full and active participation by all the people…
is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit
Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion
During Mass, some members of the congregation are called to aid in the distribution of the precious Body and Blood of Christ. Other times, when parishioners are unable to attend Mass because of age or illness, some may nave the privilege of taking the Blessed Sacrament to those who desire to receive Communion at home.
Lectors proclaim the Work of God in the first and second readings and also read the parish intercessions at Mass. Lectors have a passion for Scripture and the ability to interpret and understand it.
Altar Servers assist the priest throughout the Mass. Their participation is needed for the processions, the prayers and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It is a great way for boys and girls to become familiar with the Mass. Altar servers must be in the fourth grade or older.
Hospitality & Welcoming
Hospitality is part of the foundation on which all ministries are built. That is why this role is so important. It is through hospitality that guests receive information and assistance; it is also the means by which the collection occurs, the gifts are presented, and the parishioners are guided forward for distribution of the Eucharist.
Sacristans assist in the preparation of the worship space for liturgies. Responsibilities include the care and preparation of the sacred vessels, lighting of candles, placement of the gifts, and monitoring of ministry schedules before Mass.
Current liturgical ministers log into ministry scheduler here.
The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist places heavy emphasis on sacred music, the purpose of which is the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful. Sacred music lifts our heart to the Mystery of God and so to the real nature and destiny of the whole of reality – an experience we can humbly begin to grasp now because of the incarnation of Christ and the gracious gift of His Spirit to the Church.
The Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is committed to the preservation, presentation and promotion of the highest quality of liturgical and sacred music.
The Co-Cathedral Choir’s repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary music.
The choir participates in the Sunday 9:30am Mass. Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:45pm.
For more information about participating in our Christmas Choir please click here.
Resurrection Choir for Funerals
This is the choir that helps elevate prayer at Funeral liturgies.
It is a wonderful support for the family, parishioners and visitors who come
to give the last farewell to our brother or sister departed to God’s house.
Many people have appreciated the presence of this group.
The choir simply meets half an hour before each funeral liturgy, sings familiar music and possibly learns some choral parts each time. You will receive an email every time there is a funeral and you are welcome to participate as often as you are able.
As skilled singers, Cantors share with the Director of Music and Liturgy, the responsibility of leading the congregation during Mass.
They are scheduled according to their availability.
Liturgical celebrations are always enriched by the presence of one or more musical instruments.
The Director of Music and Liturgy will provide scores for the instrument you play.
In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional
musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things,
Second Vatican Council,
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, n. 120
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Our former 6’1” main church’s piano is now serving in the Chapel. In addition to the positive organ, this piano animates our daily liturgies bringing new life to the community’s prayer.
The Rieger-Kloss Organ,
Our large four manual Pipe Organ, donated by a generous gift, was built by Rieger-Kloss of the Czech Republic, which incorporates, as a separate Antiphonal Organ, the parish’s former main instrument built in the 1930’s by the Wicks Company of Highland, Illinois. This constitutes a total of 63 pipe ranks and 3,858 pipes serving the liturgies in our main church.
The Bösendorfer 225
This Viennese 7’4” grand has a very wide dynamic sound range, which results from its unique design and hand-crafted construction. It can produce many different colors of sound, allowing the pianist to play subtle nuances from the softest Pianissimo to the loudest Fortissimo. The Model 225 has four additional sub-bass keys, extending not only the bass range of the piano to bottom F, but also providing a larger soundboard to produce more volume when required to do so.
The fine rich sound of this piano becomes one with the liturgical action, inspiring our community while it joins in prayer. This piano at St. John the Evangelist is in its own class as well. Coming from Bösendorfer, New York (piano maker’s first exclusive international showroom outside of Vienna) this unique instrument distinguishes itself with original ivory keys and its discreet brown re-finishing job provided to make this instrument a living, breathing extension of the St. John’s own enviroment.
This beautiful instrument, composed of 4 pipe ranks and a four octave range keyboard, provides music to our daily masses in the chapel, in magnificent syntony with the acoustics of the space. It fulfills both the functions of singing accompaniment and of solo playing.