St. Joseph Catholic Church in Andale, KS


Contact Joe Penney
Phone 316.444.2943

Altar Society

Chris Unrein  

Mission: Women of the parish join together in providing for the needs of the altar--hosts, wine, altar linens, decorations,flowers, vestments, etc.  

Activities:Besides supplying for the needs of the altar, the Altar Society performs works of charity as it serves funeral dinners after the burial for parish member's family and friends. Twice yearly, the group deep cleans the church.  Baskets of Christmas goodies are distributed to elderly parishioners. Social activities include a white elephant auction and a Christmas breakfast.   The group meets on the second Thursday of the month from September through April.

Knights of Columbus

Robby Spexarth  

Mission: The Knights of Columbus is a national fraternal organization of men who engage in works of charity, service and education.

Activities:  In our parish, the Council has been involved with donating funds to seminarians, special needs and pro-life groups.  The local group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus hall.

Buildings & Grounds

Roman Hein  

Mission:  to keep the parish property safe and attractive

Activities: Volunteers and employees are involved in mowing and trimming the parish and cemetery grounds, snow removal of parking lots and sidewalks, leaf removal and various maintenance activities around the church, parish hall and cemetery.

Valentine Dinner and Dance

Stephi Penney  

Mission:  to promote and encourage marriage and family life within the parish

Activities:  The parish sponsors an annual dinner and dance for adults in the parish hall with a catered meal and dancing.

Parish Picnic

 Mark Tucker  

Mission:  to provide a social activity for the entire parish family

Activities:  An annual parish picnic is held in late spring for all parishioners.  Games and activities will be added this year.


Contact Travis Rau
Phone 316.214.7778


Luann McFadden  
Mission:  Sharing information about St. Joseph Parish in the most up-to-date, electronic way possible with its parishioners.

Activities:  The committee updates the website with new information and/or changes. They also provide assistance and guidance to persons and organizations who wish to display information on the website. The committee also provides assistance to persons and groups who will be adding or updating information to the website themselves, while providing oversight on all material that is on the website and taking corrective action as appropriate.


Luann McFadden  

Mission:  To provide weekly information and inspiration about events scheduled in the parish and around the diocese.

Special Publications

Mission: To provide valuable information to all St. Joseph parishioners. In doing so, this committee will produce various publications of general interest and distribute in a variety of forms, anything from pamphlets to promotional projects.

Reading materials

Luann McFadden  

Mission:  For parishioners to have the opportunity to read and view Catholic spiritual books and DVDs.

Activities:  A bookshelf at the back of church contains books, CDs and DVDs.  Included are spiritual classics, mission videos, and books of general interest. The material is loaned on an honor system.  When you finish, please return the materials.  If you would like to donate any items, please contact the parish office.


Contact Charlotte James
Phone 316.416.1146
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Mary Jo Hieger  

Mission: To assist parents in the catechetical needs of their children by teaching them to know, love and serve God through religious education classes for students in grades K-8 who are not currently enrolled in Catholic Schools.

Activities: PSR uses release time during the school week from the public school. Students participate in interactive classes, penance services and rosaries. For those students outside the school district, three week-long sessions are held during after-school hours. Information will be in the bulletin about the times for the out-of-district formation.


Jennifer Mai  

Mission: To welcome inquirers who may choose to become Catholic and to assist returning Catholics who desire to receive the Sacraments as they search for a deeper relationship with God in the Catholic faith. Emphasis is on formation through prayer, community and service.

Activities: RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults whereby non-Catholics can learn more about the Catholic faith and have the opportunity to become Catholic. RCIA is also for Catholic adults and children, who have not had the opportunity to receive the Sacraments during the customary time of their life. Also, RCIA is for returning Catholics who have a desire to learn more about their faith. During the Fall, weekly classes are on Monday evenings at 7:00, consisting of discussions of various topics of our Catholic faith.  At the end of this period, if the inquirer feels ready, and has chosen to become Catholic, they spiritually prepare to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday Night).


