The Family Mass at St. John’s is a wonderful way for families young and old to participate in prayer and worship together. This Mass supports the Religious Education program with seasonal and grade level liturgies throughout the year. The Family Mass is held on Sundays at 9am and is followed by Donuts and Coffee downstairs in the Social Hall.
Features of the Family Mass include:
*Music appealing to the children sung by our Family Mass Choir
*Homilies meaningful to both children and adults
*Children serving as gift bearers
*Youth Choir during Easter and Christmas
Family Mass Ministries and Roles
The Family Mass provides several opportunities for parents and children to actively celebrate Mass. Participating in special roles in the liturgy help children and adults alike to develop an understanding and appreciation for the Mass and Catholic traditions. If you think you or child/ren would enjoy helping during the Family Mass, there are lots of ways listed below. We’d love to have your help!
Eucharistic and Liturgical Ministers – Ministering at the Family Mass is a great way to serve God and the community. Eucharistic Ministers assist in Communion distribution at Mass. Lectors proclaim the Word of God. There is a brief training session for both ministries. Parents interested in becoming a Eucharistic or Liturgical Minister can email Chrissy Cassa for more information.
Greeters and Ushers – We always need help in welcoming people to the Family Mass, handing out bulletins or other materials, bringing the gifts to the altar, and overseeing the collection. These tasks provide a wonderful opportunity for families to minister together. We’d love to have you and your children help! Families interested in participating, please email Chrissy Cassa for more information.
Altar Servers – Altar Servers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest during Mass. The ministry is open to all youth of the parish who have made their First Communion. There is a training session for Altar Servers. For more information email Anne Connors.
Family Mass Music – If you enjoy the upbeat, children-friendly, hand-clapping hymns we sing each week, we are always seeking new singers and instrumentalists to join our ranks. All ages are welcome! During the school year, we rehearse each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. to prepare for that day’s 9:00 a.m. Mass, and we also prepare special liturgies for Grade Level Masses, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost. For more information about how to get involved, please contact Christopher Holownia (617-513-0823).
Hospitality – Donuts and coffee are offered downstairs in the Social Hall after the Family Mass. It is a great place to meet and greet old and new friends. Families volunteer to help with set-up and clean-up each week – if you have not had a chance to host yet, or are ready to host again, please visit our Donut Sign-Up page to pick a date that is convenient for your family.
For More Information
Chrissy Cassa, Family Mass Coordinator – 781-235-0045