Community & Outreach

ABLE (Assisting Better Lives for Elders)

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

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

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. l298

Branch III

Volunteers 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 or

Fair Trade Ministry

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. Providence coffee is sold October – May at St. John’s.

Families Moving Forward

St. John’s provides shelter for one week, two 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

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. Visit or contact Susan Amos Palmer (651) 633-8333 ext. l298

Hospital Eucharistic Ministers

We have volunteers who bring the Eucharist to Catholic patients at Unity and St. John’s Hospitals in St. Paul once a month. If you or a loved one would like a visit while you are in the hospital or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229 or

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers deliver meals once a month on either a Monday or Friday at 10:45 am out of the Pike Lake Education Center in  New Brighton. Contact Mary Justin (651) 636-8599 or if you would like to volunteer.

Nursing Home Ministry

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Volunteers provide weekly Word/communion services to Catholic residents in local healthcare centers. (Flexible schedule!) If you or a loved one would like a visit or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Hartz (651) 633-8333 ext. 1229 or

Prayer Line

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

Sharing and Caring Hands

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

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