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.

Adult Evening Bible Study

The Adult evening Bible study meets on Monday nights, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in room 103 from September through April.  Our mission is to help participants develop and experience a living faith in their daily lives based on the teaching of the Catholic Church.  This is obtained with home study questions, group discussion, fellowship, and video presentation on that week's study.  This study is open to all men and women. Contact Ann Hayes at 770-982-8564 (home); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Adult Faith Formation

We are called to know and live our faith. Even if you have been raised in the Catholic Church, your knowledge of your faith and relationship with the Lord need to be constantly enriched. Deacon Greg Ollick, Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation, welcomes anyone interested in presenting topics on the faith, book clubs or bible studies approved by the USCCB, or working with the RCIA program for people new to the Catholic Church. Classes are offered throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring. Call 770-923-6633 ext. 121 or e-mail  Deacon Greg Ollick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



The Al-Anon Support Group meets on Mondays at 9:45 am in Room 3.

Altar Flowers Ministry

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. 
Arrangements may be custom designed at the request of the parishioner and the occasion will be acknowledged in the SJN Bulletin the same weekend that the flowers are on the altar.  Suggested contributions start at $75.00. Please note that altar flowers cannot be requested during Advent and Lent due to liturgical regulations. For more information, call Mary Marder, (678) 549-0188, or e-mail Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Altar Linen Ministry

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.


Altar Servers

Altar ServersAltar Servers are children and teens who have received their First Holy Communion and are entering the 5th grade or above, who wish to serve for the Holy Mass on weekends, at weddings, and at funerals.  For more information, contact Derek Smith at 678-464-4323 .


Altar Society

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.


Annulment Ministry

Contact Deacon Bill Marten to schedule an initial discussion.  Deacon Bill will will assist with completion of the appropriate initial case paperwork and obtaining the necessary original documents required by the Metropolitan Atlanta Tribunal. For more information, contact Deacon Bill Marten at (770) 923-6633 ext. 114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Archives Photography Ministry

The "Archives" Photography Ministry is designed to assist the website and bulletin in recording the special events of the parish through photos and video. We are always looking for contributing members to our photography "archives". If you would like to assist in capturing the special events of the parish and individual ministries OR would like your upcoming events to be photographed and shown in the bulletin or website, please contact Jim Ollick by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bereavement Ministry

bereavement-50.jpgAn 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.


Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America LogoSaint 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).


Building A Legacy of Faith

Updates from our Pastor and the Building Committee and other events related to our Building A Legacy of Faith Campaign.


Cancer Pad Sewing Group

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.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children's Liturgy of the Word logoThe 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. 



Christian Initiation Ministry (RCIA)

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


Communion to the Sick

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.

Counseling at SJN

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.

For more information, please contact Denis and Leanne Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 678-296-1486   or wrightones       .

English as a Second Language

esl-50.gif“English as a Second Language" (ESL) Classes offer beginning and intermediate level instruction in learning to speak, read, write, and understand the English language. The classes meet twice each week for 10-week sessions.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

We are called to help with the distribution of the Eucharist at all weekend & weekday Masses. Contact Keith Schwaner at 404-735-1509. We also bring Eucharist to the ill members of the parish (see Communion to the Sick Ministry).


Family Promise

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.


Girl Scouts of America

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Health Education

The mission of the SJN Health Ministry is to provide an informational and educational forum on health related issues, focusing on nutrition, diabetes and obesity.



HilltoppersHilltopper's is a senior organization that meets for lunch and social time the 2nd Monday of every month, September through May.



Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus logoA fraternal service organization of Catholic gentlemen whose precepts involve charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. Meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month at Killian Hall. Contact Jim Ollick at (678) 628-8549 , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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.


Life Teen Program

Life Teen is SJN’s high school youth group for students in grades 9-12.  All high school students are invited to Sunday evening Life Nights and Wednesday evening Youth Group. For more information visit the Life Teen page.  Contact Jesse Garcia at 770-923-6633, ext. 133, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Music Ministries

Our Music Ministries offer a variety of opportunities to get involved in our weekly worship services. We have multiple choirs and music styles from which to choose.



church-nursery-50.jpgOur nursery is provided for children ages three years and younger to enable their parents and guardians to be free to worship and serve the needs of the ministries to which they are called. The nursery is available during all weekend masses, both Saturday and Sunday. Requests for Nursery needs for special events go to Deacon Bill Marten at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Office Volunteers

Isn't it nice to have a real person answer the phone when you call the church? We are proud of our Office Volunteers, who come in for a few hours in the morning or afternoon, once-a-month, to answer the phone and help with small tasks. If you have a few hours a month you could share, please contact Skip Holland at 770-842-0000, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Outreach Ministry

Ongoing support for our 3rd world sister community, the Missionaries of the Poor, in Kingston,Jamaica and Haiti; as well as other regional projects to serve the poor and needy. See our Jamaica Photo Gallery. Contact Jack Marder, 770-381-6405.


Parish School of Religion

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.

Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council LogoThe body of volunteers who are appointed by the pastor to help advise him on the management of our church. Members and minutes are available on this page.



preschool 3St. 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.


Respect Life Ministry

Coordinator: Karen Papania, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Softball - Youth

Youth softball for both girls and boys of all ages including elementary, middle school, and high school. Find schedules and rules at this link:

Soldiers' Connection Ministry

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


Spanish Classes

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.

Special Meals Ministry

Special MealsThe 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.


Special Needs Ministry

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.

Ministry Leads:

  • Rebecca Valdez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Scott Sowers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de PaulIf you require the services of SVDP call 678-892-6814. Membership meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the first Sunday in the Conference Room.


St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

Serving For 25 Years
Store hours:
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.


Tech Ministry

The Tech Ministry operates the technology that is incorporated into the church facility. No experience is necessary and all training will be provided. Ministry members will learn to operate the church sound system, mixing board, video projector, camera, and more. Contact Dennis Wright if you are interested in participating in this important ministry, or would like more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 678-480-4939.


Usher Ministry

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. 

Please contact Jim Curtiss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 404-277-2044 if you are interested. There is no better way to show your love of God than to serve others!

Wedding Coordinators Ministry

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


Welcome Ministry

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.

Contact Debbie Kosciolek, if you are interested in being a part of this Welcome Ministry: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women's Catholic Bible Study

WCBS is open to all women, those who have been studying for years and newcomers to Bible Study! Home preparation includes study questions. The material is then covered in small group discussions followed by a teaching lecture on Wednesday morning. Nursery is Available. Come and enjoy Music, Fellowship, Study and Prayer with other women.  Contact Judy Butterick - Coordinator, for additional info at 770-630-5893 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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