Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Outreach Commission

Outreach Commission Chair: Art Renteria


Disability Ministry/Fun Night!
Ministry Lead: Charlie Mullaney | [email protected] | (770) 422-5633 ext. 22
FUN NIGHT! is an evening of fun and socialization for children and adults with disabilities. By gathering volunteers with children and adults with disabilities, it builds community by having the opportunity to participate in fellowship. It also provides an opportunity for respite for parents and/or caregivers. FUN NIGHT! is open to any child or adult with a disability, regardless of religious affiliation. Participants must provide their own transportation. Volunteers are needed to help with games, crafts, music and celebrating birthdays.


Extraordinary Ministries of Holy Communion [Outside of Mass]
Ministry Lead: Tom Reichert | [email protected] | (770) 422-5633 ext. 25
We bring the Eucharist to a large number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, Kennestone Hospital, and to those who are confined and unable to attend Mass. Please contact Tom Reichert if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry, or if you might be interested in becoming an extraordinary minister.


Habitat for Humanity
Ministry Lead: John Delves | [email protected] | (404) 374-4110 or (770) 439-9687
Saint Joseph parish is part of the Catholic coalition supporting Habitat for Humanity. These houses will be sold to low-income families at no profit and no interest. Announcements will be posted in the bulletin and in the church. This year's project is a special 2-story home in Austell, but is not seeking volunteers during the pandemic. Many volunteers will be needed in 2021; please watch the Parish E-News and bulletin for updates.


Jail and Prison Ministry
Ministry Lead: Deacon Norm Keller | [email protected] | (985) 974-9174 or (678) 594-6597
A Catholic presence is maintained every week at the Cobb County Jail. A Catholic presence is also maintained once a month at Fulton County Jail, men’s section in Atlanta, and also once a month at Fulton County Jail, women’s section in Union City. Additionally, men on death row are seen each week at the prison in Jackson, GA. Please let Deacon Norm know of any such requests for a Catholic Chaplain that you may have. Parishioners are encouraged to keep all inmates and victims, both their families, and prison employees in their prayers. Also, please pray for the abolishment of the death penalty. Only new and gently used Catholic Bibles are being accepted at this time for use by inmates Please contact Deacon Norm to arrange your donation.


Knights of Columbus
Ministry Lead: Nate Keller | [email protected] | (404) 697-2792
A Catholic Family Fraternal Service Organization. Knights are men, 18 years and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their church
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Mission Team to Guatemala
Ministry Lead: Tom Reichert | [email protected] | (770) 422-5633 ext. 25
Our Catholic faith is universal. It is not bound to race, culture, language or country. In this it is a great hope for humanity, seeking to defend basic human dignity and the transcendent dimension of the human person. Each year, we bring a Building Team and a Medical Team to our sister parish in San Jose, Guatemala.


Must Breakfast Ministry
Ministry Lead: Joe Fenton | [email protected] | (770) 329-2669
Volunteers from St. Joseph’s Church provide and cook food and serve breakfast at MUST Ministries on the first three Wednesdays and the second Tuesday of each month.  Each breakfast team includes a captain, three team members, and one food only provider.  The captain and team members meet at the MUST Elizabeth Street shelter at 5:30AM to cook breakfast and serving is done before 7:00AM. Volunteers sign up for their preferred MUST breakfast each month using a Signup Genius invitation generated by the coordinator.


Parish Health Fair
Ministry Lead: Susan Droege | [email protected] | (770) 856-8600
Ministry Lead: Maria Torres| [email protected] | (678) 559-6772
Saint Joseph Parish sponsors a Health Fair for adult parishioners 18 years of age and older in the spring. The fair, co-sponsored by Wellstar Health Systems, includes non-invasive screening for a variety of health issues, as well as health related exhibitors with information available for parishioners. Volunteers are needed. Ministry will resume when safe to do so.


Respect for Life
Ministry Lead: Hannah & Jim Martin | [email protected] | (770) 427-7457
Respect for Life group promotes the sacredness of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.  Among the activities in which our group participates and supports are prayer vigils, adoration, “40 Days for Life,” Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America, Sheltering Grace, Respect Life Sunday and Pregnancy Crisis Centers.  Our group seeks to counter the perils of the “culture of death” through education and information.
Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM. Group not meeting during the pandemic, but will resume meetings when safe to do so.


St. Vincent de Paul Society
Ministry Lead: Larry Burke | [email protected] | (770) 425-5158

The Society is a Catholic organization of lay people who seek, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are marginalized. Caseworkers are always a primary need, but there are many other areas, including our food pantry, our thrift store, and special projects for those who wish to volunteer in this rewarding ministry. Training is provided. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society also provides and serves a hearty meal two times a month at the Extension for men, and once a month at the Extension for women. Cooks and servers always are welcome. The Extension program is comprehensive, and long-term residential recovery program for addicted men and women.


Senior Social
Ministry Lead: Tom Reichert | [email protected] | (770) 422-5633 ext. 25
Join us the third Friday of each month for the noon Mass, followed by a luncheon in the Music Room. Volunteers are welcome to join in singing, socializing, serving, and cleanup as we enjoy fellowship. This activity will resume when it is safe to do so.


Separated/Divorced Support Group
Ministry Lead: Pattie Scotto| [email protected] | (770) 422-1783
This group offers emotional and spiritual support for those who are going through the hurtful time of losing partners, or who may have already experienced separation or divorce. During the pandemic, this group meets virtually via Zoom.


Stephen Ministry
Ministry Lead: Glenn Garvett | [email protected]
Ministry Lead: Carol Donofrio | [email protected]

Stephen Ministers are well-trained, caring, Christians who show God’s mercy and compassion to one another. They meet privately with a care receiver of the same gender to talk about coping with life’s difficulties.  Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised lay volunteers, not professional counselors or therapists, pastors, or physicians.  They show their care by listening, supporting, encouraging, praying, and maintaining confidentiality in their care giving.


Support Our Troops
Ministry Lead: Open
Three weekends a year, care packages are shipped to deployed military. Volunteers are needed on collection weekends to attend the donation table before and after Mass – total time 30 minutes. This ministry is not functioning during the pandemic.


Unidos En Christo/United in Christ
Ministry Lead: Susan Medina| [email protected] | (678) 521-8607
Ministry Lead: Sister Maria Pia| [email protected] | (770) 422-5633 ext. 32 or (770) 776-8100
Recordando las palabras de Jesús "Porque tuve hambre, y me disteis de comer; tuve sed y me disteis de beber; fui forastero y me recibisteis” Mateo 25:35, nuestro ministerio Unidos en Cristo busca apoyar a los feligreses a través de educación sobre la enseñanza Social de la Iglesia respecto a inmigración, apoyo espiritual, referencias a servicios comunitarios disponibles, y apoyo a aquellos que tengan a un ser querido en proceso de deportación.

Recalling the words of Jesus, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” our United in Christ Ministry seeks to support members of our parish who have a loved one being deported.  Bi-lingual volunteers are needed as well as spiritual, education, and financial support from all members of our parish family.