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, catechesis, spiritual practices and service. Our guidelines assist us by providing guidance for our commission.

 

  • Dan Sater, Chairperson, Spiritual Life Commission, Turn on JavaScript!Turn on JavaScript!

  • Adult Bible Study
  • Adult Confirmation
  • Adult Faith Formation
  • Avilas Group
  • Baptismal Preparation
  • Catholic Leadership Initiative Survey
  • Cenacle
  • Couples Ministry
  • Healing Prayer
  • Holy Hour of Reparation
  • Legion of Mary
  • Men’s Group
  • Ministry of Praise
  • Moms of Faith Ministry
  • Perpetual Adoration
  • Pre-Cana
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
  • Sacred Space
  • Small Church Communities
  • Women's Group
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    Adult Bible Study

    We offer many different bible study opportunities each year, beginning at the end of September. These sessions are structured programs that include Scripture readings, a video presentation, and small group sharing. These sessions are scheduled various mornings and evenings throughout the week. Fellow parishioners meet to read and study scripture.

    • Linda Zvoncheck, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!

    Adult Confirmation

    Anyone over the age of 18 who has been Baptized, and has received First Communion, but has not been Confirmed and would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact the Parish Office. Once a group is assembled, three formation sessions usually take place in March and April each year, with confirmation typically in May.

    Adult Faith Formation

    The Adult Faith Formation Committee is comprised of parishioners from both St. Joseph and St. John Neumann parishes. Its goal is to provide engaging programs and speakers that bring our parishioners together to participate in religious experiences and faith sharing as a large Christian Community. Call, see the bulletin, or view the website for Adult Faith Formation opportunities as they are offered and presented.

    • Linda Zvoncheck, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!

    Avilas Group

    The Avilas are a group of men and women that meet regularly to pray for the priesthood and religious life. Their focus of prayer is not just limited to those thinking about ministry in the service of God, but also for those presently studying and especially those already actively serving the people of God. The Avilas of St. Joseph Church have joined with St. John Neumann Church on the first Monday of each month in St. John’s Chapel for 9:00am Mass, followed by the Avilas prayers.

    Baptismal Preparation

    First time parents attend a special class in preparation for their child’s baptism learning about the significance of the sacrament and the responsibilities of Catholic parenthood. St. Joseph has these sessions in February, April, June, August, October, and December, while St John Neumann hosts the sessions in the other months. Baptisms are celebrated at St. Joseph every Sunday (except during Lent) at 1:00pm or during any weekend Mass. If you wish to schedule a baptism, or in need of an emergency baptism for an ill, unbaptized person, please call the Parsh Office. Volunteers are invited to join in this ministry and share their experience of Christian parenting with new parents.

    Catholic Leadership Initiative Survey

    Along with every parish in the Diocese of Cleveland, our parish's participation in the Diocesan-wide Disciple Maker Index survey has concluded. Here is a summary of our results, while below the full set is available.

    The survey asked you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on what efforts the parish is doing to help you grow.  All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole. Once the information is returned from Called for More, a team of volunteers from Parish Staff, Pastoral Council and Finance Council will meet with F.r Joe and a CLI representative to explore the findings. The designers of the survey indicate that anything over a 10% response rate yields a statisically signifcant survey. We had a response rate of 16% and our parish's complete results can be found here.

    Thank you for your help with this project!

    Cenacle

    Gathered in the chapel every Friday evening, at 7pm, the Cenacle Prayer Group honors the Blessed Virigin Mary through Spiritual Readings, Recitation of the Rosary, and ministry fellowship.

     

    • Jim Kulway, 440.238.6163

     

     

     

    Couples Ministry

    Engaged couples being prepared for marraige at St. Joseph Parish are assisted by married couples who work with our priests and deacons in meeting the requirements of both the Pre-Cana (first marriage) and Cana II (second marriage) programs. Meetings are usallly held in the married couple's home at a mutually convienent time to allow sharing one-on-one with the engaged couple.

    • Fr. Joe Mamich, 440.238.5555, Turn on JavaScript!

    Healing Prayer

    Meeting once a month on Sunday mornings, trained parishioners are available to pray with you in the Chapel. Prayer will be schedule once a month after either the 8am or 10am Mass. Please see the bulletin monthly.

