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.


This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
— John 13:35

How you can Help

Outreach Volunteer Ministry

This ministry serves our volunteer needs at off-campus events. This may include off-site service projects, attending community outreach events, or helping fellow parishioners (by providing a meal, visit, driving them to a doctor’s appointment, helping seniors with yard maintenance/snow removal, or helping with a move). There is no need to commit to every event, just the ones that fit into your schedule and abilities. If you feel called to help, please join the Flocknote group “STJG Outreach Volunteer Ministry.” This is a ministry we are just starting to grow, so it may be awhile before volunteer opportunities are sent out.

Helping Hands Hustle

Since 2011, the we have 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 September or October. Please contact Teri Lauwers if you are interested in helping with the Helping Hands Hustle.

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. Wondering what to donate? Some of the most requested items by food banks include applesauce, rice, canned beans, canned chicken, and olive or canola oil. When possible, choose cans with pull-top lids and avoid glass jars.

King Soopers Community Rewards

King Soopers has recently rolled out a new Community Rewards program where you can help St. Joseph’s receive a portion of King Sooper’s generous donation to our community by registering you SoopersCard (King Soopers rewards card). Please see here for instructions on how to sign-up. We use the funds collected through this program to help support the Christian Action Guild and Golden Rescue Fund.

Jail Ministry

The Jail Ministry serves the spiritual and religious needs of Catholic inmates in our local county jail, as well as other inmates seeking to know about the Catholic faith and way of life. We provide this service through volunteers ministering in correctional facilities by leading Bible studies and sacramental preparation. This ministry also helps to supply the jail with Bibles, prayer cards, and other Catholic religious materials. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this ministry.

Soup Kitchen

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.

Respect Life Ministry

For people who are interested in Pro-Life activities at our parish and in our community. We’ve recently “rebooted” this ministry and are actively welcoming new members. We meet the second Thursday of the month for a potluck dinner and meeting. Whether you want to stay on top of current legislation, pray the Pro-Life Rosary here or in the community, help with collections that benefit local organizations like Gabriel House and Marisol Health, or just get to know other parishioners who are interested learning more about what it means to respect life as a Catholic, we hope you’ll join us for our next meeting. Please join the Flocknote group “STJG Respect Life Ministry” to connect with this ministry. You can learn more here.


Current Collections

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent Socks & Shoe Drive during Lent. We were able to gather 552 shoes for Soles4Souls and 563 pairs of socks for Christ in the City, the Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen, the Samaritan House, and the Christian Action Guild.

 
 
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The Poor Box

Funds from the Poor Box (located on the wall near the window of the Cry Room) support the following:

Golden Rescue Fund - administered by the Golden Police Department and Calvary Episcopal Church, the Fund serves our community by providing assistance with food, bus passes, gas, and prescription assistance. The program no longer provides help with emergency lodging since our previous provider stopped offering lodging.

Christian Action Guild - since 1966, the Christian Action Guild has been provided “crisis” assistance to the residents of Golden through donations and sales from their Thrift Shop. They operate a Food Bank as well as a Back to School program, which helps with school supplies, and a Santa Shop, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need.


Collections, Donations, and Fundraisers

Throughout the year, the Parish and our ministries and groups support the following:

Gabriel House

  • Respect Life Month Layette Collection in October

Golden Salvation Army

  • Bell Ringing in December

Action Center

  • School Supply Drive in June/July

Knights of Columbus

  • Peaches (benefits Seminarians)

  • Tootsie Roll Drive (benefits the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities)

  • Pancake Breakfasts (benefits St. Joseph)

Local Nursing Homes

  • Christmas Gift Collection in November/December

Marisol Health

  • Baby Bottle Collection in November/December

Samaritan House

  • Lenten Socks & Shoes Drive

Soles 4 Souls

  • Lenten Socks & Shoes Drive

Street Eat Bags

  • Made by the Youth Group as needed (these bags are available in the Gathering Area for parishioners to take and hand out to those in need)

Alternatives Pregnancy Center

  • Baby Bottle Collection in October/November

Archdiocese of Denver Special Collections

Birthline

  • Baby Bottle Collection in October/November

  • Respect Life Month Layette Collection in October

Catholic Charities

  • Adopt-a-Student School Supply Drive in June/July

Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen

  • Lenten Socks & Shoes Drive

  • Volunteers serve on the second Wednesday of the month

Christ in the City

  • Lenten Socks & Shoes Drive

Christian Action Guild

  • Food Collection (year-round)

  • School Supply Drive in June/July

  • Santa Shop Gifts in November/December

  • Christmas Basket Collection in November/December

  • Clothing Donations (as available)

Family Promise

  • Blankets made by Youth Group as needed

  • Volunteers serve dinner four times a year

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We are so blessed to have wonderful parishioners who always give generously to our collections and fundraisers. Thank you so much.