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A-Z List of SJN Ministries & Partners

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at St. John Neumann Catholic Church! We are thrilled you want to be an active member of the Body of Christ. Please view our ministry opportunities below. If you would like more information about a ministry or would like to join, please contact the ministry of interest using the information provided or call the parish at 512-328-3220.

Linen Ministry
Care for altar linens by laundering and pressing the linens used during the liturgy. Contact Person: Paul Juarez 512-328-3220.

Altar Servers
Assist the presider during the celebration of the liturgy on Sunday and holy days.  Open to children in the fourth to 12th grades. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220.

Boy Scout Troop 990 (*Partner Ministry)
Boys aged 10 to 17 learn duty to God, country and self through physical, mental and moral exercises and examples. Contact http://www.troop990.org/

Brothers in Christ  Men’s Fellowship, Breakfast, Coffee and Spiritual Growth – Join us Wednesday mornings at 6 – 7:30 a.m. in St. Timothy Room. You may think it’s too early, but trust and pray to the Holy Spirit, he will help you awaken. We would love to see you there, come when you can! Email John Henke at john@henke.org.

Capital Campaign Committee
Provide the opportunity for parishioners to participate in the Building of the Cornerstone of Christ Capital Campaign. Contact person is Doug Murrell 512-263-2451.

Catholic Physicians Guild of Central Texas (*Partner Ministry)
Seek to unite the teachings of the Catholic faith with the science of the practice of medicine while helping fellow members grow in holiness, both personally and professionally. Contact person is Cari Henry 512-484-2405.

Central Texas Fellowship of Catholic Men (*Partner Ministry)
Encourage and empower men to deepen their relationship with Christ, their families, their church and their community.  Foster faith in everyday life. Contact person is Ken Ciani  512-469-0100.

Challenge (*Partner Ministry)
Girls aged 10 to 16 learn to challenge themselves, others and the world in actively living their Christian faith.  Organize various projects and campaigns to answer the needs of today’s world. Contact person is Nancy Carrono at jandncarrano@gmail.com.

Christ Renews His Parish Retreat Program
Experience personal spiritual growth and active participation in the Christian community of SJN by attending a weekend retreat. Please contact Jonathan Campbell if you have any questions at jcampbell@sjnaustin.org.

Christian Medical Missions (*Partner Ministry)
Accompany medical teams to Central America to minister to indigenous people.  One-week trips throughout the year are offered. Contact person is Diane and Steve Gele  512-328-0327.

Coffee and Donut Social Hosts
Host the coffee and donut social after 9 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Call 512-328-3220 if you are interested in volunteering.

Communion Service Teams (Heritage at Gaines Ranch, Querencia, The Summit)
Bring older adults from assisted living rooms to Mass or Communion Service in one of these three retirement centers.  Bring Communion to Catholic residents at the homes who are unable to participate in the group setting. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220 ext. 107.

Communion to the Sick
Assist with bringing Holy Communion to the parish’s homebound, ill or hospitalized parishioners on an as-needed basis.  Selection by application and appointment.  Open to confirmed members of our community. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220 ext. 107.

Cub Scout Pack 990 (*Partner Ministry)
Boys in the first through fifth grades participate in games, skits, songs, crafts, outdoor adventures, service projects and ceremonies designed around values such as citizenship, cooperation, faith, honesty and respect. Contact person is Clay Duvall 512-656-9150.

Culture of Life Committee
Raise parish-wide awareness and educate on life issues according to Church teaching.  Organize new life-affirming activities to fill needs as identified by the parish. Contact person is Jonathan Campbell at jcampbell@sjnaustin.org.

EDGE leaders
Minister at faith formation events for middle school youth, including youth group nights and trips. Contact person is Samantha Delfin 512-328-3220 ext. 132.

Engaged Sponsor Couples
Work with the pastor, associate pastor or deacons to help prepare engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage. Contact person is Janice Maginn at jmaginn@sjnaustin.org.

Eucharistic Adoration
Spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. in regular 30 to 60 minute time slots. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220 ext. 107.

Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion
Assist with distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.  Selection by application and appointment.  Open to confirmed members of our community.  Training provided. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220 ext. 107.

Drive a Senior Southwest (*Partner Ministry)
Enhance the well-being of our older adult neighbors who need assistance to remain independently in their homes.  Provide valuable non-medical services similar to that of other Austin-area caregiver groups. Contact person is Mary Pat Smith 512-825-959

Faith Formation volunteers
Offer solid Catholic teachings designed to form active, loving Catholic Christians.  Teach the Good News to school-aged children Pre-K through 12th grade. Contact person is Christie McGee at 512-328-3220, ext. 126.

