St. Joseph Congregation is currently in discussions with St. Agnes Catholic Church in Butler on ways to collaborate our respective ministries.

This website page is intended to keep you fully aware of those discussions, which began in the middle of 2016.

We will post the most recent discussion minutes here, and include links to documents of previous meeting minutes.

January 19, 2020

Fr. Dennis noted the timing of the pastoral transition. Fr. Mark of St. Agnes will retire and a new priest will become pastor of St. Agnes in June 2020. The following year, Fr. Dennis will retire and, in June of 2021, the new pastor of St. Agnes will also be responsible for pastoral care of St. Joseph.

Read Fr. Dennis's announcement of these details.

April 24, 2018 Collaboration Discussion

  1. We discussed how we have collaborated thus far:
  2. We shared Mass on July 4, 2017 with a social afterwards at St. Joseph’s. July 4, 2018 will find us doing this again at St. Agnes Parish with Mass at 8:30 a.m.
  3. We had joint Reconciliation services during the seasons of Advent and Lent. We will do this again for the upcoming Advent and Lenten seasons.
  4. Both parishes had representatives participate in the mission trip to St. Peter Claver Parish in Belize.
  5. Students from both parishes participated in youth dances.
  6. Youth from both parishes Christian Formation Programs served twice at the St. Ben’s Meal Program.
  7. We had a joint celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 22, 2018. We will do this again next year.

Here is what we are looking at for this year:

  1. Continue to share information about what is happening in each parish through our parish bulletins, inviting parishioners from both parishes to participate in opportunities that are being offered.
  2. Work to strengthen our collaboration with our athletic programs.
  3. Encourage principals of our schools to collaborate on events during the annual celebration of “Catholic Schools Week.”
  4. Have a joint Vacation Bible School. 
  5. Both parishes will have representatives participate in the archdiocesan Multi-Parish Ministry Institute to begin in the fall of 2018.
  6. Both parishes will participate in the Amazing Parish Conference this October in Milwaukee. The group agreed that we have made several accomplishments this first year of our collaborating with one another and look forward to strengthening our relationship this coming year.

Let us continue to pray that we will all be open to the presence, power, and movement of the Holy Spirit so that God’s Will be done in all things.

Sincerely yours,
Fr. Dennis Wieland, St. Joseph
Fr. Mark Brandl, St. Agnes

April 25, 2017, Collaboration Discussion

To the parishioners of St. Joseph and Saint Agnes:

We again write to you so we may be as transparent as possible while discussing the future collaboration of our two parishes. Our transition teams met Tuesday night, April 25, for our second formal talks together. We all agreed it was a fantastic meeting with concrete steps being taken.

  • First, we agreed to have a joint Mass at St Joseph’s on July 4 with a small donut and juice reception afterward.  It would be our first worship together and we will hopefully rotate each year as a new tradition.
  • St Agnes will advertise to our families and join St. Joe’s in their Summer Vacation Bible School.
  • We will petition the diocese for three potential dates for joint confirmation next spring. Confirmations will be held at each site on a rotating basis.
  • We will also each host a joint penance service for either the upcoming Advent or Lent.

We will be putting our human concerns teams in contact with each other as they may possibly work together preparing food for the St. Ben’s meal program. We also talked about the things we do well and our weaknesses were discussed at our parish committee meetings and then shared as a committee. 

Our next meeting will be held at the end of summer. Our team as well as the two parish councils will get together for a social at St. Agnes Parish on Wednesday, August 30.  We will begin with Mass at 5:30 pm. Council and team members will be notified and hopefully able to attend.

Sincerely yours,
Fr. Dennis Wieland, St. Joseph
Fr. Mark Brandl, St. Agnes

Previous Meetings

February 23, 2017 Minutes