Together in Spirit


Staff Point person for  Safe Environment Practices is Bill Kusterman at [email protected] and (651) 784-3015 ext. 101.

With an active parish community here at St. Joseph of the Lakes, there are also plenty of opportunities to share your gifts of time and talent with the different ministries we offer. Check out the following needs:

Ministry Role/Need Time Commitment Contact
Pastoral Care/Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry is a direct corporal work of mercy with the exhortation to visit the imprisoned. Our Lord Himself said, “I was in prison, and you came to me” (Matt 25:36). St. Joe’s Pastoral Care Ministry is both blessed and excited to have re-opened the Lino Lakes Catholic Studies Prison Ministry in the Fall of 2022. If you have a heart for sharing the Gospel and a love for Catholicism,

About two hours a week

Meisha Johnson at 651-784-3015 x108or by email at: [email protected].


Marriage Prep Prepare Couples who are interested in walking with those who engaged and preparing for the sacrament of marriage

Varies - but generally 6 to 8 hours per couple.

Andrea Grasse at [email protected]

Pastoral Care Homebound Eucharistic Ministers -visit with a homebound parishioner 1x a week. 30 - 45 Minutes - 1 a week Meisha Johnson in the parish office at (651) 784-3015 x108 or at [email protected]

Safe Environment Requirements

All employees, and volunteers who interact with minors, are required to complete and maintain safe environment credentials through the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

To ensure successful completion of the requirements, follow the information below before creating your VIRTUS account. If you have an existing VIRTUS account, contact Bill Kusterman at [email protected] or at 651-784-3015 x 101 for assistance so your account can be updated prior to login. 

Total Time Commitment: Approximately 95 minutes

  1. View or download instructions for the following by clicking the appropriate link: - New Virtus Accounts,    Returning Virtus Accounts 
  2. Set aside sufficient time to complete all items without logging out. *Please note that incomplete accounts may result in lost data, requiring you to repeat your setup.
  3. Read and follow the directions on the VIRTUS website in the order presented. You will:
    • Complete the Code of Conduct
    • Complete the Background Check application (SSN is required)
    • Complete Safe Environment Training (1 module, approximately 75 minutes)

VIRTUS website: Use Google Chrome browser and allow pop-ups for this website.

For more information on the Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements, visit

Victim Assistance:

Victims of abuse may contact the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Program at 651-291-4475. Additionally, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis partners with Canvas Health, an independent and professional local care provider, to offer confidential, compassionate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 651-291-4497.