All in-person events are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Todas las actividades en persona están sujeto a cambios durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

Adult parishioners have many ways that they can share their gifts and talents to support the liturgy at St. John Neumann, both behind the scenes and more publicly. Learn more about each ministry and the contact person below. If you are looking for information on our liturgical ministries for children please click here.

Albs & Altar Linens

Members of the Linen Committee wash and iron the small altar linens that the priests and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion use at Mass as well as the albs and gowns that the altar servers and priests wear.

Help is needed about once every three or four months for two weeks at a time to take care of these linens.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or

Art & Environment Committee

Worship the Lord with the creative talents He gave you

Creative individuals and “worker bees”: Come design, build, place, and tear down decorations for Christmas and Easter as well as other seasons of the church year.

The ministry meets once before Advent and Christmas and once before Lent and Easter to discuss ideas and make plans for building, decorating, etc. During execution, some building and creating is done as the builders’ schedules allow, but decorating usually begins on appropriate days at 9:30 a.m. (after daily Mass.) Teardown can be more loosely scheduled according to the schedules of the helpers.

Most meetings are at the church, but the ministry usually has a debriefing lunch a couple of weeks after the season has passed to discuss ideas about how to improve the next year.

Contact: Richard Russo at 703-801-7746.

Baptismal Garments

“You have become a new creation and have clothed yourself in Christ. See in this white garment the outward sign of our Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.”

Each time someone receives the sacrament of Baptism at St. John Neumann, they receive a handmade Baptismal garment that has been prepared and sewn by members of our parish community.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Eucharistic ministers) are Catholics in good standing, at least 21 years of age, who help distribute the Eucharist at Sunday and Holy Day parish liturgies.

New ministers are enrolled by the Diocese of Arlington in the spring and attend training sessions within the diocese and in the parish.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or

Eucharist to the Homebound

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the Homebound visit the home- and facility-bound members of our community. On Friday mornings, ministers visit parishioners unable to attend Mass at their home, in the hospital, and in nursing homes.

If you or someone you know would like to have the Eucharist and is unable to attend Mass, please call the office at (703) 860-8510 or email

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or


Los Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión para los Confinados en el Hogar visitan a los miembros de nuestra comunidad que se encuentran en el hogar y en las instalaciones. Los viernes por la mañana, los ministros visitan a los feligreses que no pueden asistir a misa en su hogar, en el hospital y en los asilos de ancianos.

Si usted o alguien que conoce quisiera consumar la Eucaristía y no puede asistir a la misa, por favor llame a la oficina al (703) 860-8510 o envíe un correo electrónico a

Contact Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or


The Greeters welcome people as they enter the church for the weekend and Holy Day celebrations with a smile and a kind word or greeting, providing an atmosphere of hospitality in our community.

Contact: Jo-Ann Duggan at 703-860-6149 or

Holy Housekeepers

These volunteers keep our church, chapel, and narthex tidy and ready for weekend Masses. The most common task is reorganizing the paperwork in the pews.

Holy housekeepers often tidy on Friday mornings, and it can be a quiet peaceful experience.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151or

Liturgy Committee

The St. John Neumann Liturgy Committee represents the “view from the pew” and provides suggestions and ideas for the staff liturgy committee to consider implementing to enhance our liturgies.

Liturgy Committee members:

  • Meet about seven times throughout the year in the evening; normally there is no more than one meeting in a given month
  • Prepare for meetings by reviewing the readings for the upcoming Sundays and seasonal Holy Days
  • Share their reflections on themes and images from these readings and ideas for how the liturgies of the season can reflect those themes and images; agreed upon ideas and suggestions are forwarded to the staff liturgy committee
  • Reflect on past liturgies and share their own feedback, and feedback from other parishioners, on what went well and what could be improved, to be forwarded to the staff liturgy committee
  • Participate in special projects; past examples include:
    • Set up and provide information on the Jesse Tree for Advent
    • Write statements for the bulletin throughout the year on putting faith in action
    • Implement the Gifts of Joy Christmas activity with parishioners’ personal reflections
    • Review and address liturgy-related items from parish surveys and offer suggestions for addressing concerns raised by fellow parishioners throughout the year

The only qualification is a desire to help develop the best liturgical environment and experiences that we can offer to the whole St. John Neumann community. However, bringing a perspective from past experience with other areas of ministry that interact with liturgies, such as music, Art & Environment, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, RCIA, or faith formation, is an added plus.

Contact: Daniel Ambrose at 703-476-1450.

Ministers of the Word

Ministers of the Word (lectors) are teens and adults who study, pray over, and prepare the sacred scriptures in advance and proclaim these at the liturgies on Sunday, Holy Days, and special occasions. Training takes place throughout the year.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or

Music Ministries

Music volunteers enhance the worship life of the community through singing, playing instruments, and running the sound technology. There are musical groups for adults and children.

Learn more about Music Ministry at St. John Neumann.

Contact: CJ Capen at 703-390-2352 or


Our ushers find seats for those in need, gather offertory contributions, direct Eucharistic Ministers to those who need the Eucharist in their pews, and distribute bulletins at the end of Mass.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or

Wedding Coordinators

The team of wedding coordinators helps couples getting married at St John Neumann by contacting the bride and groom one week prior to the wedding to discuss final arrangements. They also help with the wedding rehearsal and attend to essential details and setup at the wedding celebration. Training involves shadowing other wedding coordinators.

Contact: Tricia Russman at 703-860-6151 or

Welcome Desk

These friendly people behind the Welcome Desk each weekend answer questions about church activities and generally welcome people to our community.

Contact: Patty Kwapniewski at 703-860-6147 or

Children’s Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Youth Ushers & Greeters

Youth Lectors