Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Community Life Commission

Community Life Commission

Commission Chair – Susan Droege 



Chinonso Akano

Come join us at APOSJ for fun-filled fellowship and networking sessions. Bring your kids...they’ll love it too! Membership is open to all parishioners of African descent (this includes Continental Africa, the Caribbean, and African American). Our goal is to better integrate our church, through our faith and our shared fulfill our spiritual and family needs, as well as the needs of our great parish.



Corey Nason

Our Youth Basketball Program participates in the Catholic Metro League of Atlanta (CMLA). The program focuses on the development of basketball skills, team participation, and sportsmanship. Children in grades three - eight are welcome to join the parish program. The season runs from mid-November through mid-February, with an average of nine or ten games played on the weekends throughout the season. Practice times are assigned during the week and are held in the school gym. For our younger children in grades K-two, the Lil’ Cougars program is a developmental program which teaches the fundamentals of basketball.



Micah Lindler, Scoutmaster (770)595-7632;  

Chris Smith (404)444-2673;  

Chuck Niswonger, Charter Organization Rep. (770)309-0444

Saint Joseph Church is proud to charter Troop 287 as part of our Community Life Ministry! Boys who are rising 6th graders through age 18 can join anytime during the year. We welcome families of all religious faiths into a well-structured program with dedicated leaders. Boys will experience a wide range of activities that promote leadership opportunities, exposure to multiple career options and moral development that is consistent with the BSA program. Troop meetings are typically Monday evenings in Marist Hall at 7:00 PM. Volunteer opportunities are always available.



Barbara Stickney (770)428-4948

Join us Thursday mornings to vacuum, clean the candle holders, wash windows and doors, and perform all the other housekeeping tasks that keep our church looking clean and inviting. We particularly need TALL people to help with cleaning the upper windows in the church. Commitment is about one hour per week.



Minh Diep Cubmaster (404)502-5493;  
Chuck Niswonger, Chartered Organization Rep. (770)309-0444

Saint Joseph Church is proud to charter Pack 287 as part of our Community Life Ministry! Boys in grades one - five can join anytime during the year. We welcome families of all religious faiths into a well-structured program with dedicated leaders. Cub Scouting is a family-oriented program that provides encouragement to “Do Your Best” and promotes the 12 points of the Scout Law. Volunteer opportunities are always available.



Julie Novak

Couples join once a month at each other’s homes for dinner and conversation. The host couple provides the main entree' and beverages. The other three couples bring salad, bread, vegetable and dessert. Each couple hosts only once.



Sonya Dendinger

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Saint Joseph’s Girl Scouting provides girls ages five – seventeen with a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities and life-long friendships. Saint Joseph has one of the strongest Girl Scout programs in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Adult volunteers are always welcome.



Amy Johnson (770)714-0901;;

The Saint Joseph Girls’ Volleyball Program participates in the Catholic Metro Volleyball League (CMVL). The program focuses on the development of basic volleyball skills, which include sportsmanship and collaborative teamwork. Girls in grades five - eight are welcome to join the parish program. The season runs from August through October, with games played on Saturday mornings. Practice for volleyball begins in the summer and is held in the school gym. For our younger girls and boys in grades K-four, the Lil’ Cougars volleyball is a developmental program which teaches the fundamentals of Volleyball in a fun and skill-focused environment. This short program runs during the spring, normally on Sunday.



Joe Fenton (678)581-0033;

This group completes projects on the church grounds including mowing, weeding, trimming, leaf removal, maintenance of shrubs and flower beds and other jobs that help maintain our grounds and gardens. The group meets on Saturday mornings to complete these projects, but volunteers who are not available on Saturdays work on a designated area of grounds during other times more convenient to them. Time Commitment: Typically two hours on Saturday mornings. No weekly commitment is necessary…we appreciate help when it is available.



Dottie Magner (770)427-5927

This ministry supports the community by assisting with projects designated by the pastor. Also, it shows support to families of deceased parishioners by preparing food, offering prayer, or attending the Funeral.



Michelle Diaz

This ministry is designed to provide mothers of young children (newborn to Pre-K) the opportunity for fellowship with other moms. We plan several events each month which include playdates for the children, trips to the zoo, children’s museum, local parks, etc., and a monthly Moms’ Night Out at one of our local restaurants. It’s a great way to meet fellow mom parishioners, make new friends, and create comfortable social development opportunities and new friendships for our young children. Events are published in the bulletin, website, and sent by email to members of the group.



Meghan Curtain  (770)422-5633
Jennifer Marks (770)422-5633


Our nursery is available for children nine months to four years old. Children are supervised by parish staff members and volunteers. This service is offered during the 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM Masses on Sunday. Volunteers are always welcome even if you no longer have children of nursery age. You must be at least 18 years of age to be considered an adult volunteer. Younger teens are also welcome to help out.



Susan Droege (770)856-8600
Diane Falvo (770)630-6434

This annual social event is a time for our community to gather together. The picnic is one weekend each Fall. We welcome volunteers in all areas from planning to implementation. Any and all talents are welcome.



Mark Hutzler (770)891-2420

For all singles between the ages of 35 and 55, we meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month, in the Sugar Hill House at 7:00 PM for Bible Study and fellowship. The Social group gets together a couple of times a month for social events, such as: wine tasting, bowling, theme parties, and volunteering at MUST ministries, just to name a few. We encourage new members to join us and participation is voluntary. This is a wonderful way to meet parishioners who attend different Masses.



Carol Donofrio (770)422-5633 x22
Joel Raeber (678)290-6632

Our Welcome Desk in the rear of the Narthex is open before and after each Mass on the weekends. Volunteers provide parish information regarding all Sacraments and Ministries. While we mainly serve new parishioners, we also answer general questions. Volunteers also help organize social gatherings to welcome new parishioners.



Kathy Bearden (678)640-7108

All women of the Parish are welcome to events and gatherings. We meet periodically throughout the year for social, spiritual, and educational fun. We also support a variety of parish projects on an as needed basis. Our group has an annual Christmas retreat and luncheon celebration the first Saturday in December. Please watch the bulletin for meeting details and be sure to sign up for our email news and announcements by sending your name and email to: