Bible Studies

Contact: Paul Gallagher
Phone: 410-848-8443 x238

Catholic Men’s Fellowship

A group for Catholic Men that meets Sunday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Their goal is to encourage and strengthen Catholic men in faith and spirit through prayer, sharing and support.  To get involved, contact the office.

Contact: Fr. Andrew DeFusco
Phone: 410-848-4744

Knights of Columbus

Council #1393 was organized in 1909, bringing together Catholic men, 18 years and older, to promote and support Church, fraternal and civic activities. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at The Portico of St. John Church. Potential member’s credentials are reviewed by a special committee that then recommends him to the entire Council as a worthy candidate. Our pastor serves as our spiritual advisor and Chaplain. Members pass through three steps or degrees in the process to full knighthood. A fourth degree of knighthood is optional.  Visit the Knights of Columbus website at http://www.kc1393.org/.

Contact: Lou Harding
Phone: 410-218-1400

Ladies Sodality

Members (women aged 18 and older) are involved in spiritual works of mercy. Upon request of the family, they will lead the recitation of the Rosary at a funeral home. Each spring, they organize the May Procession in the church. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the month through the school year. Members attend the 8:45 a.m. Mass, followed by praying of the rosary in church and their monthly meeting in the parish center.

Contact: Mary Jo Judge
Phone: 410-857-5655

Legion of Mary

A group devoted to the Blessed Mother, Marian devotions and praying together.

Contact: Kelsey Hughes
Phone: 410-848-4744

Wisdom Club

Founded to bring together “Young at Heart” senior parishioners (50 years of age and older) and to give them the opportunity to express themselves socially and spiritually. The Club serves the parish and assists the pastor in a variety of ways, as needed. The group meets at 12 noon on the 4th Thursday of each month, beginning with Mass in the church. A brown-bag lunch and business meeting follow in The Portico of St. John. Guest speakers and activities are scheduled, covering varied subjects, all of which are of interest and concern to our age group. We also enjoy one-day trips, picnics, and “pot-luck” luncheons.

Contact: Karen Sanford

Women’s Ministry

The women’s ministry of St. John is devoted to helping women cultivate a  Catholic lifestyle in women of all ages! Through bible studies, small groups, quarterly mornings of inspiration and nights on the town we are an active group! If you have any questions or want to join anything and don’t know where to start, email womensministry@sjwest.org.

WELL-READ WOMAN: You are invited to join Well Read Woman on Monday, November 13 to discuss ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather. We meet in the parish center on the second Monday of every month at 7pm. Feel free to come whether you have completed all, some, or none of the monthly reading, and always feel free to bring a friend! Please contact (or text) Beth Serio for more information: 410-935-6837; elizabethmserio@gmail.com.

MOTHERING WITH GRACE ~ All mothers are invited to attend our next Mothering with Grace, a small faith sharing group, on Monday, November 27 at 7pm in the Parish Center. The mission of Mothering with Grace is to help mothers grow in holiness through their vocations. Each meeting will reflect a different virtue and we will discuss how to live that virtue out in the world.

MOM’S FELLOWSHIP~ Looking for friendship rooted in Christ with other mothers? Want solid friendships for your children? Come to the St. John’s Mom’s Fellowship! We meet on the third and fourth Friday of every month from 10:00-11:30am in the Parish Center. The Saint John’s Mom’s Fellowship Group is a ministry to the parish that provides an opportunity to connect with other moms through prayer, fellowship,and activities all rooted in Church teaching! Our goal is to support women in our roles as mother and wife, particularly as we strive to raise our children in the faith.

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443

Liturgical Ministry

Altar Serving

A ministry for boys and girls, in 4th grade or higher, to serve the Lord by assisting at Masses. Training is required.  We also have an advanced program to allow boys grades nine and higher, to explore vocations, while serving in an Altar Server leadership role.

Contact: Jimmy Diggs
Phone: 410-346-6576

Art and Environment Committee

This group is for all ages. The Art & Environment Committee decorates the church and sanctuary in preparation for the various liturgical seasons. Activities include ordering floral arrangements for the sanctuary and maintaining plants in the church. The Altar Society assists in the ongoing care and cleaning of the sanctuary and church interior.

Contact: Linda Stallcup
Phone: 410-848-9406

Children’s Liturgy

Takes place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. Students who are in 4th grade or older can participate as lectors. All children are invited into the sanctuary for the homily. This group also puts on the 4:30pm Christmas Pageant at the Christmas Eve mass in the Church every year.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

All children, ages 4-8 years old, are invited to participate in this monthly offering at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The celebrant invites the children to briefly move to a designated location for a special Liturgy of the Word, adapted for them, with a homily and Prayer of the Faithful. Afterwards, as the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, the children rejoin their families for the remainder of the Liturgy. We are in need of volunteers to help teach, walk students to the locations, set up and clean up.

Contact: Bridget Isayiw
Phone: 410-635-6412

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Share Jesus in the Eucharist with the community. A great number of these ministers not only distribute Communion at weekend Masses. Call the parish office to express your desire to be considered for this privilege. Training is provided.

