Outreach Ministries

Art & Environment Ministry

Catherine Vaughn
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
The Art and Environment Ministry creates seasonal decorations that help set the mood for the liturgical seasons. The atmosphere of reverence and beauty all reflect the glory of God. Extra help is always needed and welcome during Christmas and Easter, as the Church is decorated for these special celebrations.

Blessed Earth Caretakers

239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
Our parish response to Catholic Social Teaching and Environmental Ethics from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pope Francis ‘s Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’. Vision Statement: St. John XXIII is a parish where all of God’s creation are loved, respected, and cared for. Mission Statement: The mission of the Blessed Earth Caretakers is to practice, promote, educate, and inspire advocacy and actions for improving the environment and the social conditions of all.


Blessed Little Angels

239-561-2245 | blessedlittleangels23@gmail.com
We provide a faith-filled atmosphere for parents and children to meet each week – in various venues – for prayer and play. We meet on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am. Check the bulletin for details.

Communications Ministry

Colleen Leavy
239-561-2245 | bulletineditor@johnxxiii.net 
The ministry produces all communication materials for the parish – including human interest articles, videos, the bulletin, podcasts, the parish website, mobile app, signage and other projects.

Community Outreach Ministry

Audrey Bynoe & Carolyn Smith
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net 
The ministry assists in the parish mission to nurture the spiritual growth of our members in our neighborhoods and communities.

Craftie Ladies

Barb Klish
239-288-7729 | info@johnxxiii.net 
All are welcome to join us on Mondays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Villas for crafts. We crochet, knit, sew, glue, and make a wide variety of items to sell and raise money for charity. Materials provided. Free lessons! Come and enjoy time with a friendly group of ladies!

Eucharistic Outreach Ministry

Helen Tuffy
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We visit the homebound, bring them the Eucharist, and bring fellowship to those who are alone. We assess needs of their spiritual, physical, material and overall well-being.

Faith & Wine

We are a Catholic faith community coming together socially uniting women of all backgrounds and ages to develop friendships and to support one another as we apply the gospel to our lives. What Do We Do? We will meet together in a relaxed and supportive venue with mostly local speakers sharing their stories and sparking conversation that we hope will build friendships as we live our faith in unity with each other. Visit Faith & Wine of Lee County at: https://faithandwineleecounty.com

Faith & Ale

FaithAndAle.com is the home for South Florida’s most popular Catholic ministry for men. We are ready and willing to help you learn more about your faith and grow closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mission Statement: To provide men with an opportunity to grow in wisdom, knowledge and the understanding of the Catholic faith, thus strengthening their roles as spiritual leaders for their families, parishes, communities and workplaces.

Hospitality (Special Events)

Lois Becker
239-225-0531 | info@johnxxiii.net
We are an on-call staff of volunteers that assist with special events in the parish.

Hospitality (after Mass)

Jennifer Baumgardner
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We bring our parish together after the celebration of Mass with coffee, donuts and other refreshments. Time commitment is minimal, and this is a great way to meet people from all walks of life.

Hospital Eucharistic Ministry

Raymond Holter
239-985-9499 | info@johnxxiii.net

The Eucharistic ministers serving in this Ministry visit the sick at Gulf Coast Medical Center (GCMC) every day of the year, bringing them the Body of Christ, praying with them and providing Rosaries made by St. John’s Rosary Ministry. GCMC is a 375 bed hospital now under expansion to 575 beds. It is scheduled to become Lee Memorial’s primary trauma center.

Volunteers are organized into 7 teams, one for each day of the week. Each volunteer is assigned to a team and usually asked to serve at the hospital one day a week between the hours of 8:45 and 10:30 AM. Training is provided by the team leaders. Seasonal Volunteers are welcome, and “ride-alongs” are provided for those interested in learning more.

By special request, the team will visit parishioners at other hospitals and Hospice centers.

Living Your Strengths

Steve Engelman
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We hold discussion groups surrounding the book Living Your Strengths, which focuses on discovering our God-given talents. The discussions and course materials provide clarity into how we most naturally feel, think, act, and contribute to the Body of Christ.

