The Sunday 9:00am Family Mass at St. John’s is a wonderful way for families young and old to participate in prayer and worship together.
The Family Mass Program includes:
- Music that appeals to children with our Family Mass Music group
- Homilies meaningful to both children and adults
- Opportunities for children of all ages to serve as greeters, ushers, and gift bearers, and for older children to assist the priest as altar servers
- Designated liturgies that support the faith development of the students in our Religious Education Program for Grades 1-8, our Saint John School students, and our young pre-school children through their active participation
- Youth Choirs during Easter and Christmas
- Donuts and Coffee after Mass in Powers Hall
Family Mass liturgies, Ministries, and Roles
The Family Mass provides opportunities for everyone to actively celebrate Mass. Participating in special roles in the liturgy helps children and adults alike to develop an understanding and appreciation for the Mass and Catholic traditions.
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. Adults interested in becoming a Eucharistic or Liturgical Minister can email Kelly Meraw 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 – please check the opportunities board in the gathering area when you arrive for Mass. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us.
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 are training sessions for Altar Servers – for more information please email Kelly Meraw.
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. We also prepare special liturgies for the Grade Level Masses, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost. All are welcome to come sing and play with this group. Please come and join us! For more information please contact Maria Wardwell.
Donuts and Coffee – Donuts and coffee are offered downstairs in Powers 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 – everything is delivered, so it’s easy, and we have instructions! If you have not had a chance to host yet, or are ready to host again, please visit our Family Mass Donuts and Coffee Sign-Up.