Getting Involved

Al-Anon
If someone you love has a drinking problem that bothers you, join us Tuesdays at 7:15pm in the rectory basement. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. There are no dues for membership. Newcomers welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous
AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. AA meets every Wednesday from 11 AM to Noon in the Rectory Basement.

Altar Servers
In keeping with traditional practices within our Church, young men and women who have received their First Communion are invited to assist the priest at the altar in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Contact: Fr. Carl (314) 353-1255

Altar Society
The Altar Society takes responsibility for the care of the sanctuary and its furnishings, along with the vestments and other liturgical needs. Teams of volunteers are assigned to the church on a weekly basis on Saturdays after the 8:00 AM Mass.
Contact: Elsie Allen (314) 353-4573

Casserole Program
For the Thursday before the third Friday of each month, salads and “cheeseburger pie” casseroles (in alternate months) are made by parishioners and brought to the rectory. From there, other parish volunteers bring the casseroles and salads to St. Patrick’s Center to feed the homeless. More parishioners are urged to participate.
Contact: Mary Bathon (314) 752-4710

Children’s Liturgy
Offered for young children, ages 3 through 8, is the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, at the 10:00 AM Mass every Sunday. The children go with a trained teacher to the ushers’ room for a simplified version of the Liturgy of the Word. They return at offertory time for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Training is given, and any adult or teen is welcome to become a Catechist. Young children appreciate the Mass more on their own level, and teachers find it a very rewarding ministry.
Contact: Laura Collins (314) 752-6026

Choir
Many people in our parish family put their talents and abilities at the disposal of our parish liturgical effort. Outstanding among these is the parish choir at the Sunday, 10am Mass. Members meet every Thursday at 7:00 PM for rehearsal. If you are interested in being a member of our choir, please remember that the ability to read music is not required, although it is helpful.
Contact: Lois Horak (314) 570-6887

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
The Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are a group of men and women who have been invited by the pastor to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at the Eucharistic celebration. Some of the ministers also bring Holy Communion to those who cannot attend Mass. You must be 18 years of age or older to be a Eucharistic Minister.
Contact: Barb Unger (314) 353-5271 to assist at Mass.
Contact: Helen Wells (314) 481-6125 to assist with bringing Communion to the homebound.

Finance Committee
This is a group of parishioners that assists the pastor in planning, providing for, and supervising the financial affairs and physical properties of the parish. It is concerned with parish resources, the budget, church support, parish fundraisers, and the effective utilization and maintenance of the parish plant. Meetings are Monthly in the rectory.
Contact: Donna Hawkins (314) 630-0711

Funeral Choir
This is a group of men and women who volunteer their time to be present at all parish funerals and lead the singing. This group has done much to enhance the funeral liturgies.
Contact: Marion Erwin (314) 352-2965

Garden Group
This group is responsible for the planting and watering of the annual flowers that are planted around the parish campus in the spring. They also do some weeding, mulching and winterizing the perennial plants. The group is seeking new members to expand their parish beautification work.
Contact: Phyllis Bilger (314) 496-6356

Hardly Able Construction Crew
This is a group of retired men who volunteer their services every Monday working at the parish. They do general repair of parish buildings and remodeling projects (in the school facilities).
Contact: Joe Bilger (314) 852-6480

Helping Hands Group
The Helping Hands Handiwork Group evolved from the former Peregrine Society, which made bandages for cancer patients. This group of parishioners uses their sewing skills to help several charitable causes. Among these are the Linus Blanket Program and Handmade Covers for “Crisis Nursery” babies. Items are also made by machine at home, and include lap robes for veterans, stuffed animals for children, and items for the lollipop booth. This group meets the second Tuesday each month from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM in the Teacher’s Lounge. Coffee and dessert are furnished; bring your own sandwich. All materials are furnished, but donations are welcome!
Contact: Betty Hunter-Peters (314) 481-2262

Jonah Team
These are parishioners who have been trained to pray briefly for individuals who come forward and ask for prayer. They meet every 2nd & 4th Sunday after Mass. “Is anyone among you afflicted? He should pray.” (James 5:13)
Contact: Joan Lopez (314) 479-7454

Lectors
One of the principal achievements of the Second Vatican Council has been to restore the proper distinction of ministries for the celebration of the Eucharist. The office of Lector is once again an important lay function. Men and women of the parish are encouraged to proclaim the Word of God.
Contact: Michelle Boehne (314) 503-4996

Lectio Divina Prayer Group
Through this exercise of prayer with sacred Scriptures, we seek a deeper awareness and knowledge of the living word of God which grows within us, helping us see the presence of the divine in the events unraveling in our daily lives. We meet on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call: Rose Schelling (314) 457-1132 or Dana Engelhardt (314) 477-6635.

Legion of Mary
A world-wide organization of Catholic men and women who offer their services to their pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the parish. This is done under the banner of Mary so that with her help, the legionnaires may develop a greater holiness in their own lives. Active members meet weekly and perform apostolic work weekly. Auxiliary members support the spiritual works of the Legion by their commitment to the daily Legion prayers. The Legion of Mary meets every Thursday in the Rectory at 7:00 PM.
Contact: Barb Goodheart (314) 773-5228

Liturgy Committee
The Liturgy Committee is primarily responsible for coordinating the liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year. In an effort to enhance the meaningfulness of the Liturgy, the Committee works to educate and train liturgical ministers as well as offering opportunities for the entire parish to learn more about liturgy and to contribute to the liturgical life of the parish. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Rectory meeting room.
Contact: Elsie Allen (314) 353-4573

Men’s Club
The Men’s Club primarily strives for the spiritual betterment of the men of the parish by mutual understanding, cooperation and good fellowship among its members through various club social activities, as well as helping with other parish projects. The Men’s Club meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria.
Contact: Bart Bieser (314) 496-6356

Narcotics Anonymous
NA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from narcotic addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other addicts to achieve sobriety. NA meets every Friday from Noon to 1:30pm in the Rectory Basement.

