Vibrant liturgy is dependent on the volunteers who are involved. An exciting way to become involved in our parish is to spend just a little extra time at weekly Mass in one of the following ministries. Call the Parish Office for more information regarding any of our liturgical opportunities. These important ministries, while requiring a minimal commitment of time, are vital to our liturgies.
Worship Commission-This committee plans for the spiritual development of the parish community, working with the Pastor to provide meaningful liturgies and other related programs helping parishioners to pray and to worship God.
Lectors-As Minister of the Word, the Lector proclaims the Word of God to the community gathered in worship. Those members of our parish, 7th grade through adult, who are blessed with the gifts necessary for proclaiming Godís Word are encouraged to share their gifts through this ministry.
Eucharistic Ministers-People in this ministry help to distribute the sacred Body and Blood of our Lord to the community within the celebration of Mass and/or by visiting parish shut-ins and area nursing homes. Anyone 7th grade through adult, who has been blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Confirmation, is invited to take part. The Pastor gives formal instruction.
Greeters-At each Mass, parishioners act as our hospitality ministers by offering a warm welcome to those who attend our weekend liturgies.
Gift Bearer-The gifts of bread and wine, are presented at the altar by parishioners, on behalf of those present.
Usher-Parishioners of all ages, male and female, are invited to help with seating at Sunday Mass and collection of offertory envelopes.
Choir- Singers and musicians are always welcome to help spread the Word through song. Here at St. Johnís the saying Ďmusic is the prayer of the soulí is taken seriously. The parish choir practices each Thursday evening at 7:30pm and sings at the 9:00am mass on Sundays.
Sanctuary & Sacristy clean up-These dedicated people meet in church once a week to straighten, water plants, tend to candle stands, take care of vestments and servers robes, along with any other necessary chores.
Church Environment-This group Ďdecoratesí the sanctuary for the holidays of Christmas and Easter.
ERE-Elementary Religious Education-This program is designed to foster spiritual growth and give spiritual instruction to children of the parish, grades 1 thru 8, not attending a Catholic elementary school. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, 7-8pm September thru May. The program provides for community prayer by planning seasonal prayer services. Sunday Liturgy attendance is expected.
Parish adults and teens serve as Religious Education Catechists (teachers & aides). Various programs are offered periodically in the parish and throughout the Archdiocese to further the knowledge of the catechist in the Catholic faith that, in turn, allows them to better educate and share faith with their students. Anyone interested in this ministry should contact the Parish Office.
Sunday Preschool-The goal of this program is to give our children ages 3, 4, and 5 their own special opportunity to learn about Godís love. Classes are held on Sunday mornings during the 9:00 am Mass, October thru May.
RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for children-Provides an opportunity for unbaptized and uncatechized children who have reached the catechetical age of 7 to be initiated into full Communion with the Catholic Church and our community by preparing for the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation. Depending on the readiness of the child this process may take from 1-3 years.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Currently there is no formalized Youth Group in our parish, however, St.
John Parish continues to be committed to providing parish youth continuous
Christian spiritual development in relation to their personal growth, family,
church, community and world. Parish Youth are always encouraged to take an
active role in any of the liturgical ministries, parish Commissions, faith
formation and social opportunities that the parish provides. A group for
parishioners in grades 8, 9,& 10 meets on designated Sunday mornings to reflect
on the Sunday gospel and how it relates to their everyday lives.
Scripture Study-Several groups join together to explore the meaning of the Scriptures and how it applies to our daily lives. There is a group who meets on Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:00 am, September thru May in Garden Ct. Another group meets on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month at 7:00pm in the rectory.
RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults-An opportunity for those who approach the Catholic Faith for the first time to experience and learn Catholic beliefs and the Catholic sense of community. This faith journey is nurtured by the community where participants come together to learn, to share, and focus on faith. The process is ongoing and may take 1-3 yrs., depending on the individuals readiness to participate.
Catholic Menís Fellowship-This group of men meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 7:30 am. Meetings are open to any man in the parish, high school age and older, who would like to spend some time with their fellow brothers in Christ for prayer, faith sharing, and to encourage one another in their responsibilities as Catholic men.
Baptism Preparation Class-This monthly program offers instruction for parents prior to the Baptism of their first child. The goal of this class is to deepen the parents and godparents understanding of and participation in the sacrament, enabling them to more fully accompany their child on their journey of faith. Please call the Parish Office for more information or registration, 791-3238
Adult Faith Formation Team-These interested and faithfilled adults meet on an Ďas neededí basis. They are the core team who come together to share faith in Scripture, plan, implement & evaluate the adult opportunities for spiritual growth in the parish.
