St. John the Baptist Parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the most active Conferences in Burlington and has been for more than fifty years.
We are blessed with very generous Parishoners, Sponsors, Donors and dedicated Volunteers, known as Vincentians, who commit endless hours of their time, to serve and assist our Parish community in the many ways that God has called us to do.
SSVP believes that no act of charity is foreign to the society, this is the “Vinnie motto.”
We are a lay Catholic organization whose mission is to live the Gospel message by serving the poor with love, respect, justice and Joy.
Our Society has a phone line that is answered on a weekly rotation by our dedicated Volunteers, who return the phone calls and assist our members in a prompt and efficient manner.
Phone calls may vary from requests for food vouchers, assistance with rent, utility costs, the need for clothing, medication, dental care, beds, temporary shelter, gas money, bus tickets and sometimes just someone to talk to.
We have a very good working relationship with our community partners such as the Burlington Food Bank, Compassion Society, Knights of Columbus, Wellington Sq United Church, SSVP Furniture Store in Hamilton and mattress distributors.
We have been active in the past support of our conference schools, both Elementary and Secondary, with the snack program and various other programs within the schools. As well as sending children to summer camp programs.
The Christmas Program that we run has been a tremendous success and we have been blessed with the financial means to assist many families in various ways, thanks to the generosity of our Parish family and Sponsors.
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, via a Zoom meeting.
If you feel that this vocation may be for you, please send the Society an email as we are always welcoming new ideas.
God’s love never stops.
Altar Server Ministry (Youth and Adult)
The Altar Server Ministry provides both girls and boys an opportunity to actively participate in the tradition of Catholic worship.
We welcome all interested youth attending the 4th school-grade or above who have already received the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Training is provided.
Adult Altar Servers are also needed to serve at funerals and/or weekday Mass.
If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry please contact the parish office at (905) 634-2485, to speak with the priest.
Our pastor and members of the baptismal team make the sacrament of Baptism meaningful by offering parents the chance to explore their faith and strengthen their commitment to God and one another through spiritual renewal. Parents first meet with the pastor, complete all registration forms, and make arrangements to attend one class prior to their child’s Baptism. Preparation classes are held on the first Sunday of the month. The team leads the parents in sharing the responsibility for a new life and works to provide an atmosphere conducive to the child’s spiritual development both in the parish and at home. Baptism takes place on the third Sunday of each month. Team members attend the Baptism celebration to provide a welcome support for the families. To make an appointment for your child’s Baptism call the Parish Office at (905) 634-2485.
Should you wish become a member of the Baptism team and share your talents, please call the Parish Office at (905) 634-2485. It is when we work together in the spirit of love and caring for each other that we make our faith grow and really come alive.
The Catholic Women’s League
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in Gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. The CWL serves the parish community by contributing to the spiritual life of our own parishioners. Our members are involved in the various liturgical ministries as Ministers of the Eucharist, Lectors, Choir Members and Altar Servers for funerals.
Each year the league hosts both Advent and Lenten retreats, open to the parish.
Within the community, there are both members and parishioners who assist the Pastor with Mass at three long-term care centres each month.
General meetings are held on the second Monday of the month from September to June. Our discussion topics often reflect the objects of the league, for example, the sanctity of life, Catholic education, religious freedom, social justice, etc. Guest speakers are occasionally invited, with the meetings open to all parishioners.
Come and see what we have to offer. We need you!
Actively participate in the celebration of either weekend or weekday masses by assisting in the distribution of the Eucharist. You can also serve by distributing Communion to the sick, elderly or shut-ins as needed. Training is provided and new ministers are always welcome!
Contact: Christopher Hawken directly at (905) 632-7542 or hawkenchris AT yahoo.ca or the Parish Office at (905) 634-2485.
Hospital Visiting Teams
These groups of Eucharistic Ministers take Holy Communion to parishioners and out-of-town patients at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital on Wednesday mornings, or as the need arises.
Our council’s roots at St. John the Baptist Parish go back to December 12, 1960, when we received our charter. We named our council in memory of the pastor of St. John’s Parish who also was our founding chaplain, Monsignor James Corbett Warren.