Parish Missionary Disciples
The Parish Missionary Disciples witness to the Lord’s call to grow as his disciples and to “Go therefore to make disciples of all nations” MT 28:19-20. We do this through personal and communal prayer, and we offer hospitality to all we meet. We invite all to join our parish’s religious, service and social activities. We meet on 2nd Tuesday after the Lectio Divina meeting (8:00 p.m.)
Contact: Rose Schelling (314) 457-1132 or
Dana Engelhardt (314)477-6635

Pastoral Council
Deliberately to enhance the quality of parish life and pastoral activity is the sole purpose of the pastoral council. A pastor establishes a council to expand and enhance the decision-making process of (1) pastoral planning and goal setting; (2) developing and implementing pastoral programs; (3) improving pastoral services; and (4) evaluating pastoral effectiveness.
The purpose of the pastoral council is to counsel the pastor in the area of pastoral activities. In a word, the role of the pastoral council is to : (1) help the pastor identify pastoral needs of the parish; (2) help him plan pastoral programs and improve pastoral services; (3) evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and services, with a view of their improvement or, at times, their substitution or termination.

Pastoral Council Membership: Two main duties of the pastoral council members are, first and foremost, discernment, and then, only secondarily, voting. The pastoral council must take time to discern (implying a certain church and parish sense), carefully and prayerfully, alone and corporately. The guiding and uppermost question is, “Is this of the gospel?”
Meetings are 7pm on the third Wednesday of month.
Contact: Rose Schelling: (314) 457-1132

Prayer Group
This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7pm, in the rectory basement. We read Scriptures of the day, recite the Rosary, and pray for all in the parish.
Contact: Barb Unger (314) 353-5271

Quilters
The Quilters meet every Thursday from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM all year round for quilting, a meal and conversation. Please bring a sandwich.
Contact: Mary Bathon (314) 752-4710

RCIA (Interested in becoming Catholic?)
Being Catholic is not so much a destination as it is a journey, a lifelong journey, toward salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus founded the Church (Matthew 16:18). Beginning with the Apostles and continuing down to our day, the Church continues to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mathew 28: 18-20). The Lord remains with us through his Church. Everyone is invited to participate in the Church and to join it its mission. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through with interested adults are gradually introduced to the Catholic faith. It is the beginning step to a journey of faith and a relationship with Jesus and His Church.
Contact: Fr. Carl (314) 353-1255

Respect Life Apostolate
Unlike pretty much every other activity in a parish, it is the goal of the parish Respect Life Apostolate to become obsolete. If our country would get beyond the era of legal abortions as it did slavery; if we recognize once again that every life is a gift from God, and that every human deserves dignity and respect from conception to natural death, the work of the parish Respect Life Apostolate would no longer be needed. In the meantime, we work toward that goal through a combination of intense prayer and active citizenship, in cooperation with the Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate. We pray the Rosary as a parish every Sunday before the 10:00 Mass; we maintain a literature table in the vestibule; we relay opportunities for you to be informed and active in this ministry which really belongs to us all.
Contact: Thom Pancella (314) 776-6558

Rummage Sale
This annual event is the first Saturday in March. The group begins meeting in early January on Sunday afternoons, until the sale. They price, sort and have a good time. We welcome new workers and you don’t not have to commit to every Sunday. This is a great event that we offer to our community.
Contact: Phyllis Bilger (314) 852-6480

Seniors Club
St. John’s Seniors Club meets on the 4th Wednesdays of the month at 11am, in the Parish Hall. The annual dues are just $3.00 per year, and then $2.00 per month. We have a short meeting first, then we break about 11:30am for Danish and coffee. You may buy a sandwich for $3.00 or bring your own. After lunch, we play 20 games of Bingo; we usually finish around 2:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting!
Contact: Mary Bathon (314) 752-4710

St. Ann Sodality
The St. Ann’s Sodality fosters spirituality through monthly communal Mass, works of charity, social activities, and active parish participation. The 10:00 AM Mass is celebrated on the third Sunday of each month, followed by prayer. Meetings are held after the 10:00 AM Mass in the Parish Center, on only the third Sundays of February, April and October. The annual Christmas Luncheon is held at 1:00 PM on the third Sunday of December, and St. Ann’s feast day celebrated in July, with Mass and breakfast. At the death of a member, the Rosary is prayed aloud before the funeral, and a Mass offered in her name. A Day of Recollection and the annual women’s retreat weekend are promoted by the Sodality. Smaller groups have grown from the Sodality. (The organization also sponsors three booths at the picnic, supplies cakes for the fish fries, and hosts many parish celebrations.)
Contact: Jan Angeles (314) 352-5760

St. John’s Grade School and High School Alumni
This group maintains the alumni database, provides lists of alumni for reunions, and gathers updates and pictures from reunions to publish in the Lion’s Roar, the Alumni Newsletter.
Contact: Peggy Luedde (314) 481-8684

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a group of men and women dedicated to the assistance of the needy of the neighborhood regardless of their religious affiliation. Through the generosity of our parishioners and through the sale of “Our Sunday Visitor,” the Society is able to provide food, clothing and other necessities. The men and women meet on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Rectory.
Contact: Jan McMurtry (314) 352-5749

Ushers
Ushers take up the collection, assist people with difficulties at Mass, pass out bulletins and newspapers, and make everyone feel welcome at Mass. It’s a simple job, open to anyone middle school age or older, and another chance to give your time in service to your parish.
Contact: Fr. Carl (314) 353-1255