churches in lancaster pa

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the priest during Mass on weekends, Holy Days, and special services such as weddings, Holy Days and special services. Boys and girls in grades 5 through 12 are invited to be trained for participation in this service. Annual training for new servers and a refresher for current servers is held after Easter.

If you are interested, contact Ed Kuzma at kuzma14@comcast.net, or contact the office at (717) 569-8531.


Cantors

The Cantors of St. John Neumann lead us in prayer by means of song and provide leadership and support for the congregation in the singing of hymns, psalms, and acclamations at Mass.  Emphasis is on leading congregational singing rather than solo performance.

Rehearsals are held as needed.

Auditions may be arranged through Kurt Kehler at (717) 392-2294.


St. John Neumann Choir

The St. John Neumann Choir sings to beautify the liturgy through music and lead the congregation in song.  The Choir sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month and the 11:00 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of the month, from September through May, and for special occasions.

The Choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Music Room. 

One need only a pleasant voice and a desire to learn new music to be a choir member.  Young adults of high school age are also welcome to join.  If a member cannot be with us for a complete term, we invite “partial memberships” for the Fall Advent-Christmas season, and/or Spring Lent-Easter season.

Please contact Kurt Kehler at (717) 392-2294 if you are interested in singing music ranging from the beautiful sacred classics of the Church’s heritage through the newly created post-Vatican II repertoire.

Instrumentalists are also welcome.


The St. John Neumann Ensemble

This group of musicians brings a more contemporary approach to the liturgy through our music along with a strong sense of fellowship.  We strive to select music that offers 3 or 4 part harmony with instrumentation that supports the voices.  Currently we sing once/month, typically at the Saturday 4 pm Mass with a planned rehearsal Thursday evening the week before from 7-8:30 pm.

Our desire is to recruit more members of all ages who sing and play instruments proficiently, especially guitar, flute or other appropriate instruments.  Some ability to read music is helpful.

If you are interested, please contact Pam Currie at (717) 808-6191 or pjcurrie@comcast.net.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

This ministry is offered at the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass from September through May for children grades K through 4.  The children are dismissed from Mass before the first reading by an adult leader and two student or adult aides and led to another site where they will listen to the same readings as in the church but on an age appropriate level.  Since this ministry requires three volunteers, a leader who leads the children in reflecting and discussing the readings, a cantor who sings the responsorial psalm and alleluia, and a reader who reads the first and second readings, this ministry is in need of volunteers on a regular basis.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Liz Woratyla at (717) 569-6787 or sworatyla@comcast.net and she will arrange for training.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers assist the priest distribute Holy Communion at the celebration of the Eucharist.  This need is particularly accentuated since both species are usually offered i.e. the Body of Christ and the Precious Blood.  Training for this ministry is in two parts, a two hour session that covers the significant aspects of the ministry, usually held in Harrisburg or another diocesan parish, and an hour session at St. John Neumann Church that instructs on the specific practices and procedures followed here.

All appointments to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are made by the Pastor with the mandated approval of the Bishop of the diocese.

If you are interested in this ministry, it is suggested that you express your desire to the Pastor.


Ministry Scheduling for Masses

Scheduling for Readers and Eucharistic ministers is compiled and distributed four times a year. Notices are sent to all listed in these categories about a month and a half before the new schedule is due to begin.  Replies are recorded into a computer program and positions are assigned for each Mass according to the responses entered.

The completed individual schedules and total schedules are then e-mailed to everyone in the program. Corrections and adjustments have to be handled manually.

Melissa Steffy is the person who produces the schedule, you may contact her at msteffy@sjnlancaster.org or by phone at (717) 569-8531 ext. 213.


Reader

The Reader proclaims the scripture readings to the assembly during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. As a minister of the Word, a Reader is a part of an important process in the life of the church.  Readers are called to proclaim Christ present now in our midst and to make present past events in salvation history.  The Liturgy allows us to participate in those events, to experience their power, and their ability to transform.

We currently schedule 2 readers for each Mass.  When there is no Deacon present at Mass one of the readers will read the intercessions.

If you feel called to serve in this ministry, contact Sandy Mayo, the Reader Coordinator, at sandymayo@yahoo.com.

With the approval of the pastor, new readers will receive training and an orientation before being scheduled.


Sacristan

The responsibility of the sacristan is to have all altar linens, and related items used for services, laundered and in appropriate condition to be used in various rites.  A yearly schedule is set up and instruction is given to all volunteers.

Also, decoration of the main church for special holidays is also the responsibility of the sacristan and assistance is needed during special times e.g. Holy Saturday and several days before Christmas.

If you would be interested in helping in this ministry, contact the Chairperson, Sandy Mayo at sandymayo@yahoo.com or (717) 569-2394.


Ushers

The ushers at St. John Neumann Church assist at each Mass on the weekends and during Holy Days. They locate seats, pass the collection baskets, and perform additional services as requested during any of the rites they volunteer for. They are also available to assist during emergencies as needed.

Ushers are always needed.  

If you are interested in this ministry, contact Head Usher, Bill Allison at bpallison@verizon.net.