Councils and Commissions

St. Joseph Parish has both a Pastoral Council and a Finance Council, each with connected commissions. The two councils are distinct in function but are related because both are concerned with the life and mission of the parish. Both councils and the commissions are consultative to the pastor; the Pastoral Council and Commissions in matters of major pastoral concern, the Finance Council and its commission in matters of financial concern and those of buildings and grounds.

For information about Councils and Commissions, please contact the parish office at or 269-343-6256

Pastoral Council is 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 issues being considered, and discussion of those issues. The council meetings occur the second Wednesday of the month from September through June at 7:00 PM in the St. Joseph Room (rectory lower level). The meetings are open to guests. Summary of purpose, responsibilities, etc.

Liturgy Commission plans and coordinates liturgical services throughout the Church year. The commission meets the third Wednesday of the month August thru June.

Finance Council is comprised of parishioners who aid 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.

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, repairs and maintains buildings and grounds as needed.

Social Justice Program is a combined effort of St Joseph and St. Thomas More Parishes.  We encourage all parish members to participate.  These programs though are not limited to parish members.  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!  No matter what church you attend, or even if you do not attend church.