The mission and purpose of this commission is to promote family life, to help build the parish community and to foster a sense of belonging among the parishioners. It is primary responsible for identify and providing for the social and communal needs of the parishioners that will strengthen the faith community and give people a sense of belonging.

Parish Life Ministries

Alumni Association - Forever Blue and Gold

LGO_AlumniForever Blue and Gold’s mission statement is to assure the legacy of Saint John the Baptist Catholic School lives forever and forever.

SJB Parish Contact: Mr. Tom Puplava

Homebound Ministry

Homebound Ministry to our homebound parishioners is considered essential to our parish life.

The priests visit the homebound once a month. Commissioned lay ministers visit weekly to administer the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Names of parishioners in special need of prayer are published weekly in the parish bulletin.
Please call the rectory if you wish to receive the Sacraments or wish to have your name added to the prayer list.

Key Contact: Deacon Joe Manchak

Marian Theater Guild


Mary and the child Jesus, located above the entrance to the Marian Memorial Auditorium.

The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting’s longest running community theatre!

Since the days of Jim LaPert back in the 1920’s, St. John’s has had a rich history of performance. Today, The Guild continues that long tradition of producing excellent drama and musical theatre in our parish auditorium.

The group was originally organized as a social activity for the parishioners in 1926 with its first production called “Mammy’s Lil’ Wild Rose.” It officially became “The Drama Club” in 1928. It continues today as an award winning theatre steeped in theatrical and community history.

Two shows per year are presented: one in the spring and one in the fall season. Auditions to the shows is open to everyone, parishioners are encouraged volunteer on stage or behind the scenes.

 The box office number for the Guild is 219-473-7555.

Rosary Society

The purpose of the Rosary Society is to cultivate and promote devotion to our Lord and His Mother by attendance at monthly Benediction and the daily recitation of the rosary. The Society welcomes all women of the parish.SJB Rosary Society

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month and begin with Benediction and the Rosary at 1:00 p.m. Members are assigned to a group called a “Rose” made up of a Promoter and 14 women. Each woman is assigned to pray one Mystery of the rosary daily. Beside the recitation of the rosary, members are asked to attend wakes and funerals of deceased members, the monthly meeting and various social affairs sponsored by the Society.

Key Contact: Ms. Joyce Wagner