Contact: Terry Street
Phone: 410-848-2842

Infant Baptism Ministry

The sacrament of baptism is administered at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Spanish-speaking families, and on the second and fourth Saturdays for English-speaking families. Disciples in this ministry set up for Baptisms, assist the deacons and priests and help with the baptism prep classes.

Contact: Deacon Joe Cinquino
Phone: 410-848-4744


Proclaim the Word of God at all Masses—weekends, weekdays and Holydays. Call the parish office to express your desire to be considered for this privilege. Training is required.

Contact: Rob Nestorick
Phone: 301-602-0411

Marriage Preparation

The parish supports engaged couples by providing marriage preparation courses assisting them in building a loving, lasting marriage. The parish offers a choice of programs to prepare couples for marriage. Each is organized by trained and certified married couples and clergy staff to help the couples grow in the understanding of marriage as a sacrament of God’s covenant love.

Contact: Deacon Joe Cinquino
Phone: 410-848-4744

Music Ministry

Singers and instrumentalists are always needed to support our congregation in praise and worship through song as well as in outreach and evangelization. Various musical groups serve our parish at Mass, funerals, weddings, and other liturgies!

Contact: Regina McCurdy
Phone: 410-591-5992

Pre-Cana Classes

Offered semi-annually on a Friday evening and Saturday in a classroom format on the St. John Parish campus.

Contact: Rosalie Seeley

Sponsor Couples

Engaged couples meet with and are prepared by a trained married couple at mutually- agreed-upon times. Married couples desiring to assist in this program are asked to contact one of the priests through the parish office.



Welcome people to worship, seat the parishioners, receive the monetary offerings during collections at Mass, direct Communion to those physically challenged and unable to come forward to receive Eucharist, organize the Communion lines, and distribute bulletins.

Contact: Bill Adams


Bereavement Ministry

John Parish wishes to support you at this most difficult time. This is a spiritually based program led by trained facilitators based on the book A New Day. This group meets the 3rd Sunday of every month at 10:00am in the Parish Center.

Contact: Janet Tenney
Phone: 410-848-4744

Door-to Door Evangelization

Introduce families in our community to the presence, ministry and outreach of St. John Catholic Church, pairs of parishioners visit neighborhoods, going door-to-door. Visitors are provided printed materials to share with those they visit. The ministry schedules visitations 3-4 times annually, reaching out to those who may wish to become Catholic, and to fallen-away Catholics who need to be invited to return home. An organizational meeting precedes each event. Training is provided.

Contact: Janet Tenney
Phone: 410-833-1542

Greeter Ministry

Greeters assist in welcoming parishioners to Mass every Sunday, opening doors and greeting parishioners with a smile.

Contact: Sharon Underkoffler
Phone: 410-517-1035

Healthcare Ministry

A team of volunteers, coordinated by a St. John staff member. The mission of Health Care Ministry is to bring “church” to those who are separated from the parish liturgical celebrations because of health issues. Visits are made daily to Carroll Hospital Center, where we attempt to visit every Catholic patient. The homebound and residents of approximately 14 different care facilities are visited. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion share a time of prayer and bring the Eucharist to the person desiring to be visited. Requests for visits may be made by the individual or their family. Here are some of the wonderful things ministers are involved with:

  • Health Care Ministers visit Catholic mothers of newborns in the Hospital Birthing Center, giving the gift of a Miraculous Medal for the infant.
  • Assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and bedside commodes are available for loan through Health Care Ministry.
  • At Christmas, supported by the donations and assistance of various parish organizations, the Health Care Ministers collect items, prepare and distribute “holiday caring packages” to the homebound.
  • Health Care Ministers meet four times annually, discussing relative issues as well as hosting speakers on current health care topics.

Our greatest need is to be blessed with more volunteers to join us in all we do in this growing parish.

Contact: Gay Hart
Phone: 410-848-4744

Mary/Martha Ministry

An outreach to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The members of this ministry offer at charge to prepare and to serve luncheons for families following a funeral, upon request in the Portico based the availability.

Contact: Hank Wheeler
Phone: 410-848-4744 x216

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Members share their time & talent to create crocheted and knitted shawls and lap afghans for the benefit of the sick & infirm needing something warm and comforting to support them during a time of need. The handcrafted pieces are blessed prior to distribution. Since its inception in August of 2012, the ministry has created more than 100 shawls, with 70% of these being given to Carroll Hospital Center, and the remainder to St. John parishioners, upon request. The ministry meets in the parish center each Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Eileen Foerester
Phone: 410-346-7712

Preschool Nursery

Childcare is provided on Sundays for children aged 1-5 during the 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the St. Mark room of the School Building. Access the classroom via the door facing the Portico. The nursery is supervised by an adult with one or more teen assistants. We provide age-appropriate books and toys for children in a caring and safe environment.

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443 x235

Prison Ministry

An outreach that provides Bible Studies and more to those who are in prison.

