About SJN Parish Organizations

Parish organizations

One of the best ways to feel "at home" in a parish is to become involved in one or more parish organizations or programs. St. John Neumann Parish has a wide variety of organizations and activities to meet your specific needs. It is hoped this list of parish groups and contacts will be of help to you and your family.

 

Each parish organization is represented on Council by one of the following parish commissions:

Celebrating

Participating

Development

Teaching

Evangelizing

Caring

 

Spiritual

 

Scroll down the page, or click on a commission, to view the various organizations of the parish. Those underlined have their own webpage -- click on them for more information


 

 

CELEBRATING

Adult Servers

Adults are welcome to serve at funerals once or twice a month.  No previous training is required since your'll be trained on the job.

Altar Servers

Assist priest at Sunday Mass and at weddings. Open to young men and women in grades 5 and up.  Also view Altar Servers

Art and Environment Committee

Work with the Liturgy Committee to decorate the church for the seasons of Lent, Advent, Chirstmas and Easter.  Membersof the group meet periodically to plan and organize the decorating of the church.

Children's Choir

Open to CHILDREN in with a reading level of 2nd grade. Sing every other Saturday at the 5:00p.m. liturgy and for special occasions. 

Eucharistic Ministers

Lay people who distribute the Eucharist and/pr Precious Blood at Masses.  You also have opportunity to take the Eucharist to residents at Altenheim Nursing Home, Pearl Crossing and Southwest Commons. Ministers must be in full communion with the Church and at least a senior in High School  Only seniors in high school distribute at the Life Teen Mass.  See Leo Burkhardt if interested in this ministry.  Call 440-238-1770

Funeral Choir

Lead singing and lend support to grieving families at funerals.     Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

High School Choir

Open to High School youth of the parish. Sing every other Saturday evening the 5:00p.m. liturgy and for special liturgies.      Contact Mary Pachuta - 440/238-1770

Lectors

Proclaim the scriptures and the prayers of the faithful at the weekend Masses. They are also welcom to proclaim readings at the weekday morning Masses. Open to teens and adults. Contact John Quien 440-238-1770

Liturgy Committee

Comprised of representatives of the various lay ministries of the parish.  They meet every two to three months to review seasonal themes (which are implemented by the Art and Environment Committee),  prepare informational material for the bulletin, and gives voice to parish liturgical needs and concerns, and organize the parish ministers' day of recollection.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Celebrated during Advent and Lent in the Gathering Room during the 5 P.M. Liturgy. Children in grades 1 through 4 are invited to hear the Word of the Lord presented on their level. The children return to the Church at the offertory.  This is to help the younger children understand the Gospel readings on their own level.  We discuss the readings for that particular weekend, and help them understand what God is telling thim.  We review the Creed in a question and anser form, and we also pray the petitions for whom the children want to pray for.

Music Ministry/Choir

Praise God in song! Practice Wednesday at 7:30p.m. and sing at Sunday Mass at 10:30a.m. weekly. Musicians and song leaders also needed.   Contact: Mary Pachuta - 440/238-1770

Ushers / Greeters

Ushers:  Help welcome and serve as our parish gathers. Assist at one Mass once a month. Open to women, men and couples.  Ushers also facilitate the flow of the celebraton of the Eucharist.    Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Sacristans

Sacristans plan an essential part of our weekend liturgies.  Their ministry consists of preparing the sacred vessels and setting out the needed elements for the celebration of the Eucharist.  After the mass they return the vessels to their proper place.  Their ministry allows the priest and deacon to spiritually prepare for the liturgical celebration and to gather with parishioners afterwards.  

EVANGELIZING

Alienated / Inactive Catholics

Speaks to Catholics who have left the Church in an effort to heal wounds and reconcile them.

