St. John Neumann Parish

Caring Ministries

St. John Neumann

These are ministries that seek to further the healing mission of Jesus Christ by supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of our parish family.

Consolation Ministry

When there is a funeral at the parish, members of this ministry gather at the funeral home and conduct a prayer service. They also participate in the funeral liturgy as greeters, servers and Eucharistic ministers.


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Divorced and Separated Support Group

St. John Neumann, Ss. John and Paul and St. Richard parishes jointly sponsor a support group for individuals experiencing the pain of separation or divorce. Meetings follow a 13 week cycle on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:45 pm and are hosted by each parish in turn. The current cycle begins on Monday, September 8, 2014 at St. Richard Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 in Rooms 5A and 5B of the Social Hall.

For more information, contact Ralph Joy at 412-741-5456

DivorceCare for Kids - Helping your Children Heal from the Hurt of Separation and Divorce

DivorceCare for Kids is a special group to help children heal from the hurt caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. At our weekly DC4K group meetings, kids make frineds with other kids who understand how they feel and can relate to the things they are going through because of the divorce of their parents. DC4K is designed for children ages 5-12 years and meetings are held on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:45 pm.

For more information, contact Erik Palmer at 412-491-5511

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Health & Wellness Ministry

This group seeks to enrich, fulfill and promote health, healing and wellness of the whole person – body, mind and spirit – by educating, serving and caring for each other through all stages of life.

Services Include:

  • Monthly Blood Pressure Screening after Mass
  • CPR, AED (emergency defibrillation) and first aid training
  • Various health, educational programs and seminars
  • Grief and disease support groups
  • Personal fitness and mental well being

Blood Pressure Screening Schedule July-Oct 2016

For more information or to volunteer, contact our Parish Nurse Iris McClenahan, R.N. at 412-369-7114

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Prayer Ministry

This group offers prayers for the joys, sufferings and hopes of the people who request them. The list of prayer intentions is found online at:

All parishioners are invited to participate.

Prayer requests can be made by either depositing a card in the small black box in the lobby of the church (there are cards beside the box) or sending an email to

For more information, contact Kathy Buzzard at 412-366-0781

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The Marian Ministry

Members of this group make home visits to those unable to attend Mass. To request that a member visit or bring communion, please call the Parish Secretary at Extension 10.

To help with this ministry, contact Mike Conroy at 412-364-7342

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Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)

MOMS is a series of six meetings that focus on the spirituality of motherhood. It offers women a chance to deepen their faith and develop new friendships as they share with others the challenges, rewards, frustrations and mountaintop moments of motherhood.

MOMS II is an ongoing support group for those who have completed MOMS I.

For more information, contact Jane Rahenkamp at 412-337-1416

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31 Club

Praying the Rosary for Seminarians.

For more information, contact Anne Mallampalli at 319-321-3966

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St. John Neumann Society

This group provides temporary help in times of need. Volunteers assist parishioners with services such as:

  • Meals
  • Transportation to appointments, church, and grocery shopping
  • Letter writing
  • Companionship

If you or someone you know is in need of this help, please call the Parish Office at Extension 10.

To help with this ministry, contact Joan Foran at 412-364-1406 or Barbara Fritsch at 412-630-8852

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Stephen Ministry

A Stephen Minister is available to you to provide confidential, one-to-one, Catholic care (men with men, women with women) 'after' ... the death of a loved one, knowledge of a challenging medical condition, the divorce, the realization that long term hospitalization is in your future, the job loss, etc. They listen, care, encourage, pray and provide weekly support for the person or for their family members as long as the need persists.

For more information, contact Deacon Rick Caruso Carol Caruso or Richard Cox at 412-366-2020 x23 or


Visit the new Stephen Ministry page at the grouping web site.


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Verland Ministry

St. John Neumann Parish has special celebrations every year at the Verland Foundation, which serves persons with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. Additionally, some of the Verland residents come to 9:30 am Mass every other Sunday. Following Mass we share coffee, donuts and juice.

To help with this ministry, contact Andrew James at 412-366-5885 ext. 11

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Vincentian Home Ministry

The Women’s Guild sponsors visits the residents of the Vincentian Home Assisted Living in McCandless. All are welcome to participate.

To help with this ministry, contact Marlene Yokim at 412-366-8840

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St. Nick's Project

The St.Nick's Project delivers goody bags, good cheer, and the love of Christ to parishioners and friends who are elders, ill, mourning, or lonely on Dec. 6 in honor of the true St. Nicholas. Request outreach to someone here.

To help with this ministry, contact Victoria Sheridan.

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Welcoming Ministry

This ministry helps new parishioners to get acquainted with St. John Neumann, and welcomes each person as a member of our faith community.

To help with this ministry, contact Maureen Turo at 412-607-9025 or Linda Young at 412-367-9052

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