Together in Spirit


Staff Point person for  Safe Environment Practices is Bill Kusterman at 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 as of December 28, 2023:

Ministry Role/Need Time Commitment Contact
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

Pastoral Care

Funeral Ministers - We are looking for Altar Servers for funerals. No experience necessary we will train.

1 & 1/2 hours a funeral

Meisha Johnson @ or by phone at 651-784-3015 ext 112.

Charity & Justice

Unthawing, cleaning, seasoning and roasting the turkeys then coming back to take them out of the oven, and then coming back again to put them in the walk-in once they are cool enough. 

4 Hours - on the Third Sunday/Monday of every month

Denise Walsh at or by phone at 651-784-3015 ext 110.

Charity & Justice Help sorting and giving out food at the Centennial Community Food Shelf.

about 2 1/2 hours

3:45 pm to 6:15pm on Mondays

Denise Walsh at

Altar Servers Serving for weekend Masses - your choice of Mass being Saturdays at 5 pm or Sundays at 8:30 am or 10:00 am

about 1 1/2 hours

Andrea Grasse at

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 x112 or at

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 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.