Parish Life


Evangelization Team

Roland Bako

The focus of the Team is to foster an “evangelical leaven” in the parish by facilitating various activities where parishioners can more deeply encounter the living Jesus. We strive to help those in our community who have fallen away from their Catholic faith and to connect with those living in our surrounding community, Catholic and non-Catholic. Lastly, we plan to greet these people in their homes by going door-to-door to let them know of God’s love for them through His Church. We hope to do these things and much more. If you feel called to help others encounter the Lord more deeply, then the Evangelization Team maybe the place for you.

Lighthouse CDs are available in the church lobby. Get for yourself or as a gift for a family or friend. You can also get these and more media products as an inexpensive MP-3 download for phone or iPad or computer. Please check their website, go to and use the parish promo code 101861. Thank you for supporting the parish in this ministry.


St. John Paul The Great Vocations Society of St. John Neumann

Mary Beth De Ribeaux 301-963-2724

St. John Paul the Great Vocations Society of St.John Neumann Church seeks (1) to encourage and support those discerning, preparing for, or living out their vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life through prayer and practical action and (2) to raise awareness of vocations among parishioners, especially youth and their parents, to create a “culture of vocations” here at St. John Neumann. Some of our projects have included:

- sending birthday cards to Archdiocesan seminarians,

- supporting the Run for Vocations in the fall with our annual bake sale,

- setting up the “Vocations Tree” each Lent,

- gathering women to pray after Mass for vocations, and

- organizing vocations activities for middle and high school youth.

We generally meet monthly on the second Sunday of the month for a potluck dinner with the whole family, followed by a meeting.

We welcome new members!

For Information on priest vocations for the Archdiocese of Washington see

Check this video from our seminarians from St. John Paul II Seminary at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC

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50+ Club

Rose Acuff 301-963-1457

The 50+ Club of St. John Neumann Parish was started in 1992 and currently has over 50 active members. The club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Our objectives are to contribute to the spiritual well-being of its members, provide fellowship and recreational activities, and provide opportunities for charitable works. This year we helped cover the expense of the rectory roof replacement and grocery gift cards for the Thanksgiving Baskets.

In addition to some fine events in the Parish Center throughout the year (often including guest speakers) we visit a number of the area restaurants for great food and fellowship. All activities are very affordable and give us an opportunity to catch up on parish life and beyond. The 50+ Club of St. John Neumann stages an annual Heart-to-Heart Bake Sale that provides funding for the club’s support of parish needs.


SJN Men's Spiritual Fellowship Group

Tony Castellano 301-300-0806

Spiritual fellowship meetings for men are held the first and third Saturday of each month from 7:15 to 8:30 A. M. in the Blue Room in the Catechetical Center of the Church. Each meeting consists of a discussion on a topical issue of concern to Catholic men today. The Group is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Hot Coffee, Fresh Donuts and No Charge, the only thing you need to do is get out of bed and come! Meetings end promptly at 8:30 A. M.


Legion of Mary

Maria Leon     -  Spanish

Roland Bako -  English

Legion of Mary is an association of Catholic lay people who through the intercession of the Blessed Mother reach out to others so that they may know the love of Jesus Christ. Members achieve this through prayer and service. Works include door to door evangelization, and visitation of the sick or aged. Activities are usually done in groups of two. English Legion of Mary meetings are held every Sunday at 9:15 A. M in the Blue Room of the Catechetical Center of the Church. Spanish Legion of Mary meetings are held every Thursday at 6:30 P.M. at the Neumann House.


Book Club

Anthony Bosnick 301-977-7017

Michael Duggan 301-947-0706

The Book Club meets approximately once every two months on a Friday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 P. M. for an engaging discussion about a book relevant to our faith. Selections typically include books on spirituality, witness, sociology, fiction, science, and books related to or authored by the Pope. Advance notice of the next selection is included in the bulletin, or call us to add your name to our email list. If a particular book interests you, feel free to join us!


Yarn Angels

Barbara Oliveri Rizzo 301-963-4640

The Yarn Angels meet on the first Wednesday of the month, from October to May. They knit and/or crochet hats for ladies undergoing chemotherapy at Montgomery General Hospital, Georgetown Hospital and various organizations in West Virginia. Hats are also available for members of SJN and any family member undergoing chemotherapy. At each meeting, members bring hats they made for the chemo patients during the previous month, discuss hat patterns, instruct new members, socialize and most of all - say a prayer for the patients who will be receiving their hats. If you are not able to attend but would like to donate your handmade hats, you can bring them to the rectory on the first Friday of the month. We also accept yarn donations.


