The real story of a parish lies in the efforts of all those who have worked over the years to meet the needs of its members. The task of building the Catholic community of St. John’s is an on-going responsibility.
Although educating young students and preparing them to receive the sacraments is one of the parish's primary responsibilities, parishioners are also vitally involved in many other areas of parish life. These include—but are not limited to—working with those who wish to become members of the Catholic church, preparing couples for the sacrament of marriage, supporting charitable efforts, attending to the many details involved in keeping up the altar, and serving as ministers of music at Mass and other liturgies. Lay people also serve as lectors and Eucharistic ministers at Mass on Sundays and bring communion to sick and elderly parishioners in homes, hospitals and nursing facilities.
The Altar-Rosary Society at St. John's, one of the parish’s oldest organizations, was founded Oct. 2, 1949. Its main objectives are to honor Mary by promoting the rosary and to maintain the altar at St. John's.
The Altar Rosary Society meets in the Parish Hall on the second Monday of each month September through June at 7:00 p.m. Please consider joining us in September as we plan our agenda for the next year.
Coffee and refreshments will be served.
The St. John’s Council #10024 of the Knights of Columbus was chartered on March 21, 1989, to provide a strong fraternal and service organization for the men of the parish. The original number of charter members was 33 and the council has grown steadily since that time.
The Knights of Columbus council meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
All members are invited to attend.
The Squires were established under the direction of Brother Barnabas McDonald, F.S.C. together with Supreme Director Daniel A. Tobin on August 4, 1925. At that time there was a national interest in youth in the United States, as reflected by the development of the Boy Scouts of America and the Big Brother movement.
The Boy Movement Committee of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus sent questionnaires to each Grand Knight and after receiving the responses met with Brother Barnabas. Brother Barnabas had gained a national reputation for his pioneering work with delinquents and orphans.
Food Drive and Outreach Ministry monetary Collection
after all Masses on First Weekend of each Month
JESUS said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food,
thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger
and you made me welcome”
The St. John's Outreach Ministry has been in existence and active for many years under different names. During that time, assistance has been provided to those in need in the areas of medical, utilities, food, clothing, transportation and many other areas. Funding for these services is provided to the society basically from parishioner contributions to the “poor boxes” as well as direct donations.
St. John's offers an 8 week Bereavement Ministry twice a year, in the spring and fall. This Ministry is designed to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one. A spiritual, supportive, and confidential environment is offered where emotions can be expressed, and encouragement is offered. The Ministry is designed to help learn how to cope with grief, and move along the journey towards peace and acceptance. To learn more about the Ministry or to sign up for the autumn session, please call the Parish Office, (609-397-3350).