Ministries & Organizations

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Catholic Church of Cottleville is a Christian Parish Family, grounded in deep spirituality, enriched by the uniqueness of the individual members, baptized in the Lord, and dedicated to continuing the work of Jesus in proclaiming the Good News.

As people of Christian Hope and Easter Joy, we strive to minister to our fellow parishioners and the poor and needy of a wider community, offering a ray of hope in today’s troubled world.

We endeavor to promote a sense of ministry among all members of our Christian Community with the goal of evangelizing all people; to encourage our fellow parishioners to live the life of Christ on every level; to strive to more fully utilize the talents and leadership within our parish; and to continue to offer all our efforts for the Greater Glory of God.

View our ministry information below.

150 Club (Tuition Assistance)

Katie Boehmer
kboehmer@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 162

The 150 Club is made up of parishioners who realize how valuable a Catholic education is for our children. To help those families who are unable to afford tuition we have the 150 Club.

You become a member of the 150 club by purchasing a ticket for $150 which puts you into the monthly drawings for $150. Members are also invited to the annual dinner and entered into the grand prize drawing for $3,000. Expenses for the dinner are covered by our Men’s Club, so all the proceeds of the 150 Club less the prizes are added to our Tuition Assistance Fund. This fund helps cover tuition costs for families that need help.

A.C.A. (Annual Catholic Appeal)

Brian Lukowski
lblukowski@charter.net
636-294-3125

The Annual Catholic Appeal is a yearly drive to raise funds in support of Archdiocesan programs and charities which assist over 100,000 people yearly.  Help is needed during April, May, and June to assist members of the parish to secure their pledges and/or make follow-up phone calls.  We are looking for new people to join our committee.  If interested email lblukowski@charter.net

Adult Religious Education and Faith Development

Tim England
englandtg@gmail.com
314-221-1570

Adult religious education and faith development encompasses any planned experience, program or process by which adults are enabled to come to a new or deeper understanding and appreciation of their relationship to God and God’s people from the perspective of the Catholic Church. Such experiences include educational opportunities, service projects, and worship in small or large group settings.

Topics for study include the full spectrum of religious life from Church teachings and Scripture study to family and community issues. Adult faith development often takes place in small church communities. These groups meet in homes to pray together, connect the ordinary events of their lives with their faith, learn more about their faith, reflect on Scripture and reach out to others in service.

Altar Servers

Fr. Anthony Gerber
agerber@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 108

Serving Holy Mass is a ministry of the church. Grade school members (boys and girls) of our parish, who are in the 6th grade are encouraged to be trained and assist at the Holy Mass.

American Heritage Girls

Katie Cannavan
ahg.mo1776@gmail.com
314-341-9102

This Scouting program emphasizes building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Any girl, age 5-18 can be an American Heritage Girl. All girls are welcome in AHG and are encouraged to join at any/every age!

We offer Life Skill enhancement through multi-level achievement badge program, Girl leadership opportunities at all levels of programming, developing teamwork and building confidence through varied outdoor experiences, Character development through community service and citizenship programs, Social development through organized Special Events, Spiritual development through religious awards program.

Art and Environment

Kathleen Englert
kathleenenglert@me.com
636-279-0379

“All for the Honor and Glory of God” Decorating our beautiful worship space through the liturgical seasons. All are welcome to volunteer.

Athletic Association

View our St. Joseph’s webpage for more information.

The athletic association provides programs of athletic competition in a Christian atmosphere. Primary goals are teaching good sportsmanship and self-discipline.

Team sports include: Soccer-Grades Pre-K through 8, Basketball Grades 3 through 8, Volleyball Grades 4 through 8, T-Ball-Pre-K & Kindergarten, Softball-Girls-Grades 1 through 8, Baseball-Boys-Grades 1 through 8. All adults of the parish are encouraged to join the Athletic Association.

Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 8:00 p.m. Sports are open to all children in the parish. All coaches, assistant coaches and all those working with children must complete the Protecting God’s Children Workshop and paperwork.

Baptism Preparation

Parish Office
parish@stjoecot.org

Parents are required to attend one Baptism preparation session prior to the Baptism of their child. Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Room in Church. A copy of your child’s birth certificate must be on file in the Parish Office before Baptism.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in church, except during the Season of Lent and on the second Sunday of July.

