What is a Sacrament?

Outward sign instituted by Christ that gives grace.


Contact the Parish office to schedule an appointment with the pastor.


Saturday afternoon 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm. The Sacrament is celebrated communally during Advent & Lent and by appointment.


Couples wishing to share their lives with one another in Christian marriage are asked to contact the Parish office for an appointment. The first appointment must be scheduled at least six months before the proposed date of marriage. Saturday weddings cannot be scheduled later than 1:00 p.m.


Mass: Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.

Sacrament of First Reconciliation & First Communion

For Second Grade students after preparation by parents, Catholic School or Faith Formation (CCD) teachers. Contact Parish Office for more information.

Anointing of the Sick

Any parishioner who is ill or infirmed may request the anointing by contacting the Parish office. Communal anointing is held every six months.


Classes are for those currently in the ninth grade and enrolled in a formal religious education program.



Altar Server

Open to all, third grade and up. Training and ongoing formation are required.

Eucharistic Minister

Assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. Training and ongoing formation are required; ministers must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.


Welcome all attending as they arrive for Mass. The Greeters distribute bulletins before Mass.


Proclaim the appointed Scripture Readings at Sunday liturgies. Training and ongoing formation are required (high school age and older recommended).

Ministry to Homebound

Communion is distributed after the early Sunday Mass to parishioners who are homebound or reside in nursing homes. Volunteers should be willing to drive to various locations in Paducah and lend a compassionate, caring heart and ear
to the suffering. Training is required.


This prayerful group meets in the church before Mass to pray the Scriptural Rosary. In addition, during Lent, the Rosary and Stations of the Cross are held on Friday evenings. Participants are always welcome.

Parish Picnic

Held annually, the first Saturday after Labor Day, on the grounds of St. John. The picnic provides a relaxing afternoon for fellowship with food, fun, activities, bands/ entertainment and games. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including set up, clean up, game workers, and kitchen help. This is a great ministry for everyone–families, teens, couples, and single volunteers welcome.

Pictorial Directory

This directory provides pictures, names, and addresses of parish members as well as information about the ministries, activities, and services at St. John. A committee, selected by the pastor, will assist in the formation of a parishioner sign-up, directory layout, and other tasks.

St. John Cemetery

An individual must be registered and a participating, active member of
St. John for a period of one year prior
to purchase a plot.


Greeters of hospitality who distribute worship aides before Mass.

Gift Bearers




R.C.I.A.- the process that prepares adults for initiation into the Catholic faith. If you know anyone who has expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic, please invite them to attend. Please contact the office at 270-554-3810 to register.

Vacation Bible SchoolThis program is held annually during the summer for a week (Monday-Friday) for children ages four years old through 5th grade. VBS provides religious education in an atmosphere of music, crafts, and fun; open to parish and community children. Volunteers (adults and teens welcome) are needed to serve as teachers, teachers’ aides, child care aides, registration workers, meal planners/servers, and other duties. Registration information will be published in the parish bulletin.

Daughters of Isabella This spiritual and charitable organization of Catholic women meets twice a month for business and social gatherings. Activities include fundraisers and projects for charity, potluck dinners, ice cream socials and a Christmas Tea. New members always welcome (age 18 and older recommended).

Knights of ColumbusThis is a Catholic fraternal, community, and family-oriented organization devoted to furthering the goals of the Pope and the Catholic Church. Membership is open to male parishioners 18 years of age and older.


Knights of Columbus
Msgr. Anthony G. Higdon
Council # 10962 270-554-0700
6725 US 45 Highway, Paducah, KY 42001


Hope UnlimitedThis Paducah organization provides a variety of services, resources and counseling for women facing crisis pregnancies. Services include a Maternity Home, thrift store, classes for new fathers, and health education. Volunteers (age 16 and older recommended) are needed for a variety of duties.

St. Nicholas Clinic – 270-415-0467
1901 Kentucky Ave, Paducah, KY 42003

This is a Paducah health clinic which provides primary care and medications to working individuals and families without health insurance or who cannot receive Medicare or Medicaid insurance. The clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Medications may be obtained during other specified hours Tuesday-Friday. Clinic volunteers (age 18 and older) for clerical and professional services are needed.

Paducah Cooperative Ministry – 270-442-6795
402 Legion Dr, Paducah, KY 42003

Paducah Cooperative Ministry is a community service agency comprised of member representatives of area congregations. Services include a food pantry, homeless shelter, emergency relief fund, and Meals on Wheels. Donations of food items and household items and monetary donations are accepted. Volunteers (adults and teens) are needed to assist with various community projects for tasks such as food pick up/delivery, sorting or collecting donations, concessions work, and much more. Children may volunteer with parental supervision. Volunteers are also needed at the PCM facility (must be 18 or older)

Mandeville DioceseOur sister diocese in Jamaica is one of the poorest areas in the Caribbean. The Ash Wednesday collection has been designated for the Mandeville Diocese for the last four years. Twice each year, volunteers travel to the area for one week to assist with building houses, reading to/playing with the orphans, and becoming acculturated with a third-world culture. A yearly collection is held for needed supplies which are sent to Jamaica. Adult volunteers are needed and welcomed.