Outreach

Blood Drive Vounteer
Christmas Outreach

Comfort Blanket
Eucharistic Ministry to Individuals
Feed Lucas County Children
Feed My Sheep Garden
Festirama
Fish Fry
Funeral Luncheon (Volunteer)
Girls on the Run (GOTR)
Help the Needy
Knights of Columbus

Let Us Be Your Legs
Lunch 'N Learn
Ministry to the Sick and Infirm
Parish Day of Service
Serving Neighbors Toiletry Collection
Share a Meal
Social Outreach Committee
Soup Kitchens
  - Helping Hands of St. Louis
  - Joseph's Meals
  - St. Pat's
  - St. Paul's
Welcoming Committee


 

Blood Drive

The annual blood drive is coordinated in conjunction with the American Red Cross in October. Between 40-50 parishioners give blood. Volunteers help unload the trucks, set up the cots and equipment, and reload the trucks when the drive is finished. It is a very valuable and rewarding project to work on.

Mark Boyer 419-882-6937 mmboyer@buckeye-express.com

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Christmas Outreach

The mission of this outreach program is to assist local families in need celebrate Christmas. The ministry was founded more than 11 years ago by Mary Jane and Mike DelVerne and has grown to serve more than 200 families, due to the interest and generosity of our parishioners. The families we serve are referred to us by Harbor, Heroes in Action, Sylvania Area Family Services, and our own parish. We are blessed that is has been funded by donations, and staffed by many volunteers.

Laurie Foster 419-321-4110 LCMR59@bex.net
Sue Jurski   419-350-8161 suejurski@bex.net

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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 Ministry to Individuals

Lay ministers bring Communion or offer Communion services for Catholic patients at Flower Hospital, extended and nursing care facilities, and those that are homebound in the Sylvania area..

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

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Feed Lucas County Children

Feed Lucas County Children, Inc provide hot nutritionally balanced meals to several thousand children 18 yrs and younger who live at or below poverty levels. Last summer, over a 10-week period, FLCC provided over 177,000 meals to at-risk children in the Toledo/Lucas County area and has now expanded to Wood County. FLCC provides meals locally in the Sylvania area at the Sylvania Area Family Services office through their summer programs for children.

FLCC Office 419-720-1106

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Feed My Children Garden

St. Joseph has a vegetable garden on the grounds near the Wurzel Family Center. Our gardener volunteers plant and tend the garden and then harvest and deliver the vegetables to various community centers throughout the area.

Debbie Gaster 419-841-3724 goobsieg@yahoo.com

 

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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 and 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.

Jim Floyd 419-885-5791 jfloyd@stjoesylvania.org

 

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Fish Fry

Annual fish fry held on Ash Wednesday from 4:00-7:30 pm. Lots of volunteers needed, as well as many donated desserts. Great family and community event to try!

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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 St. 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 419-882-7609 smlall@bex.net
Parish Center 419-885-5791

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Girls on the Run (GOTR)

GOTR is a an after-school program for girls in grades 3 through 5 that combines training to participate in a 5K running event with self-esteem enhancing discussions and a community service project. St. Joseph sponsors one or two teams, depending on interest and coaching availability, that are open to all parishioners within the eligible grade levels. To find out more about GOTR, visit GirlsontheRunNWOhio.org. Contact us if you are interested in coaching or registering a participant.

Laurie Neary 419-885-5791 lneary@stjoesylvania.org

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Help the Needy

There are so many people in need and often what they have a need for may be sitting in a drawer or closet at someone’s home, which is how this ministry began. The parish gets requests from different agencies or people; someone is in need of a stove or bed or furniture, a veteran may need a ride to his doctor’s appointment, people in need of clothes or shoes or food, a family burned out of their home in need of everything. These calls are received and then an email is sent out to our growing distribution list. Parishioners respond letting us know what they have. They drop off their donations or someone from our ministry will pick them up. You can help by adding your name to the email list, being a part of the pick up and delivery committee, or being the person to accept the calls and send out the emails.

Mary Jane DelVerne 419-882-6021 mjdelverne@vergeline.com

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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.

Mark Boyer 419-882-6937 mmboyer@buckeye-express.com

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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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Lunch 'n Learn

St. 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.

