St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & School
835 2nd Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: 651-633-8333  |  Fax: 651-633-7404
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Pastoral Outreach
Description: Our mission is to engage the Parish community in the mission of the Church and continue the work of Christ in caring for those in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual care.
Contact: Father Paul Shovelain (651) 633-8333 ext. 1214 or

Volunteer Opportunities

ABLE (Assisting Better Lives for Elders)
Description: St. John the Baptist is proud to partner with and refer our members to Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck, a fellow trusted resource for community elders and their families. Together we are dedicated to providing a wealth of life care management services to help our beloved parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles live independently.
Contact: Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229 or

Angel Tree
Description: This is our holiday giving ministry. Parishioners are needed not only to donate gifts, but also to deliver the presents to Ralph Reeder Center.
Contact: Jay Hunstiger (651) 633-8333 ext. 1212 or

Befriender Ministry
Description: The role of a Befriender is to be a companion on the journey, through listening, presence, and compassion. Befrienders are companions to parishioners in times of transition, stress, illness and loss.
Contact: Susan Amos Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. 1298

Branch III
Description: Provide hot lunches at the Catholic Charities Drop in Center in Minneapolis on the first and second Tuesday of each month.
Contact: Deacon Gary Schneider (651) 633-8333 ext. 1288

Fair Trade Ministry
Description: An opportunity to put our faith in action by using our consumer choices to make a real difference in the lives of farmers, farm workers, and their families around the world. Peace coffee is sold monthly at St. John’s.
Contact: Terri Blasiak (651) 633-8333 ext. 1218 or

Families Moving Forward
Description: St. John’s provides shelter for one week, three to four times per year, for families who are currently without homes. Sixty to seventy volunteers are needed each week for a variety of ministry positions.
Contact: Teri Shea (651) 633-8333 ext. 1237 or

Growing Through Loss
Description: Growing Through Loss is a grief ministry program, which is held twice a year at various churches in the area. The meetings have a speaker on a specific grief topic and break into small groups for discussion. Come for one class or the whole series.
Contact: Susan Amos Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. 1298

Hospital Eucharistic Ministers
Description: Bring Eucharist to Catholic patients at Unity and St. John’s Hospitals in St. Paul once a month.
Contact: Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229 or

Meals on Wheels
Description: Deliver meals once a month on either a Monday or Friday at 10:45am out of the Pike Lake Education Center in?New Brighton.
Contact: Mary Justin (651) 636-8599 or

Maternity Closet
Description: Provides maternity and children’s clothing through age two. Maternity Closet volunteers can also provide other resources through pregnancy and after the birth of a baby.
To volunteer, schedule an appointment or donate items, please call 800-221-8211.

North Side Life Care Center and Birthright
Description: Committed to the principle that every individual human being has the right to adequate healthcare, covering all physical, emotional, and social needs from conception to natural death. Numerous opportunities to volunteer.
Contact: Parish Office (651) 633-8333 or

Nursing Home Ministry
Description: Provide weekly Word/communion services to Catholic residents in local healthcare centers. (Flexible schedule!)
Contact: Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229 or

Prayer Letter
Description: Over 175 Prayer Ministers call on the power of Community Prayer for unity, peace and special intentions. Join them from home.
Contact: Deacon Gary Schneider 651-633-8333 ext. 1288 

Prayer Line
Description: Prayer requests are gathered by phone and passed on to our Prayer Line Ministers. There is also an emergency line, and requests remain confidential.
Contact: Teri Shea (651) 633-8333 ext. 1237 or

Respect Life Committee
Description: A mission to implement the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities and in so doing to be a people of life and a people for life.
Contact the parish office for more information (651) 633-8333 or

St. John’s Food Shelf
Description: Assist those needing to use our food shelf which is open three mornings a week.
Contact: Deacon Rod Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. 1298 or

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Description: Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians”) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. Assistance is provided to members in the community in financial need due to unexpected life circumstances.
Contact: Deacon Rod Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. 1298 or

Sharing and Caring Hands
Description: Volunteers from St. John’s purchase, prepare and serve approximately 360 meals to the poor over the lunch hour at Sharing and Caring Hands in downtown Minneapolis on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
Contact: Marty Schutz at (763) 571-9354.

Tithing Committee
Description: To be a visible sign of the Catholic Church’s commitment to the social mission of charity and justice through parish tithing
Contact: Stacey Meyer (651) 633-8333 ext. 1239 or

Children and Youth


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