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Administrative Committees

Finance Council
– Members, appointed by the Pastor, serve as advisors and consultants to the Pastor regarding financial matters, personnel and capital assets. Review and approve the operating and capital budgets prepared by the parish staff accountant, endorse the appropriate annual financial reports for the Archdiocese and compare actual results from operations with established budgetary levels.

Parish Historian Team
– The Good Newsletter of St. John of the Cross Parish can be a record of our lives together as a community of faith. As always, we need help in planning, gathering news, writing, photography, editing, design, printing and distribution. As a team we will be working on a newsletter, website, and a parish scrapbook. With many contributors, the work will be easy, fun, and productive.

Parish Council
– Those elected assist the Pastor in promoting the spiritual growth of the parish and plan ways for the parishioners to carry out the mission of the church. The council’s job is to focus upon the community and pastoral needs of the people.


Christian Service

Knights of Columbus
– Our Father Loftus council is a chapter of the worldwide fraternal organization that is very active in projects and social activities helping the community and our church. We provide monetary donations to local charities, scholarships and seminaries along with contributing many volunteer hours to the parish and local community. As a vibrant council we are committed to extending the Knights through our corporal and spiritual works.

Nurse Program
– This program reaches out to our parish community. Supportive nursing services are brought forth with spirituality and respect to promote health based education through seminars.

Respect Life Committee
– Provide education regarding the value of life from conception to natural death; organize fund raising events, assist agencies, such as Carolyn’s Place, that promote respect for life and dignity of all.

Sandwich Teams
– Members gather in a social environment mainly Father Fanning Hall to make sandwiches for the St. Vincent DePaul Shelter. This activity allows organizations and families to learn the joy of community service. Drop – Ins are always welcome. The teams gather every five weeks.

Social Action Committee
– Social justice is the process of protecting the “least among us” and pursuing the common good. Our mission is to support the parish’s integration of social justice in every aspect of parish and family life. This is accomplished through the four dimensions of social justice: direct service, empowerment, advocacy, and justice education. This is done through many different events throughout the year like the Giving Tree at Christmas, the Back to School Collection in August and various Speaker Series during the liturgical year, we attempt to carry out our commitment of service and stewardship to our parish and also the greater part of the community.

Garden Club

– This ministry involves planting, weeding, and maintaining a garden located at the parish house which contains flowers and vegetables that will be brought to Saint Vincent DePaul and area food banks. The group will split gardening and distributing the bounty responsibilities on a rotating basis.

Welcoming / Hospitality
– The Welcoming Committee is in charge of contacting new parishioners and providing information on ministries and services offered by our parish.

Hospitality is that segment which tries to reach out to all parishioners by way of social events. We often host a Sunday Hospitality Coffee time after all the Masses. At this event some of our Committees present their venues such as the Knights of Columbus. Through Hospitality we hope to increase the interest of Stewardship in our Church and community.


Women’s Guild / Altar Society

– The new Women’s Guild was formed with the purpose of gathering monthly for social and spiritual enrichment.  We are planning lectures, trips, Mother-Daughter Rosary and Tea, and a Progressive Dinner.  We will be active in planning and moving forward with ideas to increase involvement in Parish activities.  Part of our tasks will be to care for the altar, sacristy and sanctuary areas.  A small group of women volunteer to wash and iron the small lines used at Mass.  Our chores will be light and our environment one of peace.

Altar Servers
– This ministry is open to our youth from grades four through high school who have received First Communion. Program offers an opportunity for youth to begin serving God, their community and their church. Recruitment is done every fall, followed with a training session shortly thereafter.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
– A select group trained by the Archdiocese to assist the Priest in distributing Communion to the congregation, sick, and home bound. The level of commitment varies between the Saturday and Sunday Masses. A schedule is always sent out in advance of the dates.


– This ministry proclaims the Word of God at daily and weekly Masses, as well as holy days through out the year.  Lectors are scheduled on a rotating basis.

First Friday Adoration
– Parishioners volunteer to be present in the Church for the Eucharistic adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of each and every month. The commitment is flexible because you choose any half hour to full hour shift following the eight o’clock mass until five in the afternoon.

Prayer Network
– Parishioners request prayers for specific needs, such as a serious illness. These requests are then passed along from one member of the Prayer Network to the next by telephone. Prayers are then said for this specific intention.

– Our ushers greet and assist parishioners with seating and the distribution of the bulletins after each Mass on Sat/Sun. On occasion, they will put separate printed inserts of interest to the parishioners, into the bulletins. They also help with the set up of the altar for Mass.

Parish Social Activities

Apple Harvest
– This committee coordinates the organizations of venders and events for the Parish annual fall festival promoting fun for attendees while raising money for the parish.

Quilters and Knitters
– This group meets once a week in an effort to use their talents in the making of useful articles that are then donated to various organizations of the community i.e. knitted or crocheted mittens, hats, and lap blankets etc. These articles are then sent on to hospitals, convalescent centers and schools. They work and pray together for the needs of the less fortunate in life.

Sunday Supper Gathering
– Parishioners host and / or attend entertaining supper evenings to promote community spirit. Monetary donations collected through this activity are used to support a wide variety of charitable causes including St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter. All parishioners welcome.

Pastoral Care Ministry

– Provide emotional support to parishioners who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Commitment: Varies depending on circumstances.

Convalescent Home Visitors
– Visit parishioners regularly at local Convalescent Homes on a mutually convenient basis. Commitment is flexible.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
– As Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion they visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick, aged, and other home-bound of the parish on a regular basis..

Hospital Visitors
– Visit parishioners at one or both of the local hospitals one day per week. Commitment: approximately one to two hours per week.


Religious Education

Grades 1 – 8
– This program’s purpose is to form young people in their Catholic Christian Faith. Volunteers, parents, and staff work in partnership to spread the Good News through prayer, worship, academic class work, discussion, service and community building. Our goal is to help students learn, live and celebrate the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. Commitment: 2 hours per week, plus special events for youth on a volunteer basis

Confirmation Grades 9 & 10

– The Confirmation program meets once a month for 7 months per year.  Ninth and tenth graders will attend lectures by spiritual speakers and contribute service hours.

Peer  Ministers Grades 11- 12

– These are High School upper classmen volunteer to plan and organize youth programs such as retreats, liturgy, parish community service, and social events. They plan and run the Festival of Trees every December and are greeters at the Lenten Soup Suppers.  Peer ministers serve as an advisory group for the high school youth of our parish.


– This ministry seeks parishioners to be instructors in the faith and sponsors for people seeking entrance into the Catholic Church. The reward is the achievement of seeing the participants come into full communion with the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil.
Instructors present the lesson on a rotating basis and work in teams teaching the doctrine of the Catholic Church, participating in the rites, and explaining the liturgy of the word. Commitment: 2 hours per week, not including preparation. Parish sponsors are those who are willing to give time and support to the candidates as they go through the process of RCIA.


To register for a ministry or for more information, please call
the Parish House at 203-758-2659


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