Our parish community draws its life and mission from the liturgy that we celebrate as a community. At Mass, in the Liturgy of the Hours, as well as in personal prayer, the Liturgical Life of St. John the Evangelist is centered around our sharing in Jesus’ own life with the Father in the Holy Spirit. Our celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, is the basis of the Liturgical Life of our parish. In addition to that, our music ministry and small prayer groups allow the life of grace to draw the members of our parish community into communion with Christ.
LITURGY COMMISSION – Our commission meets on a monthly basis to plan for the major seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, Pentecost) and all special Masses (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, All Souls Memorial Mass). It is around the altar that we celebrate our viability as a parish.
ALTAR SERVERS – All children of our parish who have received their First Communion are invited to serve at weekend and Holyday Masses as well as other special liturgies as needed. Training is provided.
ADULT FUNERAL SERVERS – All men are invited to serve at the funeral Mass of our parishioners.
ADULT CHOIR – Our Adult Choir sings for all special parish liturgies and rehearsals are held in advance of these Masses.
FAMILY AND YOUTH CHOIR – Parents and children play for and sing at the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass. The music is dynamic and uplifting and the congregation loves it. This intergenerational experience is one of our additions along with a Rock Mass featuring contemporary Christian music and traditional hymns.
CANTORS – Cantors lead the congregational singing for all weekend Masses.
MUSICIANS – We welcome all with any musical talent to share your gifts for our weekly family Mass at 10:00 and other liturgies throughout the year.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – Our children are dismissed after the opening prayer of the 10:00 AM Mass and proceed to the chapel to hear the Word of God and have it explained to them. A small craft is prepared to help them to appreciate the meaning of the Gospel. Teachers and aides supervise the children. The children return at the offertory and carry the gifts along with the Lectionary in the procession to the altar.
USHER – We welcome any parishioner who would be willing to serve as a greeter to welcome all who come to Mass and to help with the offertory collection.
SPECIAL MINISTER OF THE EUCHARIST – We need from five to eight ministers at each of our weekend Masses to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. Instruction is provided for all new ministers.
LECTOR – Proclaiming the word of God at weekend and daily Mass is a privilege. Instruction and a workbook for preparation at home is provided.
CHURCH ENVIRONMENT – We have such a beautiful church in which to celebrate the mysteries of God’s love for us. We invite all who are willing to participate in decorating our worship space for the main seasons of the year. It is a very rewarding experience.
PARISH RETREAT PLANNING – We have a parish retreat in preparation for Easter. We seek the input from our parishioners to plan the various liturgies and events such as the “Soup & Scripture” as well as the Masses for the Anointing of the Sick and the “Road to Resurrection”.
FR. PEYTON PRAYER MINISTRY – Individuals pray for the special intentions of our parishioners and all who request their prayers.