Planning a Visit to St. Johns

Our church has multiple entrances, but we recommend first-timers enter via the main entrance facing the parking lot. You’ll pass through our Gathering Space and you may stop at the Welcome Desk if you have any questions or we can be of immediate assistance.

Upon Arrival

Our church has multiple entrances, but we recommend first-timers enter via the main entrance facing the parking lot. You’ll pass through our Gathering Space and you may stop at the Welcome Desk if you have any questions or we can be of immediate assistance.

What if I’m Not Catholic?

If you are not Roman Catholic, know that you are most welcome. While we are unable to extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion, feel free to come forward at Communion time, and cross your arms over your chest as the minister will say a brief prayer as you make your “spiritual communion”. If you are more comfortable, you may remain in your seat at Communion time.

What do you do for Kids?

We love kids and want them to hear about God on their own level. Childcare is provided for children aged 1-4 at our 9:15 & 11 AM Sunday masses in the Good Shepherd Room by the main church entrance. A special Children’s Liturgy of the Word, geared for kids aged 4-9 is offered at those two masses as well. The children are dismissed from the church following the Collect (Opening Prayer), are escorted to the Gathering Space Meeting Room for an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word, and return for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Children are also welcome to stay in church throughout the Mass. Additionally, children can become engaged at St. John’s through choir programs, as altar servers (5th grade and up), as well as scouting programs. We also offer faith formation programs for all ages.

What can I expect at Mass?

We’re a Catholic church, so if you have ever been to Mass before you’ll recognize the liturgy and prayers. The music styles vary depending on which Mass you attend, ranging from traditional sacred music to contemporary praise and worship. If you are not familiar with the Catholic liturgy, you may find the responses to the prayers in the hymnals in the pews.

We don’t like to put anyone on the spot, but if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to make yourself known as a visitor and we will do all we can to make your experience more comfortable. Often, our homilies (sermons) are part of an ongoing Preaching Series, but we are still developing that part of our worship. You can listen to recent homilies online.

Special Needs Questions

For those with a gluten sensitivity

We do have available hosts with trace amounts of gluten for Communion. If you suffer from celiac disease, we encourage you to either receive from the chalice only or to stop by the sacristy (through the doors behind the choir area) before Mass. We are happy to accommodate you. Normally, you would step forward with the Communion Ministers at the Lamb of God and receive at the altar.

Handicapped Seating

Handicapped seating is available in the front row of the center section. Communion is brought directly to those seated there. If you aren’t able to make it to those seats, please notify an usher so that Holy Communion may be brought to you. Also, our confessionals are now wheelchair accessible and offer the option to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation either face-to-face or behind a screen for anonymity. For any other special circumstances, please speak with an usher or stop by the Welcome Desk.