Our Ministries

Pope Francis, in his TED talk in April 2017, reminds us that every individual has value, and we are called to help those we encounter throughout our lives. “When one realizes that life, even in the middle of so many contradictions, is a gift, that love is the source and the meaning of life, how can they withhold their urge to do good to another fellow being?” When individuals support one another, we can collectively inspire a hopeful future. Join us here at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist by participating in one of the many ministries that serve others.

Liturgical Ministries

Find out more about our liturgical ministry opportunities on our worship page found here. If you are already volunteering as a liturgical minister click here to log into the ministry scheduler.

Door Ministry At the Co-Cathedral of St. John’s

Each Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist provides a “Door Ministry” for people who seek out the church for help in a difficult time or situation.  The needs are often related to food, shelter, clothing, transportation, or miscellaneous expenses.  We serve up to 14 people on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, each week of the year.  A staff member visits with the people seeking help.  Volunteers register guests and provide hospitality while people are waiting to visit with our staff member.  Volunteers work in pairs to help with this ministry.  It is not necessary to be available for every Tuesday or Thursday, but to be part of a rotating group of people who serve in this ministry. At the moment, due to the coronavirus, volunteering for this ministry is on hold.

Sunday Lunch Program

Sunday lunch is provided by the combined efforts of all Rochester Catholic Parishes. It is prepared each Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi ‘s McCarthy Hall (corner of 4th St & 11th Ave. SE).  We provide 60 meals to The Landing at Silver Lake (day center) and have meals available for take-out from the door at St Francis. Volunteers usually arrive around 9:30 a.m. and are done by 12:00 p.m. We also need dessert bakers for each time we host. The Co-Cathedral of St. John’s is responsible for the meal about every six weeks and for some holidays. There is no prior training necessary to participate. A coordinator plans the meal and directs the volunteers in helping prepare, distribute, and clean up after the meal. We usually need about 4-6 volunteers and families are welcome to serve together!  

How to get involved?  Contact Mary at 

We will find a date when the Co-Cathedral of St. John is serving and get you started. It is not necessary to be available for every time the Co-Cathedral of St. John’s serves.  

Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, 

 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; 

 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. 

Psalms 146:5-7

Family Promise Rochester

FAMILY PROMISE ROCHESTER (formerly referred to as Interfaith Hospitality Network) provides a supportive environment for families experiencing a housing crisis. 

The new Family Promise locationNorth Star House – is located at 913 1st Street NW. We can shelter up to five families, or about 18 people, at one time. Families can access shelter for 30-90 days, receive case management services, and access the necessary resources to secure permanent housing. 

Families are now housed at the North Star House, a static site, not in faith communities. At this new building we will be able to safely shelter families, operate a day center, house staff, and have room to grow–all while engaging our congregations and volunteers in our mission! Each host/buddy group will continue to provide the same outstanding support that we provided in our rotational shelter model. Family Promise is excited to welcome volunteers back at any time.

St. John has opportunities for people to do the following services for our Family Promise guests:

  • Meal Drop-off
  • Evening Hospitality
  • Overnight Host
  • Serve at bi-monthly life-skills classes
  • Office Work
  • Cleaning

As a “Buddy church”, the Co-Cathedral of St John’s welcomes you as part of the supportive environment and caring presence for the families served at Family Promise Rochester. For more information, please contact Mary at the Co-Cathedral of St John’s Parish Center

Refugee Resettlement

The Co-Cathedral of St John’s is in the process of developing a team of parishioners to sponsor a refugee family through Catholic Charities of Southeast MN here in Rochester. With a team of 15 – 20 people, we can begin the process of preparing to “walk with” and welcome a refugee family. Please prayerfully consider this way to serve as part of a “Welcoming Catholic Community”. For more information, please contact Mary at St John’s Parish Center.

St. Vincent De Paul

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. All of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent and treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility and sharing which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service.

An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must also assume a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. 

Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of the month from 7-8 pm in the conference room.

For assistance: Call: 507-216-7370

The SVdP – St John Conference is a 501-c3 organization.

Monetary donations are welcomed.

Donations can be sent to:

SVdP – St John Conference   11 4th Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Channel One

Channel One Regional Food Bank serves people experiencing hunger in 14 counties in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Channel One is a great opportunity to get involved while getting to know other parishioners. In the past, the Co-Cathedral of St. John’s has partnered to create large group volunteer opportunities. We are happy to offer the opportunity to serve and grow in community every month alternating between the first Tuesday and Thursday. Each shift lasts two hours starting at 6:00pm and ending at 8:00pm. You can check the bulletin for upcoming volunteer dates or plan ahead and sign up. Contact Michelle Schmid for more information or with questions!

Click here to register.

Dates for 2022/2023 Year:

  • Tuesday August 2nd
  • Thursday September 1st
  • Tuesday October 4th
  • Thursday November 3rd
  • Tuesday December 6th
  • Thursday January 5th
  • Tuesday February 7th
  • Thursday March 2nd
  • Tuesday April 4th
  • Thursday May 4th
  • Tuesday June 6th
  • Thursday July 6th

Meal Ministry

The need for your homemade meals or delicious baked goodies arises for many occasions and groups. Watch for sign-ups to bake for specific occasions or add your name to our Meal Ministry Team list by calling or emailing the Parish Center. Some of the needs are for families welcoming a new baby, parishioners facing illness, treats for youth opportunities or door ministry, the Gift of Life transplant house, etc. Please also contact the Parish Center if you know of someone from our Parish community who could use a meal.

Seeds of Wisdom

Seeds of Wisdom in South Sudan was established by a group of St. John the Evangelist parishioners in 2011.  We currently provide educational opportunities for 237 students. The generous support of donors enabled SOW to build, staff, and operate a primary school in Pukuka, South Sudan – the hometown of Father John Lasuba, a former associate priest at St. John.

Our students and their families had to flee to Uganda due to discontent between rebel groups and government forces in South Sudan.  We didn’t abandon our students.  Within a year we located most of our families and our teachers in the refugee camps and resumed our mission to provide education based in Catholic values. We currently sponsor students enrolled in boarding schools and vocational training programs, but most of our students are taught by our teachers within three refugee camp in Uganda. While we are pleased with what we have established in Uganda, we also look forward to the day we return to our school facility in Pukuka.

A 12-member board oversees SOW’s operations in partnership with our administrator in Uganda, George Okidi Okot. Parishioners who are interested in getting involved with creating brighter futures for these deserving children can learn more at our web site:

Funeral Planning

In the encounter with the real presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross and rose again from the dead, the Church can confidently proclaim that God has created each person for eternal life. We invite you to celebrate a Funeral for your loved one, so the Christian community may commend their soul to God’s merciful love, and He may bring comfort and hope to us, until the day in which we may be all one in Him.
Our staff is ready to assist you with the planning, so please call us directly or ask the Funeral Home to give us a call on your behalf. A pastoral leader will arrange a meeting with you shortly after your call. If you would like to check out the proposed readings and music for the liturgy prior to our meeting, you may click on the links below. You will need to choose one First Reading, one Second Reading and one Gospel Reading. Regarding music, you should choose one song for each part of the Mass, as indicated in the document.
You may also think about someone to read the readings and intercessions (up to 3 people) as well as a couple of people (or more) to bring the gifts of bread and wine during Mass.
Lastly, we include a sheet with proposed designated gifts, in case you want to designate the Co-Cathedral of St. John’s as a Memorial for your loved one.

May the peace of God be with you.

Funeral Readings (Outside of the Easter season)
Funeral Readings (During the Easter season)
Funeral Music Suggestions (Outside of Lent)
Funeral Music Suggestions (During Lent) 
Memorials and Designated Gifts