Please Contact the
Parish Office for more information
on any of these Ministries
727.360.1147 / Fax
In a broad sense, Altar Servers are
known as acolytes. They serve the
Celebrant at Mass and other
To be a candidate, you must be in
the fourth grade or older and have
received the sacraments of
Reconciliation and Holy Communion.
Candidates are required to complete
a training program. They must attend
a special commissioning ceremony
prior to being assigned as servers.
of Christian Initiation
R.C.I.A. (of Adults)
The R.C.I.A. is the Process of
welcoming adults into the Catholic
Church. Adults who have not been
baptized, have been baptized in
another Christian faith or baptized
Catholics who have not received the
Eucharist and/or Confirmation are
invited to be part of our R.C.I.A.
Process journey. There are four
stages in the Process : Inquiry or
Celebration of the Sacraments of
Initiation, and Mystagogy (further
All of these stages have sessions
for adults; held in the Vianney
Center on Tuesdays, from 7–9 p.m.
Remember: God's love is always
Our doors are always open.
(Adapted for Children)
The R.C.I.A., Adapted for Children
program, is a religious education
program—adapted from the R.C.I.A.
It is especially designed for young
people, ages 6 to 17; who have not
been baptized. Preparation of these
young people for the Sacraments of
Initiation is part of a journey of
faith for the whole family which
helps them come to the realization
of God’s immense love for them.
To schedule an appointment or for
more information on either program,
please call the Parish Office for
Daughters of America
Under the Banner of Unity and
Charity, the Catholic
Daughters work to help others such
as Alpha House,
migrant workers, Morality and Media,
CASA and Morning Star School.
Our local court, St. John Vianney
#1944, joins the national
organization to help support
seminary students at the Catholic
College in Rome.
St. John Vianney has a team in place
non-practicing Catholics back to our
community. We urge all parishioners
to extend that personal invitation
back to those they know. If
interested in finding out more,
please contact the Catholics Coming
Renews His Parish
Christ Renews His Parish (C.R.H.P.)
Spiritual process which brings women
St. John’s Parish together to
experience renewal, Spiritual growth
and Christian Community in the
environment of the parish. This
process emphasizes the need for
daily prayer, scripture reading and
sharing in community for one’s
Spiritual growth to take root and
Currently there are only women’s
retreats held in the Spring and Fall
(check the bulletin for dates).
Retreats are another means for us to
grow closer to the Lord and they are
an excellent opportunity to meet
other parishioners and to become an
active part of the parish.
Any woman who has previously
attended a C.R.H.P. retreat, or a
Cursillo, is invited to join the
existing team in formation. A new
formation process begins after each
Meetings are Thursday evening, 7:00
– 8:30 p.m. in the
ST. FAUSTINA, CATECHISM, SCRIPTURE
Jesus promised, as reiterated in the
St. Faustina, that in the praying of
the Chaplet for dying souls, Jesus
will stand before the soul in front
of the father as Divine Mercy and
not as Just Judge.
The ABC’s of Mercy
Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to
approach Him in prayer constantly.
Be merciful. God wants us to receive
His mercy and let it flow through us
Completely trust in Jesus. God wants
us to know that the graces of His
mercy are dependent upon our trust.
The Divine Mercy Cenacle is focused
on learning, reading and praying to
the Divine Mercy.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy— praying
of the chaplet—Wednesdays, after the
8:15 a.m. Mass, during the time of
the Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament (15-minutes prayer time).
Men’s Usher’s Ministry
The ushers of St. John’s are the
first greeters of parishioners and
visitors to our parish services.
During Mass, they collect the tithe
and direct and monitor the faithful
during communion. They offer
assistance and answer questions, as
The ushers also support our parish
school by conducting fundraising
events each year. Volunteer time
required is approximately one and a
half hours each weekend and, in
season, one evening meeting per
month which is used to discuss plans
for upcoming events and address any
questions. Part-time volunteers are
Faith Community Nurse
The mission of Faith Community
Nursing is to join with faith
communities in their efforts to
promote the whole person health of
their members through education and
support. This is accomplished
through educational programs,
monthly blood pressure screenings
and being available to answer
questions regarding health needs
individual parishioners may have
regarding visitations, referrals and
community resources. The Faith
Community Nurse will not render
hands-on patient care.
Upon request by parishioners of St.
John Vianney, a repast will be
provided by the Church after a
A member of the family is invited to
contact the Pastor’s Secretary prior
to the date of the funeral to
discuss details of the reception and
the family’s wishes.
Council #5131 is a fraternal
open to all Catholic men 18 years of
age or older.
The Knights of Columbus is the
world’s largest Roman
Catholic fraternal service
organization. Dedicated to Charity,
Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism,
its members have raised more than $1
billion in charitable contributions
over the last 10 years and performed
more than 68 million man hours of
This is a regional council also
servicing the parishes of Blessed
Trinity, Most Holy Name of Jesus,
and St. Therese. The council meets
the 2nd Wednesday of the month at
Most Holy Name of Jesus at 6:30 p.m.
The Legion of Mary is a service
organization known throughout the
Catholic world. It was founded in
Dublin by a layman, Frank Duff,
presently up for beatification. St.
John’s unit of the Legion of Mary
has 10 active members and more than
74 auxiliary members.
Active members meet weekly and
complete weekly assignments such as
visiting and taking communion to
shut-ins at home, in hospitals, or
in nursing homes; praying with
inmates for the prison ministry;
helping the homeless through St.
Vincent de Paul and Pinellas Hope.
Auxiliary members are the prayer arm
of the Legion of Mary.
Currently, the Legion of Mary
welcomes new parishioners, answering
questions regarding ministries at
Martha's Helping Hands
Martha’s Helping Hands is a
group of men and women who volunteer
to do light cleaning around the
church. Duties include dusting the
organs and pianos, wiping the window
sills, keeping the confessionals
fresh, caring for the altar linens,
Helpers work when their schedule
permits. They stay as little or as
long as needed to complete the
tasks. Scheduled days for cleaning
are Tuesdays and Saturdays.
At the time of printing, our
Music Ministry Program is currently
under review. Please check the
parish bulletin and our website for
further information and updates.
Vincent DePaul Society
Blessed are the poor in spirit for
theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
This Beatitude summarizes the
objectives of the St. Vincent de
Paul Society—to help the poor
spiritually and physically.
Volunteer work in our Parish
Conference consists of primary case
work which requires availability any
hour of the day. The members
interview those in need to see how
to best help them with the basic
necessities —clothing, food,
furniture, or referrals to other
organizations. The St. Vincent de
Paul office is staffed by volunteers
Monday—Friday, 10 a.m. to Noon, as
well as the 24-hour Hot Line.
Volunteer work is available in the
Center of Hope Facility, consisting
of a food kitchen and transitional
housing for 88 persons. The Center
is located at 401 15th Street North,
St. Petersburg. Work is also
available in our Thrift Store,
located at 180 34th Street North,
St. Petersburg. Hours are available
to fit your schedule.
This is a group
of fun-loving seniors who have come
together under the sponsorship of
St. John’s to enhance and support
their spiritual and social lives.
An open invitation is extended to
all seniors in our community to join
The group meets
once a month to discuss and plan
activities of interest. We come
together to celebrate Mass together
on the second Sunday of each month.
School Parent Organization Board (POB)
The Parent Organization Board acts
as a liaison between the parents and
teachers to promote constructive and
timely communication between the two
The Parent Organization Board also
provides opportunities for dialogue
among parents and encourages them to
participate in school activities and
in the educational mission of the
Contact the principal of St. John’s
School, 360.1113, for more
Columbiettes of Pope Pius XII,
The Columbiettes is an international
organization of Catholic women,
faithful to the teachings of the
church, presently established in the
United States and Canada.
Columbiettes work with the Knights
of Columbus organizations in local
churches to know, love and serve God
in their faith community. Membership
is open to women ages 18 and over.
Please join us to help put Faith,
Hope and Charity into action for our
community and each other.
ST. JOHN VIANNEY YOUTH PROGRAM
Mission: To serve the specific needs or
our parish families in raising the youth of
the parish and developing them into the best
persons God wants them to be.
This program supplements the formal
religious education of our youth by
providing a safe environment in which to
live out our Catholic Faith. We teach youth
how to apply what they have learned about
our Faith to their daily lives. They learn
how to love their neighbor as themselves in
social, recreational, educational, and
community service activities.
We assist each youth in developing their
unique talents and gifts and discern how
best to use them in service to God, their
family and their neighbors. In short,
Religious Education is the formal teaching
of our Faith and Youth Ministry is the Lab
in which they discover how to live it.
Each youth’s participation in this ministry
will increase their virtues of Faith, Hope
and Love as well as the Cardinal virtues of
Prudence, Justice, Courage and Temperance.
Participation in this program will increase
the knowledge one has of God, cultivate a
deep love for Him and inspire a desire to
serve His people. We do this through a
of activities including:
Fun Social Activities: chaperoned
youth parties in safe environments.
Faith to Action in Community Service:
volunteering for such activities as feeding
and clothing the homeless, raising funds for
a variety of Catholic Charities, working on
parish projects to improve grounds and
parish service events, etc…
workshops with guest speakers in particular
areas of interest, skits on proper ways to
behave in various situations, programs such
as Teen Bible Studies, Theology of the Body,
Spiritual Development: praise and
worship activities such as adoration of the
Music: opportunities to develop
musical talents and perform with and for
Recreational Activities: youth
recreation nights at St. Pete Beach
Recreation Center, group participation in or
attending local attractions, joining other
Catholic Youth groups in the area for
Retreats: on Campus; combined with
other parishes, or nearby retreat centers.
Summer Camps: Covecrest, Catholic
Heart Work Camp, Good Council Camp, …
We offer a well-rounded, balanced approach
to growing in Faith and developing Catholic
Christian social skills and virtuous habits.
This, while also building enduring
friendships with other Catholics who will
support each other on their life-long
journey to eternal life with Christ.