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St. Joseph Catholic Parish - "Rainbow Parish"

Parish Organizations

Women’s Club: The St. Joseph Women’s Club has been in existence since 1976. The club us composed of women that belong to St. Joseph Church. We swomensclubupport a number of activities throughout the year. The club has monthly meetings. The meetings are usually held on the first Saturday of the month starting at 10:00 am in the parish hall.  The club supports fundraising activities where the profits are given to St. Joseph Church to help pay for the mortgage and other reoccurring expenses. Along with the monthly meetings, the club plans and supports activities such as, bake sales, enchilada dinners, Father’s Day Breakfast, St. Joseph Church Festival, Tamale Project, Thanksgiving Shut-In Dinner, Novena Social, Winterfest Pot Luck and monthly church cleaning.  We welcome any new members, if you are interested please contact Lucy Orozco, 989-799-3220.

Isadora Club:  Sr. Isadora Madry founded the St. Joseph Isadora’s for black female Isadoras2009members of St. Joseph. It was formally known as the “Daughters of Isadora.” The name was changed to St. Joseph Isadoras, to be more inclusive to both men and women of any race.  Our mission is to help reach out to he needs of others in our Church, home, community and assist in all parish activities. Anyone who is interested in joining the Isadoras please contact Lola Powe, 989-754-9292.

Knights of Peter Claver: The Knights of Peter Claver is a national/international catholic lay organization that was established on November 7, 1909 in Mobile Alabama. Four Josephite priests came up with the idea to create the Knights of Peter Claver, because during that time black catholics as well as other minorities in the United States were not allowed to join the existing catholic lay groups, such as the Knights of Columbus. These four priests also thought it was part of God’s plan for them to create this organization.  Today as was in the past, the Knights of Peter Claver welcomes all practicing catholics to join its ranks just as the other catholic lay organizations now do.

Locally, we the members of Council #294 strive to do
our part by supporting St. Joseph Church as well as KPC
the other churches that our members belong to.  Some of our projects include giving out Thanksgiving Baskets to the needy, supporting the St. Joseph Summer Festival, Golf Outing, Novena and offering some of our youth the opportunity to go to a boys summer camp free of charge for a week, plus other church and community activities. Members are also active as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, Hospitality ministers and Prison ministry

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Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary, Court 294: Our purpose if to support local pastors of parishes and the Bishop of the Diocese, to participate in parish and community activities. Activities include Habitat for Humanity luncheons, Thanksgiving basket donations, gifts to social agencies for Christmas blankets and knitted and crocheted hats for new born in hospital. Also supported youth pilgrimage to Washington D.C.  Also active servers in church as liturgical ministers, church cleaners and fundraising efforts.

Prayer Group:  We come together to praise and thank God for all the blessings He gives us everyday. We pray, sing and give the Lord all the glory and praise!  We strongly pray for our church, our priest and all our parish family, and most especially for the neighborhood and community. We have small teachings on the bible or certain bible readings. Testimonies are given and shared each time we gather. It shows someone how Jesus helps them with their problems or illnesses.  Please see the parish bulletin for dates and times of Prayer Group gatherings.

Las Damas de Guadalupe:  The Damas promote the Catholic faith through their devotion to La Virgen de Guadlupe. They serve the greater community and also assist in the activities of St. Joseph Parish.  The Damas are still very active throughout our parish in not only participating in the annual Novena to Our Lady, but they fundraise each month in continuous efforts to support our parish. If you would like to join the Damas de Guadalupe, we invite you to do so. We are always looking for extra help from anyone who wishes to! Please call the parish office.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena Committee:  When the first Mexican people came to Saginaw in the early 1900s in search of better jobs and a better life for their families, they brought their devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe with them.  One of the greatest expressions of that devotion was, and continues to be, a nine day Novena to Our Lady, which is celebrated every year from December 4th – 12th at St. Joseph Parish.  For information contact: Connie Barsenas 989-754-9842, cbarsenas@aol.com

