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Arts at St. Joseph

Fr. Tom leads this committee with the help of Molly Foss, Irene McCoy and Karess Knudtson to plan various cultural art events at St. Joseph.

BeFriender Ministry

???? visits the homebound parishioners weekly.

Baptism Preparation

A baptism class is held quarterly and must be completed before a baptism can be scheduled. Roger and Cheryl Moss are the coordinators.

Card Lady

Deb Johnson serves in this capacity, sending get well and sympathy cards to St. Joseph Parishioners.


Certified volunteers who meet weekly during the school year to teach faith formation to students in grades K-12. Sharon Mayer directs the Catechists.

Cemetery Committee

Meets when necessary to discuss cemetery business.  Lynn Moritz and Dale Hanna are trained to mark gravesites in preparation for burial at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Adult and student volunteers who present the Gospel to young children during the Sunday Mass. Sharon Mayer directs this committee.

Clothing Room

This is a project started by Fr. Fandel many years ago. Located in the school, the clothing room offers clean clothing to less fortunate persons. Persons may take or drop off clothing as needed. Mary Lou Schroeder sorts and displays clothes on a regular basis.

Communion to the Sick and Home-bound

Persons unable to attend Mass, please contact the parish office to make arrangements to receive the Eucharist. Visits are usually made on Sunday and first Fridays.

Decorating Committee

This group, headed by Nancy Long, decorates the church for holidays and special occasions.

Eucharistic Ministers

Help distribute Holy Communion at daily, weekend, or funeral liturgies, and to the sick or home bound or to the residents at the retirement home.

Funeral Meals

One of eight Funeral Committees will arrange and serve a funeral meal on a rotational basis. All women of the parish belong to the Rosary/Altar Society which oversees the Funeral Committees.

Funeral Ushers

Trained Mass ushers will volunteer their time to assist at funerals. If you would like to be placed on this volunteer list, please call the parish office.

Garage Sale

Spearheaded by Mary Lou Schroeder and crew, this committee oversees the annual garage sale held Memorial Day, during Pioneer Days, mid-August and Labor Day.

Living Christ Retreat

The Living Christ Retreat is held annually at St. Joseph and gives people the opportunity to deepen their relationship with Christ.

Making the Haiti Connection

This committee oversees the needs of our twin parish in Haiti. The committee is headed by Les Banwart.

Meals on Wheels Committee

Every third month, St. Joseph is responsible for delivering Meals on Wheels to Milford residents. Terri Rierson coordinates this committee.

Ministers of the Altar

Servers: Girls and boys in grade 4 up to and including adults, assist at weddings, funerals, and weekend liturgies.

Ministers of Hospitality

Greeters welcome those coming for Mass on the weekends. Ushers take up the collection during the liturgy.

Ministers of the Word

Proclaim the Scriptures at daily, weekend and funeral liturgies.

Office Committee

Four approved volunteers meet on a rotational basis to count the weekly collection and fill in with office duties when necessary. Susan Reiser directs this committee.

Pop Can Drop Off

Refundable Iowa beverage cans and glass bottles are collected to support activites of the High School Youth Group including their service trips.   We appreciate your help and are especially grateful for your sorting them before you put them in the container located in the St. Joseph Church parking lot.

Prayer Requests

Family members can call the Parish Office with the name of their loved one that needs prayers. The person is placed on the prayer chain list printed in the weekly bulletin.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. to crochet and knit prayer shawl afghans for sick persons in the parish. Contact Pearl Trebbien if you have time to crochet or knit.

Rosary Makers

St. Joseph has several members in this group who continually make rosaries for the missions. Contact persons would include Linda Hinshaw and Marlene Nelsen.

Soup Kitchen

This committee makes quarterly visits to the Sioux City Soup Kitchen preparing and serving the meals for the homeless. Susan Reiser heads this committee.

Sponsor Couples

Three married couples meet with couples preparing for marriage. Fr. Tom heads this committee.

St. Joseph Quilters

These quilters hand quilt for people who do not have the time or talent to do this. They meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons in the school. Proceeds from this effort are used for charitable purposes. New quilters are always welcome.

Ugly Quilts and My Brothers Keeper Quilts

This project makes quilts for the homeless. Led by Marlene Nelsen, this group has made over 10,000 quilts. They meet in the NW Classroom at 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

Welcome Committee

Spearheaded by Jean Kennedy, this group officially welcomes new parishioners to St. Joseph.

Widows/Widowers Group

Widows and widowers of the parish are invited to meet together for lunch at a local restaurant on the second Thursday of the month.  It provides a nice time of socializing and friendship for people in a similar state in life.  Contact the parish office for more information.

Youth Ministry

Teresa Goehring facilitates the Middle School, High School and College-Age Youth Groups.  Participants meet for scripture study, faith sharing and service projects.