Ministries and Apostolates

in St John the Evangelist Parish


Parish volunteers support the following Ministries in the parish:

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the Priest at the Altar during Mass by fetching, carrying, ringing the sanctuary bells, etc. Children in grade 4 and above who have received the their First Communion are eligible. New Altar Servers are trained periodically.


Ushers greet parishioners as they arrive for Mass, assisting them in locating seating as needed, especially for the disabled. They take up and ensure the security of collections. They arrange for parishioners to present the gifts during the preparation of the Altar, and distribute bulletins after mass. They check the church after Mass  to ensure all is in order. Training is required.

Extraordinary Readers 

Extraordinary Readers read assigned readings at Mass and special liturgical celebrations. They should be outgoing, friendly, and good readers with a strong voice,  must have been Confirmed, be in good standing with the Church, and be registered members of the parish. Pastoral approval, and training are required.

Extraordinary Ministers of  Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Priest with the distribution of the Most Blessed Sacrament during Mass, and to the homebound and infirmed. Registered, confirmed parishioners who demonstrate appropriate spiritual maturity may be selected by the Pastor for this important role. Training is required.


Sacristans diligently arrange the liturgical books, vestments, vessels and other items necessary for the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass. They ensure that a supply of purificators, fresh hosts, altar wine, and other required items are available. The Sacristan must possess a clear idea of content and norms of the principle liturgical books and an understanding of the intricacies of the liturgical calendar.


Musicians aid the congregation in worship, and provides individuals an avenue to share their gifts and participate in worship. The Music Ministry provides music for all weekend Masses. 

cantare amantis est... Singing belongs to one who loves. - St. Augustine

See the Ministries Rosters and schedules here.



Parish volunteers also support the following Apostolates:

Knights of Columbus
Fr. Bernard McDevitt Council #15085

We are the Brother Knights of Fr. Bernard McDevitt Counsel #15085, members of Saint John the Evangelist in Waynesville, NC and Immaculate Conception in Canton, NC.  Following in the footsteps of Father Michael J. McGivney, we are a welcoming, Eucharist-centered, and culturally diverse Order of Catholic gentlemen.  Together, with the involvement of our families, we strive to exemplify our Order’s principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.  To quote Pope Francis, “the fidelity of the Knights to these high ideals has not only ensured the continued vitality of [our] Order, but has also contributed, and continues to contribute, to the mission of the Church at every level.”  As stewards of our Order’s legacy, and leaders in our Parishes, we endeavor to continue to answer His call in solidarity with the priesthood, respecting life, defending of our faith and family and serving our fellow man.  We welcome with open arms every practical Catholic man who is ready to heed the call to help his church, community, and mankind. For more information please visit our website.

Grounds and Landscape

Volunteers enhance and beautify the church grounds by planting flowers, trimming trees and bushes, mulching, and preparing beds for planting. Anyone who enjoys gardening and working outdoors is welcome.

Religious Education

Religious Education provides learning opportunities for everyone, from our children through adults of every age. It includes Faith Formation for children ages pre-K through grade 8, Bible Study Classes, and RCIA. 

Respect Life

Our faith requires us to respect, defend, and enhance life at every stage -- from conception until natural death. Respect Life in our parish serves both to raise awareness of all issues that relate to human life and to provide opportunities for effective and prayerful witness. Visit our Respect Life Page.

Catholic Daughters of America
Chapter 2175

Court Immaculate Heart of Mary #2715 is the local CDA chapter of St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception churches.  
CDA Page

Spiritual Life Committee

The Spiritual Life Committee's  primary goal is to promote love, devotion and reverence to Our Lord especially in promoting frequent Mass and Confession. Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament (currently on Wednesday evenings and First Fridays, and 40 hours devotions on the Feast of Corpus Christi), participation in the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Stations of the Cross, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers, novenas, artwork, processions, pilgrimages or other reverent ways to praise, adore and give thanks to God are encouraged.
In addition to serving Our Lord, the Spiritual Life Committee also promotes devotion to Our Blessed Mother and to the saints through novenas (Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesday mornings, St. Monica on Wednesday evenings), consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and additional prayers, art, icons, statues, processions and other means to inspire us to live faithful and holy lives, remembering we are all called to be saints.

Collection Counters & Office Volunteers

Collection Volunteers count the collection from the weekend Masses and prepare bank deposits. Office Volunteers assist with administrative & clerical needs in the Parish Office. 

Church Cleaning

Volunteers clean the Sanctuary, Sacristy, Nave and Narthex to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of our church. Cleanliness and order are important to the worship owed to almighty God. Anyone can serve this important role - even children with adult supervision. 











According to the Modern Catholic Dictionary, "Persons assisting the Celebrant at Mass are ministers".  Ministries, therefore, directly aide in delivering the Sacraments.

Involvement in the Church that does not directly support the Sacraments are called Apostolates.


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