Immigration Legal Services:  The Mexican-American Council, Inc. is now providing a new community service, the Immiration Legal Service (ILS), which will offer one free immigration legal consulation. Services are; Citizenship/Naturalization, Family petitions, Fiance petions, Employment Authorization, Adjustment of Status, Affidavit of Support, Battered Soupuse petitions, translation of documents, Notary Public seal and Immigration interviewing skills. A normal fee will be charged for these services. No immigration criminal case will be handled.  For more information please contact, Gilberto Guevara, Immigration Consultant, 1507 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, MI 48601, ILS office: 989-213-2643, by appointment only.

Art and Environment:  The Art and Environment Committee of St. Joseph Parish in Saginaw helps enhance the liturgy through color, texture, plants, flowers, and artwork.  These elements help create a more prayerful and meditative environment as well as strengthen the personal experience and relationship with God through the liturgy.  The committee adds to and changes these elements regularly to reflect the changes in the liturgical season.  The art and environment committee always tries to incorporate the different cultures that makeup our “Rainbow Parish” through tasteful and simple enhancements.  We are always looking for new ideas and new people.  If you are interested in volunteering along side with the Art and Environment Committee, please contact Mina Fulgencio or Pauline Kapp.

Liturgical Commission:  The Liturgical Commission is made up of a group of parishioners who are actively involved in all aspects of the liturgies of our parish.  We work together with Fr. Dan to provide our parish with Liturgy that not only reflects our Catholic faith but challenges us as the body of Christ to live out our faith.  We discuss ways in which the whole community can be active participants in every liturgy that we celebrate.  This involves Hospitality, Music, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Art & Environment, Sacristan, and of course you!  This commission supports and promotes all special liturgies such as Easter and Holy Week, Christmas, Mass of Resurrection, the Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Black History Celebration, St. Martin de Porres Celebration, All Souls Day Celebrations, May Crowning, Rosary druing May and October, Lenten Evenings of Reflections, Stations of the Cross, Community Celebrations, etc.  If there are any questions, suggestions, or concerns with anything having to do with Liturgy please do not hesitate to contact any of the current members of the Liturgical Commission.

Christian Service:  Our Christian Service Commission comes together as a tool of evangelization.  We look for ways that we can reach out to our brothers and sisters, not only in our church community, but our neighborhood and the world as well.  We are concerned for the families in our parish, for children in our neighborhood, for the poor in other countries, for all life, from the moment of conception.  We are a group of individuals who see the need around us and try to look for ways to put our faith into practice.  Our Commission provides opportunities for the whole parish to become active in the mission of the church, we are involved in a variety of projects throughout the year that utilize everyone’s help and cooperation. Living out our faith calls us to evangelize not only with words but with actions as well.  We are always looking for more hands and hearts to spread the Good News.

Food Vouchers:  Our outreach ministry provides Food vouchers to those in need in our parish and in our neighborhood.  This is provided monthly to families with children and also on emergency basis to others in need.

Christmas Giving Tree:  The Giving Tree reaches out to the children in our parish and neighborhood with gifts during the Christmas season. We also work with Emmaus house and some local schools. 

Clothing Give-Away:  A summer and fall Clothing Give Away is held especially targeting clothing for the children in our neighborhood.  We also provide school supplies to the children and teens in the fall.  It is amazing how the word spreads and how many families we have been able to help with this ministry. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Meal Program:  The Youth of our parish as well as some adults work together to provide a Sunday dinner to people in our neighborhood who are less fortunate.  We provide this meal throughout our Faith Formation year on a monthly basis. This is a neighborhood Ecumenical project that gives life and spirit to all involved.  Our relationship with St. Paul's has been a blessing to all involved.

Mission:  Our parish has been very supportive of our adults and young people going on Mission throughout the year.  We recently supported a woman from our parish on a Jamaican mission and continue to support Young adults going to the Dominican Republic.  These missions not only give life to our parish but our definitely life changing experience to all involved.