Evangelization Commission

The committee shares and promotes the Good News of Jesus Christ. We engage in a ministry that reaches out to parishioners and those who have been away from the Church.  We also invite and meet with new parishioners through Welcome and Registration.  We also offer opportunities for spiritual growth in conjunction with Adult Faith Formation, Blessings of tools of your trade, and even bless pets.  We assist in programs designed to invite both new people into the church as well as offer spiritual programs to those presently in the Church.

Knights of Columbus

The K of C is the largest order of Catholic laymen.  Our local council is over 10 years old and made up of members from St. John and St. Joseph parishes.  While we serve the church we also support the Special Education Program at St. Joseph & John's School.  In addition our charitable works reach out to many other worthwhile causes.  Membership is open to any Catholic man 18 years old or older and is in communion with the Church.  Call parish office for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)

RCIA is a process of conversion, a life changing experience, whereby non-baptized adults, or adults baptized in another faith tradition, enter into full communion of the Catholic Church.  It is a journey of faith that provides an overview of what the Catholic Church believes and teaches, but also welcomes the Inquirers into a community of believers.  Inquirers normally choose a Sponsor, a baptized Catholic, who witnesses to the Catholic faith and accompany them on their journey. 

The entire parish community participates in the RCIA process through their prayers, support and example.  Sessions at St. John's are normally held weekly.  Please contact Sr. Pat or any member of our staff for more information if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church 

CARING

Al-Anon

Al-Anon meetings are for the relatives and friends of alcoholics.  The meetings are on Monday mornings at 10 AM in the Redemptorist meeting room.

Bereavement

Assistance for those coping with the loss of a loved one.  Members help in coordination of baked goods delivered to parishioners, babysitting, house-sitting, picking up relatives at the airport, and coordinating the use of the LAC for family receptions.  An All Souls Memorial Mass is celebrated in November to remember all who have died.  This Mass is open to all parishioners to support and celebrate the New Life in Christ.  Free Grief Recover Support Programs, of six weekly meetings, are held at St. Joseph Church throughout the year.  Consult the bulletin for current programs.

Divorce Care

Regardless of the circumstances separation and divorce is a painful process for most people.  St. John Neumann Parish offers a divorce recovery and support group for those who who are experiencing the hurt and uncertainty that often accompanies divorce and separation.  Divorce Care is a fourteen week video seminar series that features some of the nation's foremost experts on divorce and recovers. 

Some of the topics include, Facing my Anger, Depression, Forgiveness, Annulments and more.  The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings.  Sessions begin in January and September of the year. 

First Friday Calls

St. John's staff visits homebound parishioners on the first Friday of each month or within the week of the first Friday.  The secretary or a staff member calls to confirm the time of their visit and staff members deliver the Eucharist.  This is a spiritual strength for our homebound parishioners.

Hospice Ministry

Trained Eucharistic Ministers who want to help meet the needs of those who are in Southwest Hospice, located on the Southwest General Hospital campus at Pearl and Drake Roads.  Our ministry involves distributing the Blessed Sacrament to those who are in various stages of dying and praying with them.  It involves serving one day a month; either a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, and you can serve at a time that is convenient for you.  To bring the Eucharist to the ill is a tradition in the Church, as well as a privilege.  Call the office to set up an appointment with the staff member in charge of this ministry.  

Respect Life Mission

Exists to heighten awareness of life in all its facets - praying - learning - sharing and serving.

Social Concerns Committee

Addresses issues of concern to us as Christians such as issues that impact the family and all of us as individuals; Respect for Life the Homeless, the poor and the hungry, health care and hospice. The Social Concerns Committee provides, prepares and serves a meal at St. Patrick's on the 5th Wednesday of the Month.  In addition they are involved in the giving tree, and mitten tree.  Call Office: 440/238-1770

DEVELOPMENT

Finance Committee

Meets periodically with the Pastor to discuss the stewardship of the praying community of St. John Neumann. Parishioners with financial backgrounds are encouraged to see the Pastor regarding participating in this group.

