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Access Ministry. Inclusion at Mass and other celebrations of people with disabilities.

Susan Tabor, 841.3875


Adult Education. Spiritual growth opportunity. Held in St. John School on Sundays during the school year.  Dea


Adoration. Every Thursday from 8am-midnight and every Friday from 8am-8am Saturday.

John & Shannon Rasmussen, 749-1015


Altar Servers. People who assist the priest at the Altar during Masses. Must be 4th graders or older. Training sessions are periodically provided by St. John for new servers.

Kathy Mulinazzi, 841-3645, kathymulinazzi@aol.com. Click to become familiar with the procedures of being an Altar Server.


Art and Environment. Committee decorates the interior/exterior of the Church to reflect the liturgical seasons.

Kathleen Ames-Oliver, 841-3405.


Buildings and Grounds Committee. This committee reviews repairs and maintenance of our Church grounds.


Cemetery - Mount Calvary Cemetery. Located at East 13th and Elmwood Streets. Cemetery plots available.

John Chavez, 842.5602

Parish Office, 843.0109


Centro Hispano Resource Center. Success By Six, and St. John collaborated to open the Centro Hispano Resource Center at St. John. The center assists the challenges faced by Latino immigrants, build awareness, work to improve access to services, and creating a positive integration experience for the community.

Lydia Leon, Director


Children’s Liturgy of the Word. This ministry occurs during Mass. In another space, Liturgy of the Word is celebrated using approved translations of the scriptures for children. Children and adults return to Mass for the Eucharistic celebration.

Janet Gripka, 913.369.2889


Church Cleaning. Supplies provided. All are welcome. 2 hrs. on Sat. mornings.

Jeff Jenicke, maintenance@saint-johns.net


Elizabeth Ministry. Responds to women during childbearing years.

Holly Ostlund, 843.3287


Eucharistic Ministers. Assists the priest with Holy Communion during weekday, weekend, and special Masses.

Lisa Roush, lroush@saint-johns.net


Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound. People who receive additional training to take Holy Communion to those who are at home, in the hospital, or nursing home.

Elaine Skoch, 542.1864


Finance Council. This council monitors the budget and makes recommendations to the pastor and Pastoral Council.


Grief Group. Open to anyone struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one, relationship, job, etc. Part of the Health Cabinet Ministry.

Elaine Skoch, 542.1864


Health Cabinet. Committed people who work together with the Parish Nurses to form a plan to make health and wellness a part of our parish life and work.

Elaine Skoch, 542.1864


Junior High Youth Group. Open to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. A fun and prayerful experience.


Ladies, Do Your Own Thing. Whatever you are working on, do it with friends . . .   crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, beading, cross-stitch.

Shari Anderson 331.5797


Lectors. Those who proclaim the scriptures and read the commentary at weekly, weekend, and Holy Day Masses.

AnnaMarie Hill, 841-1297, a-hill@ku.edu


Long Range Planning Committee. Formed to develop a comprehensive plan for the parish including programs, ministries, and facilities.

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Music Ministry. Provides music for weekend Masses, funerals, weddings, and special liturgical celebrations. Music Ministry includes Cantors, Celebration Singers, Jubilate, Our Lady of Guadalupe Choir (Spanish Mass), and the St. John Choir.

Lisa Roush, 843.0109


Parish Activities. Plans group activities to build fellowship and community. Celebrations include: Christmas Caroling, Fall Dinner, Mardi Gras, Parish Picnic, Posada, Seder Meal, St. Patrick’s Day, Treats and Blessings for Halloween, etc.


Pastoral Council. Leadership council broadly representative of the parish who is responsible for setting and implementing parish goals.


Prayer Chain. Group of 30 men and women praying for your intentions. Call the church office if you have a prayer request or would like to volunteer.


Project Rachel. A healing ministry for men and women who are trying to heal from an abortion experience.

Kathleen Ames-Oliver, 841.3405 or 864.7413


Queen of Peace Prayer Group & Rosary. Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Meets Wednesdays at 5:30pm in the Church.

Virginia Short, 843-4461.


RCIA. For those who want to learn more about the Catholic Church.

Michael Podrebarac at liturgy@archkck.org.


Religious Education. Led by Pat Newton, RE Director, and Lois Mersmann, RE Assistant, this ministry educates the children of our parish ages 4 years old thru 9th grade through two programs: Traditional RE and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium.


Traditional RE Classes are held during the school year on Sunday mornings in St. John School. Classes end in May.

Pat Newton, RE Director, 843.9511

Lois Mersmann, RE Assistant, 843-0109


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium is a place of prayer created and built especially for the child, ages 3 to 12 in appropriate age groups. A small altar, a sacristy cabinet, a baptismal font, a prayer corner. There are shelves with small figures of Jesus, Mary, Gabriel, and Joseph...for moving and acting the life of Jesus. The children have exercises with scripture, gestures, and the traditions of the church. The Atrium is a place for children to nourish their relationship with God and encourage it to grow. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is also the primary way for non-Catholic children to prepare for initiation. Contact: Marilee Quinn, Director.


There is also a Religious Education Council who assist with the Religious Education Program, assessing and advising.


Rummage House. Provides usable items at low cost. Adult volunteers needed to sort, stock, and cashier. Rummage House hours: Wed 11am-3pm, Thurs 1pm-4pm & Sat  8:30am-12:30pm. Contact Jeff Jenicke, 843.0109


Senior High Youth Group. Designed to bring High School students closer to Christ. After Sunday 5pm Mass, teens meet for food and fun with Fr. John.


Seniors on the Go. If you enjoy having fun and getting to know people, get involved! Most of our members are 55 or older.

John Callewaert 331.7732.


St. Clare Center. For those in need of assistance in our parish and community.

Sr. Marcella, 843.0109


St. John Elementary School. Led by Mrs. Pat Newton, Principal, the School was founded in 1956. Provides academic and religious education to children preschool - 6th grades.

Pat Newton, Principal, 843.9511

Linda Alexander, Secretary, 843.9511


Social Concerns Committee. Committee provides education and opportunities to live out the social Gospel, identifying social problems in our community and world.

Susan Tabor, 841.3875


Welcoming Committee. Share time getting to know new parishioners throughout the year. The Welcome Committee plans events for new parishioners and meets to brainstorm new ways to get these new parishioners involved in all St. John has to offer.

Tracey English, 832.9499


Young Adult Bible Study Group. Spiritual growth opportunity each week.



Ministries in Our Community


Knights of Columbus. A Catholic fraternal, family and service organization dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.

Brian Walter, 766.1569


LINK. Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, located at the First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky St., provides hot meals. St. John’s take turns with other churches to furnish food and volunteers. Typically St. John hosts L.I.N.K. 7 times a year with over 55 parishioners volunteering per meal, mostly by preparing food that is delivered to the Parish Center and transported to L.I.N.K.


Birthright, Daughters of Isabella, Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, Forever Young, Habitat for Humanity, Lawrence Widowed Group, and Serra Club.

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