RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST
Discipleship begins when we take our first steps walking with the Lord. Following Him in daily life, we make Jesus present in everything we do. Whether we are doing the Laundry at home, meeting with clients at the office, or worshiping Him on Sunday, we always keep the presence of the LORD at the forefront of our minds. In this, we are bringing together what we profess to believe when we recite The Creed on Sunday, and how we live it out. Discipleship involves being one with what you believe…being one with Christ.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. People come to pray and worship Jesus continually throughout the day and night. This can be through personal prayer, reading the bible, reading other prayerful books and materials, or just having quiet peaceful time with Jesus. Click here for more information…
This ministry accepts the names of people who are in need of extra prayers. Prayer Line members give support through their prayers.
Coordinators: Viv Sunder 952-492-2964, Caroline Lehnen 952-492-3363
Ave Maria Cenacle of Prayer
All are welcome to meet and pray the rosary, Marian prayers, and devotions to the Sacred Heart from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday evenings in the Chapel.
Coordinators: Viv Sunder 952-492-2964, Caroline Lehnen 952-492-3363
Serving in the Worship of the Mass is a terrific way for us to grow in our relationship with Christ. When we place ourselves close to the Altar of God, where the Sacrifice of Calvary is made present, our Love of Christ is bound to grow deeper and broader.
Co-chairs: Joan Breimhorst 952-492-6801, Mary Eckman 612-237-9085
Coordinator for weekdays: Francis Schatz 952-448-5358, Coordinators for weekends: Jackie and Mark Wolf 952-492-3378
Parishioners who lector proclaim God’s Word at Mass. One lector is needed at each Mass. Readings for the weekend lectors are mailed out from the parish office early in the week so that they can prepare in advance for the service.
Coordinator: Karen Umphress – firstname.lastname@example.org
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These ministers share Christ’s Body and Blood with the assembly. There are four ministers assigned for each weekend Mass. Ministers are also needed to take Holy Communion to the homebound, the Schule Haus, Oak Terrace, St. Gertrude’s, and Valleyview Nursing Homes. Training is provided.
Coordinator: Karen Umphress - email@example.com
Greeters are persons or a family who welcome parishioners as well as visitors as they enter the Church. Four greeters are needed at each weekend Mass, one at each of the doors of the Church. Greeters are also responsible for handing out the bulletins to parishioners and visitors after Mass.
Coordinator: Jean Myers 952-492-2640
These individuals assist the greeters in welcoming the assembly, turn on fans, open windows when needed, assist people to their pews and take up the collections. They make sure the Church is in order after Mass. Six ushers are needed for each weekend Mass.
Coordinator: Al Menke 612-247-0297
Boys and girls in fourth grade or older are responsible for assisting the priest at Mass when scheduled. Three altar servers are needed at each weekend Mass. Father Neil Bakker provides training.
Coordinator: Father Neil Bakker 952-492-4560
Funeral Mass Servers and Sacristans
One sacristan and three Mass servers are needed for each funeral. The Sacristan prepares the altar, altar vessels and gifts. Training is provided.
St. John’s Harmony Choir
These singers and musicians provide a combination of SATB choral and congregational hymns accompanied by organ and other instruments on occasion. High school youth and adults make up the choir and are placed in sections to fit their voices. Instrumentalists are also invited to participate, either regularly or just for special feast days. The choir practices Wednesday evenings September through May.
Coordinator: Loren Boeckmann 952-492-6447
JOYFUL WITNESS TO THE FAITH
Faith is not for us alone, but to be shared. Being a JOYFUL WITNESS to Christ is a necessary part of Discipleship. If Discipleship were a human lung, this would be breathing out. In living out our personal relationship with Christ, especially in our participation in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, we are breathing in the Life of God. God Breathes out His Word, Jesus Christ, for us to receive; but, it’s not for us alone. Saint Paul (pictured above) is a terrific example of being a Joyful Witness to Jesus Christ. We are all commissioned by our Lord to go to the corners of the earth, to bring the Good News of salvation through Christ:
SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
These parishioners are trained volunteers who provide listening support in difficult and transitional situations such as illness, recuperation from surgery or loss of a loved one. They give spiritual and/or emotional support through a caring, non-judgmental listening process. Training and year-around support is provided each BeFriender. A BeFriender normally has only one BeFriendee at a time and meets with that person at least monthly.
