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Community

The community of disciples has as its principal task the promotion and sustaining of growth through interpersonal relationships focused on the person of Christ. This bonding together makes us into the Body of Christ. Parishes are called, through their activities, to bring people together in a spirit of unity through diversity. All the ministries related to the building up of the community are included in this category.

  • Bereavement Support Group
  • Cribbage
  • Deb’s Ministry of Prayer and Hope
  • Exercise Program
  • Festirama Parish Festival
  • Funeral Luncheon
  • Golf Outing
  • Harvest Dinner
  •  Little Carpenters Play Group
  • Lunch ‘n Learn
  • Mahjong
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Pot Luck Dinner
  • Senior Bridge
  • Toledo Symphony Neighborhood Concert
  • Welcoming Committee

Formation

Formation is the growth and development of the whole person by an intentional focus on one’s spiritual and interior life, as well as spiritually fruitful interactions with others in ordinary life. It is a life-long process as a believer desires to become a disciple of Jesus and become more like him. This is possible only because of the divine grace of the Gospel and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.  All the ministries related to the education and formation of God’s people are included in this category.

  • Adult Faith-formation Programs/Events
  • Bible Studies
  • Christ Renews His Parish / Welcome Retreat
  • Couples Saint Valentine Dinner
  • Children’s Religious Education
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word Facilitators
  • Catholic Youth Organization Athletics
  • Early Childhood Ministry
  • Engaged Couples Conference
  • High School Youth Group
  • Middle School Youth Group
  • Pre-K – 8 Parish School
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
  • Sunday School for Preschoolers
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Youth Service Group

Service

Service is both an attitude and a practical response based on the Lord’s declaration that one who wishes to be the greatest in the Kingdom of God must become the servant of all. It is also the virtue that directs all the other virtues of individuals toward the common good. All the ministries related to the social outreach directed by the social doctrine of the Church are included in this category.

  • Boy Scout and Cub Scout Program
  • Comfort Blanket
  • Christmas Outreach
  • Feed My Sheep Garden
  • Girl Scout Program
  • Good Samaritan Step Out of Poverty Ministry
  • Helping Hands of Saint Louis Soup Kitchen
  • Historic Saint Patrick Soup Kitchen
  • Joseph’s Meals
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Let Us Be Your Legs
  • Medical Equipment Loan Closet Volunteer
  • Parish Day of Service
  • Parish Library
  • Parish Office Volunteer Receptionist
  • Parish School Library Volunteer
  • Parish School Lunchroom Volunteer
  • Parish School Parent Teacher Organization
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Respect for Life Committee
  • Serving Neighbors Toiletry Collection
  • Share A Meal
  • Social Outreach Committee
  • Saint Paul Soup Kitchen
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Stewardship

Christian stewards are disciples of Jesus Christ who receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. All the ministries related to the stewardship of God’s gifts to his people are included in this category.

  • Adult Formation/Evangelization Committee
  • Endowment Trustees
  • Finance Council
  • Health Advisory Cabinet
  • Parish School Benefit Dinner
  • Parish School Italian Dinner
  • Pastoral Council
  • School Advisory Council
  • Youth Formation Advisory Council

Worship

Worship is the response of the People of God to the Father’s invitation to be one with Him, expressed through the Church’s official liturgy, as well as through other prayers and devotions. Our worship is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. All the ministries related to the prayer of the Church are included in this category.

  • All Souls Day of Remembrance
  • Altar Linen Care Group
  • Anointing Mass
  • Choirs: Con Brio, Jubilate, Resurrection, Saint Gregory, Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Nicholas and School
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Funeral Coordinators
  • Holy Communion Ministry -Nursing Homes, & Extended Care Facilities and Hospitals
  • Holy Communion Ministry to homebound parishioners
  • Liturgical Ministers at Mass-Altar Servers, Cantors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Greeters, Lectors, Ushers & Sacristans
  • Prayer Group
  • Rosary Devotions

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Adoration (Tuesdays)

 

Would you like to sign-up for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament?  To sign-up for your Holy Hour, please CLICK HERE.  If the spot is open it will have a place for you to choose to sign-up in a white box with a check-off box.  After checking the box you will be asked to fill in your name and email address so that confirmations and reminders can be sent to you.  It is quick and easy to do!  Or, you may call the parish center if you do not have computer access and we will let you know the open time slots and fill your name in for you!

Thank you for helping to keep the adoration available!  To avoid canceling Tuesday Adoration, we must have all slots filled-in on-line each Tuesday to allow Adoration to continue into the future.  Please consider signing up for an open hour as often as possible.   The beginning/ending hours are subject to change due to participation.  Please call with any questions, LuAnn, (419) 885 5791 at Tthe Parish Office.   

 

Adult Formation & Evangelization Committee

The Evangelization Team exists to foster and promote a community of “Evangelizers”.  Events and programs are supported that enkindle and nurture the faith of our parish community, enrich the ongoing process of conversion and spiritual growth, and enable all to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to those around them by word and deed. 

Joanne Denyer 419-885-5791 jdenyer@stjoesylvania.org

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Comfort Blanket

The Comfort Blanket Ministry involves making blankets (43”x 43”) by sewing twenty-five 9” decorated squares of fabric. Some of the squares have messages of hope and encouragement. The blankets are given to people who are having a difficult time in their lives due to illness, death, divorce, job loss, etc. The group meets once a month on the third Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Watch the bulletin for meeting times. Please come and be a part of this wonderful caring ministry.

