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 is dedicated to growing a sense of community within St. John’s parish as well as the congregation’s relationship with the Jordan community. This “social” committee plans, organizes and hosts events for the parish. They coordinate donut Sundays along with events such as “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, soup suppers, after-Mass meal events, etc. They meet once a month.
Contact: Mary Pekarna 952-492-2753
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
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.
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, Emerald Crest; and Friendship Manor, Valley View and St. Gertrude’s 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.
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 and Wednesday evenings 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.
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: Mary Ann Heutmaker 952-492-2472
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.
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.
Parish Office Volunteers
These volunteers are available to help with tasks that arise in the parish office.
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 fund-raiser of card games for friends and neighbors who come together once a month in Louis Hall or at their homes. They play euchre, sheepshead, 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 the annual St. John’s golf and card tournament, a matching grant breakfast, matching funds Christmas bake sale, youth service hour project that earns money for the parish, a youth fall harvest party and teen bowling party, 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.
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