Bereavement Caregivers

Luann Sniezak
lasniezak@hotmail.com

Care and Consolation to the Grieving, The Bereavement Caregivers are a compassionate group of people who lend assistance in various ways to parishioners who have lost loved ones. They represent the parish at the wake and Funeral Mass. They send cards to the families, and make phone calls letting them know of their continuing prayer for them and that there is help for them through Seasons of Hope Grief Support Ministry.

During the year, special Masses are offered for those who have lost loved ones, e.g., a Mass of Remembrance in November and a Mass for Naming and Commending of Children Who Die before Birth.

The Bereavement Caregivers meet once a month.

Boy Scouts

The Scouting program is for boys eleven years old and through their teen years. This program fosters their beliefs in God and helps them to learn new skills while working individually as well as with others.

Contact:  Phillip LaBanca, Phillip.labanca@gmail.com

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (3 to 6 years of age)

cgs@stjoecot.org

Our Sunday pre-school program helps parents in their role as the first teachers of their children in the faith. We provide an atmosphere of love while learning about the goodness of God.

Open to all parish children who are three or four years old by July 31st and five year olds not entering Kindergarten.

Classes meet at 8:40 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. on Sunday mornings from September through May.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Kathleen Johnson, 636-561-7768 swimfit@charter.net
Charlene Connors, 314-952-8075

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt. 19:14.
Children in grades kindergarten through 4th are invited to participate in the Liturgy of the Word at the 5:00 p.m., 8:45, 10:30 and 12:15 Masses. This ministry designed to allow the children to understand the Readings and Gospels in a simpler language.

At the start of the Liturgy of the Word, the children are invited to the St. Joseph Room with a Leader to reflect on the readings, profess their faith and pray their petitions. The children return to the main church after the Presentation of the Gifts. Please check the parish web site to find out which grades are being called at a particular Mass.

Please prayerfully consider becoming a Leader and sharing your faith with the children of our parish.

Communications Committee

communications@stjoecot.org

To strategize the most effective means for cohesive parish communications. This group will implement and oversee communication best practices for the parish to synchronize the efforts of various parish organizations, while maintaining close collaboration with our school community.

The communications committee will also be responsible for oversight and/or improvement of key communication tools for the parish, including, but not limited to, the parish bulletin, website, e-mail marketing, and social media, and to offer new recommendations and/or communication strategies as new technologies emerge.

Communion to the Sick

Mary Ellen Bruenderman
maryellenbr@outlook.com
314-566-6170

If you are homebound we would like to visit and pray with you. Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion take communion
to the elderly and shut-ins each Friday morning and whenever requested.

Anyone who has a desire to minister to shut-ins and is available on Friday mornings is welcome to join this group.

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts are boys from the first to fifth grades. A boy may join at any level. Each noncompetitive level has activities to develop the boy at that level. As first graders the tiger cubs meet weekly with their parents. From second to fifth grade the cub scouts meet weekly with their den, which includes the scouts and their leader.  Monthly pack meetings are held, which includes other dens and parents.

Contact:  Dave Piney, DPini@me.com, 314-620-5684

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministry

Interpreters are provided for the 10:30 Sunday Mass

Eucharistic Adoration

Sharon Schultz
ADOREHISREALPRESENCE@charter.net
636-447-3673

Adoration is encouraged with the intention of increasing vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Pope John Paul II stated that “The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration.”

Eucharistic Adoration is offered every week from Monday at 7:00 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Please commit to spending one hour weekly, so that our Lord is never left alone.    For more information, to obtain the access code or to schedule a time

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

David Friedrichs
d_friedrichs@yahoo.com
314-703-5541

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in distributing Holy Communion at parish liturgies. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and be actively practicing their faith at St. Joseph Parish.

Training is required. Current Eucharistic Ministers are requested to attend one training class at least every two years. Training classes will be scheduled 3 times per year to coincide with the new schedule.

Extraordinary ministers are regularly scheduled with opportunities to volunteer for holy days and other celebrations.

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival is a parish fund raiser where people of the parish come together as a working family.

Held on the second Sunday of November it provides an opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow parishioners while working in a game booth or serving dinner to our visitors.

To Volunteer

Finance Council

A group of parishioners that meet with the pastor on a scheduled basis to review financial reports for the fiscal transactions of the parish. These reports are analyzed to assure adequate operational cash flows, assess potential for new capital assets as they are planned, review/endorse the parish annual report, and advise the pastor on ways to ensure the long-range fiscal well being of the parish.

