Parish Groups

Find Your Place

At St. Joseph’s, we love to gather as one big family- just like we do every Sunday at Mass. But we also recognize that we are a community made up of Children of God of all ages, faith backgrounds, and needs. That’s why we are proud to offer programs and groups that celebrate and offer support to our diverse parish family, and we are confident that you will find a group for you.

LITTLE SPIRITS CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

The children of St. Joseph Parish join us during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for a time of prayer, music and liturgy-based activities. This ministry is for children 3-7 years of age who have not yet received 1st Communion and meet in the Lower Hall. Children are called up to the front of the church at the beginning of Mass with the Children’s Liturgy students and then escorted to the Lower Hall for the remainder of the Mass. Parents pick up their children from the Lower Hall after the Mass. If you would like more information about the program, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Marilyn Baktawar at 289-235-9421.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

This program is offered during the Liturgy of the Word portion of the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children’s Liturgy is for all children ages 7+ who have received the Sacrament of First Communion. Children attend Mass and after the Introductory Prayer and Blessing , are invited to process to the Gathering Room or St. Anne’s Room with the Adult Facilitators, for reflection and discussion on the Sunday’s Gospel and Liturgy. Children rejoin their families in the church during the Gift Offering. Parents are welcome and encouraged to assist and partake in the CL session with their child and in particular, if their child may require assistance or additional supervision while in the CL session; parent accompaniment would be mandatory. Volunteering in this important  Children’s Ministry is a great opportunity for Teachers and Early Childhood Educators. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to sit in on a visiting session, please contact Kelly Ryan at 905-667-4511.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES

Classes for public, private and home schooled students preparing for First Holy Communion. Lessons include preparation for First Reconciliation as well. A parent is asked to attend each class. Please register through the parish office, as dates and time are yet to be determined.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

For young people, grade 8 or above, attending public, private or home schools. Through prayer, song, video, scripture, games and activities, the truths of the Catholic Church will be explored as they apply to our daily lives. Always welcome is any person who may not yet be confirmed, or anyone that wishes to share a renewal in their faith life. A parent or guardian is required to be present for the initial session. Please contact the parish office to pre-register, as dates and times are yet to be determined.

Souled Out(Youth Grade 8-12)

Join us for an evening of faith, food, and fun every other Sunday immediately following the 6:30pm Mass. At our parish youth group, you’ll meet friends and encounter your faith like never before as we discover the incredible love of God, and the amazing plan that He has for each of us. This year, we focus on Becoming an Overcomer- facing the challenges of life with faith, and coming out victorious. For more information contact the parish office or Dom Inneo at 289-668-7578

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for

Adults)

Are you or someone you know thinking of becoming a Catholic? Do you want to know more about your faith? Have you been away from your church and would like to return? Our classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., culminating with reception of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Please call the parish office at 905-945-2661 to register or speak to Fr. Rico or Fr. Ronald after Mass.

MOM’S AND TOT’S

Our Parish family is excited to invite all moms of little ones to join us the first Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in St. Anne’s Room for a time of prayer, play and discussion. This program will begin on October 5th. For more information, please contact Martina Flatman at 289-686-6122 or email [email protected]

Men’s Group(Men 18+)

Calling all men! Join us the third Thursday of the month for an evening of prayer, faith, discussion and fellowship as we walk together and support one another in our mission to be more like Christ. For more information, contact Mario LaRocca at 905-975-7940 or call the parish office.

God Talk

Join Fr. Rico Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm (immediately following the 6:30pm Mass) as we journey through the Bible like never before. Come ready to learn, discuss, and ask the tough questions about the Word of God, and deepen or discover your love for Sacred Scripture. To find out which passages we will be looking at this week, or for more information, contact the parish office.

Catechesis/Adult Formation

Are you looking for more? All are welcome to join us as we discover the Beauty of our Faith, tackle difficult topics, and learn what it truly means to be Catholic. Right now, Fr. Ronald is leading us through Bishop Barron’s acclaimed Catholicism series, with weekly sessions every Thursday or Friday evenings at 7pm. Please contact the parish office to find out which night this week’s session is. We look forward to seeing you there! 

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

While primarily supporting our spiritual values, our membership of 130 women, actively contribute to all areas of parish and community life. These commitments include support of the bereaved through our funeral receptions, planning spiritual and inspirational meetings for our members and providing an avenue where women can come together to support one another. Through our fundraising we provide financial support to parish projects and to needs within our community. For more information, please contact President Lee Crampton at 289-235-8839 or email [email protected]

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

(OUR LADY OF THE LAKE COUNCIL #4917) This Catholic Men’s Organization is based on the principals of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We are strong supporters of church and community activities. Our General meetings occur on the 1st Tuesday of the month and our Executive meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, at the church. Review the bulletin board in the hallway and watch the parish bulletin for updates. For more information, contact the Grand Knight, Tony Materno at 905-945-0422 or District Deputy Chris Turner at 905-643-3375.

RUTH’S SISTERS

This is a “support one another” group for the widows of the parish. We meet the last Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. If you know someone who would benefit from the company of this group, please call the parish office and ask for Pam for more information.