Over the years as Burlington grew and new parishes opened, our council expanded to represent four parishes (St. Patrick, St. Raphael’s, St. John the Baptist and St. Paul the Apostle). We have more than 175 members, who come from all four of our parishes.
Our order is founded upon the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, and we still hold true to these today.
The activities of Council 5073 are many and varied in the community at large, as well as within our membership. We raise close to $40,000 annually for local charities through fundraising events such as bingos, turkey rolls, and our annual charity golf tournament.
Beyond raising money for charities, we work closely with our parishes to ensure we offer the support they need.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Knights of Columbus please call us at (905)335-5073.
Lectors’ mission is to respectfully proclaim the word of the Lord during Masses. Informal training is provided at the parish and there is also a training program available through the diocese. Generally, lectors read at one Mass a month. Scheduling is very flexible.
Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers)
At each Mass, four ushers are needed to welcome parishioners, help with seating, collect the offertory, sometimes present the gifts prior to Eucharist, and distribute bulletins. Ushers also help to protect the health and safety of parishioners by being aware of emergency procedures.
If you have an affinity for meeting people, ushering might be the ministry that could use your talents. To volunteer, speak to one of the ushers, or contact the Parish Office at (905) 634-2485.
Music makes liturgy come alive with joy. St. John’s is constantly looking for enthusiastic people who wish to join others in song. No experience is necessary and new members are always welcome. Below is a brief description of each ministry:
5 p.m. (Saturday) and 9 a.m. (Sunday) Choirs: choristers of sing SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) and rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Members have the flexibility to attend either Mass as there is continuity of music at both liturgies. This group also sings a cappella as needed during the Easter Triduum.
11 a.m. (Sunday) Choir: This choir warms up before Mass and often has short rehearsals after Mass. A combination of guitar, organ and keyboard are used to accompany the choir. New singers and instrumentalists are always welcome.
Funeral Choir: This dedicated group of volunteers is an integral part of the Funeral Masses. They rehearse 30 minutes before the Funeral Mass.
Children’s Choir: If numbers of participants permit, this primary/junior group sings approximately once a month.
Teen Singers: Teens can join at any Mass or rehearsal. Training for canting is also provided.
For more information on any of these music ministries, please visit us in the loft after Mass or contact the Parish Office at (905) 634-2485.
The life of a parish is only as strong as its volunteers. At St. John’s, we turn to our parishioners to give of their time and talent to handle many tasks around the parish community. Below are just a few ways you can help with a modest investment of time.
If any groups are in need of a volunteer for a function the can e-mail Margaret Enright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. John’s Parish Prayer Network has been active since the early 1980s. The prayer requests are included during the recitation of the Rosary prior to each weekday Mass. The prayer network intentions are also included in the Prayers of the Faithful during the weekend Masses. You may place your prayer intentions in the prayer box at the Mother of Perpetual Help Shrine in the Church.
St. John’s Men’s Group
For more than 20 years the Men’s Group has brought men of the parish together to discern their places as fathers, husbands, friends and responsible contributors to the world around them. We share a common desire to deepen our faith and to live our faith in community as men of action.
We meet on the second Saturday of each month from September to June in the parish hall from 8-10 a.m.
Our meetings begin in prayer. We enter into fellowship with a home cooked breakfast. We move forward with a spiritual reflection and a study program. We conclude with current business. Throughout the year we host special events which include: a parish BBQ; a Bishop’s Lenten Mass and Dinner; and a Music Talent Show. We conduct a parking lot fund-raiser event in June, of which 25% goes to the St. John’s Maintenance and Building Fund and the balance to the parish to fund our events each year.
We are called as men of faith to love God and to love our neighbour. If you are ready to answer this call, we invite you to become a member of the Saint John the Baptist parish Men’s Group. For more information, contact Pat Maloney email@example.com.
A team of Eucharistic Ministers, under the direction of the pastor, distributes Holy Communion to residents of long-term care facilities and private homes weekly or twice a month. Our volunteers often find it enjoyable to spend time to visit and get to know the people they are serving.