Finance Council Page

Funeral Luncheons

Carol Head
rahcah@sbcglobal.net
636-939-5994

Parishioners support the families having experienced the death of a loved one by providing a meal following the funeral services.

Volunteers are needed to prepare a salad or dessert. Help is needed to setup, serve, and/or clean up.

Girl Scouts

Suzanne Salmo
636-978-0920

This program is for girls from kindergarten to senior high school. A girl may join at any level. Each noncompetitive level has activities to develop the girl at that age. Meetings are at various times according to the group.

The parish is assisted by the girls several times throughout the year.

Grief Support Group (Seasons of Hope)

Grief Minister Kathy Merrell
kathy_merrell@yahoo.com
636-441-0569

The Grief Support Group, sponsored by Bereavement Caregivers, provides an opportunity to begin the healing process, to learn about grief, and to receive support from others in similar circumstances.

The “Seasons of Hope” a six week series is held four times a year.

Guardian Angel

Mary Feldt, 636-379-3642 maryfeldt@aol.com
Chris Giarla, 314-504-7658 chris.giarla@partners.mcd.com

Guardian Angel’s (GA) is a program developed to welcome new parishioners to St Joseph’s Parish, as well as, familiarize and encourage different ways they can get involved within the parish community. Our goal is to personalize each new member’s “welcome experience” with St. Joseph’s. We want to create an environment where it is easy for people to get involved with our parish thru the stewardship of time and talent.

Our hope is that these GA relationships will also help create social connections for newer parishioners. Our desired outcome is to have a wider parish family that is “on fire” with the Holy Spirit and lives the Catholic faith. Connected through involvement in parish organizations we hope new parishioners will be called to deepen their personal faith and collective altruism in God’s name.

For more information and a list of dates

Knights of Columbus

Dale Shine (Grand Knight), dshine@pncassociates.com
Jim Welby (Financial Secretary), jwelby7198@charter.net
Dale Shine (Recruitment Directory), dshine@pncassociates.com

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization that offers social, spiritual and service opportunities to all Catholic men of St Joseph Parish.

Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

For Pezold Banquet Center rental information call 636-936-1813.

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary

Mary Hirt
636-240-6078
mkhirt@gmail.com

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Council 7198, is an organization of women that assists with the activities of the Knights of Columbus.  In addition, the Ladies gather to pray and socialize while supporting many fundraising activities.  With the help of St. Joseph Parish and community, the ladies are able to donate to St. Vincent de Paul, the St. Joseph Tuition Assistance Fund, Mary Queen of Angels, Birthright, and many more charities.  Meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the KC Hall.

Ladies Volleyball

Sue Cooke
636-634-7243

Ladies of our parish who are 18 years of age or older meet on Wednesday evenings September through May in the gymnasium, from 8:15 to 10:00 p.m. This is a great way to get to know other women of the parish while getting great exercise.

Lectors

Robert Boyd
peggy.boyd624@gmail.com
636-474-2503

Adults and older teens who Proclaim the Word at parish liturgies. Lectors must be actively practicing their faith. All new lectors are required to attend a training session with the lector coordinator. Present and continuing lectors are encouraged to attend at least one presentation or workshop per year.

Lectors are scheduled regularly with opportunities to volunteer for holy days and other celebrations.

Legion of Mary

Dwight Stagg
dstagg@cpsstl.com
314-496-7721

An organization of women and men 18 years of age and older that strives for self sanctification of members through prayer and active cooperation with our church’s apostolic work. Members make home visits and census calls.

Meetings are held every Saturday at 8:30 in the St Joseph Room of church. You can be an auxiliary member by saying prayers in the privacy of your own home.

Legion of Mary Junior

Benita Becker
benita_becker@yahoo.com
636-300-3006

An organization for the spiritual development of young people with an emphasis on the rosary. Meetings are held weekly during the school year in the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm.

Lending Library

Fr. Chrismer
mchrismer@stjoecot.org

Our parish lending library (located next to the St. Joseph Room in Church) houses over 1000 books, DVDs and CDs, from children’s stories to theology and every topic in-between about the Catholic faith.

Linen Ministry

Michelle Coovert
michelle.coovert@yahoo.com
314-307-9098

A group of volunteers who serve the parish by laundering the Altar linens and articles used during the celebration of Mass. These items are taken home, laundered, ironed and brought back to the church.

