As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12
Your unique gifts and talents have a place here at St. John the Baptist! Our many ministries are divided into four categories:
- Prayer / Care of Others
- Meeting, Greeting, Teaching
- Upkeep / Behind the Scenes
Scroll down to learn more about our ministries and find your place!
Liturgical Ministries are within and surrounding the celebration of Mass. They include the following:
- Eucharistic Minister
- Altar Server
- Tech Minister
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word
- Sacristy Laundry
- Reset Church Space
- Hospitality Host
Prayer / Care of Others
St. John the Baptist’s chapel provides a place for people to pray before the Blessed Sacrament 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Chapel is open to anyone at any time. Hours are available for those interested in scheduling a weekly hour of prayer and worship. You can sign up, request a sub and change your regularly scheduled adoration hour all online HERE. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Trained lay people respond in the name of the Church to the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals by bringing a caring presence and a living reminder of God’s love. The BeFriender Ministry is not so much “doing” but rather “being” a ministry of presence of quiet listening. They also bring the Eucharist to the homebound. Read the Befrienders Position Description here. Contact the parish office to get involved.
Knights of Columbus
Founded in 1882, the Knights of Colum. Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has grown to the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with more than 1.7 million members. Members are engaged in service to God, Church, Community, Family, and Youth. Charitable and religious activities are conducted throughout the year. Financial security is available through their fraternal insurance. Read the Knights of Columbus Position Description here and contact Deacon Gary Hoffman to get involved at email@example.com.
Respect Life Committee, A Community Caring for Life (ACCL)
ACCL members are part of a broader network across the Archdiocese which coordinates a wide variety of efforts to promote and support respect for life, assist those facing crisis pregnancies, as well as educate parishioners and the public on respect life issues. St. John the Baptist currently does not have a Respect Life Committee Lead – if you are interested, read the Respect Life Committee Position Description here and contact the Parish Office to get involved.
Meals on Wheels
St. John’s parishioners help deliver dinners during various weeks of the month beginning at 11:00am to 12:00pm, to homebound residents of the Southshore area. Volunteer drivers pick-up prepared meals at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior. We work around a volunteer’s time and vacations to schedule drivers Monday through Friday. This is a great ministry for those at home with children, or for retirees. Read the Meals on Wheels Position Description here. Contact the Parish Office to get involved.
Parish men and women prepare and serve meals for grieving families and friends of the deceased. Our funeral ministry assists families when a loved one dies by providing staff to serve and clean up the luncheon following the funeral. Commitment is approximately 10:00am – 1:00pm weekdays, approximately 11-12 times per year. Read the Funeral Lunches Position Description here and contact the Parish Office to get involved.
Meeting, Greeting, and Teaching
Faith Formation Assistant
Assistants work alongside Faith Formation Catechists with our Youth in the Faith Formation program to help teach and strengthen their faith. Contact parish office to get involved.
Hosts lead after-mass hospitality by starting the coffee and traying donuts before mass, setting everything out after Communion, greeting parishioners during hospitality (especially new faces!), and cleaning up afterwards. Contact Kari Hoeft to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-474-8868, ext. 206.
Bible Study/Small Group Lead
Bible Studies and Small Groups are offered periodically at St. John the Baptist and are led by parishioners. Materials are provided by the church and leads guide conversation during Bible Study/Small Group gatherings. Contact the parish office to get involved.
Youth Ministry Events
Use your gifts to assist with the execution of the various Youth Ministry Events at St. John the Baptist! Involvement varies depending upon the event, but may include set up/clean up and spending time with the youth during events. Contact the parish office to get involved.
Staff the Welcome Desk
Ministers are asked to commit to a 4 hour weekly assignment at the Welcome Desk in the Gathering Place. This person will receive packages, route phone calls, and answer questions for visitors to the parish. Contact the parish office to get involved.
Assist St. John the Baptist Montessori School with the many school functions, events, fundraisers and the like throughout the school year and summer. Contact the School Office. Many hands make light work! Assist behind the scenes or on the front lines during events held throughout the year at St. John the Baptist. Contact Sarah Reid to get involved at email@example.com or 952.474.8868 ext. 208.
Upkeep / Behind the Scenes
Are you handy? Do you enjoy fix-it projects? Do you like to clean and organize? This ministry group assists with an assortment of smaller, specialty jobs as well as seasonal cleaning in the church. This is a great way to put your talents to good (God’s) use! Contact the parish office to get involved.
Assist with the upkeep of our beautiful cemetery by weed eating, mowing, making minor repairs, and completing other projects as needed. Contact the parish office to get involved.
Church Cleaning – Altar and Rosary Society
Maintain our beautiful church by keeping it beautifully clean! Join an annually rotating group that commits two hours of their time per month to clean and pray for our parish. Read the Position Description here and contact the parish office to get involved.
Knights of Columbus
Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has grown to the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with more than 1.7 million members. Members are engaged in service to God, Church, Community, Family, and Youth. Charitable and religious activities are conducted throughout the year. Financial security is available through their fraternal insurance. Read the Knights of Columbus Position Description here and contact Deacon Gary Hoffman to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org.