Landscape Committee

Beautifies the Church grounds on a seasonal basis.

TEACHING

Adult Faith Formation

This committee is dedicated to offering up to date adult formation opportunities including small group discussions and presentations on Scripture, Church Teachings and other relevant topics.  For more information or if you are interested in joining the AFF Committee call the office 440-238-1770.

Baptism Program

We welcome adults interested in serving on a team to help parents prepare for their child's Baptism.  The class is designed to help assist parents to understand the welcoming ceremony of the Church, the rold of sponsors, and to begin to live out their faith commitment.  Classes are held every two or three months and last about one hour..

Family Planning (Natural)

NFP can be used to achieve or postpone a pregnancy. This method of family planning is scientifically based, highly effective and acknowledges God's plan for married love.  Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Middle School Ministry

EDGE
The religious education for students in grades 6, 7 and 8.  EDGE is a dynamic, engaging approach to religious education aimed at meeting the educational, spiritual and social needs of the middle school youth.  Large group teachings, small group discussions and activities, and a variety of prayer experiences.  Adult parishioners and high school teens serve as small group leaders.  EDGE meet on Monday evenings from September through April at SJN in the LaRocca Activity Center from 6:45 to 8:15 pm.  Contact Shannon Zeltner at the parish office 440-238-1770 with questions.

EDGE Summer Camp

A one week summer day camp for youth going into grades 7 and 8. A great opportunity for the youth to have a community experience of fun and activity!  Many outings such as trips to Swings 'n Things, a water park, the zoo, St. John's Cathedral, and much more! .

LIFE TEEN Ministry

All high school teens are invited and encouraged to participate in this ministry which provides weekly opportunities for teens to grow in relationship with Christ, and to come to a greater understanding of their Catholic faith.  Through interactive teaching and discussion teens explore faith and culture and come to truly "own" their faith.  We offer socials, service opportunities,  Fall and Spring Retreats each year.  During the summer, teens participate in sand volleyball socials.  SJN Life Teen offers teens the opportunity to become part of a community of teens who are interested in coming to know God.  This often serves as a great support system and social network for teens as they journey through High School.

P.S.R. - Parish School of Religion

Religion classes are held for children from pre-school through grade eight. Pre-school PSR classes are held in the Gathering Room on Sunday mornings during the 10:30 am Mass.  Grades 1 through 5 meet Mondays from 6:30 -- 8:00 pm at Ss. Joseph and John School.  Grades 6 through 8 meet for EDGE at St. John Neumann on Mondays from 6:45 -- 8:15 pm.

Pre-school contact: Office - 440/238-1770
Grades 1-8 contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Sts. Joseph & John Interparochial School

Sts. Joseph and John Interparochial School - Excellent quality elementary education for grades Kindergarten through 8. Ss. Joseph and John is located on the property of St. Joseph Church at 12580 Pearl Road. There are many opportunities for involvement in the school including Bingo volunteers on Thursday nights, Ss. Joseph and John School Committee, and P.T.U.

Contact: Mrs. Darlene Thomas, Principal - 440/238-4877
Mrs. Marsha Gleine, Assistant Principal

Sponsor Couple Program

An engaged couple meets with a sponsor couple, in their home, a number of times for marriage preparation. If interested in helping engaged couples prepare for marriage.    Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Vacation Bible School

One week summer program for children entering grades K - 6. Help needed: teaching, crafts, music, refreshments, recreation. Watch for notices in bulletin.

PARTICIPATING

Avilas

An organization of women who have joined together under the patronage of St. Teresa to make prayer for religious vocations their apostolate. A holy hour is held the first Monday of every month after the 9:00a.m. Mass.    Contact: Nancy Burkardt 440/238-1770

Bloodmobile

American Red Cross holds a Bloodmobile in our Activity Center two to four times per year..

Knights of Columbus

A fraternal organization of men that does charitable work for the parish and for the Church in general.   Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Isabellas

The women's auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.  