Flower Guild
Responsible for obtaining and arranging flowers for the liturgy and other services. Contact person is Dee McKenzie doloresmckenzie@austin.rr.com.

Gabriel Project    

The Gabriel Project Life Center is a ministry of the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Catholic Diocese of Austin.Mission Statement: The Gabriel Project Life Center works to provide compassionate, practical, life-affirming alternatives to abortion.The Gabriel Project Life Center provides free, confidential and non-judgmental assistance to men and women in crisis pregnancies. The Gabriel Project Life Center provides assistance through out the pregnancy and for the first 12 months following the birth of your baby. Contact person for SJN is Mary Saniuk 512-328-7904.

Godly Play
Minister to preschool children, serving as greeters and storytellers during children’s religious education classes. Contact person is Christie McGee at 512-328-3220 ext. 126.

Greeters
Welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass each weekend and answer questions about parish life. Invite all people to experience the love of Jesus Christ by participating in our community through sacrament, ongoing renewal in the Catholic faith and creative service to those in need in our world. Please contact Rick Ebert at 512-784-5991 or rick@alpsmgmt.com for more info.

Habitat for Humanity (*Partner Ministry)
Assist in building on to two homes per year for people in the Diocese of Austin by providing labor and / or food for the laborers. Contact person is Bob Karasch 512-924-4070.

Kairos (*Partner Ministry)
Address the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, and their families and to those who work in the prison environment. Contact person is Wayne Radwanski 512-327-6126.

Knights of Columbus (*Partner Ministry)
A fraternal organization for men 18 years old and up.  Focus on spirituality, service and fellowship. For information on how to join and upcoming meetings please go to http://sjnkc.org

Lay Missionaries of Charity (*Partner Ministry)
Follow the statues and way of life of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity to quench the thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and for souls by working toward our own holiness.  Live a life of prayer and adoration and offer free and wholehearted service to the poorest of the poor, beginning with your own families. Contact person is Judy Holladay jlholladay@att.net

Life Teen volunteers
Present topics that matter to high school teens and offer experiences that involve responsible participation in the life and mission of the Catholic faith community.  Meet Sunday evenings. Contact person is Cris Lopez 512-328-3220 ext 110.

Life Teen Choir
Provide uplifting, youth-oriented music for the Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Selections are drawn from a variety of Catholic and contemporary Christian sources. Contact person is Lance Hargis 512-328-3220 ext. 166 or lhargis@sjnaustin.org.

Marriage Ministry
This ministry supports married couples in strengthening their marriage through retreats, book studies and social events. If you have any questions please email Mattie Nickelattie at mattie530@gmail.com.

Mary and Martha Guild
Provide hospitality and food for parishioners for special occasions and events.  Assist families with meals in their home when needed due to illness.Contact person is Raye Cekuta  512-413-3003.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes (*Partner Ministry)
Provide food, clothing, dignity and much more to our homeless brothers and sisters in need.  Volunteer opportunities for all ages abound, ranging from cooking eggs, prayer card artistry, food prep, food delivery, special events, street retreats, disaster relief, to helping our Community First! program. 512-306-8036

Music Ministry
Serve the Lord, his Church and his people by leading the congregation in worship and song at the Sunday 9 and 11:30 a.m. Masses.  Open to singers and instrumentalists of high school age and above. Please contact Lance Hargis at lhargis@sjnaustin.org.

OPUS, 50+ Fellowship
For parishioners age 50 and older to meet, welcome and help each other forge new friendships as they pray and play together in God’s wonderful world. Contact person is Raye Cekuta 512-413-3003.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Committee                                                                         

Plan the parish’s annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe events, held in December. Contact person is Laura Hughes, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 512-328-3220, ext. 117. 

RCIA Team
Partner with adult candidates as they prepare for initiation into the Catholic faith.  Volunteer opportunities include sponsors, hospitality and catechists. Contact person is Laura Hughes, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 512-328-3220, ext. 117.

Readers
Proclaim the Word of God during the liturgy.  Open to all confirmed members of our community; selection by application and appointment.  Training provided. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220 ext. 107 or pjuarez@sjnaustin.org.

Sacristans
Act as coordinator for the liturgy on Saturday, Sunday, holy days and special liturgies.  Prepare the gifts for the Eucharistic celebration and make ready the needed sacred vessels, Lectionary and Sacramentary books. Contact person is Paul Juarez 512-328-3220 ext. 107 or by email pjuarez@sjnaustin.org.