- Sponsors
- Prayer Sponsors
- Administrative functions and general assistance
- Person to provide refreshments

High School Religion

 Jim McFadden  

 Mission:  To educate high school students to know, love and serve God in the Catholic faith

Activities:  The high school religion program meets twice monthly in the evening from September through May.  Class dates and times appear in the bulletin.  Typically, Confirmation is administered every three years in the parish.

Totus Tuus

Maria Gear and Bonnie Martin  

Mission: To teach children and young adults how to dedicate their lives totally to God in light of the motto of St. John Paul the Great's, "Totus Tuus" or "Totally Yours," through song, prayer, knowledge and example.

Activities: Totus Tuus offers a week-long camp with daily class time, prayer time and fun time for children in first through sixth grades and evening twilight retreats for junior high and high school youth.

Confirmation Coordinator

 Kelly Kuhn  

Mission: To continue the journey of the candidate in their Catholic initiation process through the sacrament of Confirmation, thus strengthening their union with God and providing opportunities to serve their parish and community.

Activities: Students are required to attend classes from September through April. In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, they must also choose a sponsor, select various spiritual and community projects and be committed to continuing the faithful practice and study of the Catholic religion.


Saint Joseph has a subscription to this website which provides DVDs, books and other material of interest to our Catholic faith.  The parish's password is D2FACY.

Family Life

Contact Michelle Lies
Phone 316.371.4881

Nursing Home

Marge Gruenbacher  

Mission:  To assist nursing home residents to know, love and serve God by participating in the monthly Mass at Mt. Hope Nursing Center.

Activities: This group assists residents, saying the rosary and receiving Holy Communion every Friday morning.  



Mission: To greet and welcome each new parishioner to the St. Joseph family, so that they may feel comfortable living as disciples of Christ in St. Joseph Parish. To provide new parishioners with helpful reference information and to encourage them to become involved in the various organizations and ministries found at St. Joseph. 

Wedding Assistants

Debbie Winter  

Mission:  To assist the celebrant and the bridal couple by providing information about the details of the wedding.

Activites:  The wedding assistant meets with the engaged couple prior to the wedding to obtains details of the wedding Mass.  The assistant is present during the rehearsal and the day of the wedding.

Funeral Dinners

Chris Unrein  

Mission: to provide comfort for those who experience the death of a parishioner

Activities: The parish provides a meal following a parishioner's funeral at St. Joseph.  Food is prepared and served by members of the Altar Society.  The meal is typically immediately following the burial.


Contact Charlie Martin

Money Counters

Charlie Martin  

Mission: To count and record weekly contributions

Activities: Membership includes 9 members serving three-year terms.  The committee counts and records contributions each week with each member counting four months of the year.  Note: 10-Key proficiency is helpful but not required.

Finance Council

Charlie Martin   

Mission: The Finance Council advises the Pastor and Parish Council on various financial aspects of St. Joseph Catholic Church including expense allocations, budgets, communications, and financial matters. The committee is composed of the Pastor, Finance Chairman, and appointed lay leaders of the Parish.

Activities:  The Finance Council meets monthly to review financial matters of the parish.



Contact Gwen Martin
Phone 316.444.2316



Mission:  To assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during the weekday and weekend Masses

Activities:  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are trained by the Office of Worship for a five-year commission.  

Mass Greeters

 Michelle Gorges  


Offertory Gifts

 Stacie Mies  
Mission: To arrange for parish families to carry up Offertory Gifts during the weekend Masses.


 Steve Becker  

Mission: To proclaim the Word of God in the Mass liturgy.

Activities: Proclaim the Word of God using a strong public speaking voice, a commitment to continued improvement of speaking skills and a dedication to practice and prepare during the week prior to proclaiming the Word of God. 


 Darrell Schenck  
Mission: To guide, assist and welcome parishioners to Mass with a pleasant demeanor. Ushers need to be alert to the special needs, safety and comfort of the congregation. This can be a shared activity with your spouse and is an opportunity to meet new people. There are no required meetings and training will be provided the first time you are scheduled, at the Mass time of your choice.  


