St. Luke Ministry

Our mission is to provide support and companionship to those parishioners and their caregivers who are homebound and in need of assistance. Any member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church is eligible to request assistance for themselves or another person who is ill, homebound or having a life event that has impacted their daily living. Referrals for assistance or to become a volunteer, contact Barbara O’Brien at

Catholic Charities

Empowered by the grace of Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee fosters human dignity of the vulnerable in our region through shelter, counseling, education, advocacy, and reverence for life.

CCETN provides services to anyone with demonstrated need, regardless of race, income or religion; we estimate that fewer than 5 percent of all clients served are Catholic.

PREGNANCY HELP CENTERS – Through Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, the Diocese of Knoxville offers a wide range of pregnancy and adoption services, as well as post-abortion counseling and support.

EM Jellinek Center

Founded in 1971, the E. M. Jellinek Center is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that receives funding from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Services and through tax deductible contributions. The center is a therapeutic residential community that provides a clean, nurturing environment where clients with substance abuse or co-occuring disorders can receive treatment to help insure freedom from the devastating cycle of addiction and achieve a successful transtition to healthy, independent living.

We have a great team of caring volunteers who continually offer their services for the benefit of this recovery center. This loving act of charity can be done once a week or once a month. Whatever fits your schedule. To become a part of this team, please contact Andrew Cieslik at

Ladies of Charity

The women of St. John Neumann parish are invited to join the guild that assists the Ladies of Charity. We help organize food donated for the Emergency Food Pantry and also help organize merchandise for the Thrift Shop. The Food Pantry/Thrift Shop is located next door to Holy Ghost Church, which is 20 minutes from St. John Neumann Church; so we encourage carpooling.

Shifts for the Food Pantry packers are 9:30 – 11:30 am and 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Monday through Friday. Shifts for sorting merchandise are 9:30 am – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:30 pm. As a guild working together we combine our efforts around these shifts making our travel time fun and our working time fruitful.

Please contact Phyllis Cada at 966-8862 for more information.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

We are proud to serve the community as a Matthew Chapter 25 ministry.

Members of the SJN Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are committed to serving members of our parish and our larger community with outreach, financial support and prayer. Established in 2007, we have established and are active in a number of church ministries. In this brief period of time, we have accomplished the following:

  • SVdP helps hundreds of families each year
  • Assists families through both telephone interviews and home visits
  • Refers people in need to other aid agencies and resources when appropriate
  • Holds semi-annual food drives to aid Ladies of Charity in their ministry

Our accomplishments are achieved with the support of St John Neumann Parish contributions, gifts from supporters, and proceeds from grocery certificate sales.

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you? (Matthew 25: 37 39).

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community, founded in Paris in 1833, by a group of Catholic lay people who joined together to create the first Conference. The Society has been Catholic from its origins. It remains an international Catholic voluntary organization of lay people, men and women. The vocation of the Society’s members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity. Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Vincentians pray that the Holy Spirit may guide them during their visits and make them channels for the peace and joy of Christ.

If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the Lord in this most vital of ministries, come join us! Look for our announcements in the bulletin for more information.

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