Pastoral Care

“Like good Stewards of the manifold of the grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” Peter 4:10

Pastoral ministry at Saint John Neumann supports people on their journey during times of transition, loss, pain, anxiety and grief. We offer listening, compassion, and guidance to help meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our parishioners and their families. If you or a loved one is in need of pastoral support or a home visit, please contact Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org at 651-209-8590.

Saint John Neumann offers many care ministries to meet the needs of our parishioners and the greater community.

We welcome volunteers to serve our parish community. Please contact our parish office at 651-454-2079 or contact our pastoral care staff directly.

Funeral Ministry

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one and we understand how this can turn your life upside down. Our pastoral care staff offers emotional support, funeral planning and guidance for the bereaved. If you experience the loss of a loved one, please contact our parish office at 651-454-2079.

To receive information about funeral pre-planning, please contact us.

You also may wish to download our Funeral Planning Guide:

SJN Funeral Planning Guide 2018

Funeral Luncheon Ministry volunteers are always needed.

Please contact Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org at 651-209-8590 if you need assistance regarding coping with a loss, planning a funeral, or are interested in serving as a Funeral Luncheon Volunteer.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2

Support Groups

Saint John Neumann hosts a variety of support groups to meet the needs of our parishioners and the community. Our support groups include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Al-Anon
  • Depression Support Coalition
  • Growing Through Loss

Alcoholics Anonymous meets on Tuesday evenings from 8:00-9:00 pm.

Al-Anon is a support group for the families and friends of alcoholics. Our chapter meets Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm and Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:00 am.

Depression Support Coalition is a faith-based, interdenominational group of churches whose mission is to inform, educate, support, and cultivate a community of spiritual hope for those affected by depression — as well as their families. Click here for more information.

Growing Through Loss is an interdenominational coalition of south suburban churches that offers free support for adults experiencing loss, grief, transition, or relationship and health challenges. Evening meetings include speakers and facilitated, small group discussions. Click here for more information.

Prayer Shawl

The Prayer Shawl ministry is made up of a group of caring knitters who craft shawls laden with prayers. The prayer shawl is a loving reminder of God’s presence. The quiet prayers and the busy needles of this group create prayer shawls that bring physical warmth and spiritual comfort.

Prayer Shawl ministry meets at Saint John Neumann at 10:00 am on the first Wednesday of the month and 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of the month. This ministry is open to everyone who enjoys knitting, crocheting, prayers and community. Join us!

For more information about prayer shawl ministry, please contact Cindy Sobczak at 952.894.0575 or papagucci@aol.com.

If you or a loved one would like to receive a prayer shawl, please contact Lori Hannasch at 651-209-8590.

Click below to download our testimonials from prayer shawl recipients:

Prayer shawl testimonials

Click below to download our donation form:

Knit One Pray Two Donation Form

Click Below to download our brochure:

Prayer Shawl Brochure

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Parish Health Ministry

"Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35

Saint John Neumann’s Parish Health Ministry provides education, support, and guidance to foster health, healing, and wellness to meet the needs of our parishioners and community.

Parish Health Ministry offers:

  • Seniors In The Know: Avoiding Falls & Improving Balance As You Age Saturday August 17 from 10:00-11:30 am in Social Hall A.
  • Medicare Changes Update: Saturday September 21 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in Social Hall A.
  • Sacrament of the Sick, Funeral Planning and Legacy Fund: Saturday October 19 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Social Hall A.
  • Seniors in the Know: Planning Ahead - Financial & Legal Issues for Seniors Saturdays November 16 and November 23 from 10:00-11:30 am in Social Hall A.
  • Catholic Health Care Directive: Saturday February 8 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Social Hall B.
  • Seniors In The Know: Saturday February 15 from 10:00-11:30 am in Social Hall A.
  • Seniors In The Know: Saturday May 18 from 10:00 - 11:30 am in Social Hall A.
  • Palliative and Hospice Care (Part 1) Saturday April 25 from 3:00-4:30 pm in Social Hall A.
  • Aging and Dying with Dignity at Home (Part 2) Saturday April from 3:00-4:30 pm in Social Hall A.
  • Seniors In The Know: Saturday August 15 from 10:00-11:30 am in Social Hall A.
  • Seniors In The Know: Saturday November 21 from 10:00-11:30 am in Social Hall A.

Annual Bloodmobile is offered on March 26, 2020 from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Social Hall.

Aging Eyes Initiative is a program available from the State Services for the Blind that serves individuals 55+ experiencing various degrees of vision loss. For more information, please contact Lori Hannasch at 651-209-8590 or Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org.

Blood Pressure Screenings are offered the second weekend of each month after the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday and the 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12 pm masses on Sunday. Parish Health blood pressure volunteers may register for their shifts at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0445aea92aabfd0-parish

CPR/AED training is offered twice a year in the spring and fall. Watch for upcoming dates!