Denise Veith  
Mission: To assist the priest in preparing the altar area for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  

Adult Choir

 Peg Meyer  
The music ministry is designed to assist and lead the congregation in the celebration of the Liturgy. This requires the time and talent of many people including organist, instrumentalists, and singers. Included in the St.Joseph music ministry is a traditional choir, which sings during three Sunday Masses at 10:00 am during the school year. New members are always welcome and needed. For more information, please contact the parish office

Youth Choir

Anne Maxwell  

The youth choir is for those in grade school and high school. This choir has variable, short practice times.  They sing one Sunday per month at 10:00 am during the school year.  New members are always welcome.  For more information, contact the parish office.


 Jim McFadden  

Beginning in sixth grade, servers are trained to assist the priest at Mass.  Grade school servers are scheduled for weekday Masses and high school servers are scheduled for the weekend Masses.


Contact Michelle Lies
Phone 316.371.4881

Prayer Line

Bonnie Martin  

Mission: To be a source of prayer for special needs of parishioners, friends and relatives.

Eucharistic Adoration

Ginny Penney  

Mission: To encourage and promote Adoration of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, beginning every Monday at 8 am and ending every Tuesday at 7 am

Activities: People volunteer to spend time (of their choosing) in adoration before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

Pre-Mass Rosary

Kara Martin  

Mission: To pray the Rosary as a parish family in preparation for the Mass and to encourage more participation by parish members, either leading the Rosary or coming early to pray the Rosary.

Activities: Coordinate volunteers to lead the Rosaries that begin 20 minutes before each weekend Mass.



Jane Reichenberger   

Families of Military

Dee Reichenberger  

Mission: To provide a sense of "family" within the parish to those who have family members serving in a branch of the U.S. Military. Also to bring about awareness within our parish that people we know and attend our own parish are actively serving our country and need our prayers.

Activities: Maintain an ongoing list in our parish bulletin of those family members currently deployed who are in most need of our prayers.

Respect Life & Social Justice

Contact Gary Albers
Phone 316.772.0639

Lord's Diner

Chris Schaeffer  
Mission: Organizes the parish volunteers that work together to serve an evening meal the first Monday of odd months at The Lord's Diner.

Anthony Family Shelter


Food for the Poor

Sue Vaughn 

Non-perishable food is collected and distributed to Our Daily Bread food pantry.  A collection area is located under the choir loft stairs.

Respect Life

 Amy Tevis  

Mission: To protect all human life from conception to natural death, especially those must vulnerable and weak, by ensuring a strong parish presence through prayer and action.

Special Needs



Mission: To donate our time and talent to help bridge the needs of our community through various drives and activities.


Tobits Ministry 


Mission: To offer support and meet the special needs of fellow parishioners who have experienced the death of an immediate family member.

Activities:  To attend rosary and funerals of deceased parishioners.

Parish Nurse Ministry


Mission: To promote health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit within our faith community through worship, education and service

Mourning Light Ministry


Mission: To offer spiritual and emotional support for bereaved families who have experienced the death of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.



Contact Janet Schueller
Phone 316.650.5654
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Stewardship Committee

Janet Schueller  

Mission: To develop and foster a Christian Community atmosphere whereby the spiritual and social needs of parishioners can be realized through a total stewardship program of time, talent and treasure resulting in a sense of belonging, involvement and commitment for each parishioner.

For more information about the Wichita diocesan stewardship program, click here.

Fall parish event



Contact Valerie Aouad
Phone 316.641.3361
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John & Gina Stuever  

Mission: To fuel the fire of Christ in high school youth by encouraging strong relationships with God and others through unity, service and fun.

Activities: All high school youth are welcome to join in any of the activities throughout the year.  The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The activities include monthly youth Mass, game nights, diocesan youth convention, support of March for Life, athletic competitions, living rosary, bingo, May crowning.  The group runs the concession stand during bingo nights at the Knights of Columbus hall.