Parish Health Ministry
The Parish Health Ministry Mission statement is:
The Ministry of health and healing is central to the life of the church, like Jesus, who was devoted to healing the physical, emotional and spiritual brokenness of His people. We at SJN Parish Health Ministry will address these needs among our parishioners. We hope to assist in restoring a sense of wholeness and healing to those in need.
This mission is accomplished by the many facets of the PHM already in place and those being further developed with the support of volunteers.
- Visitation to parishioners who are homebound, in the local hospitals, skilled care facilities and Rehab Centers.
- Offering the Sacrament of the Eucharist to those parishioners noted above.
- Providing communion services in several local assisted and skilled care facilities.
- Supporting the Clergy as Mass is offered monthly in these assisted and skilled facilities.
- One on one health education.
- Informative Bulletin Board developed with various health topics
- Weekly Bulletin PHM educational/informative articles.
- Follow up calls to recent hospital discharged parishioners.
- Friendly calls to homebound parishioners.
- Meals to families in an acute crisis.
- Educational programs throughout year on various topics of health and wellness.
- Grief Support.
- Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings after masses.
- Writing letter or cards for special occasions.
- Providing transportation to mass.
Are there other areas you’d like to see the PHM involved in or developed?
Are you available /interested in volunteering in any of these areas?
Areas that need further support include transportation to masses; meals;assistance with communion services at the assisted/skilled facilities. Friendly phone calls to home bound and the card ministry.
Your assistance is any of the above listed areas would be greatly appreciated. Call 717 569-8531 x229 to discuss the details of the roles or share your suggestion for our growth.
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.
Disability Advocacy Committee
The Disability Advocacy Committee is made up of volunteers who serve in a number of different parish ministries. Our goal is to help make our parish a place of welcome for those living with a disability. Our program includes:
The Disability Advocate is a volunteer chosen by the pastor to assist him in working for and with parishioners who have disabilities to be fully integrated into the life of our parish. If you need assistance, you are encouraged to contact the Disability Advocate.
ASL Interpreters at Mass:
Currently, ASL interpreters are scheduled for the following Sunday liturgies:
1st and 3rd Sundays: 11 am Mass
2nd and 4th Sundays: 9 am Mass
We would like to expand the number of Masses which have an interpreter and are seeking to add additional liturgical interpreters.
Volunteers in this hospitality ministry are a welcoming presence at our entrances to church. They greet both parishioners and visitors and are a helping hand for those who may need some assistance in getting into church. Volunteers can sign up for a specific time each month or volunteer on an “as available and needed” basis.
To further serve people in our community with intellectual or developmental disabilities, in 2017, the disability advocate, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, formed our Bridges Ministry. On the third Sunday of the month, September through May, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Bridges gathering begins with Mass encouraging full participation as altar servers, lectors, and Offertory gift bearers. Sacrament preparation is also offered for those wishing to receive Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
After Mass, social activities begin with Dance and Movement followed by Singing and Rhythm Instruments, Crafts, and Refreshments. During the social activities, parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in Coffee and Conversation where discussion leaders provide an opportunity to address concerns about care and assistance.
Do you have an interest in volunteering with one of the ministries listed above? Do you have an idea for expanding the services that are currently being offered? You are invited to become involved with the Disability Advocacy Committee. To get started, please contact the Disability Advocate.
The St. John Neumann Food Bank is supported by parish food drives and monetary donations. Volunteers pack food bags at the Lancaster County Food Hub (formerly the Lancaster County Council of Churches) every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm. The Food Hub is located at 812 North Queen Street in Lancaster.
The Food Bank generously donates bags of food to families that are provided with new housing by Off the Streets.
If you are interested in becoming part of this ministry, please contact Rosemarie Engler at 717-481-7582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishioners in need of food assistance, please contact Tom Conner at 717-569-8531 ext 226 or email@example.com
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 Monday through Friday following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
Off The Streets
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 de Paul 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.