Contact: Debbie Loveland
Phone: 410-857-1201

Ranger Rosaries

We support our troops by providing them with specialized Rosaries—Ranger Rosaries—made by hand using specific materials that are non-reflective, lightweight and “sound proofed” to  further protect our soldiers. Since 2007, we have made and shipped more than 45,000 Rosaries to troops in combat zones, at overseas bases and in military hospitals. Chaplains have shared with us the popularity of the Rosaries and the appreciation of the soldiers who have received them. Join the Rosary makers on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month from 1:00—3:00 p.m. in the parish center. For more information, call the parish office.

Contact: Carolyn Peters
Phone: 410-876-8268

Respect Life Group

Dedicated to the truth that life is a gift from God beginning at conception and ending at natural death. We are rooted in the conviction that there is much that all of us can do to prevent abortion, the death penalty, and injustices against life, and to conduct pro-life activities with prayer and joy throughout the year to promote awareness of all life issues. The St. John Respect Life Group was instrumental in the opening of the Tender Care Pregnancy Center in Westminster, the only one of its kind in Carroll County. Together with other Catholic churches in the area, St. John Parish continues to assist and support the center in its work. The group participates in the annual “Life Chain” in October and provides transportation to the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. each January.

Contact: Maria DeCesare
Phone: 410-848-0716

St. Vincent DePaul Society (Helping the Poor in our Community)

Offers the hospitality of Jesus by caring for the homeless and the hungry. September through June, members meet monthly at 10:30am on the first Monday of the month (excluding holidays).

Outreach efforts include emergency financial assistance with housing, fuel, medication and food. We also participate in Carroll County Food Sunday and the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen. All services are funded almost entirely through Parish Poor Box donations. Volunteers meet person-to-person with the needy, five days a week, at their Office in the St. John Parish Center. St. Vincent de Paul Office hours are: Monday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Adopt-a-Family Christmas Outreach – The St. Vincent de Paul Office coordinates the Adopt-a-Family Program, through partnership with The Salvation Army, to provide Christmas gifts for individuals and families in the community who would otherwise not have a “Christmas experience.” For three weeks, beginning in mid-September, the Salvation Army takes applications from families in the community who are in need of help at Christmas. They provide a list of applicants to various churches and organizations in our community to buy gifts, etc. At St. John, our Parishioners may “adopt a family” or take a tag from the Giving Tree, which is located in the Narthex of the Church, beginning the second weekend in November and running through the weekend after Thanksgiving. Tags have the client’s name and requests for food, clothing or toys. The gifts are returned to the Church during Masses on the first weekend in December. SVdP volunteers distribute the gifts to the families at The Portico during the first week of December. For more information, please call the SVdP office.

Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen – An ecumenical endeavor to feed the hungry. St. John Parish is responsible for food, its preparation and service every Wednesday. The kitchen is open Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. at the Ascension Episcopal Church on Court Street in Westminster. Volunteers are needed 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Contact: Myrna Stuart
Phone: 410-848-8693

War Veteran Group

Catholic War Veterans Sargent Shriver Post 2016 meets on Tuesdays .  We are always welcoming new members!  Membership in the Catholic War Veterans is open to baptized Catholics who have served on Active Duty for at least 90 days, or in the Reserves, or National Guard, or are currently on Active Duty in any branch of the US Armed Forces.

Contact: Marc Fisher
Phone: 443-386-6415

Religious Education

Become a Catechist

There is no greater gift we can give than to pass on our faith to others. Faith formation is an essential part of all of our lives as Christians committed to living and sharing God’s Word. We have various times when we offer religious education classes to students 3yrs-8th grade.

TO be a catechist means that you are willing to echo the Faith to the future church–our young people. To be a catechist is way more thanbeing justa volunteer!

As a volunteer-driven ministry, we rely heavily on the Lord moving YOUR heart and calling you into this ministry. You were created for discipleship! We need you! If you want to volunteer as a catechist, assistant, substitute, or even a traffic helper, check the box on the registration form—if there isn’t a box write us a note and tell us what you prefer. Every year we need new people! If you assist—your tuition will be cut in ½. If you teach, your religious education could be FREE!

You might also want to check out our VIRTUS page. You will have to complete VIRTUS in order to volunteer. 🙂

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443

VBS (Vacation Bible School)

Vacation Bible school  is offered one week each summer for elementary school-aged students and pre-school children. Registration period is announced by the Religious Education office each spring. We are always looking for crew leaders, assistants and stations leaders!

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443


Divine Mercy Devotion

Celebration of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, combined with traditional prayers, hymns and the offering of intentions, takes place on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. in the church. Everyone is invited.

Contact: Terry Eckard
Phone: 410-848-1487

Perpetual Adoration

The Adoration Chapel is in the Parish Center. It is a place of quiet and reflection to which we are all called, at times. All are welcome during regularly scheduled Parish Office Hours. If you wish to commit to a particular time each week to pray in adoration, please contact the Parish Office.

Contact: Dawn McLean
Phone: 410-848-4744

Youth Ministry

ANTIOCH (High School Youth Group)

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443

Antioch Core Team

Contact: Rick Grinstead
Phone: 410-848-8443

Peer Ministers

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443

Summit (Middle School Youth Group)

Contact: Jordan Tippett
Phone: 410-848-8443