Dementia Friends Minnesota is a global movement supported by Alzheimer’s Association. You can become a Dementia Friend by attending a free, one hour session on Tuesday, October 3rd from 10:30 – 11:30am in which you will learn the 5 key messages about dementia.

Educational Information is offered monthly through bulletin boards that address specific health related information.

Educational Seminar Series are designed to support and meet the needs of our parish community. Presentations are on topics beneficial to family caregivers. Upcoming events for 2018-2019:

  • Medicare Update: Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 3:30-4:45 pm. Watch the bulletin for more information.
  • Seniors in the Know Education Series: Saturdays, August 11 & 18, November 17, 2018; February 16, May 18, August 17, and November 16, 2019 from 10:00-11:30 am. Watch the bulletin for topics.
  • Sacrament of the Sick and Funeral Planning: Saturday November 3 from 3:00-4:45 pm.
  • Catholic Health Care Directives: Saturday January 19, 2019 from 3:30-4:45 pm in the Adult Education Room.

Family Caregivers Support Program is an information and referral service for those in a caregiver role. The program is staffed by volunteer nurses and social workers experienced and knowledgeable in caregiving and its challenges. Meetings with caregivers are private and are offered at a location convenient to you. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Lori Hannasch at 651-209-8590 or Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org.

File for Life is an information kit designed to document your key medical information and treatment directives in the event you are unable to speak for yourself during a medical emergency. To obtain a kit, or for more information, please contact Lori Hannasch at 651-209-8590 or Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org.

PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY BULLETIN BOARD TOPICS 2019 - 2020

JulyEvery Body Deserves A Massage

https://www.mayoclinic.org

Search benefits of massage therapy

AugustChildhood Immunizations

https://www.mayoclinic.org

Search benefits of massage therapy

SeptemberStranger Danger - Tips & Messages for Children

https://www.mayoclinic.org

Search benefits of massage therapy

OctoberFood & Drug Interactions

http://www.uspharmacist.com

Search food and drug interactions

NovemberCaregivers Month

http://www.usa.gov

Search caregiver support

DecemberCreating Christ-Centered Holidays

http://wwwhappyhomefairy.com

On site choose Celebrate, then Christmas, then

Search Christ centered Christmas

JanuaryCold Weather Survival

http://theprepared.com

Search winter emergencies (2 articles)

FebruaryCatholic Health Care Directive

http://www.archspm.org

Search catholic health care directive

MarchDonate Life-Donate Blood

http://www.redcross.org

Search Give Blood

AprilChildhood Safety

http://www.cdc.gov

Search child safety and injury prevention

MayOlder American Month
JuneSun Sensitizing Drugshttp://www.fda.gov
Search sun and your medicine

Parish Health Ministry meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:00 pm. For more information about the care and support we offer or to attend a meeting, contact Terry Jurek at jurek4@comcast.net, or Fran Laufle at fklaufle@gmail.com

Care Center Ministry

Many of our Saint John Neumann parishioners have moved into care facilities but still want to receive communion on a regular basis. We currently visit and bring weekly communion to residents of Brookdale Care Center, The Commons on Marice, and Eagan Point.

If you or a member of your family is a resident in one of these care centers and would like to receive communion from our pastoral care team, please contact Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org at 651-209-8590.

Care Center service schedules are:

Brookdale Care Center of Eagan

  • Liturgy of the Word and communion is held every Sunday after the 10:00 am Mass.

The Commons on Marice

  • Liturgy of the Word and communion is held at 10:00 am on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The rosary is led at 10:00 am on the fifth Wednesday of the month.
  • Mass is held at 10:00 am on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Eagan Pointe

  • Mass is held at 10:00 am on the first Wednesday of the month.
  • Liturgy of the Word and communion is held at 10:00 am on the second Wednesday of the month.

Lay presiders are always needed. If you would like to serve, please contact Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org at 651-209-8590.

“All of you have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” Peter 3:8

Communion to the Homebound

Many of our Saint John Neumann parishioners are homebound, hospitalized, or have moved into care facilities. If you or a member of your family is unable to attend Mass but would like to receive communion please contact us.

We rely on the generous spirit of our parish members to visit and bring communion to members of our extended community. If you would like to serve as a communion minister to the homebound or those living at a care facility please contact us.

To receive communion at home or to volunteer as communion minister to the homebound please contact:

Lori.Hannasch@sjn.org

651-209-8590

“Let us live the Eucharist with the spirit of faith, of prayer, of forgiveness, of repentance, of communal joy, of concern for the needy and for the needs of so many brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis

Prayer Line

The Saint John Neumann prayer line is supported by a group of parishioners who volunteer to pray for the specific intentions of others. The prayer line provides a confidential way to have your special needs addressed in prayer (only first names are used), while at the same time, allowing the volunteers the opportunity to support their fellow parishioners.

Click Here to submit a prayer request to the Saint John Neumann Prayer Line.

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10