Director: Connie Hennen 952-492-6810
This group welcomes new members of the parish and creates ways to help them to continue to feel welcome. Committee members host semi-annual dinners for new members and visit new members’ homes to help ease the transition and provide them with information about their new parish and the Jordan community.
Contact: Sue Zahler 952-492-5039
Grief & Loss Support Group
Meets in Shakopee on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Contact Sister Antonice at 952-451-2123 for information
Bereavement Support Group
Meets at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
Call 952-758-3225 for more information
Prayer Shawl Ministers
This ministry is made up of a group of people who knit or crochet prayer shawls for sharing with others: as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress, for birthdays or anniversaries, for holiday gifts, etc. The group meets for one hour at 3:00 pm the 3rd Monday, September through May, to knit/crochet and share ideas. The rest of the work is done at home. Yarn is furnished.
Contact: Nan Brandtner 952-492-2675
Sponsor Couple / Pre-Marriage Preparation
After the pastor has his initial meeting with a couple preparing for marriage, the sponsor couple will contact the couple and administer the “Pre-Marriage Inventory”. A computer will analyze this questionnaire and the results will form the basis for some reflection and sharing between the sponsor couple and the couple planning for marriage.
Contact: Father Neil Bakker, 952-492-4560
Ministry to the Homebound, Assisted Living/Nursing Home Residents
Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion conduct Communion Services for the homebound parishioners and those living in the Schule Haus, Oak Terrace, and Valley View nursing homes. Individuals, couples or families take turns on a rotating basis to carry out this ministry.
Contact: Lisa Austen 952-492-6040
Meals on Wheels
Parishioners from St. John’s take turns for a certain month with members of other Jordan churches to deliver the noon meal to shut-ins who have difficulty preparing a meal. Most deliveries are within the city limits; a few others are a short distance from town. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday except for holidays. While this is a volunteer position, those who deliver meals may record mileage for end-of-the-year tax purposes.
Contact: Colleen Eischens 952-492-6814
Parishioners from St. John’s and other area churches participate in unloading trucks and stocking shelves for the Jordan Food Shelf. There also are opportunities to assist in dispensing food to the clients on Saturdays. Those who assist clients must be over 18 years old.
Contact: Nan Brandtner 952-492-2981
These individuals take turns overseeing the use of the Church facility by a wedding party. They help the priest set up for the wedding liturgy, facilitate use of the Church by musicians, photographers and decorators, as well as clean up after the wedding. Training provided.
Contact: Jean Myers 952-492-2640
These women sew quilts for the quilt auction at the annual Fall Festival. Beginners are taught how to quilt. The group meets on Monday afternoons for a number of weeks in early Fall, stop for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and begin again the Monday after New Year’s.
Contact: Judy Tuma 952-492-3772
Jordan Council of Catholic Women (JCCW)
This organization is for all women in the parish. They provide a wide variety of services to the parish, including the Christmas Boutique, the Giving Tree and parish-sponsored receptions, such as the Confirmation student and graduation receptions.
Contact: Eileen Hoy 952-492-6667 or Judy Pint 952-492-6315
A committee of parishioners serves a meal (of the family’s choice) following a funeral service. They prepare the dining area for the lunch and clean up the facility afterwards.
Contact: Helen Schmitt 952-492-2675
Church Cleaners take turns doing light cleaning of the Church twice a month. They work in groups of three. A day is set aside once a year for a thorough cleaning of the church and gathering space. All parishioners are invited to help with this cleaning.
Contacts: Cinda Smith 952-492-3821
These parish members take turns laundering and ironing purificators, corporals and towels every two weeks.
Contact: Sr. Lalande Hennen 952-492-5964
Outdoor Flower Garden
Spaces in front of Church are prepared and planted by a group of parishioners who also take turns maintaining them during the growing season. They clean up the space at the end of the season.
Contacts: Joe Pekarna 952-492-2738
Building Maintenance and Grounds
This committee of parish members advise the Pastoral Council on the condition and needs of the parish buildings and property.
Contacts: Ed Breimhorst 492-6801, Jim Colling 952-492-3301
Parish Office Volunteers
These volunteers are available to help with tasks that arise in the parish office.
Contact: Jean Myers 952-492-2640
A Community Caring for Life
This ministry is a respect life program that is a source of information as well as physical and spiritual help to those struggling with an unplanned pregnancy or post-abortion trauma.
Contact: Deb Krzmarcik 952-492-6471
St. John’s Card Club
This is an enjoyable game of cards for friends and neighbors who come together once a month in Louis Hall or at their homes. They play euchre, sheephead, bridge or ‘500’.
Contact: Jeanne Pahl 952-492-2092
Catholic United Financial
This fraternal life insurance company provides financial security for its members and their families. The local council at St. John’s sponsors a matching grant breakfast, farmer’s market, as well as other events. The St. John’s Council is involved in Catholic United’s Disaster Response program helping victims of tornadoes, floods and other disasters. They coordinate the Join Hands Day project which brings together other service groups like the Boy and girl Scouts and Confirmation students to do cemetery clean-up. The St. John’s Council sponsors members who participate in St. John’s marathon and World Youth Day.
A not-for-profit company, Catholic United uses its profits to support Catholic parishes, schools, faith formation programs, pro-life agencies, the seminary, and Catholic missions. College scholarships are available for members. It sponsors chastity and abstinence programs and technology grants, both received by St. John’s Parish. Catholic United also made substantial direct contributions to the capital campaign/building project at St. John’s. Catholic United only invests in funds that are in line with our Catholic beliefs.
Contacts: Myron Pauly 952-492-2745, Judy Pint 952-492-6315
Knights of Columbus, Jordan Council 3759
A family based ministry focusing on Catholic men who promote charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The local council does a wide variety of service projects including:
Rosary service at wakes of deceased members
Support of vocations to the Priesthood
Host the annual parish Rural Life Mass
Sponsor a tootsie roll drive for support of our mentally challenged citizens
Support Pro-Life programs
Sponsor ‘Keep Christ in Christmas”
St John’s School Marathon
Participate in special liturgical celebrations
Sponsor the KC Youth Free-Throw Contest
Student loan and scholarship programs available
Contact: Norbert Hennen 952-209-2064
The Pastoral Council participates in the responsibility for pastoral ministry and the administration of the parish. It researches the needs, the ideas, the hopes, the life and activity of the people of God, so that the whole parish community can effectively carry out the mission of the parish and fully participate in the ongoing conversion that is central to its life. The Pastoral Council evaluates the parish in its conformity to the Gospel and those constitutive elements of the Gospel which call for understanding the implications of justice. In this sense, the Pastoral Council shares in the decision making process which assists the pastor in carrying out the leadership role that is his within the parish. They are elected by the parishioners for a 3-year term.
Parish Council Chairs: Frank Kipp-952-492-5542
Finance Councils are similar to pastoral councils in that they are consultative in nature, offering advice to the pastor. Finance councils must observe both canon and civil law in the sound management of the temporal goods of the parish. They prepare the budget of the parish and submit it to the Pastoral Council for their review. Finance Council members are appointed by the pastor for a 3-year term.
Finance Council Chair: Mark Zimitsch- Mk82nav@comcast.net
Calvary and St. Joseph Cemetery Board
This board acts in an advisory capacity to the Parish of St. John the Baptist Church in connection with the preservation, beautification, and enhancement of St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph Cemeteries.
Cemetery Board Chairperson: Lori Moriarty - 952-492-2425
St. John’s School Advisory Board (SAB)
This committee advises the principal on policy, fundraising and many other school efforts. They meet the second Thursday of each month.
Principal: Courtney Bierlein - firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-492-2030
FAITH FORMATION VOLUNTEER
Kindergarten through 6th grade Catechists and Co-Catechists
St. John’s kindergarten through sixth grade classes are held once-a-month on the first Wednesday of the month. In addition to the monthly Family Formation night, kindergarten through sixth grade volunteers are required to attend a monthly volunteer training. All Catechists and co-catechists must be practicing Catholics growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Kindergarten through 6th grade Family Formation Core Team Volunteer
Assistance is needed preparing for and at the first Wednesday of each month for Family Formation nights. Prayer warriors, music leaders, photographers, nursery workers, help with handing out home lessons, or creating a monthly bulletin board are all opportunities to serve. Please indicate the area you would like to serve on your registration form.
7th through Confirmation Catechists and Co-Catechists
Catechists in our 7th-10th program teach a variety of classes. Small, gender specific, classes allow for student participation and class discussion. Volunteers receive a curriculum and training to prepare for a rewarding experience. Teens desire to learn and talk about their faith when given the opportunity.
