These are the many ways you can lend a helping hand at St. John! We have a wide variety of ministries and committees from which to choose. The time commitment ranges from a quick one-time need to a more long term opportunity to serve. Scroll down for our volunteer/ministry descriptions and become an active member of our faith community.
Please note that all volunteers at St. John the Evangelist must complete the archdiocesan Shield the Vulnerable training. For more information please visit our Shield the Vulnerable webpage here.
Altar serving is a great way for our youth to be actively involved in the liturgy. Open to all parish youth beginning in fourth grade through Middle School and High School. They assist at Sunday Mass, most often the Mass they usually attend with their families, and on major feasts of the Church Year, i.e. Christmas, Holy Week, etc. Servers schedule themselves at the times they are most available. Contact William Sohm for more information. Hispanic servers may contact Fr. the parish office at 301-662-8288.
Arimathea Ministers assist at funeral services as ushers, altar servers, lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They may also attend funeral services as representatives of our St. John’s Parish family to offer support to the bereaved. Named after Joseph of Arimathea who arranged for the burial of Jesus, this ministry is especially suited for people who are retired or have flexible work schedules. If you are interested in serving or would like more information, contact Mrs. Ruth Dredden at 301-662-4867.
Baptism Preparation and Celebration Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist families in preparing their children for the sacrament of Baptism. There are opportunities to help with the education of families which occurs on the first Thursday of the month, and opportunities to assist the celebrant during the communal celebrations of Baptism on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Please contact Amy Spessard for more information.
Help your fellow parishioners during a time of suffering in their lives. Bereavement Ministers write six monthly letters of support, consolation, and prayer to those who have lost a love one. All materials are provided. If you would like to support others through their grief, and if writing a note is doable for you, please contact Pam Zusi.
Cantors lead our Assembly in song at five Masses each weekend as well as at special celebrations and services. Cantors should have a pleasant singing voice and clear speaking voice. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement. Contact Director of Liturgy, Joe Swiss.
This is a national women's club that meets at St. John's. It is the 2nd oldest Court in the State of Maryland and as such has a proud history of gathering women of all ages into stronger faith life and service to God and His Church. The Court meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Ruth Dredden.
St. John's has been privileged to provide a final resting place for its parishioners and many prominent Americans. This committee provides for the promotion and upkeep of these important grounds. Contact Bill Milani.
Children's Liturgy of The Word (CLOW)
These volunteers have the responsibility of sharing the Mass Scripture readings with our young people ages four years old to fourth grade during the 11:00 AM Mass. The children and their leaders are excused from the Assembly at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word and gather in a separate worship space to open and discuss the Scripture readings at a level they can understand. Contact Joe Swiss by email or at 301-662-8288.
The Adult Choir which sings at various Weekend Masses is open to anyone who would love to be a part of the choir. The Choir supports Assembly song and enhances worship through other special music. No experience is necessary; just a love of singing and to be with others. The Choir rehearses from 7:30 - 9:00 PM on Thursday evenings in the Church. Our goal is to worship through song. Contact Peggy Frazier.
Coffee & Donuts
Knights of Columbus and Ministries from the Parish provide hospitality after the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses with coffee and donuts the first Sunday of every month. Contact Tom Plunkett .
Corpus Christi Ministry
Promotes Eucharistic devotion through promotion of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on a regular basis in the parish.
This committee has the responsibility of enhancing the church area for worship such as decorating for the major feasts and seasons of the year. Contact Joe Swiss via email or 301-662-8288.
Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration
Volunteers help set up and organize for exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday from 3:00-8:00pm. Contact Dean Baldwin or call Michael Harrison at 301-662-8288
Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion (at Mass)
The EMHC has the great privilege of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ for the Sunday Mass, Holy Days of Obligation and other special celebrations. This ministry is open to persons 16 years of age and older, confirmed in the Church and have an abiding faith in the Eucharist. Training is regularly provided. Contact Roberta Coccagna for English Masses and the parish office 301-662-8288 for Spanish Masses.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound
These ministers also distribute the Eucharist at the hospital, nursing homes and to parishioners confined at home. Training sessions are held regularly throughout the year. Please contact Mrs. Eileen Borowski at 301-473-5738 or the parish office for Hispanic ministers.
Works to conserve and maintain our parish facilities. Contact the parish office by email or call 301-662-8288.
Faith Formation Catechist and Aides for Elementary and Youth Programs
Adults and teens are needed at all levels of the faith formation program at St. John’s. Each grade has several volunteers that work in the classroom to create an environment which engages our youth in the study of their faith. Lots of training and support is provided for all volunteers. We also need people to help with bulletin board design each month, and special projects throughout the year. Additionally, we are looking for individuals who can help with English to Spanish translation for our written information. There is also a need for volunteers in our sacramental preparation programs; often the needs are for a day or two such as helping with a family day or chaperoning a pilgrimage. If you feel called to share your faith with our youngest members, please contact us! Contact Amy Spessard via email or call 301-662-8288.
Provides welcoming and hospitality to the Filipino-American community here at St. John’s . Contact Joni Carlo or call 301-846-7959.
This committee is responsible for the formation and oversight of the Parish Budget. It is also responsible for advising the Pastor on the proper care for the parish investments and long range financial planning. Email or call the parish office , 301-662-8288
First Friday Devotion
Volunteers help set up and organize the First Friday Devotion in the church for prayer and quiet time. Contact
Funeral Reception Ministry
Our ministry has two purposes: to pray for the dead and bring comfort to the mourner through hospitality refreshments and camaraderie. Contact Celeste Pridemore.
