St. John’s has always enjoyed a reputation of extending a warm welcome to everyone who enters the building. Greeters play a vital role in continuing that reputation by greeting worshippers prior to Weekend Masses.
Ministers of the Word
An essential element of the Catholic liturgy is the proclamation of scripture. While the Gospel is always read by a Deacon or Priest, the Old Testament and New Testament readings are proclaimed by a Minister of the Word. Ministers must possess a pleasant speaking voice, be able to gain and maintain the attention of the assembly and put life into the written word. Training and ongoing formation is provided to all Ministers of the Word. Scheduling is by Mass preference.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
One of the most important ministries to the Roman Catholic liturgy is the Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist Each weekend, 13 ministers are scheduled to serve the parish. Ministers receive training and are scheduled according to their preferred Mass time (usually once per month). The requirements to serve in this ministry are: being a fully-initiated Catholic good standing (have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, and, if you are married, your marriage must have been blessed by the Church); and, be a registered member of the Parish.
We have a wonderful tradition in our Liturgy. Our Altar Serving Families lead our entrance and sending forth processions carrying the cross and in addition they set the Altar in preparation of the celebration of the Eucharist. It is a simple ritual that portrays us preparing ourselves coming to the table with the Lord.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children's Liturgy of the Word, provides the opportunity for children in grades 1-5 to hear the Word of God at their own level on the 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy on the weekends that there is no religious education. The children leave the assembly for the Liturgy of the Word portion of the Liturgy. Adults are needed to serve as leaders, and children grades 3 and up are invited to serve as readers each week. The celebration of Mass is crucial to teaching our faith to our children.
Music is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. In addition to singing, our celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you. Come join us in song. The Music Ministry at St. John’s offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Singers or instrumentalists of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, percussion, etc.) are invited to join the music ministry.
Liturgical environment Team
Preparing the worship Space for Weekend Liturgy entails decorating with our quilts, banners, and of course flowers and plants. This ministry is minimally involved on a regular basis but is active at the change of the liturgical seasons and especially involved at Christmas and Easter.
If you feel you may want to participate in one of these roles feel free to approach a current participant after Mass or contact the office at (908) 832-2513.