The Parish is a diverse and active community that could not run smoothly if it were not for the generosity of an army of parishioners who volunteer their time and talent for the service of the community. Click on the tabs below for more details. If you are interested in joining a group or committee, please contact the Parish Office: firstname.lastname@example.org For our current list of volunteers, visit our Church Management page.
We welcome Parishioners who wish to assist the priest in administering the sacraments of holy communion - the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill or otherwise unable to attend Mass.
A small group under the chair of Maurice Hutton and supported by Catherine Ahern are responsible for our IT, the parish website and the construction of a Registration Database.
Under the chair of Bill Smith, the Parish Finance Committee (PFC) is responsible to the parish priest and diocese for the resources, buildings and grounds at St. John's. The PFC is currently reviewing a Parish Development Plan to better utilize the hall for parish use, upgrade the church and make a range of improvements across the property.
Catholic teaching on ecumenism may be found in the documents of the Second Vatican Council: PONTIFICIUM CONSILIUM AD CHRISTIANORUM UNITATEM FOVENDAM; DIRECTORY FOR THE APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES AND NORMS ON ECUMENISM.
The ecumenical movement seeks to be a response to the gift of God's grace which calls all Christians to faith in the mystery of the Church according to the design of God who wishes to bring humanity to salvation and unity in Christ through the Holy Spirit. This movement calls them to the hope that the prayer of Jesus "that they all may be one" will be fully realized. It calls them to that charity which is the new commandment of Christ and the gift by which the Holy Spirit unites all believers. The Second Vatican Council clearly asked Catholics to reach out in love to all other Christians with a charity that desires and works actively to overcome in truth whatever divides them from one another. For the Council, Catholics are to act in hope and in prayer to promote Christian unity. They will be prompted and instructed by their faith in the mystery of the Church, and their ecumenical activity will be inspired and guided by a true understanding of the Church as "a sacrament or instrumental sign of intimate union with God, and of unity of the whole human race".
At St. John's we eagerly embrace this teaching and actively seek to make it a reality in our area.