Nursing Home Eucharistic Ministry

Bernie Holter
239-985-9499| info@johnxxiii.net
The Eucharistic ministers serving in this Ministry visit the sick at the Nursing Homes within our parish once or twice a week. They bring the patients the Body of Christ, praying with them and provide Rosaries made by St. John’s Rosary Ministry. At present, this service is limited to the Manor Care Nursing Facility. In 2018 we hope to expand the service to the Cypress Point and American House. Late in 2018 we look to add Lee Memorial’s new nursing home to our Ministry. Cypress Point and American House are assisted living & memory care facilities.

Volunteers are organized into teams, one for each week. Each volunteer is assigned to a team and usually asked to serve two/three times a month between the hours of 8:45 and 10:30 AM. Training is provided by the team leaders. Seasonal Volunteers are welcome.

Knights of Columbus

Fr. Saji
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We are looking for the next generation of Knights. Our council establishes service goals and plans multiple charitable events throughout the year. We are men of faith, guided not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Faith, but by our belief in ourselves and each other.

Men’s Gospel Forum

Mike Lancellot
239-940-7580 | info@johnxxiii.net
We meet for coffee and casual, yet meaningful discussion on the upcoming week’s Gospel, and how it applies to our lives as fathers, husbands and employees.

Parish Library

Lori Izral
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We collect and organize books on faith-based subjects, or other subjects that we deem appropriate. Books are checked out and returned based on a card system.

Respect Life Ministry

Mike Navarro
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We focus on life and death issues involving the beginning and end of life, the death penalty and different levels of legislative action. We advocate. We educate. We pray, and we restore respect and dignity for every human life.

Social Justice

Sandy Szymanski | Chair
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net

“When did we see You hungry, thirsty, naked….and feed You….?” “When you did this for the least of your brothers!” Life as a Eucharistic people calls us to be Christ for one another. Involvement in this Ministry challenges us to live the Gospel Message with a keen sense of awareness, understanding, truth, love and action. We are deeply committed to every aspect of social justice as proclaimed in the teachings of the Catholic Church. To be involved in this ministry is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ…

  • Within Our Parish
  • Within Our Community
  • Across the Nation
  • Across International Borders

We feed and clothe the poor; we provide shoes and school supplies to needy children; we provide toiletries and infant clothing to mothers who choose life, and we shine light on the tragedy of human trafficking. We rebuild the forgotten homes of Katrina Victims in Biloxi and we support Catholic Charities in their struggle to serve the least among us. We actively maintain a food pantry at St. John XXIII Villas and at St. Martin de Porres Community Outreach Center on Palm Beach Blvd. We respond to the cry of the poor and our blessings are abundant. The Social Justice Ministry is our answer to the call of Christ. Join us in this Ministry and let Jesus change your heart.

Teams of Our Lady (TOOL)

John & Linda Stankiewicz
239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We are a Catholic Movement of “Married Spirituality,” which brings together Christian couples united by the Sacrament of Matrimony and who wish, together, to deepen the graces of their Sacrament.

Thrift Store

Cynthia Conzatti
239-433-4097 | john23thrift@gmail.com 
We sell donated goods to provide funds to support Catholic education and local community outreach. Donating to, and volunteering at the Thrift Store are effective ways to support our faith community.

Thursday Morning Friends

Mary Bissaillon | 239-768-6471
Marilyn Marr | 239-225-9072 info@johnxxiii.net 
Meet others for coffee and conversation the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the church community room.

Women’s Guild

Sue Edwards
612-251-3498 | info@johnxxiii.net
The Women’s Guild creates a sisterhood among the women of the parish by working together to support the need and goals of the parish and the community. They help enrich the spirituality of those around them by serving Jesus through their outreach efforts. Their main projects include a fashion show, bake sales, pasta dinner, and other social events. The fundraising projects benefit many ministries throughout the year including: feeding the hungry through our support of food shelves at St. Martin de Porres and the St. John XXIII Villas, providing sneakers and backpacks for back to school , supporting educational and religious programs , and providing help to those in need through support of the pro- life centers. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm. All women of the parish are welcome.

Senior Singles Brunch Bunch (65+)

Joann Marie Hanak
239-277-9886 | info@johnxxiii.net
We meet the first Sunday of every month for brunch and fellowship. Friendships develop from these get-togethers, as it is a great place to meet new people. All singles are welcome (65+) to join this group.