Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word."
(From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Unbaptized adults and children are prepared for the sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). Information regarding RCIA can be found here. RCIC information can be found here.
For a child to receive First Communion, he/she must complete Sacramental Preparation classes and have received the Sacrament of Penance. Instruction/preparation for children is given by Catechists at the Grade 2 level or above during Elementary Faith Formation classes. Details on Sacramental Preparation can be found here.
For a child to receive Reconciliation, he/she must complete Sacramental Preparation. Instruction/preparation for children is given by Catechists at the Grade 2 level or above during Elementary Faith Formation classes. Details on Sacramental Preparation can be found here.
(Additional confessions available during Lent and Advent or by appointment.)
The Sacrament of Confirmation is traditionally the third and final Sacrament of Initiation. The Candidate (i.e. student preparing for Confirmation) has already received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and First Communion. For a child to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, he/she must complete Sacramental Preparation classes given by Catechists during Wednesday evening classes at St. John's. Details on Confirmation can be found here.
Weddings at St. John's should be scheduled at least six months in advance. You are asking the Church to witness your pledge of enduring love as you seek God’s blessing and the blessing and support of the Christian community as you embark on your life together as husband and wife. Those interested in being married at St. John's should click herefor more information. All couples work with a parish wedding coordinator, who will assist with details of the marriage liturgy and wedding rehearsal. Engaged couples should first call the Parish office at 405-340-0691 nine to twelve months before the wedding date for an appointment with a priest.
Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived."
If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced. Click herefor more details.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Please contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment with a Priest if you are being called to a Holy Order. 405-340-0691