Christian Service

"The goal of Christian Service is not so much successful activity as it is steady growth in Christian spirit and attitude in those giving and those receiving. It is not an activity; it is a way of life." ~Archdiocese of Detroit

St. Joseph Christian Service Commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through June; 10 am until 12 in the conference room in the main office corridor. Committees of the commission are Life Issues, Justice & Peace, Disability Concerns, Legislative Advocacy, Health Advocacy & Parish Services.

If you are interested in being an active member of the commission or would like to work on a committee that interests you, please contact:

Mary Ann Guerriero

Christian Service Coordinator

248-446-8700 ext. 104

Disability Concerns Committee

Chairperson: Lauren Oates


The Disability Concerns Committee serves as an advocate for full inclusion of persons with disabilities

in the life of the parish.

Standing projects currently include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Programs

  • Twice weekly Enhance Fitness exercise program

  • Holiday cookie sale benefiting the St. Louis Center in Chelsea

  • Senior Concerns Awareness Programs

Legislative Advocacy Committee

Chairperson: Pat Paris


The Legislative Concerns Committee encourages parish involvement in local, state & national public policy debates, following the guidance of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Promotes faithful citizenship

  • Raises awareness of issues through Michigan Catholic Conference, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops



Health Advocacy Committee

Chairperson: Joni Castelli


The Health Advocacy Committee provides a network of parish health care information & support & works to make the parish sensitive to legislative health issues.

Standing projects currently include:

  • Partnership with Capernaum Community Health Clinic, an ecumenical free mobile dental & health clinic held three times per year

  • Promotion of drug & alcohol awareness

  • Red Cross blood drives

  • Blood pressure & blood sugar screenings held monthly, September through May (3rd Sunday)

  • Health care education & demonstrations held monthly, September through May (3rd Sunday)

Life Issues Committee

Chairperson: Laura Lang

The Life Issues Committee addresses and acts on those issues which have an impact on the dignity of human life.

Standing projects currently include:

  • Monthly Bingo Ministry at Regency Nursing Home in Whitmore Lake

  • Monthly Senior Potluck Luncheons from September through May

  • Respect Life awareness activities:

Support of Another Way Pregnancy Center (Yearly Baby Bottle Drive, Advent Tree)

Support of Right to Life Agencies (Mother’s Day Flower Sales, Father’s Day Candy Bar Sales)

  • Awareness of ecology issues

  • Support of Jail & Outreach Ministry in Pontiac

  • Twice yearly visit of On the Rise Bakery, operated by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen

  • Human Trafficking awareness activities

Justice & Peace Committee

Chairperson seat is open

The Justice & Peace Committee promotes, through goals, objectives & action steps, the themes of Catholic Social Teaching by infusing them in the life of the parish.

Standing projects currently include:

  • Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Collection

  • Support of St. Dominic’s Urban Outreach Program

  • Yearly Ethical Trade Sale

Parish Services

Parish Services facilitates the response of support, hospitality, provision of resources and condolence for people in need.

Standing projects currently include:

  • Support of Active Faith Community Services

  • Response to needs for emergency help

  • Networking with vicariate partners

  • Advent Giving Tree; currently supporting Jail & Outreach Ministry, Regency Nursing Home, St. Dominic Outreach Center, Another Way Pregnancy Center, Veterans Hospital, Covenant House

  • Homebound ministry; bringing communion to those who cannot get to church

  • Participation in the yearly Mercy in Action Day

St. Joseph Parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul

"A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need." ~ St. Vincent de Paul Mission Statement

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is likely best known as the hosts for the monthly coffee & doughnuts after Mass. However, they are an integral part of our parish as they help qualified individuals with rent, utilities & other expenses during times of crisis. They also lend support to other outreach organizations. For more information, stop by the Activity Center on the 3rd Sunday of the month, after the 8 am or 10 am Mass and one of the members will be happy to speak with you.

Other contact information:

Jail & Outreach Ministry

Sharon Whalen, Parish Liaison, Coordinator of Christmas collection

Mary Jo Dreffs, Coordinator of JOM Easter baskets, Holiday food collection


St. Dominic’s Outreach

Frank Fogarty, Chair, Advisory Board


Lee Ann Emerson, Coordinator of Charity Ball Raffle, Trunk Sale

Bingo Ministry/Senior Potluck

Volunteers needed

For information contact Pat Luther at:


Prizes are always needed for the Bingo Prize Cart at the Whitmore Lake-based convalescent home. Canned potato chips, jewelry, men’s & women’s colognes, full-sized toiletries, and boxes of candy are great. Quarters are always appreciated as well, for use in the center’s vending machines. Prizes may be placed in the bin at St. Joseph inside of Entrance B.