This club is a service ministry dedicated to beautifying the church grounds. The members meet 3 or 4 times a year to plant and groom the gardens, or create wreaths for the church door. Contact Lynn Rinehart.
Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Retirement Centers
Assist with Mass at seven local nursing homes where Mass is offered monthly for all Catholic residents, and pastoral visits are made weekly. Contact Sister Margaret Bauer at 301-662-8288.
Volunteers collect food donations after Masses and deliver to the Food Shelters. Contact William Key.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of Catholic men who pledge to live out their lives in strong accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney, the Knights have pledged themselves to good works and mutual support of the local parish. The St. John’s Council #1622, founded in 1912, meets at St. John the Evangelist Church in Room 10 of the Sr. Margaret Bauer Evangelization Center on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:30 PM. The meetings are open to members in good standing of the Knights of Columbus. For more information on Knights of Columbus Council #1622, please visit their website or email Bill Desmond for English speaking Knights. For the San Juan Bosco Council, please contact Raul Canaviri.
Lectors proclaim the scriptures at Sunday Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Any parishioner high school age or older is invited to be trained to share in the ministry of God's word. Training sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Please contact Dave Evans. Hispanic lectors can contact the parish office, 301-662-8288.
This committee is made up of parishioners who are involved in serving in various roles in the liturgical life of the parish. With the help of ongoing education and training, they act on behalf of all parishioners in planning our community's liturgical and prayer life during the liturgical seasons, special feasts, holy days, and other events. Meetings are quarterly. Contact Joe Swiss via email or call 301-662-8288.
Marriage Preparation Volunteers
Married Couples are needed to help prepare engaged couples for the commitment of a sacramental marriage. There is training and education available. Contact Amy Spessard for more information.
Men of St. John’s
This group of men gather regularly for mutual support and spiritual growth. The group meets every other Saturday morning at 7:30 AM for breakfast. Additionally the men volunteer their time, when possible, to various social justice projects in the area. Contact Paul McNickle.
Counts and records weekly collections. Email Cathy Todt or call 301-662-8288.
Parish nurse volunteers visit nursing homes, the hospital and home-bound parishioners to offer care in a holistic approach, and help raise the awareness of the parish at large concerning health issues. Volunteer to give blood pressure screening once a month at the parish and work with staff on safety/health situations at the parish. Contact Ann Myers.
Parish Office Volunteers
Adults are needed to assist with phone calls, preparation of bulletin, copying, and miscellaneous tasks. These volunteers would be on an on-call basis. Email Kathy Nangle or call 301-662-8288.
Peace & Justice
Journeying toward God's Kingdom of Peace and Justice is the goal of all Church activity. Parishioners are involved in educational awareness at the parish level, and legislative advocacy at the city, state, and national levels concerning all peace and justice issues. Email or call the parish office , 301-662-8288.
Prayers for Healing Team
Whether it is spiritual, physical, or emotional, we all have times we need to ask the Lord to bring us to wholeness. St. John's Parish has a trained and dedicated prayer team available to pray with any individuals seeking the Lord's healing presence. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Mike Alley. The prayer team works with Father Kevin Farmer, Pastor.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Meet once a month to assist each other in making prayer shawls for the sick and home-bound. Many work directly from home in this ministry. Contact Mary Anne Frank.
Members of this ministry are on an email distribution list and pray for the needs of individuals in the parish. Contact Terry Eskuchen.
RCIA adapted for Children
This program welcomes young children (grades 3 — 12) into the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation. Volunteers work with the students and their families to begin a relationship with Jesus through education, prayer and conversation. Contact Amy Spessard.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Volunteers are needed to assist those adults who are preparing to enter the Catholic Church through an extended period of instruction and formation. The programs needs Catholics to assist them as mentors and sponsors. Email Joe Swiss or call 301-662-8288.
Based on the belief in the sacred value of human life from conception to natural death, parishioners seek to raise awareness of the many attacks on this belief in our society. Strengthening local pregnancy centers, assisting those grieving after elective abortion (Project Rachel), improving the quality of life for those who are elderly or handicapped, and working legislatively against abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. This outreach also raises parish awareness on the issues of domestic violence, organ and tissue donation, and end-of-life decisions. Contact Mrs. Clarice Roff.
St John’s offers a variety of Catholic Scouting opportunities, and is always looking for adults to help within the program. You don’t have to love camping to help! There are plenty of administrative and behind-the-scene volunteer opportunities available in addition to those that are directly working with the scouts. Please Contact Amy Spessard.
St. John’s Prayer Group
Meets every Tuesday at 7:30 PM, “Gathering In His Name,” following the rosary at 7:00 PM, in the Sr. Margaret Bauer Evangelization Center Hall. Contact Paul McNickle.
St. Vincent De Paul
Weekly poor box donations enable the Society to provide compassionate and loving assistance for a variety of human needs to the individuals and families who request financial aid from our parish. Members meet with individuals to assess their needs and how the society can assist them. A mentoring program to support clients in breaking the cycle of poverty has also begun. For more information email Bob Pecor or call 301-662-4676.
This is a hospitality ministry in which the usher greets and guides worshiper's as they come to church, directs the collection, directs the presentation of the gifts and facilitates the communion procession. All men, women, young adults, and families are invited to fill this role. All ages are welcomed. Contact Matthew Nimpson or call 301-662-8288.
Call and send welcoming letters to new parishioners of the parish within their first six months. Contact Bridgit Tucker at 240-938-1405.
If you know which ministries you want to volunteer for, please click here and submit our form electronically. For further questions, please call the parish office at (301) 662-8288.
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