseph Golf Committee is to organize the annual St. Joseph Golf Outing. This annual outing is a social event for St. Joseph Parishioners and is open to their friends and family. The annual golf outing is also a fundraiser for specific causes/repairs at St. Joseph Church.
The Health and Wellness Ministry is a group interested in assisting in the health of our parishioners by coordinating events throughout the year and in particular, the annual health fair. Meetings are scheduled as needed depending on event planning. Health professionals or parishioners just interested in health are always welcome.
May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month----- Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone or make too little bone. Bone loss in women increases after menopause because estrogen levels drop sharply. 44 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. By 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 are expected to have osteopenia which is when your bone density is lower than normal but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. Men can also get osteoporosis, but women are at greater risk. The risk factors that are uncontrollable are family Hx, menopause, being over age 50 and being female, or certain disease processes. Controllable risk factors are not getting enough calcium and vitamin D, not getting enough fruits and vegetables, having an inactive life style, smoking, or too much alcohol. Log onto osteoporosis.com for more treatments,symptoms.
Coffee and donuts are served each Sunday after the various masses 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
The Ministry of Mothers Sharing is open to mothers of all ages and their children. Fellowship, spiritual growth, social interaction and fun for all members are the focus of this group which meets every Thursday morning at 10:30 in the Holy Family Center.
This ministry supports and enhances all facets of the parish through professional audio and video presentations. It is dedicated to combining the technical and creative aspects of media to augment worship experiences and provide video support for various ministries through special presentations, messages, digital photography, and more.
The New Life Choir is a warm and friendly group of people who share their gift of time and and song with fellow parishioners at the funeral liturgy of their loved ones. We usually have two days notice of funerals. We fully realize that schedules don't always permit you being here. We are very grateful anytime you come to minister with us. There are no practices--just come ready to sing!
For more information please contact:
- Becky Elias, Coordinator, 440.238.9321
This group welcomes new parishioners through personal contact by phone calls or home visits. Volunteers help new parishioners feel at home in their new parish family by answering questions and providing assistance as needed.
- Monica Shimko, 440.846.1334
- Karen Boros, 330.273.1485
The primary function of this group is to plan the Parish’s Annual Picnic. The group meets as needed during the year. Committee chairpersons and other volunteers are needed to assist in the planning of various games and food booths, and other jobs related to the picnic.
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 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in meeting room 4 during the school year.
- Denise Weaver, 440.268.6128
For information about Prayer Shawls, please visit: www.shawlministry.com