PRISON MINISTRY

Contact Bob Andrews
Phone 443-293-7574
Email robertandrews@comcast.net

FUNERAL MINISTRY

Contact Carmen Rivadeneira
Phone 410-861-9910
Email crivadeneira@sjwest.org

Aaron & Hur Ministry Prayer Support

This group intentionally pray for St. John’s entire parish and school: priests, staff, ministry leaders, teachers—by name—as well as ministry volunteers, those they serve, and all parish events listed in the bulletin. We are a prayer support helping to “hold up” the arms of those doing our parish’s work.

We meet virtually once a month to pray together and learn about a prayer or spiritual tradition. Meetings are optional. During the month, each volunteer prays on their own time for assigned ministries. Because we work remotely and members pray on their own schedule, this ministry is a great way to be involved in the life of the parish even if you cannot travel or attend in-person activities.

Contact Corey Wronski
Phone 443-202-5175
Email clw42@cornell.edu

Catholic War Veterans

Catholic War Veterans Sargent Shriver Post 2016 meets on Wednesdays at 7pm at the Westminster American Legion Meeting Hall (2 Sycamore St., Westminster, MD 21157). They 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 Kevin Carter
Phone 410-861-7788
Email carterkl7@hotmail.com

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 443-289-8624
Email imefoe@verizon.net

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 111,000 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 Terry Eckard
Phone 410-848-1487
Email bartrita@comcast.net

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
Email s82400@yahoo.com

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 supports the Pregnancy Support Center of Carroll County in Westminster, the only one of its kind in the 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 Parish Center
Phone 410-848-4744
Email info@sjwest.org

Bereavement Ministry

St. 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 for two 9-week sessions twice a year in the Parish Center. Stay tuned for the Fall 2024 dates.

Contact Janet Tenney
Phone 410-833-1542
Email darrell.e.tenney@gmail.com

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 Terry Eckard
Phone 410-848-1487
Email bartrita@comcast.net