Together in Spirit

Pastoral Care & Support

Contact for Pastoral Care & Support is Meisha Johnson at: or at 651-784-3015 x108

Pastoral Care has at its source, Jesus Christ. It is loving and caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the community.  Throughout life, we encounter joys & triumphs and we also face sickness, and burdens that are difficult to carry alone. Pastoral Care provides parishioners assistance in partaking in the joys and challenges of life by sharing the love of Jesus, offering healing, hope, prayer, and compassion.   The dignity and beauty of the human person comes from the fact of the Incarnation of God in the person of Christ.  St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church has a variety of ministries that support the diverse needs of parishioners and offer opportunities for community members to be a compassionate presence to others.

  • Homebound & Hospital Ministry - St. Joseph of the Lakes has a group of dedicated parishioners who will visit persons in need of a listening ear and an open heart. 
  • Anointing of the Sick - Please contact Meisha if you or your loved one would like to celebrate the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  
  • Senior Ministry - Seniors are a vital part of our parish community and we are committed to providing activities that enrich them socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Grief Ministry - Providing support with in a caring environment to those who have lost a loved one.
  • Prayer & Spirituality - Opportunities for sharing prayer requests, receiving or making a prayer shawl, participating in Centering Prayer, or Women’s reflection retreats.
  • Prison Ministry - Offering prayers and support for those incarcerated.

Serving You

Our parish can be a wonderful resource when you find yourself in need. Denise Walsh, our Director of Charity & Justice is available to provide assistance in accessing mental health care, food and housing assistance, and spiritual care. Here is a list of community resources you may want to be aware of and share with family and friends. Denise can be contacted at 651-784-3015 x110.  

 Contact/support Numbers for Mental Health/Cope with Stress & Grief -Some support numbers to connect with include:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 1-800-862-1799 |
  • COVID Cares Support Services-9am to
  • Disaster Distress Hotline, call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-800-273-8255. 
  • Domestic/Elder/Sexual Violence 24hr Helpline: Alexandra House 763-780-2330
  • Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) provides a toll-free number, 1-844-880-1574
  • Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line—resource for elders, caregivers, etc..  1-800-333-2433

Food Resources:  

  • Fare for All to ALL!! no ID/proof of need required) Upcoming dates, check website for additional times/locations:    
  • Ruby's Pantry  (for ANYONE who eats!)
    • Arden Hills- 2ndSaturday of the month  1700 Hwy 96 W, Arden Hills, MN 55112 Registration begins at 8:30 AM Hosted by North Heights Lutheran Church
    • Forest Lake-3rd Saturday of Month  1790 11th St SE, Forest Lake, MN 55025  Registration begins at 7:30 AM Hosted by Forest Hills Church
  • Manna Market   8299 Central Ave NE Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 
    • Food Pick up Times: Mondays | 4pm - 6pm, Thursdays | 4pm - 6pm, Fridays | 4pm - 6pm, Saturdays | 10am - 11:30am  Hosted by Substance Church
    • Centennial Food Shelf Circle Pines City Hall Building Lower Level, Back Entrance 200 Civic Heights Circle Pines, MN 55014  Monday and Thursday  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm