Ministries & Organizations
For anyone with a desire to stop drinking, Closed Step Meeting on Thursday at 8:00 pm. Closed Discussion Meeting on Friday at 8:00 pm. For info call Kathy, 770-925-8626 or Bob, 678-639-0521.
The Al-Anon Support Group meets on Mondays at 9:45 am in Room 3.
Parishioners who wish to honor a loved one or acknowledge a special occasion such as a memorial, anniversary or birthday, may contribute to the weekly altar flowers.
Ever wonder who launders the cloths used to wipe the chalice (purificators) at the daily and weekend masses?
We have a ministry of volunteers who gather up the used altar cloths and purificators each week, wash and press them, and then return them to the working sacristy for another week of use.
This committee is responsible for the environment in the Church sanctuary, and decorating the sanctuary according to liturgical season. We work in teams of two throughout the year and especially at Christmas and Easter. Taking care of the sanctuary is a wonderful way to serve our Lord. Contact Lori Simmons at 770-985-0359, if you'd like to help.
An 8 week support group is offered three times a year to assist in grief work. Contact Mrs. Bette Lind at 770-985-0590. See also: National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved.
The Bereavement Ministry holds an 8-week support group to help those who have recently lost loved ones. Being with others walking this same path of loss is a help to many during this difficult time. For further information and registration call Bette 770-985-0590, or Anita 770-314-7894.
Saint John Neumann Parish charters Cub Scout Pack 522 and Boy Scout Troop 522. The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of citizenship and leadership, and develops personal fitness and outdoor survival skills. The Cub Scouting Program is for boys in the first grade through the fifth grade (or seven through 10 years of age).
Meeting every other Wednesday morning from 10 am until 11:30 am in the Conference Room of the Church Building. Striving to meet the needs of the Perpetual Help Home with sewing of cancer pads fo the patients of the hospice. Contact Mrs. Cay Grant at 770-921-5395.
The Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) ministry enables children to participate in the formal worship experience, to nourish and guide their spiritual growth and to immerse them in the Word of God in ways that are understandable to them. All children, ages 4 years old to 1st Grade, are welcome to participate. The children are dismissed from Mass during the Liturgy of the Word. They are escorted to a classroom setting in our Church, assisted by volunteers. They will hear the Word from the Children’s Lectionary. The lead catechist guides the children to an understanding of the Gospel that they can embrace. The children will return to their parents at the offertory. We offer this opportunity during the Sunday 9:00 AM Mass. Once children have received their First Communion, they should remain in the sanctuary.
Helping to fulfill the mission of the church to spread the Gospel by welcoming those interested in becoming Catholic. Sponsors needed to help newcomers, hospitality volunteers needed to help with receptions and social, team members needed to help with catechetical sessions and dismissals.
Contact Deacon Greg Ollick, (770)923-6633, ext. 121
Trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMoHC) are contacted to bring communion to homebound parishioners who are ill or recovering from surgery. Communion is also taken to Catholics at local nursing homes and retirement centers. To receive this service, please contact Donald Cote at 770-558-6645.
Catholic Charities of Atlanta provides psychotherapy services based on a sliding fee scale for individuals, couples and families. Call 404-920-7745 to speak to Dunia Lobo, LPC or Eglee Treber, LPC, RPT-S, Counselors. Both English and Spanish languages are spoken.
Coordinators: Denis and Leanne Wright at 678-296-1486 ;; ; wrightones
Cursillo seeks to reveal God’s work in each of our lives and to help us to find new life in doing God’s work. The ministry begins with candidates’ participation in their first Cursillo weekend. These weekends occur twice yearly at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. The Cursillo weekend emphasizes the fundamentals of Prayer, Study, and Action as means to walk closer with Our Lord. The goal of Cursillo is to promote leadership in the Catholic lay community through countless forms of self-giving and community involvement. Our parish Cursillo community meets monthly to renew the lessons of Cursillo at an event called Ultreya. During Ultreya, members break bread together at a pot luck dinner and follow with spiritual discussions highlighting the lessons available through Prayer, Study, and Action. In addition, many members of the Cursillo community meet weekly in small groups to keep these lessons more accessible in their daily lives.
Family Promise of Gwinnett provides temporary housing for screened homeless families by using host churches that provide evening housing for these families on a weekly basis. Some nearby Catholic host churches involved in this ministry are St. Oliver Plunkett, St. Lawrence and St. Monica. Currently, this new ministry at SJN has begun by providing support help to host churches. In the future, we hope that St. John Neumann will also be a host church. Please contact Aida Galarza at 678-787-3909 or Mary Moorman at 404-345-4484 for information on this outreach ministry.
Lectors are ministers of the Word. When the scriptures are read at Mass, God speaks through us and calls us to respond in faith and love. The Ministry of the Word is vital to the life of the Church, since we are proclaiming the living word of God! It continues to be alive as we bring the good news with our own deep faith and confident voice! Come join us in this wonderful ministry and become a Lector. Watch for future announcements for training workshops. If interested, please contact Mike Rybak (770) 979-7493.
Teaching our children the faith, we are called to lay the foundation for the experience of Jesus. This is achieved through the celebration of Sacraments, the study of Catholic teaching and the sharing of faith through scripture, prayer and experiences with children grades pre-K through 5th grade . Contact Cindy Westaway at 770-923-6633, ext. 117, to enroll your children or to answer any questions.
St. John Neumann Preschool serves children ages 2-5 years old. Children need to be two or three by September 1, 2013. If you would like your child to be in a loving and caring Catholic environment that provides a fun and enriching hands-on program, please contact Marti McLeer at 770-833-0404.
We would welcome your participation in our awareness campaigns and in our programs that assist and dignify all human life, from the pre-born through natural death. October is Respect Life Month. Watch for news of prayer events and ways to participate.
The Soldiers' Connection provides gift boxes of surprises, hope and love to our Military still serving in war-torn areas. The New SJN Soldiers' Connection Ministry will assist this effort of support by gathering supplies that can bring joy and relief to our Soldiers in Afghanistan and by assisting in packing the boxes that are sent to U.S. Military men and women. Ministry Coordinator: Mickie Ferrante, 770-413-0343 or 770-598-8986
A 12-week course of conversational Spanish classes is offered twice a year. The class objective is to provide the students with a basic knowledge of Spanish as a second language. Donations received are divided between the church and a dinner for a homeless shelter downtown. Point of contacts are: Blanca Del Valle 770-921-7609 or Sharon Lyscas 770-806-0500.
Don’t miss your chance to learn to speak Spanish in a fun and inviting way.
Conversational Spanish class will be offered at SJN on Mondays at 7:30 pm in room 6. Call Blanca or Sharon to sign up.
The Special Meals Ministry at SJN is available to help families in our parish who have experienced illnesses, surgeries, deaths or even births of new family members. This ministry can help provide home-cooked meals during difficult or challenging times. Simple meals, made with love, are our specialty. We will work within your family's dietary needs and/or restrictions. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance with meals, please contact Mary Ann Cote at 770-558-6645. Volunteers always welcomed.
Our mission is to enhance the Parish of St. John Neumann by accommodating, servicing, and welcoming with open arms, all members of our community with special needs, their families and their caregivers. We foster by example, an acceptance of all of God’s children; in the same way that Christ showed his love for us.
Serving For 25 Years
Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM
Our thrift store with your help has been serving this community for 25 years. We have provided an atmosphere of allowing families with very limited income a place to shop with dignity.
Are you being called to serve the Parish and feel you just don’t have the time or a talent to share? I once thought that way myself. Ushering may be the ministry for you. It’s a great way to serve the SJN community and meet more parishioners. The role of an ushers is to greet our fellow parishioners with a warm hello, help them find seating if needed, assist in the offertory collections, and send them off with a bulletin and smile. This is a ministry for both men and women. If you are over 16 years old, you would be a welcome addition.
The mission of the Weddings Ministry at St John Neumann is to ensure that each and every wedding is truly a wonderful celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.
Our volunteer wedding coordinators, coordinate the rehearsal as well as the wedding day. On the day of the wedding, wedding coordinators are needed for many things: setting up the Altar, assisting the bride and groom and their wedding party on the day of the ceremony, welcoming guests to St. John Neumann, handing out wedding programs, answering questions, and generally just sharing in the excitement of the day.
If you love weddings and want to share in the excitement with our wedding couples, this ministry is for you.
Contact:Leslie Trammell – 770-262-7560
Join us in our mission: Guided by the Holy Spirit, we greet, welcome, educate and inspire the newest members joining our Church family and visitors interested in the faith to share their gifts.
Members meet 15 minutes before Mass to welcome all to our worship, and remain 15 minutes following Mass to answer any questions newcomers may have.