Please Contact the Parish Office for more information on any of these Ministries
727.360.1147 / Fax 727.367.4418
Have you ever wanted to “do” more at Mass? Altar Servers assist at Mass and other liturgical events throughout the year, such as weddings or funerals. They have the opportunity to prayerfully participate in the Mass in a unique way by helping the priest and being an example for all people—young and old. Altar serving is an excellent chance to be close to God in a special way!
Those interested must be in the fourth grade or older and have received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Training is provided.
Have you been called to serve? If interested, please call the Parish Office.
As Catholics we profess we are Pro-Life. Are you truly Pro-Life? The easiest way to show this is through The Gift
of Life! Our Blood Drives are to promote the Catholic belief that “All Life is Sacred!” St. John Vianney Catholic Church and
St Albans Episcopal Church co-host five (5) blood drives a year. The “Big Red Bus” will be parked on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Blind Pass Road on Blood Drive Sundays. Blood donors are truly “Good Samaritans” who take the time to give a lifeline, because there is a need and we have the “renewable resources” to help.
St. John Vianney has a team in place to welcome non-practicing Catholics back to our faith community. We urge all parishioners to extend that personal invitation back to those they know. We want to make reconnecting with the Catholic faith as easy as possible. We offer six basic sessions to help explore, learn and share with others in a friendly confidential setting. These sessions are held during Lent each year in the St. Clare Room at the Vianney Center. There is no cost or registration, just come to the first session.
Check the Bulletin or call the Parish Office for more information.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
"I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." — John 6:30
This vital altar ministry assists the clergy in administering the Eucharist at all Masses on Sundays, Holy Days and weekdays. A love for the Eucharist and reverence for its majesty is requisite for this ministry. It is mandatory that you be a registered parishioner and submit a completed Altar Ministry Application Form to the parish office. Training is provided by the parish. The Diocesan Office of Worship offers workshops several times during the year and the parish has an annual workshop which keep the ministers updated with proper procedures.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
to the Homebound
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may also commit themselves to the Homebound Ministry of Holy Communion, taking the Eucharist to our sick, aged and homebound parishioners. This ministry requires you to complete a diocesan Covered Volunteer Application Form, a Level 2 (FDLE/FBI) background screening/fingerprinting and completion of a Safe Environment For Vulnerable Adults class.
Please call the Parish Office for contact information on either of these special ministries.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Pope Pius XII Council #5131 is a fraternal service organization open to all Catholic men 18 years of age or older.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization. Dedicated to Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, its members have raised more than $1 billion in charitable contributions over the last 10 years and performed more than 68 million man hours of voluntary service.
This is a regional council also servicing the parish of Most Holy Name of Jesus. The council meets the 2nd Monday of the month at Most Holy Name of Jesus at 6:30 p.m. For further information please visit the council website at www.kofc5131.org or call the Parish Office for contact information.
ART AND ENVIRONMENT
The Art and Environment Ministry decorates the church throughout the year. In particular, during the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons, when there is much to do. Volunteers are always needed to decorate our church in celebration of Our Lord. No experience is necessary. Share hours are available. For contact information, please call the Parish Office.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN
R.I.C.A.. (of Adults)
The R.C.I.A. is the Process of welcoming adults into the Catholic Church. Adults who have not been baptized, have been baptized in another Christian faith or baptized Catholics who have not received the Eucharist and/or Confirmation are invited to be part of our R.C.I.A. Process journey. There are four stages in the Process : Inquiry or Precatechmenate, Catechumenate, Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, and Mystagogy (further Catechesis).
All of these stages have sessions for adults; held in the Vianney Center on Tuesdays, from 7–9 p.m.
Remember: God's love is always approachable.
Our doors are always open.
(Adapted for Children)
The R.C.I.A., Adapted for Children program, is a religious education program—adapted from the R.C.I.A. It is especially designed for young people, ages 6 to 17; who have not been baptized. Preparation of these young people for the Sacraments of Initiation is part of a journey of faith for the whole family which helps them come to the realization of God’s immense love for them.
To schedule an appointment or for more information on either program, please call the Parish Office for contact information.
DIVINE MERCY CENACLE
Jesus promised, as reiterated in the Diary of St. Faustina, that in the praying of the Chaplet for dying souls, Jesus will stand before the soul in front of the Father as Divine Mercy and not as Just Judge.
The Divine Mercy Cenacle is focused on learning, reading and praying to the Divine Mercy.
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Easter, a Eucharist Holy Hour is held at 3 p.m.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed Wednesdays, after the 8:15 a.m. Mass.
MEN'S USHER MINISTRY
The ushers of St. John’s are the first greeters of parishioners and visitors to our parish services. During Mass, they collect the tithe and direct and monitor the faithful during communion. They offer assistance and answer questions, as needed.
The ushers also support our parish school by conducting fundraising events each year. Volunteer time required is approximately one and a half hours each weekend and, in season, one evening meeting per month which is used to discuss plans for upcoming events and address any questions. Part-time volunteers are welcomed.
Call the Parish Office more information.
POPE PIUS XII COUNCIL 5131
The Columbiettes are dedicated to our Patronesses, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Theresa of Lisieux and St. Joan of Arc. Auxiliary 5131 began in February 2013. Our goal is to offer Catholic women a way to enjoy the fellowship of their peers while working toward the common goal of serving our church and community. The Columbiettes, upon request, aid our affiliated Knights of Columbus Council in all their endeavors. Membership to the Columbiettes is open to women 17 and over.
Our meetings are the 1st Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Please call the Parish Office for contact information regarding membership.
MARTHA'S HELPING HANDS
Martha’s Helping Hands is a group of men and women who volunteer to do light cleaning around the church. Duties include dusting the organs and pianos, wiping the window sills, keeping the confessionals fresh, caring for the altar linens, etc.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
— Matthew 5:4
St. John’s Bereavement Ministry provides both Catholics and non-Catholics who have lost a loved one, a caring environment in which the journey of the grieving process is shared through confidential fellowship.
Meetings consist of informal discussions with regard to healthy vs. unhealthy grieving behavior, prayer, song and personal sharing. The bereavement meetings are held in the Vianney Center, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9–10:30 a.m. Please call the Parish Office for registration information.
OF THE AMERICAS
Through our motto of “Unity and Charity,” Catholic Daughters are faith-filled women striving to strengthen their relationship with God through joint spiritual activities while serving the church and the community. We work together, play together and pray together while serving those in need.
We believe that our first responsibility is our spiritual well being. When we are Christ centered we are prepared to be His hands and feet serving those in need. Through our fundraising activities we share the common bond of service. The charities we support are local, national, and in some cases, international.
If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your spirituality and strengthen your faith while serving the needy, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas is a good match. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m., in the St. Francis Room at the Vianney Center. Come to a meeting and make new friends. For more information, call the Parish Office.
Christ Renews His Parish (C.R.H.P.) is a
Spiritual process which brings women of St. John’s Parish together to experience renewal, Spiritual growth and Christian Community in the environment of the parish. This process emphasizes the need for daily prayer, scripture reading and sharing in community for one’s Spiritual growth to take root and blossom.
Currently there are only women’s retreats held in the Spring and Fall (check the bulletin for dates). Retreats are another means for us to grow closer to the Lord and they are an excellent opportunity to meet other parishioners and to become an active part of the parish.
Any woman who has previously attended a C.R.H.P. retreat, or a Cursillo, is invited to join the existing team in formation. A new formation process begins after each retreat.
Meetings are Thursday evening, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Vianney Center.
ANNUAL LENTEN FISH FRY
St. John Vianney Parish has a Fish Fry throughout the season of Lent. Starting with the Friday after Ash Wednesday, and for each succeeding Friday except Good Friday, we gather in Msgr. Trainor Hall to celebrate fellowship. Not only does this allow us to meet other members of our parish but it opens our doors to our neighbors and friends. Simply put, it gives us a way to “join together for a meal.”
Upon request by parishioners of St. John Vianney, a repast will be provided by the Church after a funeral.
While funeral services provide the formal rites of death, the repast “demonstrates the continuity of life even in the face of death.” The meal is prepared and served by volunteers of the Repast committee. Food is donated by the parishioners of St. Johns.
A member of the family is invited to contact the Pastor’s Secretary prior to the date of the funeral to discuss details of the reception and the family’s wishes.
LEGION OF MARY
The Legion of Mary is a service organization known throughout the Catholic world. St. John’s unit of the Legion of Mary has 10 active members and more than 74 auxiliary members.
Active members meet weekly and complete weekly assignments such as visiting and taking communion to shut-ins at home, in hospitals, or in nursing homes; praying with inmates for the prison ministry; and helping the homeless through St. Vincent de Paul and Pinellas Hope. Auxiliary members are the prayer arm of the Legion of Mary.
THE SACRED HEART
The Home Visitation Program of the Pilgrim Virgin involves members of the Legion of Mary Bringing a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary to your home. We will join you in saying the rosary and other prayers. You may keep the statue for at least a week so that friends and family can join you in honoring Our Lady. We will then pick the statue up at your home. An ideal addition to your home would be to include the Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Blum will accompany us for the Enthronement and will bless your home. We invite everyone to participate in these beautiful devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His mother, Mary.
The mission of the Office of Prison Ministry is to bring healing and reconciliation to the incarcerated and the community, through God’s love and forgiveness.
We provide monthly support group meetings at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo and St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg from 7–8:30 p.m. for parents, friends and
family members of the incarcerated.
In these meetings, the moderators touch on issues including, but not limited to, feelings of loss and grief affiliated with this situation. These faith-based meetings are open to persons of every denomination, but the format is Christ-centered. Everyone will be given time to speak and privacy will be respected for those who choose not to. Confidentiality is assured.
For more information, call the Parish Office.
The mission of the Respect Life group is to foster an understanding of the sacredness of human life in all its dimensions. As Catholics, we respect life from conception to the moment of natural death. We believe all life is God-given and precious, even the lives of those on death row.
