Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.”Pope Francis

This newspaper picture shows members of the Men’s Council assisting Fr. Grill at the ground breaking ceremony for the church.

This 1966 picture shows the Council’s organizing committee for the Annual Parish Picnic.

The Parish Picnic was a regular event sponsored by the Men’s Council. Today, the picnic has expanded to become the SJE Summer Carnival and the Men’s Council plays an important role in making the Carnival a wonderful annual parish event.

The core mission of the St. John Eudes Men’s Council is to serve God. And its members fulfill this mission by being messengers of Christ through their actions in our local and parish communities. The Council supports the pastor, priests, sisters, laity and community by sponsoring various parish activities and helps fulfill the needs of other ministries. It sponsors and hosts a number of religious, spiritual, and social functions scheduled throughout the year.

The Men’s Council has a long history of service to St. John Eudes Parish, School and community. Being the first ministry established in the parish in 1963 to help assist the newly assigned pastor, Fr. Grill, to build a new church and school, it’s members have been active in supporting the parish’s mission ever since. Through the years the Men’s Council has provided support to many community groups and parish ministries including MEND, FISH, St. Vincent DePaul, Concern, St. Joseph Table, SJE Swim Team, Seder Meal, SJE School scholarships, Music Ministry, Children’s Choir, Building Fund, seminarian support and various other items of support for the priests and parish. Current activities include presentation of the Christmas Manger and Easter Scene, Pastor’s Annual Dinner and Breakfast, Hollywood Bowl Night, the Wine Tasting Spectacular, Annual Oktoberfest, Parish Hospitality, Facilities Committee and the Carnival Beer Garden.

The Christmas Manger displayed in the church is maintained by the Men’s Council to create a special sense of celebration for the Christmas season. The Council actively supports many worship and liturgical ministries.

All men of the parish are members of the Men’s Council and are invited to join in all meetings. Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month and meeting notices are placed in the parish bulletin. For more information about the Men’s Council and how to become actively involved, contact the Parish Office at (818) 341-3680.

And men of the parish are also invited to take part in a very special ministry for men. The SJE Men’s Fellowship is a program combining the best the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, the SJE Men’s Fellowship seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society. Learn more at the Men’s Fellowship webpage.