Saint Louise House (*Partner Ministry)
Support and empower women-led families with children to overcome homelessness in Central Texas. Keep families together by providing housing and supportive services that enable the women to overcome the obstacles that led them to becoming homeless.  Contact person is Jonathan Campbell at jcampbell@sjnaustin.org.

Schoenstatt Movement (*Partner Ministry)
Provide a variety of activities for spiritually-grounded family life, ongoing self education, inner renewal and practical everyday models for faith-filled living in every stage of life. Contact person is Marcela Pinto at mpinto@schoenstatt.us

Serra International (*Partner Ministry)
Foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood of the Catholic Church and encourage members to fulfill their Christian vocations to serve. Contact person is Clarence Griggs 512-517-4457

Social Justice Ministry                                                                                                           Mission Statement: To inform parishioners about the social justice needs in our local and the larger world communities, provide concrete ways and means by which those needs can be met and to advocate for change in those structures of society which deprive the dignity and rights of all peoples among us. Contact Jonathan Campbell at jcampbell@sjnausitn.org.

Spiritual Stretching for Adults (age 40+)

Join us for S T R E T C H I N G every Monday from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m in the St. Timothy Room. Check calendar on home page for cancellations.

St. Vincent de Paul Society (*Partner Ministry)
Serve the poor of Austin by listening and assisting in their spiritual needs as well as offering financial and food assistance. Contact person is Dave Tiffin at tiffindl@gmail.com 

Threads of Hope

Threads of Hope was created by the CRHP 48 women (Pauline Gubbels, parishioner, was the catalyst).  They are making blankets for foster children and the homeless, to be delivered to foster care organizations by parishioner, Lee Brockhurst, and brought on the MLF trucks when the weather gets cool.  Contact Jonathan Campbell at 512-328-3220, ext. 118 or email jcampbell@sjnaustin.org

University Medical Center Brackenridge, Volunteer Services (*Partner Ministry)
Provide a welcoming presence, directions and information and help in patient care areas by doing such things as delivering food trays and water, stocking shelves, providing company for a lonely patient, transporting a discharged patient to their family car. Help with special projects created to show nurses how much the hospital cares, assist with quarterly events, serve as an Ambassador, help in the hospital volunteer services office, recruit or fund raise. All at University Medical Center Brackenridge.  Contact person is Tia Tyler McCurdy 512-324-7151

Ushers
Assist the assembly during the liturgy with greeting, seating, collection and answering questions.  Training provided. Contact person is Doug Murrell  512-263-2451

Vacation Bible School volunteers
Help school-aged children develop a friendship with Jesus, the Bible, the Church and each other during the half-day, one-week program, VBS is held in the summer for 5 days. Contact Christie McGee if you have questions or need assistance at 512-328-3220 ext. 126.

Venture Crew 2100 (*Partner Ministry)
Participate in co-ed outdoor scouting adventures with other youth aged 14 to 20.  Activities include camping in Colorado’s Wemuniche Wilderness, hiking in the Sierras and more. Contact person is Joe Geisinger 512-496-8847

Vocations Committee
Provide effective communication, events and contacts that promote and nurture religious vocations at St. John Neumann Catholic community. The call to follow Christ is an invitation to enter more fully into the life of Christ and the Church. This call is experienced in a variety of ways and our goal is to facilitate God’s calling. If you can’t join our committee, please pray to St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests, that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our mission. Contact person is Vern Pohlmeier 512-328-3220, ext 138.

Young Adult Ministry

Support Catholics between 21 and 40 (both married and single) with their desire to enter more deeply into a relationship with Christ through fellowship and formation in the Catholic faith. Sponsor regular spiritual, social and service activities. Contact youngadultssjn@gmail.com.

40+ Catholic Singles Group

Mission: The 40 Plus Catholic Singles is a group for young at heart, single men and women who are over 40. We are a community dedicated to Christ, wanting to enrich our faith, fellowship and service. We provide a friendly and safe environment for camaraderie, fun and events. Vision: We are single Catholics seeking to build a community, sharing planned and impromptu activities to have richer spiritual and social lives. We invite like-minded peers in the Diocese and other faiths to join us. Please contact Sylvia Lopez sylvia.lopez32@gmail.com

*Partner Ministries: The work of evangelizing, serving the needy and supporting Catholic in their faith happens through many independent organizations.  A St. John Neumann Partner Ministry maintains a relationship with the parish but has an independent board and financing. [Adapted from the Diocese of Austin]

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