Denise Stump 419-865-7780 dsgremlin@msn.com
Laurie Neary 419-885-5791 lneary@stjoesylvania.org

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Eucharistic Adoration

Would you like to sign-up for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament?  To sign-up for your Holy Hour, please CLICK HERE.   

LuAnn Tafelski: (Parish Office Manager) 419 885-5791.  

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Festirama

Annual three-day festival held the 3rd weekend of May. Festirama is a fun-filled weekend for all parishioners, young and old. Amusement rides, live bands, children & adult games, bingo, fast foods, raffles, and our famous Sunday chicken dinner. It is a community-building event and a major source of income for the parish.

Walt Nevolis, Business Manager 419-885-5791 wnevolis@stjoesylvania.org

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Funeral Liturgy Planning Committee

Staff members and a committee of parishioners assist bereaved members in preparing the funeral liturgy of a deceased parishioner.  Bible readings, music, prayers, and participants are selected with the assistance of this group.  Additional support and outreach are available through the Bereavement Group.  Contact the Parish Office for information.

Parish Office 419-885-5791

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Funeral Luncheon Volunteer

A Funeral Luncheon Program has been developed to serve a luncheon in the Family Center following any parishioner funeral at Saint Joseph Parish.  There are teams of volunteers to coordinate dessert dishes, set up and clean up.  Families may choose from a selected catered menu at a minimal cost.

Annie Lawrence            419-340-1574              annielaw@bex.net
Parish Office                419-885-5791

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a family-oriented, Catholic fraternal service organization that has as its main principles, charity, unity, and fraternity. Its main focus is supporting the pastor in his goals and protecting the widows and children of members through our fraternal benefit programs. Any practicing Catholic male over the age of 18 is eligible to become a member.

Paul Casmus                419-344-5204             pacasmus@sbcglobal.net

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Let Us Be Your Legs

This program provides assistance with errands such as grocery shopping, medication pickup, etc. This service is for any parishioner who needs help especially seniors, new moms, those who are ill or recovering from surgery and unable to get out on their own.

Nancy Bohn 419-841-5725 njbohn@bex.net
Laurie Neary 419-885-5791 lneary@stjoesylvania.org

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Liturgical Ministers/Schedules

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Little Carpenters

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Lunch 'N Learn

Saint Joseph Parish’s Lunch ‘N Learn program is for any parishioner and their guests.  They are held a few times a year and include a guest speaker on a variety of subjects and lunch.  It begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. with the speaker to follow. They are held in the East Campus Meeting Rooms. The cost is $5. Keep watching the bulletin for upcoming dates and topics.

Laurie Neary, Parish Nurse    (419) 885-5791

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Music

  • St. Nicholas Choir/Jubilate Choir
  • St. Gregory Choir
  • St. Michael the Archangel Choir
  • Con Brio (“with spirit”)
  • Resurrection Choir

Merrilee Jaskulski 419-885-5791 mjaskulski@stjoesylvania.org

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Parish Office Volunteer

Ever have a few hours to spare here and there?  Several times a year we have projects that many hands would make light work for our office staff.  It's a great opportunity to meet others in the parish while giving a few hours of service to the parish.

LuAnn Tafelski - Office Manager (419) 885-5791

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Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Ministry was formed in the spring of 1997 and is open to all parishioners committed to developing greater awareness in our church and community of our great gift from God, LIFE! We hold meetings to plan our activities. Watch the bulletin for meeting dates. Please join us and take action to help implement a “culture of life.”

Don Birsen 419-824-0459 dbirsen@SSOE.com
Laurie Neary 419-885-5791 lneary@stjoesylvania.org

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Scouting

  • Girl Scouts
    Saint Joseph Parish girls have the opportunity to participate in Girls Scouts beginning in kindergarten.  Scouts take on additional responsibilities and leadership as they move through the levels of Girl Scouting: Daisies (grades K-1), Brownies (grades 2-3), Juniors (grades 4-5), Cadettes (grades 6-8) and Seniors (high school).  The program gives scouts a variety of experiences in leadership, outdoor skills, science & technology, arts & crafts, sports, and community service. 
     
  • Cub Scouts
    In Cub Scouting, first through fifth-grade boys work in partnership with family, church and community organizations to develop character-building skills that will serve them now and throughout their lives.  Pack 87 Cubs go camping with St. Joseph’s Boy Scout troop, participate in community service projects, celebrate Mass together on Scout Sunday and, of course, race in the annual Pinewood Derby.  Cubs meet regularly throughout the year to work on scouting and family skills, fun activities, as well as advancement from Tiger to the Arrow of Light.

    Phil Caruso, Cubmaster pack87cubmaster@gmail.com (419) 574-1526
     
  • Boy Scouts
    The troop enjoys backpacking trips as well as week-long experiences at Camp Pioneer. The scouts are also involved in many service projects. Under careful leadership, boys in grades six to high school are helped to grow into responsible manhood. There is also an active Cub Scout program listed below.

    Mike Lynn 419-829-2474

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Share A Meal

Parish volunteers provide meals to parishioners, who due to illness or injury are unable to prepare their meals. The need of the parishioners and the availability of volunteers determine the number of meals provided. This program is designed to assist parishioners on a short-term basis. If long term assistance is needed, the parish nurse will be contacted. If you are in need of this service, or if you would like to volunteer in this program, please call the numbers below.

Laurie Neary, Parish Nurse 419-885-5791
Ellen Breininger 419-266-1410 emb14@bex.net (email contact preferred)