Liturgy

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy of the Church is the summit and center of our Christian life. This committee is in charge of seeing to it that the liturgical year is celebrated with dignity and decorum, from the celebration of Holy Week, especially the Triduum, to Sunday Masses to Penance Services, to devotions, etc.

POC - David Talafuse; david.w.talafuse@att.net

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Sacraments 

Baptism

Parents wishing to have a child baptized must be registered members of the parish. Baptisms are held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. by appointment only. Please contact the church office.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Second grade children in the parish religious education program are prepared for these two sacraments. Parents of children who are beyond the second grade should contact the religious education department, (210) 654-3707 to make special arrangements. Parents or guardians of these children are expected to attend a mandatory meeting in the course of the year. They will be notified of the date and time.

Sacrament Of Reconciliation

Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday 5:00 – 5:45pm

Confirmation

St. John Neumann students in the parish religious education program are prepared for confirmation starting in the 9th grade.

Marriage

Arrangements must be made with the Pastor six months prior to the wedding date. Please contact the church office. Couples should comply with Archdiocesan policies.

Anointing of the Sick

Offered by the priest for those who are seriously ill.

Eucharist For The Sick Or Homebound

The Eucharist will be brought by the pastor or one of the Eucharistic Ministers at any time, please contact the church office.

If you have any other questions regarding the Sacraments, please contact the church office.


Altar Guild

The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare the church and the items to be used during the celebration of the Eucharist or any of the other Sacraments of the church. We work closely together with the Pastor in the care of all that is needed for the right worship of God, including the decorations of the church according to the liturgical season.

The ladies of the Altar Guild are responsible for the cleaning of the altar, chalices and patens used during each Mass; seeing that the priest's vestments and the Altar Server's albs are clean and the right color for the church season; cleaning, ironing, and repairing the large and small linens used during the Mass; providing the altar bread and wine; and making sure there is always holy water on hand.

The Altar Guild is divided into rotating teams that meet every Monday and Friday for altar duty during their assigned month.

The work of the Altar Guild is an essential part of the worship at our church. When it is done carefully and competently, it helps us worship in an orderly, beautiful way. Being a member of the Altar Guild is a privileged discipline, a service of love, and an offering of time in these days when we have little time. It is work done joyfully in thanksgiving for all the many things that God has done for us.

We make our money by having a turkey dinner, bake sale and selling holy bears throughout the year. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month (except during the summer months) at 1:00pm in the Scott Room of the Family Center.

POC - Jo Ann Gude; jgude@satx.rr.com

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Altar Servers

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Boys and girls who have made their First Communion are eligible to become Altar Servers. Altar Servers are assigned to assist the priest at Sunday and Holy Day Masses, Weddings, and Funerals. Altar Server requirements are to be dependable (show up and be on time when scheduled), be neatly dressed, and to serve at the altar with a mature, reverent attitude.

POC - Deacon Tom Tucker; deacon@sjnsa.org

 Quarterly Schedule 

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Eucharistic Adoration

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This long standing tradition of the Church consists in spending time in adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance in our chapel. We believe Jesus Christ is truly present in this way and countless blessings are promised to those who pray in this way. The exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins at 7:00am Monday and closes at Midnight on Friday.

Each hour you spend with Jesus will deepen His Divine Peace in your heart. "Come to me all of you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you." "Cast all of your anxieties upon the One who cares for you. My peace is My gift to you."(Mt 11:28; 5:7; JN 14:17)

You may sign up for one or more hours per week to pray before the Lord, exposed in the monstrance. It means that you can have some time alone with Jesus to recite your favorite prayers, read the Bible, pray a rosary or do whatever type of prayerful devotion that suits you. You can just sit and say nothing simply keeping him company, just as you would with a dear friend.

POC - Barbara Clark; clarkcbj@swbell.net

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy

We meet every Friday after the 11:30am mass in the Family Center. We study the Sacred Scriptures, the Catechism, Pope John Paul II's encyclical: "The Mercy of God" and the diary of St. Faustina. We pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick, the dying and for any and all special intentions that are presented.

POC - Evelyn Padalecki; empadalecki@satx.rr.com

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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

This liturgical ministry is vital to the flow of Mass, especially in Sunday Masses. Ext. Ministers assist the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Communion time. These ministers ought to be in full communion with the Catholic Church and lead lives worthy of the calling they have received in Baptism.

POCs - Guillermo & Esther Quiles

 Quarterly Schedule 

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Baptismal Class

The initiation of Christian Life is the reception of the sacrament of Baptism. In order to prepare the parents of the child to be baptized, teams are needed to help teach or remind about the theology of this sacrament, assist with all the logistics of gathering the proper documentation and the actual ceremony.

POCs - Salvador & Sonia Ordorica; salnsonia@hotmail.com

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Nursing Home and Homebound Ministry

This ministry serves as a link between the parish and faithful Catholics who are no longer able to attend Mass or participate in the life of the community. The people we visit are hungry for Our Lord. In some cases, we are their only visitors. They feel blessed that someone cares enough to bring them the Eucharist and appreciate our visits. However, you will find we are the ones who are truly blessed. We visit and provide them with the type of Communion appropriate to their situation. Most, receive both prayer and the Eucharistic Jesus. For some, we can only pray with them.

POC - Sylvia Espinosa

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Lectors

Lectors are volunteer parishioners - women, men, and teenagers (practicing Catholics) - who are interested in committing themselves to proclaiming the word of God at Eucharistic celebrations. Parishioners who are interested in becoming a Lector must be willing to learn the principles of reading the Scriptures appropriately. For more information, please contact the Church Office. PS: Practicing Catholics are those who are baptized, received First Communion and Confirmation, and if married, it must be within the Catholic Church.

POC - Larry Mendoza

 Quarterly Schedule 

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Music / Choirs

Music is an important part of any liturgy, helps us enter into the proper mood for prayer and be conscious of God's presence in our midst. There is always a need for more singers or instrumentalists. You do not have to be able to read music to join a choir, but must have an average singing ability. We have 3 different choirs according to the Sunday Mass. Come and join us praise the Lord in song.

Organist - David Olague

Choir Directors per Mass:

Saturday 6:00pm - Juan Carlos Paz & Madonna Gil

Sunday 7:30am - Abel Garcia

Sunday 9:00am - Felipe & Irene Gomez

Sunday 10:30am - Diane Olague

Sunday 12:00pm - Zulmarie Irizarry

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Rosary Ministry

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On weekdays at 11:00am, we gather in the church to recite the Holy Rosary for all the sick in the parish and our relatives and friends. In May and October, the months dedicated to our Blessed Lady, we meet every evening, Sunday through Friday at 7:00pm.

POCs - Frances Botello

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Church Ushers

Ushers provide a sense of hospitality, welcome and order to the liturgical celebration. As the initial point of contact for people entering the Church, the usher sets the tone for the liturgy with their welcoming smile and greeting. Any man or woman, high school ages or older is invited to join in this ministry.

POC - Lou Hand & Severiano Galvan

 Quarterly Schedule 

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.