Outreach


Mission Statement
We invite all to Worship, Pray, and Evangelize as we love and serve the Lord

Evangelization and Outreach

Providing assistance for those in need of guidance or temporary financial assistance for medicine, utilities, rent, food, clothing, and other necessities. The St. Joseph chapter meets every Monday evening 5:30 p.m. For more information, click here. 

Meals are Paused Due to COVID-19

The DCCM program is an ecumenical group of churches including St. Joseph, feeding the hungry. Meals are served every Monday, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at Ozanam Hall on the St. Vincent DePaul campus located at 1402 S. Meridian Road, Jasper. The meals are open to any person/family that is experiencing hardship. No one should go hungry. For more details or to volunteer, please phone the Parish Center Office at 812-482-1805 or click here.

Providing support for those facing a challenge, Stephen Ministers are Christians reaching out to others who may be lonely, depressed, strangers in the area, new parents, ill, dying, divorced or experiencing grief or distress in any situation. For more information contact Mike Hagerdon at the Parish Center office, 482-1805, ext 210 or click here.

St. Joseph, Jasper Parish has an adopted Parish in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Through monthly collections at Masses, we support St. Joseph, LaCroix in many ways. The monthly collections are used for the necessities, such as food, shelter and medical expenses. Special fundraising events occur as needed. These special events are a key component of the program. Special needs funds have been used for: the purchase of a vehicle for the sisters and priest, money for teacher education to meet new government requirements, reconstruction and repair of roads, the Church, the schools, meals for the students, security wall for the clinic, church and convent as well as a solar panel system for a first aid tent. Fr Jonas Gue and sisters from Daughters of Divine Love, oversee the administration of all funds that are received from St. Joseph, Jasper. Joan Martin, a native of Rockport, IN residing in Haiti is the point of contact at St. Joseph, LaCroix. For additional information, click here.

Community

Services provided to the sick and elderly of the Parish include weekly home, hospital and nursing home visits. These services are provided by a dedicated group of trained volunteers. The volunteers also arrange for visits by the parish priests for the administration of the Sacraments. Additionally, the Parish has a very active Stephen Ministry program. This program provides training that prepares volunteers to minister on a one-to-one basis to those who are going through a personal crisis. Contact: Rose Rasche at 812-482-1805, ext. 122

Bereavement meals are hosted by the parishioners of St. Joseph Church and are held in the Parish Center. The family is responsible for arranging to have the meal catered. The co-chairperson of one of the committees will call their list of volunteers for desserts and/or to help at the bereavement meal. If anyone would like to volunteer to help or make a dessert find more information by clicking here.

Do you have a special gift, which you would like to share in a special way? If so, this may be the ministry for you! The prayer shawl ministry began with a prayer and fellowship. Knitting/crocheting of shawls and/or lap blankets for the ill was our initial project, but the ministry has evolved into so much more. For example, we do knitted caps for those going through chemotherapy; we sew blankets and crochet mats for the homeless, sew stuffed bears, some of which are sent to Riley Hospital. There are members who make Rosaries for homeless veterans, and with our Annual St. Joseph Christmas Bazaar, we are always in need of a variety of creative items. So no matter where your talents may lie, please consider joining our ministry. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 304 at the Parish Center. Meetings are optional, but fellowship is guaranteed! If you prefer to do so, you can do your creating at home and then just drop off your items at the Parish Center. For more information, click here.