St. John Vianney Parish, in partnership with our Diocese of St. Petersburg, and in solidarity with dioceses throughout our nation and beyond, is an active participant in 40 Days for Life. This is a wonderful pro-life initiative that is modeled after the 40 days of the Lenten season.
The condition for the survival of America is to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn.
—Pope John Paul II
SENIOR'S ACTIVE GROUP
This is a group of fun-loving seniors who have come together under the sponsorship of St. John’s to enhance and support their spiritual and social lives.
We come together on the second Sunday of the month to celebrate Mass and a meal together. All seniors are invited to the Senior Breakfast in Msgr. Trainor Hall, following the 10 a.m. Mass.
We plan bus trips for plays, musicals, etc., as well as support St. Vincent de Paul’s homeless. Find more information in the weekly bulletin.
An open invitation is extended to all seniors in our community to join us.
Call the Parish Office for more information
(ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT)
The Legion of Mary, along with Fr. Blum, invites St. John’s parishioners to join us in this special consecration. Because Jesus has given Himself to us through Mary, those who wish to give themselves completely to Christ can do so beautifully through her. All that is required is a 33-day preparation of
10–15 minutes of reading each day to spiritually prepare to make the consecration.
The Music Ministry of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and School is very much alive and busy. Our Music Ministry consists of the Adult Choir, instrumentalists, solo cantors and the Children’s Praise Band.
Our Adult Choir is a body of volunteer parishioners who sing for the Sunday 10 a.m. liturgy and special liturgies throughout the year. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in the balcony of the church at 7:15 p.m.
Volunteer instrumentalists accompany the Adult Choir on various anthems throughout the liturgical year. Flute, clarinet, oboe, cello, violin, trumpet and guitar are especially needed.
We are always looking for new members to join the Music Ministry. Singers, instrumentalists and helpers are always needed and welcome (permanent or seasonal residents).
The cantors are volunteer parishioners who are solo singers who lead the congregation in the Responsorial Psalm and Alleluia at our weekend Masses and Holy days throughout the liturgical year.
The Praise Band consists of children from our school who lead the music for the school Mass on Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. throughout the school year.
If you would like to take part in our Music Ministry, please call the Parish Office for contact information.
"Those who sing well pray twice." — St. Augustine
DE PAUL SOCIETY
We must hurry to the aid of those in spiritual need as we hurry to put out a fire. — Vincent de Paul
The objective of the St. Vincent de Paul society is to spiritually and physically help the poor. The mission of St. John’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference is the mission of the Society; to join together in a bond of friendship and to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those in need.
Volunteer work in our parish Conference consists of primary case work which requires availability any hour of the day. The members interview those in need to see how to best help them with their needs—clothing, food, furniture and referrals to other organizations. The St. Vincent de Paul office is staffed by volunteers Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, as well as maintaining a 24-hour Hotline.
Our Parish Conference is fully supported by the people of St. John’s—through the Poor Boxes, the third Sunday of the Month Food Drive (given to the homeless and to others who have difficulty obtaining food) and our Car Donation Program.
Our telephone number is 727.360.1147, ext. 209. We check our voicemail throughout the day. If we are not available when you call, please leave a message; we will return it.
The St. John’s Men’s Ministry focuses on helping men become better fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and friends.
How? By engaging each other at weekly meetings, viewing videos and discussing ways that God has provided for our spiritual growth, enabling us to become a better version of ourselves. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings in the St. Francis Room at the Vianney Center.
Through Catholic inspired programs, we review what’s really important in life, and learn ways of overcoming the many obstacles we face. The programs help us to get into spiritual shape and provide real solutions to the spiritual challenges
In addition to the educational benefits, we also grow in friendship and camaraderie. All men are welcome, particularly those that would like to have a closer relationship with the Lord.
For more information, contact the Parish Office.
We are given one life, and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind,
or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
—Omar Nelson Bradley
A reader has the crucial role in the liturgy of proclaiming the Word of God to the congregation.
A prospective reader needs to fill out an Application for Service form and return it to the Parish Office. The applicant will then meet with the Reader Coordinator in the church in order to practice reading and to go over procedures. The most important requirements for a reader are commitment, preparation, technical skill related to microphone use and personal skills. This ministry is open to all teenage and adult parishioners who have been confirmed.
Sacristans have the responsibility of preparing the sanctuary before and after Mass. Sacristans work closely with the other members of the liturgical team.
Sacristans also assist at baptisms, weddings, and Masses of Christian Burial.
Those who wish to become sacristans need to complete an Application for Service form and return it to the Parish Office. Once they are approved by the pastor, they will serve an apprenticeship with an experienced sacristan before assuming the duties of sacristan.
SCHOOL PARENT ORGANIZATION BOARD (PIE)
The Parent Organization Board acts as a liaison between the parents and teachers to promote constructive and timely communication between the two groups.
The Parent Organization Board also provides opportunities for dialogue among parents and encourages them to participate in school activities and in the educational mission of the school.
Contact the principal of St. John’s School, 360.1113, for more information.