Outreach Ministries: Serving the Community
Serving the community can take many forms. From picking up a stray piece of trash or helping your neighbor bring in their groceries to working at a soup kitchen or going on a mission trip. Sometimes the community we are serving is close to home and sometimes it's on the other side of the world. Below you will find information on volunteer opportunities to help our parish community, our Golden/Jeffco community, and our Archdiocesan community. We also have information about current collections as well as a list of organizations and programs our parish helps support. If you have questions, please call the Parish Office at 303-279-4464. If you are looking for a list of resources please click here for those in the Denver Metro area.
How you can Help
Our Paraclete Ministry is how parishioners help parishioners. We currently are looking for parishioners who are able to assist with driving, meals, visits, and chores. Please contact the Parish Office at 303-279-4464 if you are interested in joining this ministry.
Community Outreach Program
The St. Joseph Catholic Parish Community Outreach Program assists the needy in our community. If you are wanting to reach out but were unsure where to start, please consider joining this program. Since 2011, the outreach program has organized the “Helping Hands Hustle” 5k race in Golden. Funds raised from this annual event help to fund the Christian Action Guild, Golden Backpack Program, and Golden Rescue Fund. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up for the race and handing out water, and of course you can help by participating in the event which is held in October. Please contact Teri Lauwers if you are interested in helping with the Helping Hands Hustle or other Community Outreach event.
Family Promise Dinners
St. Joseph's Catholic Church is part of the Golden Family of Churches Health Ministries which provide meals for families that are sponsored by Family Promise of Greater Denver. Family Promise of Greater Denver is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization independently associated with a national organization comprised of more than 200 affiliates in 42 states. Family Promise partners with diverse congregations to provide shelter, meals, and hospitality to families experiencing homelessness.
St. Joseph's is responsible for providing four meals per year. For each meal, volunteers provide a dinner item, as well as sit down and visit with the families. We usually provide a meal for approximately 15 to 20 people. The meals are served between 5:30 to 6:00 pm at the Seventh-day Adventist Church gymnasium. If you are interested in this ministry, please join the "STJG Family Promise Dinners" group on Flocknote.
Food Collection Bins
Our parish collects food for the Christian Action Guild on an ongoing basis at all the entrances of the Church. The Guild provides assistance to all Golden residents and the parish office may refer our Golden resident parishioners when they are in need.
King Soopers grocery certificates and Safeway gift cards are available in the gathering area after the weekend Masses, and in the parish office during the week between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Both the Parish and Christian Action Guild benefit from the sale of these certificates and cards. You may purchase them in $25 or $50 denominations and reloadable cards.
The Prison Ministry serves the spiritual and religious needs of Catholic inmates in our local prisons, as well as other inmates seeking to know about the Catholic faith and way of life. We provide this service through the chaplains and volunteers ministering in correctional facilities who receive the Bibles, newsletters, prayer cards, and other Catholic religious materials for use in their work. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this ministry.
The Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen serves its guests a nutritious mean consisting of soup, bread, salad, dessert, and a beverage and it does so with the dignity and respect to which we are all entitled as human beings. The guests are men and women who are generally unemployed or employed in low-income jobs and may be homeless. Every second Wednesday of the month, parishioners meet at the Education Center at 9:00 am to carpool to the Denver Soup Kitchen. Please join the "STJG Soup Kitchen" group on Flocknote to connect with this ministry.
stewardship in action
2017 Charity and Social Ministry Fund supports the following:
Franciscan Sisters Charitable Fund (Francis Heights)
St. Joseph Mission Work
St. Joseph Disaster Relief Pantry
St. Joseph Religious Education Program
Funds from the Poor Box support the following:
Throughout the year the Parish and various parish groups organize collections for the following: