Education Ministries

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.

Wee Angels Preschool Volunteer

Wee Angels 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 3-day a week Kindergarten Readiness program, which is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children age three and older may attend our Multi-age, two day a week program held on Tuesday and Thursday. Morning classes run from 9:00 to 11:30, and afternoon classes from 12:15 to 2:45. 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 this newly organized 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 Tuesday of each month 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.

  1. Reaching the point of initial conversion and wishing to become a Catholic, the person is accepted as a Candidate by the church.
  2. The Candidate then attends several weeks of classes and prepares for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
  3. 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 June 25-30, 2017.

Faith Formation Volunteer

Preschool through 6th grade Catechists and Co-Catechists

St. John’s preschool through sixth grade classes are held once-a-month on the first Wednesday of the month. In addition to the monthly Family Formation night, preschool 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.

Preschool 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.

7th through Confirmation Catechists and Co-Catechists

With the benefit of teens choosing their classes, catechists in our 7th-10th program teach a variety of class options. Often volunteers will teach a class of special interest to them. 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.

Youth Ministry

St. John’s Youth Ministry programs 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. Check out our Facebook page to see what we’ve been up to “St. John’s Youth Group”.

Sacrament Prep 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

December 6th we will be hosting the “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission” event. Volunteers are sometimes needed for set-up/clean-up, staffing a registration/check-in table, greeting or hospitality.

Prayer Team

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 492-5827.

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