Liturgy Committee

David Friedrichs
d_friedrich@yahoo.com
314-703-5541

Our parish liturgy committee works to provide the ministries needed for our parish liturgies. Each month we focus on a continuing education session led by Msgr. Callahan, give ministry reports, review the details of past liturgies and discuss the needs of upcoming liturgies. If you would like to offer your services to this committee and to the parish please contact David Friedrichs at d_friedrich@yahoo.com

Marriage Encounter

Steve & Kristine Johnson
314-304-2924

Any married couple who desires a richer fuller life together should inquire about Marriage Encounter. A marriage can never be too good. Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple shares together, whether they have been married for only a short time, or many years. Marriage Encounter also provides support and encouragement to married couples.

If you are interested in attending a Marriage Encounter weekend or joining a Marriage Encounter community please contact us.

Men’s Club

The Men’s Club is a Service, Social, and Spiritual organization open to all registered men of. St Joseph Parish 18 years or older. We are an active member of the Parish community that supports many aspects of the Parish through monetary and physical support. The Parish knows that it can count on the Men’s Club to respond when called upon.

You are encouraged to become a member and contribute as little or as much as you can. We rely on your Time and Talent. Each member brings their own unique talent to the organization. Many hands are needed to accomplish the work that we do. Your contribution of time is what we need most.

Our regular schedule of events includes one monthly business meeting and at least one monthly social event. We support the 150 Club for Tuition Assistance, the Parish Picnic, and the Fall Festival. Other events include fund raisers like Summer BBQs, Trivia Night, and Tailgating for Tuition Assistance.

For more information join our group on Flocknote.  www.flocknote.com/

Or Contact Men’s Club Secretary John Platten, platten@kw.com, 314-952-0884

Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers)

Bob Morgan
314-703-2513

These men, women and teens of the parish serve our congregation by providing assistance and information before, during and after Masses. They strive to personally and warmly welcome those arriving for worship.

Ushers play an important role during the Offertory and Communion Rites of the Eucharist.

MOMS

moms@stjoecot.org

St. Joseph Moms offers mothers an opportunity to recharge and refocus their lives by offering sessions that link our everyday challenges of motherhood with solutions given to us through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Our “Monthly Dose of Grace” sessions offer moms inspirational and practical ways to bring themselves and their families closer to heaven each day. These sessions are held once a month on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Sessions are free and no registration required. We also offer “Walking with Purpose.” This is a scripture based program that is fresh, relevant and focused on helping us grow in knowledge and wisdom. This is offered on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the fall and spring.

Registration begins in July. Please visit our St. Joseph webpage for specific dates, topics and registration information.

For more information and dates

Money Counters

Don or Judy Bailey, 636-447-4768 donandjudy@baileypeople.com
Joan Cleaveland, 636-441-0055 ext 103 jcleaveland

Adults who have volunteered and are trained to carefully count money collected during Mass on one Sunday per month. Envelopes are opened and the deposit is prepared to be delivered to the bank. Accuracy is of prime importance in order for the office staff to properly post the amounts to parishioner accounts.

Each group consists of eight to ten people who work from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on their assigned Sunday.

Music Ministers

Donna Meyer, Music/Liturgy Director
dmeyer@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 106

Singers and instrumentalists provide music for Liturgies and prayer services. We have several choirs, a cantor program and more.

Practices vary with each group.

Newsletter

Becky Younker
becky.younker@sbcglobal.net

The parish newsletter is mailed to each household in our parish. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform and inspire, it contains news of parish events. An announcement will appear in the weekly bulletin requesting articles to be submitted for the newsletters.

We welcome ideas for articles, and photographs of events from parishioners. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the newsletters to be mailed out to the parishioners. A notice requesting your help with the mailing appears in the Sunday bulletin.

Nursery

Alicia Karolczak
alicia.karolczak@hotmail.com

Supervised care is provided for your child, infant through age 3 during the 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Masses each Sunday in the Parish Center.

The nursery is open 15 minutes before the start of Mass.

Parish Advocate for Parishioners with Disabilities

Mary
disabilityparishadvocate@gmail.com
636-240-6078

The goal of the Parish Advocate is to help parishioners with disabilities and their caregivers participate fully in parish liturgies and activities. The Advocate works with parishioners and staff to ensure accessibility to parish activities, to increase awareness of issues concerning those with special needs, and to provide information on resources within the parish and the community.

There are no regular meetings. Inquiries are handled on a confidential case-by-case basis.

