St. Joseph Long Range Plan 2016-2019

A lot of thought and hard work went into the development of this long range plan. We are deeply grateful and want to thank the Parish staff, Parish Council and the Finance Council for their time and input. We also want to especially thank Fr. Gene Murphy for recognizing the importance of having a long range plan and for initiating and supporting this project.

Since this is our first attempt at developing a long range plan it was our goal to keep the plan relatively simple and focused on two or three key goals. The planning committee developed two rather comprehensive goals that, if successful, could have a very positive on effect on our parish community.

The Parish staff, Parish Council, Finance Council and volunteers will be focused on executing this plan over the next 3 years. Our hope is that you will read this plan and become filled with motivation, excitement and new ideas. Not all of our ideas will be successful, but we will stay focused on the goals we set out to achieve and adjust our strategies as needed to be successful. New ideas and better ways of achieving our goals are always welcomed.

This plan provides a road map and a call to action for all of us. We hope each of you will commit to the goals we have identified and strengthen your own involvement in the life and growth of this parish community!

Long Range Planning Committee

Did you know that St. Joseph Church has a Long Range Plan? Why do we have one and what are we doing with it? In 2015-16 Father Gene Murphy, the Parish and Finance Councils met to review our mission statement and develop a long range plan for our parish community. A long range plan and a parish committed to living out its mission and deepening involvement is a strong foundation for our spiritual community far into the future. The group considered our parish’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. From that prayerful and comprehensive beginning the long range plan was born. We are now adding specific goals with our ministries tied directly to our mission, vision and plan—every parishioner is a vital part of serving God by serving others through St. Joseph’s Church community. The Committee is here to work with you. Each asks for your involvement!

The mission of St. Joseph Church: We the Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Joseph Church in Amery, Wisconsin declare our parish mission is to know God, to love him and to serve Him in this world. We pursue this mission by celebrating the Eucharist and sharing our faith, love, time, talents, and treasures with our families, our communities and the world.

The vision of St. Joseph Church: Serving God by Serving His People

Pastoral Council

A group of nine dedicated parishioners who advise and assist the pastor in discerning and understanding the Christian vision by listening to your needs, concerns, & ideas. Please feel free to contact any of these members:
Colleen Adams, Vice Chair 715-268-7537
Mark Eskro  715-557-1341


Religious Formation/Youth Ministry Committee - Chair: Mark Rasmussen, Marge Schone

Human Concerns Services/Evangelization Committee - Sandy Jensen, Nancy Kalista, Peg Bavin, Mary Bleskacek, Ann Krisik, Colleen Adams

Spiritual Life & Worship - Chair: Vicki Seibel Betzold

Administration & Communication Committee - Chair: Sandy Noll 

Long Range Planning - Co-Chairs: Larry Wojchik & Nancy Kalista

Building and Grounds - 


Ushers & Greeters -  Jay Monson

Mass Music Coordinator - Office

Landscaping- Pastoral Council

Flowers - Larry Boos

Ice Fishing Contest - Erik Wojchik

Rummage Sale - Maggie Peterson

Tailgating Party - Pastoral Council

Holiday Bazaar - Volunteer Needed

Finance Council

Michael Kalista, Chair

Juantia Koeppen, Trustee

Brett Catts

Laurie Harris

Mary Bleskacek

Josh Ganje

Sandi Morgan

Fr Gene Murphy

Ministry Opportunities

Parish Activities Committee

Help plan and implement social and fund-raising activities which also foster community spirit. Meets approximately four times per year. Committee membership is made up of chairpersons of the following activities: Chicken Dinner, Ice Fishing Contest, Rummage Sale, Tailgate Party, Holiday Bazaar, Outdoor Masses and Calendar Raffle.

1st Sunday Coffee and Donuts Coordinator

Prepare and coordinates the schedule for serving coffee and donuts after each Mass on the 1st Sunday of every month. Help with serving is always welcome.

Ice Fishing Contest

Held the 4th Sunday of January. Major fund-raising activity. Help is needed in the following areas: Collecting Prizes, Selling Tickets on the ice, running the Contest on Ice.

Chicken Dinner

Held last Sunday of January along with Ice Fishing Contest. A major fundraising activity. Many helpers, both youth and adult, needed.

Rummage Sale

Held mid May. Community and Parish involvement activity that allows for good fellowship and also raises funds for other church activities. Many helpers needed. Chair Person Needed.

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale

Held every November. This is a fund making activity. Needs a lot of help in the areas of advertising, set up and take down, registration of venders, and working in the kitchen or with bake sale.

Outdoor Masses

Held in the summer months. Outdoor Mass and activities such as pet blessings, backpack & car key blessings, games, JC Rock Band and other music. Free will offering lunch.

Calendar Raffle

This is a fund raising activity in which calendars are sold like raffle tickets. Drawings are held daily for 6 months (July-December) of each year.

Parish Activities Communication & Advertising Committee

This committee is concerned with ongoing communication between various organizations councils and groups within St. Joseph parish. Also advising the community of Amery and the diocese of Superior of the happenings of St. Joseph parish. Newsletters are also prepared by the committee.

St. Joseph Family Guild

As a registered member of St. Joseph Faith Community, you automatically become a member of our parish’s Family Guild. The meetings are on an as needed basis. The Family Guild is the major parish organization that handles the following activities: Funeral Luncheons, Chicken Dinner, Holiday Bazaar, and Deanery Meetings. Caller assistance is needed approximately three times per year to ask for bake sale donation, pie donations, and/or workers for chicken dinner, each caller would make 10-15 calls depending on number of callers.

Knights of Columbus

A service and fraternal organization that is active in our parish. The meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at St. Joseph Church.

Kitchen Supervisor

When the social hall is rented for various functions (mostly weddings), we have to have kitchen supervisor on the premises during the function. Many parishioners are currently trained and more are welcome.