Legion of Mary

Worldwide organization of men and women who perform spiritual works by placing themselves under the banner of Mary. Meetings held once a week to pray the rosary and conduct general business. Weekly spiritual works include visits to hospital, nursing homes etc.   Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Neumann Senior Adults

Spiritual and social activities for senior citizens of the parish. Regular meeting time is the third Wednesday of the month at 2:15p.m.  Contact: Chet - 440/238-1770

Moms & More

Meets on Wednesdays mornings at 10 A.M. in the Marian Room to share -For further information please Contact: Ann Marie Ong - 440/238-1770

Summer Recreation

Softball, volleyball, bocce ball available during the summer for teens and adults. Watch bulletin for details.

Youth Sports - C.Y.O.

Softball, football, soccer, track, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading. Open to students in grades 5 - 8 who attend either St. Joseph and John School or P.S.R. Watch for details in the church bulletin.

SPIRITUAL PROGRAMS

Couples' Spirituality

Meets periodically throughout the year to deepen spirituality as a couple and spend meditative time together with our Lord.

Intercessory Prayer Group

Meets the last Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9 P. M. in the Chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the needs of the parish as expressed in the Petition book, the prayer petition slips, and the web. All are invited to join.  Contact: Sandy Zorn - 440/238-1770

Men’s Spirituality

Meets quarterly to pray together as a community - To gain a deeper, more personal relationship with Christ and one another.  Contact: Fr. Robert Kraig  - 440/238-1770

Neumann Small Faith Communities (FIF -- Friends in Faith)

These are groups of about 10 - 14 people who meet on a regular basis to share their faith.  It is an opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners on a deeper level and to learn from one another the influence of God's message in our lives. Meetings will last for about two hours, and groups will meet regularily mos groups will meet about twice a month.  Watch the bulletin for more information and pray to discern whether you are being called to join a Neumann Small Community    Contact Marty Zachlin - 440/238-1770

Parish Holy Hour

A monthly Holy Hour on the third Thursday of the month, in the Church at 8:00p.m. There will be time for private adoration, silent prayer, scripture readings  and songs of praise. The Holy Hour is offered for the needs of our parishioners.

Parish Mission

Certain years, our community renews itself during during the season of Lent. We encourage all to be a part of this special week. 

Tuesday Morning Faith Sharing

Twice a year in the spring and in the fall adult faith formation sessions are held after the 9:00am Mass.  These sessions usually run from 5 to 7 weeks and focus on a number of aspects of our faith.  They can comprise Scripture study or a study of the sacraments an/or liturgy.  Some have featured DVD presentations on the church or growth in prayer and an understanding of mission.  All are designed to help people deepen their relationship with Jesus, and to live our Catholic faith.  These are open to all.

Women’s Spirituality

Opportunities for spiritual growth for women to come together for a day or an evening occur different times throughout the year.  These include the Women of Grace a 10-week series offered in the fall or spring, a Women's Annual Retreat Day, Women's book study.   Watch the bulletin for dates and times.  

Worship Commission

The Worship Commission meets every; other month to reflect on the worship experience of our praying community.  It helps the parish to be centered in prayer and the Eucharist while providing feedback and guidance regarding the quality of our worship experience, and our ability to be a welcoming faith-filled community.  They assist in the training and commissioning of lay ministers and suggest themes and programs for the liturgical seasons and our annual parish ministry day.

Merciful Father, You have given me all that I need in this world, even life itself. In all my daily needs, help me to remember the needs of others, too. Make me aware of the need to pray to You, not just for myself; but for the Church, the Pope, for the clergy and for people who suffer any need.

Make me selfless as Saint John Neumann was. Throughout my life, give me grace to direct my first thoughts to the service of You and of others. Make my prayer - "Your will be done" knowing that in Your mercy and love, Your will for me is my sanctification. I ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.