As Catholics, worship through the liturgy of the Mass is at the heart of all that we believe. Liturgical Ministries serve the St. John's faith community in the areas of private and public worship. Private worship is a commitment to personal and communal prayer time to build up the Body of Christ. Public worship is centered on the Sunday Eucharistic celebration and other special liturgical events. Many opportunities are available for those who feel called to take an active and often visible role by serving in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration. Other opportunities are available for those who feel called to serve in a supportive, behind the scenes role in the areas of both public and private worship.
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Adoration for one hour with the Blessed Sacrament is beyond value. This is time that we spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, where He fills us with spiritual riches and increases our divine union with Him. Each person that comes before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is welcomed by Him with unspeakable enthusiasm and delight. His love is our strength. One form of prayer that pleases Jesus very much is just to be still and simply let Jesus love us in the Blessed Sacrament. Just as we can't be exposed to the sun without receiving its rays, so too we can't come before the Blessed Sacrament without receiving the divine rays of the grace and love of the Son of God. Those who participate in this vital ministry have said that they experience great peace and solitude with Jesus during their time. If you would like to spend an hour with Jesus and become an Adorer, contact the Parish Office.
Altar Servers have the responsibility of assisting the priest during Mass and other special occasions. Young boys and girls who have:
· Received First Eucharist
· In fifth grade or older.
· Who show an interest in being a part of the Mass.
· Have their parents' support.
Are encouraged to serve the community as an Altar Server for this special ministry.
Altar servers must attend training and should be prepared to assist the priest during mass approximately once a month.
St. John’s Altar Society feel that it is a privilege to participate in the duties of altar care. We do our work with reverence because we prepare for the sacred moment when the bread and wine are consecrated in to the body and blood of Jesus.
Duties and Mission:
· Maintain and furnish linens and other altar needs
· Clean the holy water fonts and polish candle holders, etc.
· Clean and/or repair altar linens and priests’ vestments.
· Inspect altar server albs for mending and take them to laundry as needed
· Promote spiritual development, unity and fellowship among the women of the parish.
Any female over 18 years of age, single or married, within St. John’s parish is eligible for membership. There are no dues.
We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 9:30am during the months of September through May. Refreshments are served to enjoy fellowship.
For information, please call the Parish Office to be directed to a contact person.
We welcome you to join us. Together, we can show the deep love that we have of Jesus by participating in this wonderful service to Him.
Arts and Environment ministry makes St. John the Baptist trulybeautiful church. This ministry creates and prepares the worship environment for each liturgical season. The gifts and talents of youth and adult parishioners are used to create a prayerful environment for liturgical celebrations. We always welcome new ideas; so, if you would like to help us for the coming seasons you are encouraged to call the Parish Office.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion help distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at Holy Communion during Mass as well as minister to homebound parishioners. Invitation by the Pastor is required to participate in this ministry. Eucharistic ministers must be at least 18 years of age, have received the Sacrament of First Eucharist and Confirmation, and be in good standing with the Church. Training is also required on theology of the Eucharist and proper handling of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Guadalupanas' main purpose is the celebration held for our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, when our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531.
Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm from September through May. For information contact the Parish Office.
La Imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe que visita una familia cada semana para rezar el Santo Rosario.
She is our mother that invites each family to receive her in their home, for this they must come to mass and return it the next Sunday. The Blessed Mother takes us to Jesus to the family that prays the rosary. If you want to receive the visit of our Blessed Mother call the office for more information call the parish office.
Lectors participate in the Eucharistic Celebration by proclaiming the Old and New Testament in the first and second readings.
Spanish lectors serve at the Spanish Mass and all bilingual celebrations.
Our mission is to proclaim the word of God and to inspire through His word.
People with good reading and speaking skills are encouraged to share the talents of their voices.
If you wish to serve in this ministry, contact the Parish Office.
The mission of St. John’s Music Ministry is to enhance the Liturgy of the Mass so that the congregation can be encouraged to participate in the Liturgy, be inspired by The Word through song, and ultimately be drawn closer to God. By doing so, we hope to fulfill our baptismal promises by spreading Christianity through song and by sharing our time and talent in a spirit of faith, love, and humility.
There are a variety of musical opportunities available including singing in a group or cantoring. If you like to sing or play a musical instrument, this may be your calling. All our musical groups welcome new members at any time. Auditions are not required. If interested, contact the Parish Office or Stephanie Hopkins at 832-248-8777. We look forward to hearing you use your talents.
Choir practice times are Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm.
Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace through Mary, the Mother of God. At St. John the Baptist we pray the rosary every Sunday 30 minutes before Masses. If you would like to help recite the rosary or be a substitute please contact the Parish Office.
“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer."
--Pope Leo XII
Sacristans at St. John the Baptist support the priests and other ministers in preparing for Mass by setting up all items required and being available during Mass should the need arise. After Mass they return all items to proper storage. Volunteers are needed for both permanent and substitute sacristans.
Ushers are the first persons the parishioners and visitors meet as they gather for the Celebration of the Mass. Ushers greet people and assist in seating them. They also assist in the collection and offertory procession. If you are interested in helping with this ministry contact the Parish Office.