Altar Servers participate with the Priest in performing various parts of the liturgy. They assist the Sacristan with preparing the altar, lighting the candles and other tasks as assigned. This ministry is open to all people who have been Baptized and have made their First Holy Communion. Adult altar servers assist at weekday masses and funerals. Youth altar servers assist at weekend masses, at weddings, and other special liturgies. Training is conducted several times each year.
Adult Servers – Contact Office, 239-566-8740
Youth Servers – Jean-Paul Boucher, 239-566-8740
Arts and Liturgical Environment
The Arts and Liturgical Environment Commission provides leadership in setting the environment of the Church during all the Liturgical seasons. Its major responsibilities include decorating for the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, Christ the King and other special parish and feast days. This Commission maintains the flowers and living plants in the sanctuary and other areas of the church.
Kay Sanfelippo, 239-949-7122
The Bereavement Ministry includes three separate groups: the Arimatheans who attend funeral masses and memorial services to provide support and compassion from the parish community; the funeral lunch committee, a group of 40 women who take turns serving lunch for the family and friends after a funeral mass; and grief facilitators who hold support groups as needed to give support to those suffering a loss.
Dee Donnelly, 239-594-7193
Circle of Comfort
The Circle of Comfort Ministry is a support team for anyone that is or has been affected by cancer. Our mission is to help, encourage, pray, listen, laugh or whatever it takes to help each other live one day at a time. So for anyone that has been affected by cancer, let us share our experience of strength and hope.
Jim and Darlene Follese, 239-566-8740
Are you a Cursillista? The Ultreya Group wants to know where Cursillo parishioners are located in the Naples area. We are compiling a 2014 schedule for dates, contact lists and potential locations for our monthly meetings.
Robyn DeVille, 239-253-6275
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The main goal of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Commission is to assist the clergy in the distribution of Holy Communion within the Catholic community of St. John the Evangelist so as to ensure that all Catholics, within the parish boundaries, desiring to receive Holy Communion are offered that opportunity at least weekly. Ministers distribute Holy Communion at all Masses and on a daily basis to Catholic patients of North Collier Hospital as well as seven nursing homes and the homebound parishioners.
Maureen Reed – Call the Office, 239-566-8740
Greeters and Ushers
The goals of the Greeters and Ushers are to greet, welcome and assist the faithful as they gather for worship. They assist in seating parishioners, help at the offertory, appoint and assist gift bearers, and direct the communion process. They are trained to handle any emergencies that may occur.
Bill Fuller, 239-566-8740
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County works in partnership with God and people of all walks of life in the Naples area to build homes for qualifying families in need. Homes are sold at cost with a no-interest mortgage to families who are living and working in Collier County. All Habitat families qualify if they are legal resident or US citizens, earn low wages, live in unacceptable conditions and are willing to partner with Habitat.
Nick Kouloheras, 239-775-0036
Knights of Columbus (KC)
The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide Catholic men’s fraternal organization founded on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. St. John’s Council provides regular financial support for our seminarians and our parish. Knights also conduct a wide variety of activities to enhance and strengthen family life in the parish.
Knitting and Crocheting
The Knitting and Crocheting ministry knits and crochets to benefit those in need. It makes baby hats and booties, blankets for babies, hats for chemo patients, lap robes for hospitalized servicemen, and prayer shawls for people who are ill.
Call the Office: 239-566-8740
Ladies of Charity
Ladies of Charity is a local chapter of a national organization, the Ladies of Charity of the United States of America. The Ladies meet monthly and they volunteer in Immokalee schools, the Guadalupe soup kitchen and clothing bank. The Ladies also visit local nursing homes to assist residents who want to attend Mass. In addition, they are available to provide friendly visits and to perform simple errands for the elderly and homebound.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at the Holy Mass in a clear, persuasive and with interpretive emphasis so that the faithful may discover anew God’s Word, live in our assembly.