     

    • Parish Office, 440.238.5555

     

     

     

    Holy Hour of Reparation

    Supporting our parish's continuing devotion to the Twin Hearts, The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Chapel is scheduled for every First Friday evening at 8:00 p.m.

    Believing that prayer and reparation are powerful weapons given to us by the Twin Hearts so that we might win our spiritual battle, we gather and lift uo our loved ones in prayer and asking for forgiveness for our sins and the sins of others. Through the Enthronment to the Twin Hearts: the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we can use the Rosary, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Adoration to bring back sanctity to the home, church, and society.

    • Ed Batauski, 440.238.4270

     

     

     

    Legion of Mary

    Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization of Catholic men and women who offer their services to assist in performing spiritual works within the parish. By placing themselves under the banner of Mary, organization members strive to develop a greater devotion in their own lives while fostering a deeper devotion among others. The Legion of Mary meets every Monday evening at 5:00 p.m.

    • Pam Luber, 440.572.9517, Turn on JavaScript!

    Men’s Group

    On the first Saturday of each month, a group of men gather together to celebrate the Eucharist, pray, share refreshments, and offer discussion. The group meets from 8:00 until 9:30am. Issues and topics related to men as Catholic-Christian husbands, fathers, and sons are discussed. Any man, over 18, parishioner or not, are invited to attend as their schedule permits.

    • Tony Tesoriero, 440.572.2408

    Ministry of Praise

    Now, over twenty years old, members of this ministry are committed to regular intercessory prayer for a variety of intentions for the parish and for our world. Members receive monthly prayer requests and pray daily in their own homes. Members include our parishioners who may be elderly, ill, homebound, or otherwise not able to attend weekly Masses.

    • Shelley Mack, 440.243.2203

    Moms of Faith Ministry

    The Moms of Faith Ministry 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 the first and third Thursdays of the month from 9:30-11:00 am in the Holy Family Center.

    • Natalie Kimble, 216.789.9270, Turn on JavaScript!

    Perpetual Adoration

    The Eucharist is reserved in our Church for the sick and because the Eucharist is reserved, the Faithful are encouraged to spend time in prayer in the presence of Christ. The Eucharist is exposed in a monstrance in our chapel and we are invited to spend at least one hour a week, either day or night, in prayer before the Eucharist. The Eucharist is reposed from Saturday at Noon until Sunday at 1pm, during Sunday Mass hours. Sign up for an hour with our contact person.

    • Regina Cardello, 440.846.0055

    Pre-Cana

    Engaged couples are assisted by a team of married couples and clergy to help them in meeting the requirements of preparation for being married in the Church. Topics such as sacramentality, communication, and finances, along with time for the engaged couple to discuss with one another occurs during this one-day event. Typically, this is held at St. Joseph Parish on a Saturday during the month of March and is open to engaged couples from both outside and within the parish. Our team is itself coordinated by a married couple.

    • Beth Reagan, 440.258.6508, Turn on JavaScript!
    • James Reagan, 440.821.0560, Turn on JavaScript!

    Pre-Cana 2020

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

    RCIA is a process that invites adults to explore the possibility of becoming Catholic. Those interested attend weekly sessions from September through the Easter season. Participants in the program are supported by the RCIA Team. The team is discerned by the parish priests and the RCIA coordinators.

    • Parish Office, 440.238.5555

    Sacred Space

    Small group prayer based on the ancient discipline of Lectio Divina and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Members are encouraged to pray the Scriptures daily using the book title, Sacred Space. There is a nominal fee for the book or waived for those unable to pay. On the first Saturday of each month, the group gathers for the morning Eucharist and after Mass shares their insights and prayer with each other. 

     

    • Ed Butauski, 440.238.4270, Turn on JavaScript!

    Small Church Communities

    This is a program where individuals gather in small groups in members’ homes to share their faith and spirituality. There are groups in the parish that an individual can join or people can start their own group. The group can explore the Sunday readings of the liturgical year or can choose their own program or book for discussion.

    • Jackie Moore, 440.238.8870, Turn on JavaScript!

    Women's Group

    The Women's Group provides opportunities for all women of St. Joseph Parish to come together for prayer, companionship, and fun. Several events or activities are planned during the year to bring women together for spiritual growth and friendship. Please check the bulletin regularly for current information on events.


    • Lynn Bender, 440.238.8444, Turn on JavaScript!