Since the formation of our parish, the members have taken on many building and renovation projects over the years. They include building the Parish Center in 1978, building the Church, parish office and rectory in 1986, the renovation of the Parish Center in 1996 and the renovation of the Main Sanctuary in 1999. We have added many programs as well. The Religious Education program began in 1976 with 600 students and continues to grow. The Mother’s Day Out Program began in 1980 and continues today as the Little Disciples Early Learning Program, serving 18 months to four years old.
In 1997 the parish began a discernment process to establish ministry goals. Under the leadership and guidance of the pastor, Msgr. Don Fischer, plans were developed for Our Dwelling Place – a two-phase construction project designed to provide for the ministry needs evidenced by the discernment process. The construction included space to meet the needs of the Religious Education program, the Youth Ministry program and the Little Disciples Early Learning Program. It also includes a columbarium, a senior center and a parish school.
Beginning its first year in August of 2002, St. Joseph Catholic School served students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The school started with 50 students and will grow to a maximum of approximately 475 students with double sections at each grade level. The first phase of construction included all classroom space. The second phase of construction will add a library, cafeteria/auditorium, and administration space.
We now have two classes at each grade level. Our first 8th grade class graduated in 2008-09.