The Men’s Club organizes, cooks, orders and serves food and beverages and otherwise provides staff and support for a multitude of parish and parish-related functions. It hosts the parish picnic, Children Easter Egg Hunt, and the men work closely with the Family Ministry at many of their events. The Men’s Club organizes four or five big band dances each year and donates the proceeds to parish causes.
Jack Nalipinski, 239-566-8740
The Music Ministry consists of the Director of Music, who is also chief cantor, the pastoral musician and head organist, the adult, youth and children’s choirs, cantors and resident musicians. Members of the adult choir sing at either the 9:00 or 11:15 Sunday mass during the period October-May, as well as at other special liturgical events during the year. The newly formed youth choir sings at the 5:00 Sunday night Contemporary Mass, while the children’s choir sings at special masses during the year. Cantors sing at all Sunday masses and resident musicians are on call for special events and liturgies. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings.
Call the Office, 239-566-8740
The Nursing Ministry is dedicated to the support and encouragement of wellness and health of the Saint John Parish Family. From monthly seminars on health topics ranging from nutrition, exercise, and aging issues to performing health screenings, the Nursing Ministry illustrates how taking care of your body helps take care of your spirit and your soul.
Sue Townsend, RN, FCN
The Religious Boutique, located near the restrooms at the rear of the church, provides a convenient place for parishioners to purchase religious articles for their homes and families. The boutique is usually open during weekend Masses. Please consult the bulletin for hours of operation.
Jackie Gibson, 239-228-3921
Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee educates and informs the parish community on all aspects of respect life, which include the unborn, mothers who have had abortions, the elderly, mentally challenged, the physically challenged, the imprisoned, and the terminally ill and the poor and hungry. The Committee requests participation by parishioners through prayers of the faithful, homily inclusion, legislative alerts and community outreach.
Rosemary Erickson, 239-597-3941
The Committee works closely with the following local agencies:
Collier County Coalition for Life – A coalition of Respect Life Committees, Knights of Columbus, and Councils of Catholic Women from each of the Catholic Churches in the area. The mission is to collaborate in bringing the pro-life message to the church community and beyond.
Flo Rogers, 239-434-5452
Immokalee Pregnancy Center – a Christian counseling service for pregnant women and teens.
Diane Hanson – Director, 239-657-2016
Naples Prolife Center – an organization promoting education and legislation in regard to all “life” issues, i.e. abortion, euthanasia and respect for the physically or mentally challenged.
Joe Hennessey, 239-262-Life
Gabriel Project – a one-on-one mentoring program for pregnant women and teens.
Nancy Farren, 239-434-0579
Project Rachel Lay Companion – a post-abortion healing ministry providing one-on-one counseling.
Loretta Judy, 239-596-2291
Providence House – a transitional, residential program for single parents and their children.
Nancy Farren – President, 239-434-0579
Sunlight Home –a residential program for pregnant women and teens.
Linda Hale – Executive Director, 239-352-0251
Rosemary Erickson – President, 239-239-597-3941
Collier Pregnancy Center – provides pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, counseling and support services.
Kay Thurston – Executive Director, 239- 262-6381
Sacristan and Martha Guild
Sacristans prepare the vestments for the celebrant, set up the altar, and prepare the sacramental and lectionary for all masses. They maintain the holy water font and various candles in the sanctuary. They are also responsible for the maintenance of all altar cloths and the celebrants’ linens and arrange for their cleaning and repair. Members of the Martha Guild assist the sacristans.
Lan Tran, 239-566-8740 ext 133
The Sewing Group Ministry provides children’s clothing for St. Pius X Parish in Jamaica and clothes for needy children of Immokalee, which are distributed through the Guadalupe Center or the Compassionate Friends of St. Johns, and provides various needs for the Sunlight Home. The Sewing Group also works with the Arts and Liturgical Commission to provide altar cloths and banners. In addition, the group makes vestment repair and works with the Family Ministry on making costumes for events like “A Night in Bethlehem”.
Women of the Word
We welcome any woman of any age to study our faith using the Bible and other Catholic writings in a non-judgmental, supportive community. We meet Thursday at 9:30 AM.
Nancy Bouchard, 443-498-8452