St. Joseph Parish School Ministries

Below is a listing of various Ministries available: 

ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION/C.Y.O.

Mission: To promote Christ’s teachings through athletics.

Talents: A love of sports and a commitment to serving the youth of our parish.

Time: Moderate — Quarterly association meetings, helping with fundraisers. Coaches times also include practice and games.

Ministry Leader: Jason Kuhnle, 440-465-0880, jpkuhnlecyo@gmail.com

 

IMMERSION High School Youth Ministry  

Mission: To feed our teen’s soul in an active, interesting, and practical way.  IMMERSION is designed to uplift, motivate, encourage, strengthen and guide the youth in their relationship with our Lord.  It should prepare them to face the challenges to their faith as Catholic young men and young women, and help them find the fulfillment God longs for them.  This monthly youth ministry is also a comfortable time and place where teens can socialize, discover, and freely ask questions about their faith and the challenges they may encounter in today’s world, living it out.  Through fun activities and service, students are fortified with the importance of personal prayer, serving others, Scripture, Mass and the sacraments.  Our motto is “Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6) 

Talents: Genuine interest in the spiritual and physical welfare of high school teens and their daily interests and challenges.  Volunteers must receive VIRTUS training with fingerprinting and a background check to serve. Most of this can easily be done through the parish. High School Students are welcome to volunteer.

Time: Third Sunday of the month from 6-8 p.m. in the IMMERSION room in the convent basement.  We also have special events such as a Nerf gun night, collections, work a fish fry, Christmas caroling, lead prayer nights, field trips, present the Stations of the Cross and more. Volunteers may be expected to arrive before or stay after a meeting or event for clean-up.  Total commitment is three to six hours per month.

Ministry Leader: John Kowalski, 440-988-2848, ext. 204, johnkowalski@stjosephamherst.com

 

IMMERSION 7/8th Grade Youth Group  

Mission: To deepen our middle school youth’s understanding of the Mass and their faith in a fun filled environment. Through discussions, activities and games, we explore different aspects of God’s great gift of the Mass in a fast-paced hour which brings the faith to life in a unique, memorable and fun way for our youth.  Join us at our next meeting and see how our faith is fun and fulfilling.

Talents: Volunteers must receive VIRTUS training with fingerprinting and a background check in order to serve. Most of this can easily be done through the parish.

Time: Fourth Friday of each month in the social hall or MPR in the school from 7-8 p.m.  Special dates include shared events with the IMMERSION high school youth group.

Ministry Leader: John Kowalski, 440-988-2848, ext. 204, johnkowalski@stjosephamherst.com

 

3 and 4 YEAR OLD PRE-SCHOOL, Kindergarten, Grades 1 – 8

Mission: To provide rigorous curriculum rooted in faith in an environment that fosters self-reliance. Students are immersed in social justice teachings and 21st century learning to help them achieve their maximum potential.

Talents: For the 2018-19 school year, SJPS is in particular need for: individuals with an engineering background that would be willing to work with the students to better understand this field of study, individuals who work for companies that would be interested in forming a mutually beneficial partnership with SJPS in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, and individuals that can assist with graphic design projects and design of marketing materials to assist in providing professional marketing materials for distribution.

Time: Volunteering one or two days each week or for a specific number of hours.

Ministry Leader: Amy Makruski, 440-988-4244, ext. 211, amakruskisjs@yahoo.com

 

St. JOSEPH PARISH SCHOOL PARENT CLUB

Mission: To provide support for the educational and recreational needs of children attending St. Joseph School and to promote a good working relationship between parents, teachers, pastor and principal. Our vision is to help people see SJPS as more than just a school their child/children attend, but to also encourage them to be part of this great group who share the same goals for our children, which is providing them with a faith filled education.  We do a variety of activities from service, family fun, fundraisers and enrichment.

Talents: All parents with a student at SJPS are automatically members.

Time: Meetings are once a month and last about one hour.  They are at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the MPR room.  As far as additional time, it is at each person’s discretion. Someone can choose to just attend the meetings or volunteer for events, fundraisers or activities.

President: Amy Makruski, 440-988-4244, ext. 211, amakruskisjs@yahoo.com;

 

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION (P.S.R.)

Mission: To help parish children (from Preschool to Grade 8) develop as faith filled, committed Catholics ready to serve our Church and our world by instructing them in the ways of the Gospel. To continue to proclaim our faith as we have been commissioned to do by Jesus, “Go and teach all nations.” Our P.S.R. program is a collaboration of both St. Joseph and Nativity parishes and is held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in the parish school building. Volunteers are always welcome.

Talents: A love of children and to witness your Catholic faith in word and action. A willingness to learn more about doctrine and catechesis at an adult level. Stipends are offered to volunteers who are willing to work towards diocesan certification or hold valid teaching credentials. VIRTUS training required.

Time: Large Time Commitment.

Ministry Leader: Carol Wallington,

440-988-2848, ext 242 or dre@stjosephamherst.com