St. John’s Youth Ministry program meets two Sundays a month. As a Youth Ministry volunteer you would help with Sunday youth ministry nights and/or special Youth Group events throughout the year. Adults who love their Catholic faith and open to sharing it with teens are invited.
Sacrament Preparation Special Events
First Reconciliation Workshop and First Communion Workshop are events in need of extra helping hands. The First Reconciliation and First Communion are held Saturday mornings.
Hospitality – Snack & Treats
During the year, we often are in need of snacks/treats. Volunteers would be asked to bake a batch of cookies, bring a bag of chips, or beverage etc. Special events might include Family Formation nights, catechist/volunteer training, First Reconciliation/First Communion Workshops,Youth Ministry events, etc.
One-Time Special Events
Volunteers are sometimes needed for set-up/clean-up, staffing a registration/check-in table, greeting or hospitality.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 St. Paul calls us to ‘Pray without ceasing`. All we do is possible only through prayer. We need a dedicated team of people who will commit to praying for all of the Faith Formation staff, volunteers and students. It’s as simple as saying a little prayer whenever you think of it, praying the rosary, offering Masses and Holy Hours for us, or offering up little sacrifices for our programs. You will receive periodic emails asking for general and specific prayer intentions as well.
Adult Faith Formation
Check back for more opportunities to grow in your faith or contact Tina Goetz at 952-492-4573.
TEACHING, PREACHING, AND SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at the 10am Mass October through June for children 3 years old and older. Activities include Gospel readings, songs, prayer time, and crafts. C.L.O.W. provides children the opportunity to learn and worship in a program especially suited to their age level and is designed to develop an understanding of Jesus and an appreciation for the Gospel message. Volunteer leaders are needed. Training is provided.
Contact: Tina Goetz 952-492-4573 or Diane Trettel 952-492-5730
Catholic School Volunteer
The mission of St. John the Baptist Catholic School is to enable children to grow in faith as they reach their full potential through life-long learning. This is a collaborative effort on the part of school, family, parish and community. Children are taught the basic skills with a strong emphasis on reading and writing. Using these skills, many real experiences are encountered throughout each day. The teaching of the Catholic Faith permeates the day, as is seen in the care and concern of staff, students, parents and friends.
Help from the community is always welcome. Some ways to get involved are: Prayer group, teacher aide, playground helper, lunch room server, share talent for special projects, read with children, library help, recycling, technology committee, maintenance, nursing help, and alumni committee. Everyone is invited to become a part of the school family.
Faithful Beginnings Preschool Volunteer
Faithful Beginnings is a state licensed, accredited Catholic preschool right here in our parish! The curriculum includes religion, literacy readiness activities, and seasonal fun. Art, music, story time, snacks and free play are elements of every class day.
Children age four and older may attend our three or five days a week Kindergarten Readiness program, which is held Monday through Friday. Children age three and older may attend our Multi-age Preschool program, two to five days a week, which is held Monday through Friday. Anyone wishing to serve as a classroom aide volunteer would be greatly appreciated.
School Family Association
The Mission of St. John’s School Family Association is to have families come together and unite through fun-faith filled activities. It gives the parents an opportunity to socialize with the support of one another. This is a parent organization with a social twist.
The objectives of the Family Association is to:
Host fun and family oriented social events
Support, promote and provide an opportunity to share new ideas that would be beneficial to the school and the students.
Provide educational and informational material for parents.
Provide a forum for parents to communicate and share ideas.
All parents of St. John’s students are members of the St. John’s School Family Association. Participating is a way to stay informed and to stay involved with your child’s education, friends and school.The Family Association meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7-8pm.
For more information you can contact the school office (952-492-2030)
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
This ministry is designed for anyone who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seeks the living God and communion within the Catholic Church. The journey includes 3 steps marking the candidate’s (the person taking instructions) progress.
Reaching the point of initial conversion and wishing to become a Catholic, the person is accepted as a Candidate by the church.
The Candidate then attends several weeks of classes and prepares for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
During the Easter Triduum the candidate is especially visible and takes part in the Holy Saturday services and celebrates the sacraments of initiation and is welcomed into the Catholic faith.
Summer Faith ~ Totus Tuus
Summer Faith will be offered the week of July 16-20, 2018.