Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Community Life Commission

Community Life Commission Chair: Susan Droege


African Parishioners of Saint Joseph (APOSJ)
Ministry Lead: Dr. Chinonso Akano | [email protected] | (646) 552-5425
The APOSJ is for fun-filled fellowship and networking sessions. Our ministry is a culturally diverse family. APOSJ’s flagship programs include hosting our annual colorful and fun-filled family-oriented Pentecost Sunday celebration for all parishioners, monthly meetings, African story-telling events, bowling, picnics and providing support in all areas of the church. Membership is open to all parishioners of the church especially those of African descent and this includes everybody interested in being a part of our diverse and inclusive family.


Basketball League
Ministry Lead: Jack Geis | [email protected] | (404) 626-2671
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 to eight are welcome to join the parish program. The season runs from early October through early February, with an average of nine or ten games played on the weekends throughout the season starting in November. 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 teaching the fundamentals of basketball. This short program runs during the winter, normally on Sundays. Programs will resume when it is safe to do so.


Boy Scouts
Ministry Lead: Gregory Michaud, Scoutmaster | [email protected] | (404) 822-7964
Ministry Lead: Chuck Niswonger, Charter Org. Rep. | [email protected] | (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.


Church Cleaning
Ministry Lead: Barbara Stickney | [email protected] | (770) 428-4948
Join us Thursday mornings to vacuum, 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. Regularly scheduled cleaning has been suspended during the pandemic, but will resume when it is safe to do so.


Cub Scouts
Ministry Lead: John Williams, Cubmaster | [email protected] | (678) 485-9384
Ministry Lead: Chuck Niswonger, Charter Org. Rep. | [email protected] | (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.


Dinner Group
Ministry Lead: Julie Novak | [email protected] | (404) 386-4950
The Dinner Group ministry has been a wonderful way to meet new friends in our parish. 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.


Girl Scouts & Brownies
Ministry Lead: Alvita Hart | [email protected] | (423) 645-0570
The Girl Scouting program 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.


Girls' Volleyball League
Ministry Lead: Bill Updyke | [email protected] | (770) 312-1984
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. Programs will resume when it is safe to do so.


Grounds Keeping
Ministry Lead: Open
The Grounds Keeping ministry 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.


Hospitality - Caring and Sharing
Ministry Lead: Sharon Austin | [email protected] | (678) 524-9306
The Caring and Sharing ministry supports the Parish by assisting with projects designated by the pastor. Also, the ministry shows support to families of deceased parishioners by preparing food, offering prayer, or attending the Funeral.


Nursery Volunteers  
Ministry Lead: Open
The Nursery Volunteer ministry is not functioning during the pandemic.


Parish Annual Picnic
Ministry Lead: Susan Droege | [email protected] | (770) 856-8600
Ministry Lead: Diane Falvo| [email protected]| (770) 630-6434

Ministry Lead: Maria Torres| [email protected] | (678) 559-6772
This Parish Annual Picnic is a social event that's 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.


Welcoming Ministry
Ministry Lead: Joel Raeber | [email protected]| (770) 778-4516
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.


Women of Saint Joseph (WOSJ)
Ministry Lead: Kathy Bearden | [email protected]| (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: [email protected].