Service and Outreach

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Catholics are called to imitate Jesus by taking care of those in need. St. Joseph parishioners answer this call by assisting the needy worldwide through organizations such as Catholic Relief Services and the Foods Resource Bank.  On a more local scale, St. Joseph's provides a meeting site for Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Many of our parishioners assist our parish and others in the following ways:

Arimatheans

Provides parish family presence and support at funerals in our church. At a time when families are grieving the loss of a loved one, the presence of parish family members at the funeral can be a great comfort. The name is derived from Joseph of Arimathea who buried Jesus.

Contact:
Beth McElhone (343-6256 x 113)

BeFrienders Ministry

Reaches out to members of the parish in their time of grief through notes and personal contact. BeFrienders let the grieving person know that the parish is there to help them get through their difficult time following a death or major life change (health issues, unemployment, divorce, etc). An annual prayer service is held each November in memory of those who have died during the year. Training for new volunteers is offered as needed. If you are interested in serving in this ministry or know of someone who would benefit from it, talk with Toni Gross.

Contact:
Toni Gross (383-7853)

 Bishop Dominic's Ministries

There has been a long friendship between St. Joseph Parish and Bishop Dominic who now serves in the Diocese of Lodwar in Kenya .More information

Contact:
Sister Maureen Metty, CSJ (373-0424)

Blood Pressure Clinic

Offers monthly blood pressure checks by parishioners who are registered nurses. The clinic is usually scheduled for the second Sunday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 AM in the Bennett Library which is near the gym. Registered nurses are welcome to be part of a rotating team.

Contact:
Parish Office (343-6256)

Christian Service Office/Food Pantry

Provides emergency food to those in need through the Loaves and Fishes program for Kalamazoo County. It dispenses limited direct assistance to prevent energy and water shutoffs and refers people to appropriate resources. Volunteers work in the food pantry during the day Monday through Friday on a regular basis or as an Occasional substitute. If you would like to help in the food pantry or donate to the fund, contact the Parish Office.

Contact:
Parish Office ( 343-6256)

Church Cleaning Crew

In charge of keeping the church building in tip-top shape. Rotating teams clean after the morning Mass each Monday. Other individuals work on special cleaning projects at other times. If you call Jim Buck, he will be glad to give you a volunteer job.

Contact:
Parish Office (343-6256)

Facilities Commission

Reviews conditions of parish buildings and grounds; advises pastor, Finance Council, and staff of needed repairs and maintenance; recommends plans for the future; coordinates with vendors regarding major projects to be done; and supervises repairs and the maintenance of buildings and grounds as needed. Would you like to be a member of this commission? More information

Contact:
Parish Office (343-6256)

Finance Council

Aids the pastor and staff in the administration of parish goods, in order to carry out the mission of the parish. The Finance Council includes persons with skills in finance, administration and law. If you have useful skills for this work and are available to serve, talk with Monsignor Michael Hazard. More information.

Contact:
Monsignor Michael Hazard (269) 343-6256 x 103

Flower Care

Plant, prune and weed flower beds surrounding the Church. If you would like to help, talk with Lynn North in the parish office..

Contact:
Parish Office (269) 343-6256

Foods Resource Bank

Benefits communities in third world countries. Local volunteers are involved in the planting, cultivation, harvesting and sale of a food crop whose income is then invested in programs in a third-world country to help the inhabitants achieve food security. A Kalamazoo farmer donates land to be used for this purpose. Other local farmers give their time and the use of their machinery. Sponsors pay for the seed, water, and any other costs associated with growing food. Foods Resource Bank is made up of member organizations including churches of various Christian denominations, church agencies, and faith-based hunger organizations. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Foods Resource Bank are a partnership that responds to the challenges of world hunger. St. Joseph Parish is one of the member organizations. Monetary donations from sponsors are received through the parish office. Ed Cagney can tell you more about Foods Resource Bank.

Contact:
Ed Cagney (269) 217-4559

Funeral Lunch Crew

Prepares and serves meals for the bereaved following funerals and graveside services. This comforting ministry calls on a substantial number of parishioners to do the job; from the callers who let people know a dish is needed, to the cooks and bakers who make the dish, to the people who serve the food. Help in any phase of this work will be appreciated. Right now we need your help especially in serving the meal.

Contact:
Parish Office (343-6256)

Heritage Community Center: Help Residents for Mass Attendance

Volunteers are needed at least 2 Fridays a month, from 10:00AM - 12:00PM to help residentsat Directors Hall/Upjohn Community Care Center get to Mass at the nursing home (2400 Portage Road).

           Contact:
           Pat Dent (353-9893) available May through November

 

Knights of Columbus 1616

A band of brothers, a network of men in communities around the word dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. Locally members have the opportunity to support our parish, give back to our community, and to grow in faith.

Contact:
Dan Barrett (388-3814)

Library Assistants

Check out DVDs, videos and books in the parish library (Bennett Building) between the 8:45 & 11:15 AM Sunday Masses and by appointment. Teenagers and adults are welcome to help out.

Contact:
Rose N. (344-0954) Please leave a message and your call will be returned.

Liturgy Commission

Plans and coordinates liturgical services throughout the Church year. The commission meets the third Wednesday of the month. More information

Contact:
Maribeth Huster (382-5778 or cell: 250-0935)

Michigan United (formerly Michigan Organizing Project MOP)

Addresses social justice issues in the surrounding neighborhoods by organizing people, strategic, and engaging the local political scene. St. Joseph Parish an active member of Michigan United. Someone in the Michigan United Office will be happy to tell you more about it.

Contact:
Allison Colberg (877) 507-7774

Pastoral Council

Comprised of parishioners whose role is to supply input to the pastor concerning the needs of the parish. The focus is on the prayerful identification and consideration of issues concerning parish life and the direction in which the parish is being called to carry out its mission. The format is based on prayer, reflection on Sacred Scripture relating to the issue being considered, and discussion of the issue. The parish staff meets with the pastoral council at various times during the year to clarify a common direction. The council meetings occur the second Wednesday of the month from September through June at 7:00 PM in the parish library. The meetings are open to guests. More information

Contact:
Barb Ogrin, Chairperson (269) 343-6256 x 111

St. Joe Packers

Agroup of parishioners, who in collaboration with the Dream Center, assist in feeding the hungry with perishable food in the Edison neighborhood and beyond. They repackage bulk donated perishable food into smaller quantaties for appropriate distribution by the Dream Center which is located on Portage Street just south of Lake Street.  The packers usually meet 8:30 AM on Mondays in the parish Gym. Jane Knuth can tell you more about it.

Contact:
Jane Knuth 329-0124