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

Men of the parish serve for funerals once or twice a month.

Altar Servers

Assist priest at weekend liturgy. Open to young men and women in grades 5 and up.

Art and Environment Committee

Work with the Liturgy Committee to help decorate the church for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

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 Adoration

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for private adoration during the hours of 10 AM to midnight, Monday through Friday. During this time parishioners pray for the needs of the parish as well as their own. While you are welcome to come from 10 AM to 9 PM a special pass is required after 9 PM.  

Eucharistic Ministers

Lay people who distribute Communion or Precious Blood at Masses.  You also have opportunity to take the Eucharist to residents at Altenheim Nursing Home, Pearl Crossing and Southwest Commons. 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

Lector

Proclaim the scriptures at weekend Masses. Open to teenagers and adults. Contact John Quien 440-238-1770

Liturgy Committee

Identifies seasonal themes (which are implemented by the Art and Environment Committee), prepares informational material for the bulletin, and gives voice to parish liturgical needs and concerns

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.

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

Help welcome and serve as our parish gathers. Assist at one Mass once a month. Open to women, men and couples.    Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Sacristans

Assist in the preparation of the sanctuary before Mass and the care of the sacred vessels after Mass.

EVANGELIZING

Alienated / Inactive Catholics

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

Evangelization Committee

The Evangelization Committee offers and oversees programs designed to invite both new people into the church as well as offer spiritual programs to those presently in the Church.

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

For those who wish to become Catholic.

CARING

Al-Anon

Meets Monday mornings at 10 AM in the Little Angels' 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 use of the LAC for family reception.  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.

Ministry to the Homebound

Trained Eucharistic Ministers may volunteer to take Holy Communion to the Homebound.  To bring the Eucharist to the homebound 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 social 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 to discuss financial matters regarding the entire church community of St. John Neumann. If you have an interest in this committee or any questions regarding church finances contact Father Bob Kraig.

Landscape Committee

Beautifies the Church grounds on a seasonal basis.

Long Range Planning Committee

Plans for future needs of our parish in the area of facilities and property maintenance. 

TEACHING

Adult Faith Formation

Various program for continuing religious education for adults are planned and offered.  Such as our Question & Answer Evenings Contact St. Pat Sylvester if you have suggestions of programs and/or topics. Watch for announcements in the bulletin.

Baptism Program

Special instruction and preparation for the parents of children receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. Parents who are expecting a baby or planning to have a child baptized should contact the Rectory to find out when the next Baptism class will be. If you are interested in serving on the team which helps parents prepare for their child's Baptism please.       Contact: Office - 440/238-1770

Tuesday Morning Bible Sharing

Join with a group interested in reading the up and coming Sunday scriptures each week and applying them to our daily lives.  This groups meets all year on Tuesday mornings following the 9:00 a.m. Mass in the Marian Room.  For more information call Sr. Pat, 238-1770.

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.

Jr. High Summer Camp

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

A total Youth Ministry Program designed to meet the spiritual, educational, emotional, and social needs of the youth of the parish in grades 9 through 12. A core group of young adults and young married couples works with the youth.

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

Held during the season of Lent. An opportunity for the whole parish to come together to listen, reflect and be renewed spiritually.

Women’s Spirituality

Opportunities for spiritual growth for women to come together for a day or an evening occur different times throughout the year. Watch the bulletin for dates and times.  

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.