Interested in a group? Please contact the Rectory at 908-486-6363, leave your name and number and the contact person will call you back.
For School related organizations, please call 732-388-1360

Adoration Chapel

Chantal Lamberti 

Come and visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He is exposed 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. You may also sign up for a one-hour per week commitment; just call the rectory at 908-486-6363, email, or online Perpetual Adoration

Adult Altar Servers

Angie Pena

At each Funeral Mass, adults serve as a lector, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Altar Servers, in support of the priests and deacons, and provide consolation to the bereaving families and friends.  Please refer to Altar Server’s Manual

Altar Servers

Fr. Gabriel Camacho

This is a ministry open to boys and girls in the fifth grade or older, and men and women of all ages. It involves assisting the priest or deacon at the various liturgies of the church. These include Sunday or daily Mass, funerals, weddings, Exposition, Benediction, processions, Stations of the Cross, and other prayer services of the church. Training for this ministry occurs at different intervals throughout the year. Please refer to Altar Server’s Manual

Altar Ministry Coordinating & Scheduling:

Carl Weilandics

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay men and women who assist the mission of the Church in bringing Holy Communion to the homebound, those in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals. Provisions are made for training so that persons may receive a mandate from the Archdiocese of Newark. Please refer to Extraordinary Minister.

Lectors are lay men and women who proclaim sacred scripture and intercessory prayers at Mass on Sundays, holy days and weekdays. Provisions are made to provide training. Lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion also function on special holiday liturgies, and participate in seasonal church decorating, periodic after-Mass fellowship socials and focused exercises of faith and act as greeters. Please refer to Lector at Mass

Bereavement Group

Deacon Michael York & Ken Goldstein

Overwhelmed by the pain of grief and loss through the death of a loved one? St. John’s Bereavement Support Group will walk with you on your journey.  Call Deacon Mike York at 732-388-1253 for meeting times (all calls are confidential).

Blood Bank

Tom Dutkiewicz

To make sure blood is available for the needs of all St. John parishioners and their immediate family. There are two blood banks donation events per year. 

Cenacle of Life

Ann Conaty

Join us as we pray with our Blessed Mother to petition our Lord for the end of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, artificial contraception, capital punishment, and assisted suicide. The Cenacle of Life is a prayer group that prays two rosaries (ten mysteries) offering the rosaries up with fasting. Each member fasts one day a week on bread and water, to end the culture of death in our state, our country and the world. Those that cannot fast on bread and water, due to sickness, age or circumstances, can offer up a day of fasting in the manner that they are able (i.e, from, such as watching television or talking on the telephone, etc). They offer up their fasts – at the prayer group – with the rosaries prayed. The group begins reciting “The prayer of offering” and concludes with “The consecration to the sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary” Our Cenacle prayer group meets in the church every Thursday morning at 8:00 (before Mass) and prays one rosary (5 mysteries). Immediately following the 8:30 Mass, we pray another 5 mysteries of the rosary. 

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Athletic Association

Melissa Figueroa

This is an organization whose goal is to bring opportunities for the children of Saint John’s Parish to participate in athletic team activities. Our objectives include instilling a cooperative team spirit while stressing the importance of sportsmanship and the ability to work with others. 

CCD – Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

Deacon Michael York

The religious education program is for public school children from grades K through 8. Classes are held from September to May. Children must complete religious education grades 1 through 8 in order to give them a basic foundation upon which to build their lives as committed Roman Catholics. 
Vacation Bible School (pre-K to grade 5) is available in the last week of June each year. 

Finance Council

Fr. Mauro Primavera

The Church Finance Council is made up of interested parishioners who are responsible for drawing up and monitoring the Church budget. Monthly meetings are held. After quarterly reviews by an outside accountant they meet with the Pastor to evaluate and publish results via an annual report. Members are appointed by the pastor.

Girl Scouts

Kristina Junkroft

Girls’ Scouts is an organization for girls from kindergarten through high school. At St. John’s we have troops at all levels. The girls do activities that teach life skills and expose them to many different areas of interest that enrich them as they grow. The object is to have fun while learning. Groups include: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.  To learn more, visit

MilAve Devotion of America

Carmen Garcon

We pray the Hail Mary 1000 times and conclude with the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the last Saturday of every month from 11am-3pm.  Every language is welcome.  We honor Our Lady’s apparitions on May 13 and October 13 with candle light processions. Please join us or email your prayer request to

Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers)

Henry Hom

This group of men and women greet and help seat parishioners at Masses. They also represent the guard of honor for the celebrating priest and are responsible for all Sunday and Holy Day collections. 

