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…

Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him who, we know, Loves us.
— Saint Theresa of Avila

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

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.

Liturgy Committee

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 –

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 -


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

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: 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.

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.

Coordinator: Loren Boeckmann 952-492-6447