Outreach Ministries

Do not for a second think that it is simply handing the person a bit of food, money or clothing that gives us the greatest reward. The greatest return always comes in the gratitude a person often expresses; and this often comes when we simply spend the time to listen & empathize.

Most often the call is for “unconditional Love”, like we always hear about in the Gospel: “Love one another as I have loved you”. It is fitting that our people have chosen this as their motto because it is something everyone can do and costs us only time and works best with no judgment.

Art & Environment Ministry

Catherine Vaughn – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
The Art & Environment Ministry creates seasonal decorations which enhance the mood of the liturgical seasons. The atmosphere of reverence and beauty all reflect the glory of God. Extra hands from women and men are needed for projects at all times of the year.

Blessed Little Angels

239-561-2245 | blessedlittleangels23@gmail.com
We provide a faith-filled atmosphere for parents and children to meet each week – in a new venue – for prayer and play. We meet on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Check the bulletin for details. Children of all ages are welcome.

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, signage and other projects.

Community Outreach Ministry

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/Prayer Shawl & Rosary Group Ministries

Judy Siegel – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.netm
All are welcome to join us on Mondays from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Villas for crafts. We crochet, knit, sew, glue, and make a wide variety of items to sell and raise money for charity. Rosaries are made for Baptisms and First Communion, and our prayer shawls go to hospice patients. Materials provided. Free lessons!

Eucharistic Outreach Ministry

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

Hospitality (Special Events)

Lois Becker- 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We are an on-call staff of volunteers that prepare foof for special events in the Parish.

Hospitality (After Mass)

Jennifer Baumgardner – 239-561-2245 | jennb@johnxxiii.net om
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 – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We visit the sick at Gulf Coast Medical Center every day of the year, bringing them the Body of Christ, praying with them and providing rosaries made by St. John XXIII Rosary Ministry.

Nursing Home Eucharistic Ministry

Bernie Holter 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We visit the sick in the Nursing Homes within our Parish and bring the patients the Body of Christ, pray with them, and provide rosaries made by the St. John XXIII Rosary Ministry.

Knights of Columbus

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 – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
Mark Bir 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We meet each Monday at 7:00am 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.

Living Your Strengths

Steve Engelman – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
What makes you unique? How are you called to serve?
During the interactive and enlightening Living Your Strengths workshops, participants journey through the process of identifying, affirming and applying their unique God-given talents – the way we most naturally think, feel, and behave – to better serve those within and beyond our parish community, resulting in greater personal spirituality and life satisfaction.

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

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 – Social Justice 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 sneakers 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 rebuilt the forgotten homes of Katrina Victims in Biloxi and we support Catholic Charities in their struggle to serve the least among us. We have 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 | thrift@johnxxiii.net
We sell donated goods to provide funds to support Catholic education and local community outreach. Purchasing from, and volunteering at the Thrift Store is an effective way to support our faith community.

Thursday Morning Friends

Mary Bissaillon – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.netom
Meet others for coffee and conversation the first Thursday of the month after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Come and join us – all are welcome!

Women’s Guild

Sue Edwards – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
The Women’s Guild creates a sisterhood among the women of the parish and the community. They help enrich the spirituality of those around them by serving Jesus through their outreach efforts. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. All women of the parish are welcome.

65 & Over Singles Sunday Brunch

Joann Marie Hanak – 239-561-2245 | info@johnxxiii.net
We meet the first Sunday of every month at various locations for brunch and fellowship. Friendships develop from these get-togethers, as it is a great place to meet new people. All are welcome (65+) to join this group.

The Marr’s | The gifts we give the world.

Very few people ever get to experience adoption, either on the giving or receiving end, and even fewer can anticipate the emotional landscape in which they are about to traverse. Rather than feeling the familiar states of happiness, elation, joy or confusion, the Marr’s have gone through stages of utter disbelief, and describe the emotions like waves crashing ashore – consistent, yet never quite the same each time. “Is this my life?” Some couples fear that they might not have the same innate ability to fully love a child that shares none of their DNA. But at this point, almost 2 years after meeting James and Katherine, all doubt has departed.