Pastoral Care Ministry

Reaching out to those who are ill or recuperating in their homes, hospitals, and nursing homes is what Pastoral Care Ministry is all about. If you have a heart for the sick and suffering, perhaps Jesus is tapping you on the shoulder and beckoning you to this ministry. You can choose to serve in one of the following areas:

Funeral Hospitality

Volunteers from the parish supply the food and help prepare and serve the food for the luncheon. This is a special gift for the family and friends of the deceased.

Total Life Center

Help for women and men in crisis pregnancy situations to choose the life alternative through emotional and practical support, prayer, and education. Assist with on line calls, counseling, sorting of baby clothing. Location: Osceola, WI Telephone # 715-755-Baby (24 hours a day, Monday-Friday)

Prayer Chain

Assist others through intercessory prayer at home. Individual prayer of 10-30 minutes a day.

Liturgy Committee

They oversee and develop long-range plans and polices. Encourages full involvement of our parish community in worship. Knowledge of liturgy practices recommended. Meets prior to Pastoral Council meetings the 1st Wednesday of every month.

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion Ministry

Distributes Eucharist at weekend and special liturgies. Also takes communion to the two nursing homes on a weekly basis. Training required. Volunteers are always needed. Pray with hospitalized, home-bound, and parishioners in special circumstances. Hours depend on need. Training provided.


Proclaims the word at weekend and special liturgies. Ongoing training is provided. A rotation schedule is prepared yearly. Volunteers are always needed.

Altar Server

Mass servers must be in the 4th grade or older. Training is required. Volunteers are always welcome.

Ushers and Greeters Ministry

Seats and greets worshipers before weekend and special liturgies. Takes collections, ushers at Communion, and distributes bulletins after mass. No training is required. Approximately once a month on a rotating schedule.

Church Decoration Ministry

Volunteers are needed to assist in decorating the church for various feasts and seasons. Carpentry, artisan, crafts, decoration, and florist skills are especially welcome.

Linen Ministry

One person needed to wash and maintain linens used at liturgies. Launders priest and deacon robes on an “as needed” basis.

Video and Sound System Ministry

Volunteers are needed to operate sound system and to video Masses and other special liturgies on a rotating schedule. Masses are broadcasted on local cable channel 6.

Pray the Rosary Ministry

The Rosary is prayed each weekday after mass, communion service, or occasionally between Masses. Volunteers to lead the praying of the Rosary are always welcome.


Music is an important part of our worship at S. Joseph. We are proud of our music ministries and we invite you to join us in the various ministries listed.

Mass Music Coordinator

This parish volunteer coordinates all aspects of music which includes scheduling of musicians, singers and cantors for all masses. This individual also continuously promotes, encourages and seeks new talent for our ministry.

Funeral Choir

Sing at all Funeral Masses. One to four part choral group. Rehearsals ½ hour before Funeral Mass.


Needed: Adult and youth that can play Piano, Organ, Guitar, Flute, Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, or Percussion. Extra instrumentalists are used throughout the year, especially at Easter and Christmas.


Cantors are the leaders of song at Mass. In addition to leading the congregation during hymns and Mass parts, cantors also proclaim the psalm. Cantors do not have to be Choir members.

Hospitality Committee:

Plans, coordinates, prepares, and serves food for certain events at St. Joseph Church.


Volunteers are needed to take candid and posed photos at ministry events, meetings, projects, etc. for posting on ministry bulletin board and in parish publications.

Evangelization Committee

Includes at least one member of the Pastoral Council and others interested in strengthening our evangelization efforts at St Joseph.

According to Pope Paul VI, a four-step process for becoming “an everyday Evangelizer” includes:

a) Accepting God’s word into your life.

b) Living out God’s word in service and witness.

c) Sharing your story of Jesus in your life with others.

d) Inviting others to deepen their relationship with Christ in the Christian community.

St. Joseph Parish sponsors two aspects of Evangelization: Small Christian Communities and a Welcoming Committee for New Parishioners.

Bible Study Group

Facilitators are needed who would be willing to be trained to lead additional Bible Group sessions

St. Joseph Parish Welcome Committee for New Parishioners

Members of the Welcoming Committee extend hospitality to new parishioners by presenting the family with information about the parish and a gift basket. Volunteers are needed to assist with welcoming new parishioners and in making up gift baskets.

Maintenance Ministry

Volunteers are always welcome to assist the care and maintenance of St. Joseph.

Grounds and Landscaping

Plans, plants, and maintains shrubs, flowers, and fountain. Also involved with planning long-term landscaping needs. Volunteers and donations always welcome.

Pastoral Council Member

The Pastoral Council is a visioning and policy discerning body whose purpose is to provide leadership (in cooperation with pastor, staff, and committees) in planning and long-range goal setting. The Council also advises the pastor on matters affecting the life and ministry of the parish community. Nine parishioners are elected to the Council for staggered three-year terms by the parish community. Elections take place in April each year. The Pastoral Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM.

Each elected Council member is a liaison for one of the following committees:


Christian Formation and Education

Youth Activities

Human Concerns and Services

Spiritual Life and Worship

Administration and Communication

Finance Council Member

The Finance Council which is appointed provides management of fiscal affairs. This is accomplished by planning and overseeing the budgets, advising on revenues and expenditures, and monitoring financial and security controls. The St. Joseph Finance Council consists of the pastor and eight members appointed by the pastor. The Council meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 P.M.

Amery Area Food Pantry Needs

Canned pastas, oatmeal, formula, diapers, baby food, money for milk coupons. Donations can be left at SJ. Monetary Donations: P.O. Box 64; Amery, WI 54001 or in the envelope provided to parish members twice a year. 715-268-5999