Ministry Descriptions and other Services

Baptism Preparation
Preparing parents for the formation of their child’s faith. Baptisms are typically celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. Parents must attend a Baptism instruction class before the baptism; Godparents must be practicing Catholics, age 16 or older and have been confirmed. To arrange to have your baby baptized please contact Marion Parker our Family Life Coordinator.

Wedding Preparation
Please schedule an appointment with a priest at least 6 months prior to the wedding. Engaged couples contemplating marriage in the Church are required to take a marriage preparation course. Go to townsendcatholic.org/marriage to find out more about Marriage.

Eucharistic Minister
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion who serve the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and to the sick and homebound.
For those with Celiac Disease

If you have celiac disease, please let us know. We have a supply of low-gluten altar bread available for those who cannot tolerate gluten.

Lector
Reader who proclaims the Scriptures at Mass and other services.

Altar Server
Boys and girls from grade 4 and above who assist the priest at the liturgy.

Envelope System/Online Giving
The regular use of envelopes or online giving provide for a stable income to the church. This enables the pastor and finance committee to plan for repairs, future expansions and improvements.  We urge all parishioners to make use of the envelopes or online giving. Users of the envelope system or online giving will receive, when requested, an annual statement for tax purposes.

Religious Education
The Religious Education program serves children in grades 1-10. Classes are offered on Sunday mornings for grades 1-8 and Sunday afternoon/evening for Confirmation preparation, grades 9 and 10. Home School is also an option. The curriculum used is Christ Our Life by Loyola Press. It is never too late to register a child for the religious education program, please contact the rectory for further information.

Knight's of Columbus
All men are welcome! Members of St. John the Evangelist Council #14842 meet in Father Mealey Hall on the Second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. If interested in joining visitwww.townsendkofc.org
Outreach to Homebound

R.C.I.A.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which non-baptized men and women become members of the Catholic church. It is also open to those baptized in different christian communions who are interested in becoming Catholic, or, for those who were baptized Catholic, but have yet to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

Youth Ministry
Goto our website to find out more about upcoming events at townsendcatholic.org/youth. Our youth enjoy eachother's company in social events both fun, prayerful, and service oriented. Good Catholic friendships are eternally enjoyable.

Environmental Committee
Volunteers who decorate the inside of the Church throughout the year, especially with flowers. Mary Foster is the coordinator for this group.

Daughters of Issabella
Want to be part of a group of Catholic women who work together as sisters? Call us and find out how to join today. This is for women, young and old who want to be more active in the Church but don't want to do it alone.

Holy Widows
This is a group of widows who want to live a life more closely in union with Christ and his church as widows.

Volunteer Eucharistic Ministers who bring the Eucharist to registered parishioners who are homebound. If you know of someone who would like a visit in their home please contact the rectory.

Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is intended to strengthen those being tried by illness. People who would benefit from the reception of this sacrament include: those preparing for serious surgery, the elderly whose frailty has become more pronounced, and those who begin to be in danger of death from sickness or old age. If you are planning surgery, please arrange for anointing before admission to the hospital. Please contact the rectory for further information. This is ministered by a priest so that you have an opportunity for confession at the same time if you have committed any sins so that your sins will be forgiven.

Pro-Life Committee 
Parish Pro-Life Committee actively promotes a renewed respect for human life as the responsibility of every Catholic. 

Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (TEO)
This is a ministry that is not of the parish but that many parishioners are proud to be part of as members of the town. It is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that was established and has been a part of Townsend's community since 1984. TEO's purpose is to provide emergency and temporary assistance to Townsend residents that are in need of a helping hand. The community of St. John's continues to support the work of TEO.