Parish Council

Tim England
englandtg@gmail.com
314-221-1570

Consists of adults selected from parish volunteers who are a consultative body to the pastor in the areas of planning, policy-making and coordination of parish activities.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Parish Health Ministry

Mary Doerr
636-441-0055 ext 301
mdoerr@stjoecot.org

Promotes the physical, spiritual and emotional wellness of parishioners. The group works cooperatively with parish organizations and community resources in presenting wellness programs and assisting with health needs.

Parish Picnic

Rich Bowler
314-578-5473

The picnic is a three day event held in July, designed to provide entertainment for the entire family. The picnic provides parishioners the opportunity to get to know each other better while working together and having fun. Our picnic includes rides, booths, games, food; and, is one of our major fundraising events.

Volunteers are needed to help staff the entire event.

Prayer Chain

Joyce Kluge, 636-300-9296
Jane Trende, jctrende@gmail.com

O Mary, Seat of Wisdom, intercede as our Mother for all the sick and for those who care for them! Grant that, through our service of our suffering neighbors, and through the experience of suffering itself, we may receive and cultivate true wisdom of heart!
-Pope Francis

May the blessing of God’s peace be with all of you. At St. Joseph Parish we have a very active Prayer Chain Ministry. We always welcome new members to our ministry. We invite you to use this ministry whenever you have a special need.

ProLife

Bob Behlman
rjb@behlmanbuilders.com
314-973-1427

Educates parishioners about ProLife issues, including abortion, euthanasia, and contraception dangers. Encourages and participates in activities that promote respect for human life, including prayer, peaceful picketing, assistance for families dealing with a crisis pregnancy, and letter-writing concerning pending legislation.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.

Protecting God’s Children

Lesia Anstead
lanstead@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 102

All coaches, volunteers and employees who work with children or vulnerable adults of St. Joseph Parish are required to attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop and complete paperwork.

To see the workshop time and places, and to register for a workshop Archdiocese Protecting God’s Children

Quilters

Linda Johnson, 636-936-3663
Judy Bailey, 636-447-4768, donandjudy@baileypeople.com

The St. Joseph quilters donate their time and talent to produce beautiful hand-made quilts and to support one another in prayer. This organization is a long standing backbone of St. Joseph Parish.

We meet on Mondays and Wednesdays to make baby quilts for sale, quilts to donate to charitable organizations, raffle quilts and quilts for prizes for our annual Quilt Social. The quilters also have a booth at the Parish Picnic and Fall Festival where we sell baby quilts and crafts. Proceeds from our Social, Parish Picnic and Fall Festival benefit our parish.

We meet in the quilting room (upper level) of the Parish Center any time on Mondays between Noon and 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Contact us to find out more, or how you can join us, or to buy a baby quilt.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children

For Adults (RCIA): Fr. Gerber 636-441-0055 ext. 108, agerber@stjoecot.org
For Children (RCIC): Mary Doerr 636-441-0055 ext. 301, mdoerr@stjoecot.org

A journey of faith and an investigation into the truths of the Catholic Christian tradition.

The RCIA/RCIC is designed for those persons interested in joining the Church and those wanting to find out more about the Church, those who have never been baptized and seek initiation into the Catholic Church.  This includes those who have been previously baptized into other Christian denominational churches and wish to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church through Confirmation and First Eucharist.

Sessions include prayer, reflection on Scripture, and instruction on topics of belief: sacraments, morality, prayer, church history, and others.

Sacristy Cleaners

Judy Bailey
donandjudy@baileypeople.com
636-447-4768

Our objective is to keep the sanctuary and sacristy area clean. Currently the 20 volunteers take turns at cleaning each week, which takes 2 people about 11/2 hours. You will be scheduled 5 to 6 times a year.

New schedules and membership lists are updated yearly.

St. Joseph Employment Ministry

jobs@stjoecot.org

As Catholics, Christians and neighbors, we have a mission to serve those in need. As a member of the Catholic Employment Network of St. Louis, we have developed job search ministries to assist those who are unemployed and underemployed cope with their situations, lend spiritual support and provide a framework for finding meaningful work.

St Joseph Employment Ministry serves the community of St. Joseph Parish and provides a central point of communication for employers and those in career transition and development.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Joseph Parish ‘Hot Line’
314-286-5137

This group is funded solely by donations. A charitable group assisting the poor of our parish and community, working closely with other social service organizations both religious and secular. Responds to crisis calls and coordinates special projects throughout the year.

A donation box is located in the gathering area of our Church.

