Parish Health Ministry

The mission of this ministry focuses on the wellness and healing of our parish family by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our parishioners.  The central figure in this ministry is the parish nurse who, as a trained professional, utilizes a holistic approach to help restore a sense of wholeness and healing to those in need. Recognizing the interrelationship of mind, body, and spirit, she focuses on offering healthcare with an emphasis on the spiritual according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church and the practices of the St. John Neumann family.

Some of the work included in this ministry is: weekly visits to parishioners in local hospitals, home visits to the homebound, infirm, or newly discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation facility, if a visit is desired, occasional visits to parishioners in local nursing homes and residential living facilities.  In addition, she coordinates and schedules the Masses and communion services at 4 nursing facilities in the Manheim Township area.  When necessary or when requested she acts as a resource and advocate for parishioners and their families who have complex medical or emotional issues.

The Parish Health Ministry utilizes and relies on a number of volunteers to help maintain this ministry in numerous areas such as:

  • Using health care professionals to do Blood Pressure Screenings after each Mass on the fourth week of each month.
  • When possible using volunteers to provide a ride to Mass or special service for older parishioners who are unable to get the church on their own.
  • Utilize parishioners who are willing to visit the homebound or those in nursing facilities to provide friendship and spiritual comfort from their parish community.
  • Have volunteers who are qualified to distribute communion to those who are unable to get to mass or those who request it.
  • Take an occasional meal to parishioners in crisis or those who are recovering from and illness, loss or surgery.
  • Volunteer to participate in serving on the Prayer Chain. In this ministry volunteers offer prayers when they are requested for parishioners and their families in times of crisis, illness, hardship and loss.  Members of the Prayer Chain offer special prayers requesting God’s healing.

To learn more about this ministry, please contact Eleanor Nuffort, Parish Nurse, at enuffort@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531, Ext. 229.


Funeral Luncheon Ministry

The goal of this ministry is to provide a meal for the bereaved family and friends in a comfortable setting, i.e., the Social Hall, following the service, to celebrate the life and memory of the deceased. This ministry is open to all parishioners who wish to either donate a side dish or dessert; or who wish to help by preparing food trays in the kitchen, or by serving the buffet.

To volunteer in any way please call Marie Quinn at (717) 569-33340 or Florence Peters at (717) 291-9339.


The Knights of Columbus Council 12532

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea.

For more information about the St. John Neumann Council 12532 contact info@knights12532.com, or visit www.knights12532.com.


Inclusion Ministry

In response to the bishop’s Pastoral Letter, the diocesan office of Ministry to People with Disabilities was established to assist in the mandate to create a church that fully recognizes the dignity, rights, and potential of all people.  The role of the advocate in our Parish Advocacy Program is to assist the pastor in responding to the needs of people with disabilities and encouraging their gifts in service to the parish. He/she also supports a sense of welcome and inclusion—spiritually, physically, and socially.

The parish Disabilities Advocate, Rosemary Denshaw, can be reached at sjndisabilityadvocate@gmail.com.


Food Bank

The St. John Neumann Food Bank is supported by parish food drives and monetary donations. Volunteers pack and deliver non-perishable food to approved clients at Lancaster County Council of Churches three days per week; each person receives five days of emergency meals.

The food bank is open on Friday’s from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in becoming part of this ministry, contact Kathy Flynn at (717) 682-9441 or kmflynn@ptd.net.


Rosary Group

This group was formed in 2006 by several parishioners mindful that our Blessed Mother has asked us to pray the rosary daily.  This group now includes over 40 men and women who regularly participate in this ministry and have developed a friendship during this time of prayer.

All are invited to participate in praying the rosary Tuesday through Friday following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.


Off The Street

Since 2013, Off The Streets, a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run organization, has helped over 800 homeless and low-income neighbors in the Lancaster area move out of shelters or other temporary living arrangements and into permanent housing of their own.  Local service agencies refer individuals and families—80% being women and children—who are ready for permanent housing and can afford the monthly rent, but simply need some additional support getting back on their feet.

OTS pays the rental security deposit and/or delivers basic apartment-sized furniture, beds, and housewares on move-in day.  Recently, Tabor Community Services named OTS its 2016 Housing Partner of the Year.

New members are welcome to attend meetings held at 7:00 p.m. on first Thursdays of even-numbered months at SJN and can also learn more at www.offthestreetsnow.com/lancaster.


St. Vincent dePaul Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Members, who are called Vincentians, provide spiritual, material and financial aid to those in need working with them to bring them out of poverty.

Please contact the parish office at (717) 569-8531 for information about the St. John Neumann Conference, how to make a donation, or how to become a member.