Prayer for Priests

Vicky Schneider 301-926-7014

Prayer for Priests is a ministry where we unite in Prayer and sacrifice every Saturday from 8 to 8:30 A.M. to intercede for the Catholic Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Our priests sacrifice a lot for us and sometimes theirs is not an easy life. As a way of supporting them, this ministry prays for an outpouring of grace upon the priests in SJN and in the Archdiocese. We wish to express our love for our priests and provide them with the support and encouragement they deserve. Please come and join us!


SJN Men's Purity Group

Tony Castellano 301-300-0806

SJN Men’s Purity Group meets every fourth Sunday to spiritually and practically assist men in remaining pure. Meetings are in the lower level conference room in the Rectory, from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. Follow walkway to lower level. No prior registration needed. Confession is available at each meeting. All Meetings are Confidential.


Bulletin Stuffers

Gloria Fernandez - 301-977-5492

SJN is blessed to have a wonderful group of women, however, gentlemen are most welcome, who come mostly on Friday mornings, depending on holidays, after the 9 A.M Mass to stuff items into the bulletins that are distributed on the weekend after the Masses. These women are most reliable and efficient as well as helpful as getting information out to our parishioners and newcomers are extremely important. Without them, we could not reach out to the many people in need of the many happenings in our parish and in our Archdiocese.


Blue Knights: A Virtue Club for Boys

Eugene De Ribeaux 301-512-3606

Attention, dads and single moms! Do you have a boy 5 to 10 years old who is interested in joining the Blue Knights, a virtue club for boys that is devoted to serving Our Lady? It involves lots of fun, father-son time, saint stories, Catholic teaching, crafts, sports, and refreshments — in addition to optional special events, such as hikes, football, service project, camping, etc. Blue Knights boys and their dads meet on the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 P.M. at the Neumann House from September through May. Single moms, contact Eugene for a male sponsor.


SJN African Committee

Aimée Ntumba 240-463-3895

All Africans are invited to worship, fellowship, and share our African culture every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10:30 to 12:30 P.M. in the Blue Room.


Blessed Margaret of Costello Special Needs Ministry

Jeanne and Tom Dwyer 301-367-4419

Please join us! Our mission: United in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to including and serving the needs of persons with developmental differences into our Catholic community.

The Blessed Margaret of Costello Special Needs Ministry at St. John Neumann welcomes persons with disabilities and their families fully into the life of our spiritual community and to provide spiritual and social programs that will promote that goal by offering new opportunities for people with and without disabilities to come together to worship, learn, and enjoy themselves.


-Join us by being a greeter,usher, reader


-Sacramental preparation

-Adapted curriculum for individuals with diverse needs

-Church and community resources


-Pray for our ministry and individuals with developmental differences

-Sign up to donate an hour of your time in the adoration chapel with the intention of praying for our ministry, its members and our parish family


-Meet other St. John Neumann families with and without family members with disabilities.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) - Outreach

Ron Bauer 301-519-3577 for Sunrise on Sundays,

Jeannie Tondo 301-869-0307 for Sunrise on Tuesdays,

Jeannie Tondo 301-869-0307 for MVHCC

Mary Nishan 301-540-0876 for Shady Grove Hospital

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to Sunrise Senior Living, Montgomery Village Health Care Center (MVHCC), and Shady Grove Hospital. Once a month attend Mass and distribute Holy Communion at a Communion Service and/or in the rooms of residents at one of these three locations and days:

1-Sunrise Senior Living on Sundays


3-Montgomery Village Health Care Center on Wednesdays

4-Shady Grove Hospital on Wednesdays.

Required EMHC training is provided by the archdiocese, and by pairing with another EMHC.


Prayer Network

Carmine Castellano 301-987-6615

The Prayer Network allows members to share in giving hope and solace in asking God’s healing upon those challenged by physical sickness, mental anguish, or who are simply in need of God’s help. Anyone requesting prayer can contact the committee or rectory and a prayer chain is activated by emailing members. This is an excellent ministry for parishioners who have difficulty participating in other activities due to physical or time constraints. Prayer is powerful!