“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.”
The mission and purpose of the Spirituality and Worship ministry is the development of liturgical and devotional celebrations that will call the entire community to “full, conscious, and active participation” (CSL n. 14) in the heart of the liturgy: the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ.
Spirituality & Worship
Our liturgies utilize the talents and gifts that God has given our community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within theMass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lay ministers who have the privilege to assist the priest at Mass by giving to others the Body and Blood of Christ. Training provided. Scheduler: Marilou Tonkovich
Lectors: After specialized training, lectors are commissioned to proclaim the Scriptures at liturgical celebrations on Sundays, weekdays and other special prayer services. Scheduler: Dan Botich
Cantors: lead the congregation in song at Masses on Saturdays and Sundays. Parish Music Director: Don Kometz
Ministers of Welcome: Families and individuals who welcome people at the Liturgies and other prayer services. Their purpose is make people welcome by handing out hymnals, bulletins and other services. Key Contact: Gary Pieters
Ministers of the Altar: Any boy or girl who is at the fifth grade through college level is invited to serve at Mass. Duties including assisting at weekday and Sunday Masses, funerals and wedding celebrations. Adults are invited to serve at our school Masses when the younger children are present for worship. Key Contact: Fr. Kevin Scalf
Sacristans: provide a valuable ministry by taking special care of the Sanctuary and Sacristy. Work is done on a weekly basis: laundry (altar cloths, etc.) on Monday/Tuesday mornings; ironing Wednesday/Thursday mornings; cleaning the Sacristy and Sanctuary on Friday. Additional volunteers are most welcome. Key Contact: Fr. Kevin Scalf
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Word for Children is offered for children ages four through eight during most 11:00 a.m. Masses at Saint John the Baptist Church. During the session, the children are invited to a special sharing of Sunday’s scriptures as they leave the adult congregation to hear and discuss Sunday’s scriptures at their level of understanding. An adult leader guides the children and provides them with some means of retaining and sharing the scripture message others. The children rejoin the congregation at the Offertory. There is no pre-registration necessary.
Eucharistic Minister to the Sick:
Take Communion to those individuals who are temporarily unable to attend Mass due to illness. Training provided. Key Contact: Deacon Joe Manchak
Eucharistic Minister to Elderly/Homebound:
Take Communion to elderly who are in Whiting-Robertsdale Care Center and unable to attend Mass, or to those who may be homebound. Training provided. (Parishioner volunteers provide communion services and other prayer services to residents of the Care Center. Key Contact: Joseph Kruczek
Infant Baptism Ministry
Infant Baptisms for children under the age of seven are celebrated during Sunday Masses five times each year (January, Lent/Easter, June, August and November).Each series is composed of two formation sessions for parents and godparents which precede the celebration of the two Rites of Baptism. During the First Rite of Baptism the parents present their children to the community and state their desire to have their children baptized. The Second Rite of Baptism includes the Anointing and Pouring of the Waters of Baptism.
Parents must be active and participating members of the parish for six months before scheduling their child’s Baptism.
The sessions are facilitated by the Baptism Ministry Team which is comprised of members of the parish Pastoral Staff as well as parents who have recently had children baptized.
For more information contact the parish office.
Music at St. John’s includes opportunities for singers, instrumentalists, children and adults, those who are experienced and those who are learners. They include those who participate by sharing their gifts, and also those who listen. All are welcomed to join in the music that is an expression of faith, a part of the prayer of the Church.
Alleluia Community Choir is a citywide choir formed in 1995.
It began as the Alleluia Choir in 1987 to enhance funeral liturgies at St. John Church. Recognizing the need other parishes have for this ministry, the choir was expanded in scope and membership to offer its musical resources to all catholic parishes in the Whiting-Robertsdale area.
All are welcome to join and to so minister to the bereaved.
School Choir was formed to lead the worshipping assembly at school liturgies and within the larger parish liturgical gatherings. Membership consists of children who attend St. John School. Choir members make a commitment to participate in school rehearsals held each Wednesday during the school year from 2:35 to 4:00 p.m. Please Contact the school office: (219) 659 3042.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith formation program offered to those who wish to become members of the Catholic faith. Formation begins in September and culminates at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil.
For more information call the parish office: (219) 659 0023.
Couple to Couple Marriage Preparation
The Catholic Church offers marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live married life; and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
Key Contact: Mrs. Margaret Saliga