OTHER PARISH COMMISSIONS & MINISTRIES
Bereavement Ministry-Members of this ministry assist the family in planning the Mass of Christian Burial for their loved one, making sure that the liturgy reflects their wishes and needs. All parishioners are invited to take part, training will be provided for anyone interested in assisting with this vital parish ministry.
Brownies and Girl Scouts-St. John's has several Brownie and Girl Scout troops that are divided by age or grade. They are all affiliated with the National Girl Scout Program which provides training and activity books. Each troop has at least 2 adult leaders and usually meets on a weekly or biweekly basis.
Building & Grounds-Members of this group have experience in the fields of maintenance and construction. Their function is to assist the Pastor and Pastoral Council in establishing guidelines and specifications of proposed projects and to assist in the long term planning of the parish facilities.
Dadís & Menís Club-This group of men is dedicated to providing athletics for the children of our parish at no cost to the athletes. Money is raised for these activities through member dues and various fundraisers. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month except July and August to plan and socialize. All men of the parish are welcome to the meetings.
Finance Commission-As with any family or institution, fiscal responsibility is a necessity. The Finance Commission is charged with the upkeep of our monetary health by serving the Pastor as an advisory board, preparing and approving the annual budget.
Grocery & Gift certificate Program-This program is a year round fundraiser. Certificates are available for many local grocery stores, merchandise stores and restaurants for parishioners to buy and use toward their own purchases or for gift giving. The parish purchases these certificates at a discount and in turn sells them at face value. This is an easy way to donate to the church, with no extra out of pocket expense to you. add Certificates are available after Masses on Sunday in church and in the Parish Office during Office hours
Market Day-This parish fundraiser provides parishioners a way to purchase groceries that is as easy as 1, 2, 3. First: Once a month pick up an order form in church or through the school, Second: Select the items to order and return by deadline, Third: On the designated date pay for and pick up groceries in the school cafeteria.
Offertory Money Counters-The purpose of the group of collection counters is to tally the offertory contributions of Sunday and holy days and to prepare the monies for deposit in the bank. The group meets every Monday morning in the basement of the rectory for 1 to 2 hours.
Parish Library-The parish has a mobile cart of excellent Catholic reference and reading materials available to the parish community, which is located in the parish office. There are opportunities available for organizing and servicing the library and opening it to the parish community.
Parish Festival-The St. John Parish Festival is the largest fundraiser contributing to the parish general fund. One of the main objectives of the Festival is to bring the Parish Family together to build community and have fun. The Festival runs the second weekend in June, Friday evening through Sunday evening. The Festival Board begins planning nearly a year in advance on a monthly basis. Volunteers are needed for booth chairpersons and for working two-hour shifts in the booths at the Festival.
Pastoral Council-Members of the Pastoral Council are elected to serve a three-year term. The Council advises the pastor, assisting in the discernment of parish needs and reflecting on the issues of the parish at large. The Council focuses on promoting the spiritual growth of the community. Council assists the pastor in developing a pastoral plan to carry out the church's mission. It helps the pastor set priorities among broader issues, and in evaluating the parish's actions in light of those plans and priorities. Pastoral Council meets on the fourth Monday of each month August through June.
Prayer Chain- The St. John's Prayer Chain is a group of people who answer prayer requests in times of special need or for emergency situations. Anyone may call the Parish Office or any prayer chain member with an intention. There is no set form on how one is to pray or which prayers to say. The benefits are numerous, not only to those prayed for, but also for those who do the praying. We are always anxious to have more people as part of the chain.
Senior Ladies ĖFormerly the Altar Sodality, this group meets on the third Monday of each month, Sept. through May, to socialize and play bingo/cards.
St. Vincent de Paul-This Society assists the needy and less fortunate living within our parish boundaries. Calling the Parish Office and leaving a message can provide a person in need with assistance. The Society operates according to the "Rule" of the Society and those of the Archdiocesan Council of the Society.
Community Outreach- The Community Outreach Group brings to the attention of the Parish, needs for social change and addresses social justice issues in the community at large. They strive to reach across social boundaries, to stand by the poor and vulnerable in our community, to protect human life and care for creation. To accomplish these goals several programs are sponsored throughout the year, including Christmas at Washington Park, monthly Care and Share Barrels, aluminum can collection, and the Soup-er Bowl of Love. They coordinate all parish activities concerning our sister parish in Haiti. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month October through May.
For more information on any group, please contact the Parish Office at 513-791-3238.
St. John The Evangelist
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