Parishioners may volunteer and/or donate as often as their means allow them to help the less fortunate.

Salads for the Homeless

Dede Donahoe
314-369-7297

St Joseph parish families supply pre-packed salad’s (veggies, salad dressing, croutons & lettuce) and then volunteers deliver the salads to St Patrick’s Center in St. Louis.  On the third Monday of each month the salads (each volunteer provides salad to serve 10 people) for approximately 300 homeless are delivered to St Patrick’s Center.  If you can help “feed the hungry” please contact Dede Donahoe 314-369-7297

Scenes of the Nativity

Ernie & Mary Jo, 636-294-9710, o2bwell@charter.net
Don & Judy, 636-447-4768, donandjudy@baileypeople.com

We feel that more effort needs to be made to keep Christ as the focus of the Advent/Christmas season. In odd years, a display of Nativities is held on a Saturday & Sunday in early Advent. People bring their Nativities to display for others to enjoy seeing. This 2 day event gives us time to stop and focus on the gift of God to us, during our preparations for Christmas. Families can also have their photograph taken as a “living Nativity” and crafts based on the theme can be made in the parent/child room.

This free event can be a great family tradition.

Stitches for Life

Bonnie Salih
blsalih@yahoo.com
636-928-0927

Stitches for Life is a charitable group that anyone can join. We sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch, and craft items for the poor. We donate gift baskets to charitable organizations and ministries of our parish  and the community for their fundraising purposes.

Stitches for Life provides handmade items for babies, children, teens, adults, elderly and the homeless, such as, lap blankets, afghans, hats, scarves, quilts, toys, wheelchair/walker bags, homeless bags, and many other items.

If you want to give of your time but do not know how to crochet or knit and want to learn, we will teach you.

Our projects are made possible with the help of your donations of yarn, material and many other items.

Vacation Bible School

Jeannette Koch
stjoecotvbs@hotmail.com
314-322-8297

This Bible-based program for PK – 5th graders is held in the summer. It is a week-long half-day event full of Bible messages, music, games, crafts and fun. Volunteers aged 6th grade through adult are most welcome!

Program and registration information will be posted in the parish bulletin and the school and PSR newsletters.

For more information

Votive Keepers

Lynn Ryan
636-443-3314

These volunteers take care of the votive candles in church, replacing candles which are used, cleaning the candle glasses, etc.

Women’s Ministry

Joyce Kluge
joyak@charter.net
636-300-9296

St. Joseph Women’s Ministry in collaboration the the Moms Group, is a ministry designed to provide spiritual growth and meet the the “spirit, mind and body needs” of women of all ages.  Events include Lenten Morning of Prayer, Advent Tea by Candlelight, Various Church Tours during the year, St Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor, assisting at Mary Queen of Angels, outreach programs within the St Louis area, as well as collaboration with other Parish Organizations.  Also, help organize Rosary at the Grotto in May and October and White House Retreats in September and November.

Youth Ministry - Core Team

Dan Zink
youth@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 151

We arm teens with the ability to have Christ centered relationships. We profess to the youth of our parish that this world and the world of faith have to collide. We empower teens with the understanding that they are called to be holy missionaries. In order to live this out it is our desire to walk with the young people of our parish as a guide in a journey of living out the fullness of Catholic Tradition.

We need more core members willing to step into this ministry, to learn more about becoming a part of this ministry.

Youth Ministry - EDGE

Dan Zink
youth@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 151

St. Joe Edge is dedicated to leading 7th & 8th graders of our parish to an authentic relationship with Christ. The 7th & 8th graders that participate in EDGE will be given the chance to develop Christ centered relationships with friends, teen facilitators,  & parents involved.

Edge nights are twice a month for 7th & 8th graders from any school, church, or denomination all are welcome at this outreaching event.

Youth Ministry - Life Teen

Dan Zink
youth@stjoecot.org
636-441-0055 ext. 151

St. Joe Life Teen is a ministry in our parish at the service of high school teens. It is our mission to lead teens into an authentic relationship with Christ. Teens that participate in Life Teen are challenged to live out their faith as missionaries. High School teens can get involved in many different ways. Sunday @ 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is our big gathering called a “Life Night.”

This is a night full of fun, faith, inspiration, and community. Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is “Word Wide Open” this is a weekly bible study focusing on Sunday Mass readings and how they apply to real life. Sunday @ 12:15 Mass is our Life Teen Mass.