Worship Ministries

Liturgy Committee

This committee assists the pastor in providing meaningful and prayerful liturgies. Members prepare the Church and gathering space for seasonal feasts. They also work to have Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, greeters, ushers, sacristans, acolytes and choirs ready and prepared in their supporting roles at liturgical functions. The committee meets monthly at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays except during July.

Co-chairs: Joan Breimhorst 952-492-6801, Mary Eckman 612-237-9085


These volunteers get the altar and vessels ready for Mass. They prepare the bread and wine, put out all needed chalices and plates, light the candles and turn on the lights. After Mass they put everything back in order in the sacristy and sanctuary and secure the Church. On Baptism Sunday they prepare the space for this sacrament. An individual or couple is needed for each Mass.

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 – [email protected]

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 protected]


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 952-492-2460


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

Mass Servers

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: Jean Myers 952-492-2640

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.

Coordinator: Father Neil Bakker 952-492-4560

St. John’s Free Spirits

The Free Spirits, a music ministry utilizing contemporary praise and worship songs.

Contact: 952-492-2640

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.

Contact: 952-492-2640

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.

Coordinator: Loren Boeckmann 952-492-6447

Prayer Line

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

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration takes place in the Chapel of the Little Flower, which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, for people to spend quiet time in prayer. Adorers sign up for one hour per week or partner with someone for every other week.

Contact: Sue Pieper 952-492-3340

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