News from Fr. Stan


News from Fr. Stan:

Changes this Week for Mass & Confession:

Saturday, August 15: Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 am with Confession to follow after Mass (9:00 am) instead of at 4:00 pm. (Sign-up to attend Mass!)
Monday, August 17: Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 pm (not 8:30 am) with Confession available before Mass at 6:00 pm. (Sign-up to attend Mass!)


St. Joseph Hands & Feet | Read More Here

During a time when access to our church is limited, we felt we could push donations of different supplies to the Food Shelf, to St. Stephen’s Church in Minneapolis, and Love, Inc (Love In the Name of Christ). This is a great way to engage your children in service and to address the great need in our community resulting from COVID-19 and the civil unrest in Minneapolis.

Supplies and donations for Love INC can be dropped off any time next to the dropbox in the school by Door 1.
(The school doors directly across from the church.) Donations to the Waconia Food Shelf can be brought directly to the Food Shelf.

Update: Thank you for contributing food and supplies to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis as well as financially. We will no longer be collecting food and supplies and delivering them. If you would like to contribute financially directly to them CLICK HERE.

Ways to Participate in the Celebration of Mass at St. Joseph:

  1. “Drive-In & Park” Mass with Communion Distribution:
    Sunday at 10:30 am (Click Here)
  2. Sign-up to attend “In-Pew” Mass (Click Here)
    Sunday at 8:30 am
    Monday-Thursday & Saturday at 8:30 am
    No Mass on Friday
  3. Watch Mass Streamed Live through Facebook (Click Here)
    Saturday-Thursday at 8:30 am

Letter from Archbishop Hebda | May 23, 2020

“I wish to let you know of an important breakthrough in our state that will allow for greater worship opportunities for all Minnesotans as we together address the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor Walz will issue a new executive order that allows faith communities to accommodate up to 250 people for worship services…” (CLICK READ to read more!)



Just for Fun!

This is Mary Jo Gothmann playing When Peace Like A River by Phillip Bliss…CLICK TO WATCH!
She is a concert pianist and organist, and the daughter of Jo and Corky Gothmann of St. Joseph Catholic Community.  

What some of you working at home might also experience …. CLICK TO WATCH!

When someone has too much time they create something like this. Remember to turn on the sound …. CLICK HERE!

If you need something to cheer you, to inspire you, to rejoice in the underdog, WATCH THIS!
Nessun Dorma means “It is night.” The final phrase sung is, “I will win, I will win!” skip the ad when you can, and watch the next 4:30 minutes.



Resources to Check-Out:

160, 000 Service Hour Challenge | STJ Hands & Feet
The 160,000 hours of service challenge is still running. Now you can record your service hours online! (CLICK HERE) In the past 5 months, 13,854 hours have been recorded. This is about 9% of the total, leaving 146, 146 hours to go until we reach our goal! Even though we are unable to gather together, there are still many opportunities to volunteer. CLICK HERE to see those options.

Weekly Bulletins
To read the news of the parish, please “pick up” a bulletin on the weekend by signing up to receive the bulletin by email! CLICK HERE to Subscribe!

Celebration of Mass | Watch Mass 
Mass will be streamed live through Facebook every day at 8:30 am! These recordings will also be posted on the website by 10:00 am every day.

Perpetual online Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration has been postponed until further notice. However, the practice of a Holy Hour or Holy Half-Hour can be continued or started through online Eucharistic Adoration

60 Seconds with Fr. Stan
In 60 Seconds, Fr. Stan Mader will highlight what we’re excited about for the week at St. Joseph Parish. These episodes will appear weekly, occasionally more often if Fr. Stan has something more to say as a spin-off called “News from Fr. Stan”.

Parish App
We have a parish App! Please download it by texting App to 88202. It will lead you through steps to download it. The easiest way to get the right app is by entering the Waconia zip code when it asks for which parish. It takes just a minute and will give you access to daily readings, news about the parish, immediate access to the website and much more. We will be adding additional features as needed. (from Fr. Stan’s Article in the February 23, 2020 Bulletin) | FREE!
Free access to is our gift to you! You will find access to great Catholic content of all types! There are great resources for children too!

Listen to Sunday’s Homily | STJ Homily Podcast
Sunday’s homilies are recorded weekly and placed online on the following Monday. However, with the suspension of public Mass, homilies will not be recorded until Mass resumes publically. Please tune into Celebration of Mass to watch Mass which will be streamed live on Facebook.