 

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Ministry to the Sick and Infirm

A Priest from St. Joseph will be happy to visit any of our parishioners, who are patients in area hospitals or nursing homes. However, hospitals do not routinely notify the parish of parishioners admitted. Please notify the parish office if you or a family member is hospitalized. If you are anticipating a surgery, the Sacrament of the Sick can be received before you enter the hospital; please call one of the priests to schedule that sacramental experience. Our Eucharistic Ministers visit Catholic patients at Flower Hospital and the extended care and nursing care facilities in the area bringing Holy Communion several times weekly. They minister Communion to shutins by individual arrangement. A listing of our parishioners who are ill and in need of our prayers will be printed in the bulletin. To request someone's name to be listed, please fill out the card located by the suggestion box in the back of church. The completed card may be put in the suggestion box or dropped off at the Parish Center.

Parish Center 419-885-5791

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Parish Day of Service

As a way of worshiping together, sharing a meal and fellowship with other parishioners, St. Joseph has a Parish Picnic at the end of August. The event begins with a Noon Mass on Sunday ‘under the tent’ on the East Campus lawn followed by a cookout and shared dishes and desserts. All parishioners are encouraged to attend – including children, and games and entertainment are provided.

Joanne Denyer 419-885-5791 ext. 230 jdenyer@stjoesylvania.org

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Serving Neighbors Toiletry Collection

The St. Joseph collection is every month, during the last full weekend of the month. We donate the collected toiletry items quarterly to three area organizations; Jewish Family Services, Lutheran Social Services, and Sylvania Area Family Services. Suggested items to donate are body soap or wash, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant.

 Marge Lubiatowski 419-824-2103 mlubiatows@aol.com

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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)

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Social Outreach Community

Purpose: To support the existing and to develop new parish ministries; to facilitate their coordination and collaboration; and to encourage parishioners to become involved in concrete acts of charity.

Mission: As an outreach ministry, we seek to spread the Gospel by being an intentional, inclusive, engaged community working to eradicate the poverty of mind, body and spirit.

Laurie Neary 419-885-5791 lneary@stjoesylvania.org

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Soup Kitchens

St. Joseph Parish is involved in several different outreaches to feed the needy in our community and beyond.

  • Helping Hands of St. Louis
    The Helping Hands of St. Louis Soup Kitchen is located on 6th Street in the East Side of Toledo. We prepare, serve and cleanup for the lunch on the 2nd Friday of every month. We also do the Christmas meal for the Kitchen. We serve 200 to 300 people each day we are there, and around 400 for the Christmas meal. Volunteer hours are flexible from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Dick Schuller 419-885-9016 kdschuller@yahoo.com
     
  • Joseph's Meals
    Once a month St. Joseph parishioners donate food items including baked pasta casseroles to be used at St. Louis Kitchen for the Poor in east Toledo. Sign up sheets are posted at the back of church and at both front entrances during all Masses on the previous weekend. Then on that following Wednesday parishioners take their donations to the drop off location which is at the east campus parking lot on Ravine Road. Two trucks are loaded by volunteers and driven down to St Louis kitchen. This takes place the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

    Larry & Deb Gaster 419-841-3724 goobsieg@yahoo.com
    Laurie Neary 419-885-5791
     
  • St. Pat's
    We prepare and serve a noon meal to the public the last Sunday of each month. The soup kitchen is a ministry of Historic St. Patrick parish, and operates out of the LMHA building caddie corner to St. Pat’s. They only serve the one meal, each Sunday at noon. St. Joseph was asked to provide personnel to prepare and serve on the last Sunday of each month back in 1991, and we have continuously provided volunteers since then. St. Pat’s covers the food, and we have an early shift that prepares food from 10:00 until noon, and a later shift that serves from 11:30 until 1:30.

    Mike Kruse 419-882-6381 mike.kruse@heidtman.com
     
  • St. Paul's
    In the mid 90’s our parish was also asked to support St. Paul’s United Methodist Soup Kitchen. This is a one time per year commitment, usually in mid September. Our commitment is a Sunday meal served at 1:30 to the general public from St. Paul’s Community Center and Shelter downtown. Different churches throughout the area provide both the food and preparation for approximately 150 meals each Saturday and Sunday throughout the year.

    Mike Kruse 419-882-6381 mike.kruse@heidtman.com

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Welcoming Committee

This group strives to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for new parishioners as well as existing parishioners. Members call and visit new parishioners and provide them with an informational packet. The committee hosts a breakfast for new parishioners every six months. The welcoming committee, along with other parish organizations, assists in greeting parishioners at Mass.

Kim Koesters 419-885-5791 kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org

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