Mission and Faith

Our Mission


To support and strengthen each other in living our shared Catholic Faith

--St. Joseph's Mission Statement

St. Joseph's Catholic Community of Grand Rapids is a vibrant faith community located in the heart of the land of Pines and Mines in northern Minnesota.  The 1,300 families and individual members participate in a variety of parish and community activities.  The goal of this site is to help you learn more about us, your faith, and the Grand Rapids area.  Please visit us often to view updates!




Generations of Faith

Generations of Faith

No matter the age, our parish community embraces and serves everyone
when we join together in sharing the importance of Catholic faith in our lives…

Our New Education Center opened Fall--2011!  Learn more about how you can be part of this exciting project by offering your time, talent or treasure! 

Please email us at:  [email protected] or 'Donate Now' to the retirement of our mortgage by clicking here!



 Stewardship-- 'We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.'

Mortgage: We owe just under $1.5M on the mortgage for the building of the new education center. The official campaign ended in November of 2014.   Realizing that a certain amount of giving fatigue has set in [The parish has been in “Capital Campaign Mode” for about 15 years], we have secured long term financing for the mortgage balance.  We have refinanced our mortgage with a fixed interest rate for 10 years!   We are hoping that this move, along with the continued support by you, we will be able to cash flow our $10,000 monthly mortgage payments by filling this bucket.  We have set our mortgage payment goal at $15,000 per month -- offering an additional $5,000 per month to principal.  Long term will save us nearly $800,000 over the course of the loan!

UCA: This is the annual contribution that all parishes are required to send to the Diocese of Duluth. If our parish is unable to collect the entire assessment we do NOT have the option to not pay the rest!   When everyone makes an effort to offer some for the ‘UCA bucket’ we will not have to dip into operations to pay this assessment each December.

Operations: This is the income we receive by your generosity in envelope and plate giving, and now ‘Automatic Giving’.  This is the main income stream that supports our parish operations [heat, lights, supplies, wages and maintenance].  Learn more about Automatic Giving by clicking HERE and follow the simple and easy directions for this safe giving opportunity. By using this convenient and safe online giving tool, you are able to set up recurring gifts to all 3 buckets offering our parish a stable stream of income for planning & budgeting.

Thank you for your generosity!  
It is not a matter that all give equal contributions, but equal sacrifice.   

You are invited to learn more about our parish finances year ending 6/30/19.  Click HERE to view our 2018-19 (Fiscal Year:  July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) Annual Report.





We plan for generations we may never know....

            and plant trees under whose shade we may never sit.    ~Glenmary Sisters