Neo-Catechumenal Way

Fr. Mauro Primavera

Provides a catechesis or explanation of the Catholic faith to adults who wish to deepen and renew their faith. The catechesis is held two nights a week for a period of eight weeks. This is followed by a weekend retreat. After this, those who wish may meet as a small community once a week for the study of scriptures and once for liturgy.

Pastoral Council

Barbara Malandro

Strongly recommended by Canon Law, a pastoral council collaborates with the Bishop and the Pastor, and all those pastorally associated with them to fulfill the total mission and ministry of the diocese and the parish.

Post-Confirmation (PC)

Fr. Mauro Primavera

Post Confirmation provides an opportunity for teenagers to continue their journey of living the Sacrament of Confirmation beyond receipt of the sacrament. Teenagers (of high school age) meet in small groups with their peers under the guidance of catechists who are parents. All the parent-catechists have completed the Safe Environment protocols, which include a background check and the Protecting God’s Children Awareness session. Groups meet weekly and once per year; all groups come together for an annual retreat. Topics covered in group meetings are grounded in the four pillars of our Catholic faith, as detailed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Anyone interested in joining a Post Confirmation group can contact one of the priests or Deacon Mike.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Deacon Mike York

RCIA is for anyone discerning the Catholic faith and for those who are already Baptized Catholic, desiring First Communion and / or Confirmation. Contact Deacon Mike in the Religious Education Office to join RCIA or for more information / questions: 732-388-1253, 

Rosary Altar Society

Rev Mauro Primavera, Fran Mekula

The society, parishioners of all ages, meets at 7pm on the first Monday (after the first Sunday) of each month throughout the year from September to December then March to June, in the McGuinness Center, which includes the perpetual novena of the miraculous medal of our Blessed Mother Mary. The society also provides communion breakfast, May crowning, and supports many parish-wide functions and celebrations. The society also cares for and maintains the cleanliness and appearance of the altar, sacristy, liturgical vestments, altar cloths and sacred accoutrements, which includes the creation of hand-made baptismal garments. 

Saint Vincent DePaul Society & Saint John’s Food Pantry

Jim Finnegan

The Society is funded through the offering boxes in the church, and other direct donations. All monies collected go to those of our parish family who have fallen on difficult times and depending upon resources, size of family, and any other extenuating circumstances. We issue gift certificates to local supermarkets. This society also operates the Parish Food Pantry, to which our parishioners donate non-perishable food. The Thanksgiving Food Drive also helps inner-city Catholic Church pantries, but only after our parish’s needs are met. Clients are known ONLY to the members of our Society. 

Saint John the Apostle’s Social Concerns Committee

Johanna Desiderio

The goal of the Social Concerns Committee is to respond to the needs of the people of our community. Some of this is done by visiting the sick, taking elderly or handicapped people to Sunday Mass, transporting people for doctor or hospital appointments, helping with food shopping or other such services. Other activities include: 

Fruit Baskets: At Thanksgiving our committee makes and delivers fruit baskets to our shut-ins. 

Giving Tree: During Advent, a Giving Tree is set-up in the sanctuary. Parishioners bring gifts, which are sorted and delivered to needy families and charitable groups. 

Meal for St. Joseph’s, Elizabeth: On the fifth Saturday of each month, a large group of volunteers prepare and take food to St. Joseph’s in Elizabeth where they serve a hearty meal to more than two hundred homeless. 

Sandwich Program for St. John’s in Newark: Every Tuesday, a small group of volunteers meet and make thirty loaves of sandwiches which are taken to Newark, where they are distributed to lines of people who come in need of food. 

St. John the Apostle School Alumni

President Joanne Seebode

The Alumni association serves current students, past graduates, faculty, staff, parents and friends of St. John the Apostle School. Our goals include keeping in touch with one another as well as updating alumni with the latest activities, challenges and goals of St. John the Apostle School. We hope to assist past graduates renew friendships, offer networking opportunities with one another and aid students through scholarships and enrichment programs

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