A Roman Catholic presence in the Shenandoah Valley since 1932

We Build a Life Together

We Build a Life Together

community life

As members of the living Body of Christ, we nurture our bonds by participating in activities that celebrate our life together.


disability advocacy

Advocacy for the Disabled

The Parish Advocacy Ministry provides assistance and support to individuals and their families who are physically, mentally or sensory challenged. It works to eliminate parish-property related obstacles that prevent or make it difficult for parishioners to participate in liturgical and social activities. Within the limitations of the church property, appropriate actions, including the addition of handicapped parking and the providing of limited handicapped seating, have been taken.

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community life

Community Life Committee

This committee provides a wide-reaching range of services that that focus on the relationships between individuals and groups within the parish. It plans activities that combine fellowship and spirituality while fostering a hospitable and caring community. The committee also reaches beyond the parish boundaries through participation in the L.A.R.C.U.M program, a consortium of several area churches.

Activities are varied and include support for various ministries including Pastoral Care for the Sick, Bereavement Visitation, Bereavement Hospitality, First Friday Mass and Luncheon, Disciples Kitchen, and Meals, Receptions and Special Events.

The ministry requires a large number of volunteers particularly in regard to the preparation and serving of food.

 Coordinator: Ida Levin


knights of columbus

Knights of Columbus

“But if we live our lives in the light, as He is in the light, we are in union with one another.”
(1 John 1:7)

The Knights of Columbus order, Council 10760, has four distinguishing characteristics – Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism – and is a very lively and active organization at St. John.

It serves the parish in many ways both financially and spiritually – making financial donations to other Ministries, for example Christian Formation and the Youth Ministry; providing the new Baptismal Font;  presenting a framed portrait of the Holy Family to the newly baptized, a rosary to First Communion celebrants  and a crucifix to those being confirmed; involvement with the Boy Scout Troop; saying the Rosary before Mass;  sponsoring periodic Blood Drives. The Knights raise funds through an annual yards sales and pancake breakfasts, taking the pulse of the parish in the process by engaging with parishioners.

Grand Knight: Kevin Philbin

Supreme Council Knights of Columbus

Supreme Council Knights of Columbus webpage


hispanic ministry

Outreach to Hispanic Immigrants

The goal of Outreach to Hispanic Immigrants is to assist recent immigrants in their effort to become an integral part of parish life. Through this outreach ministry, staff and volunteers attempt to identify and meet the needs of individuals and families. Of particular concern are those families who may need additional assistance due to a language or cultural barrier.

Activities of the Outreach to Hispanic Immigrants ministry include the following:

  • Registration in the parish
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Multi-cultural liturgies and events
  • Social service networking
  • Translation of written materials

Those with interest in this ministry are welcome to assist, and new ministry ideas and initiatives are always welcome.

Contact: Jose Rodriguez


lending library

Parish Lending Library

The library is a resource for adults and children that focuses on materials that will enhance the individual’s Catholic faith. The library contains books on saints, popes, inspiration, angels, theology, ethics, the Bible, prayer and parenting. Tapes and movies are also available. The library is located in the Office Annex and volunteers are needed to staff the library on the following schedule:

Tuesday & Thursday 9:45—10:45 AM
Saturday 3:45—4:45 PM
Sunday 9:45—10:45 AM and Noon—1:00 PM

Contact: Jeanne Branch


performing arts

Performing Arts Committee

The Performing Arts Committee utilizes the artistic talents – singers, instrumentalists, comedians, dancers, actors, youth participants, etc. – of parishioners in a cooperative effort to entertain and foster fellowship. The initial effort was a talent show and consideration is being given to providing “Broadway Show” type- entertainment. There also may be a role to play in liturgical celebrations.

Coordinator: Tom Krop


prayer tree

Prayer Tree

“In everything by prayer and petitions let  your request be known to God.” 
—Philippians  4:6

The Prayer Tree is a quiet ministry of prayer for the needs of parishioners who request it, and to support each other spiritually, especially in time of need. The commitment of this group is to pray privately on a daily basis for the prayer requests received. The process consists of a telephone protocol that informs each member of the Prayer Tree about prayer requests, followed by private prayer. There are no formal meetings. Call if you would like to participate in this ministry.

Coordinators: Carolyn Lacy and Sara Meade