Sacraments

Baptism

Baptisms are scheduled on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.  (Maximum baptism per day is 4) ceremony usually takes about 45 minutes

If this is your first child being baptized or you have never attended a Baptism Information Session at SJN, you will need to attend one of our Informational Sessions.  These sessions are held at the parish on the second Sunday of each month, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. To schedule a baptism, or to attend the Baptism Information Session please call the parish office.

Two godparents are required, one male & one female, according to the Rite of Baptism, at least one sponsor must be Catholic. If the sponsor is not a parishioner with SJN, a letter of good standing will need to be submitted from his/her own parish to SJN.

First Communion

The community of St. John Neumann Church is privileged to journey with our parents as they prepare their children for First Communion. Children celebrate this sacrament for the first time in the spring of their second year of formation.

Typically, celebration of First Communion happens in 2nd Grade. To prepare your child for Communion following this typical pattern:

  • Enroll your child in 1st Grade and 2nd Grade Religious Education classes. Classes are held on Sundays or Wednesdays during the school year.
  • Assist your child in preparing for and celebrating First Reconciliation in the fall of 2nd Grade.
  • In the spring of your child’s 2nd Grade, attend the parent meetings to learn more about the sacrament and to receive at-home formation materials. These materials will include activities that you will work on with your child and prayers that you can help your child memorize.
  • Complete at-home formation, which is supplemented in the child’s Religious Education classes.
  • Attend a First Communion retreat and a separate practice with your 2nd Grader.
  • Attend the First Communion celebration with your child and family, usually scheduled during the Easter season.

What if you have a child in Grades 3-8 who has not yet celebrated this sacrament? Please call or stop by the RE Office. We can work together to get your child caught up to their current grade level and prepare older children to celebrate their First Communion and Reconciliation. The diocesan policy is for children to attend Religious Education classes for a full year before the beginning formation of Reconciliation and Communion.

We ask all families to attend Mass weekly. Parents are also asked to celebrate Reconciliation regularly as a model for their children.

First Reconciliation

The community of St. John Neumann Church is privileged to journey with our parents as they prepare their children for First Reconciliation. Children celebrate this sacrament for the first time in the fall of their second year of formation.

Typically, the celebration of First Reconciliation happens in 2nd Grade. To prepare your child for Reconciliation following this typical pattern:

  • Enroll your child in 1st Grade and 2nd Grade Religious Education classes. Classes are held on Sundays or Wednesdays during the school year.
  • In the fall of your child’s 2nd Grade, attend the parent meeting to learn more about the sacrament and to receive at-home formation materials. These materials will include activities that you will work on with your child and prayers that you can help your child memorize.
  • Complete at-home formation, which is supplemented in the child’s Religious Education classes.
  • Attend the First Reconciliation celebration with your child and family, usually scheduled during the Advent season.

What if you have a child in Grades 3-8 who has not yet celebrated this sacrament? Please call or stop by the RE Office. We can work together to get your child caught up to their current grade level and prepare older children to celebrate their First Communion and Reconciliation. The diocesan policy is for children to attend Religious Education classes for a full year before beginning formation for Reconciliation and Communion.

We ask all families to attend Mass weekly. Parents are also asked to celebrate Reconciliation regularly as a model to their children. If it has been a while since you experienced God’s mercy and love in this sacrament, visit Busted Halo for a great refresher on what to say and do or contact the RE Office for assistance.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us.  Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with Chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed.  He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church. (Youcat, 203). In other words, Confirmation is the public decree of an individual stating that they have individually made the decision to forever live a life in the Catholic faith, being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and will a part of the Body of Christ, the Church.

Click here to visit the Confirmation page.

Weddings

The Catholic Church considers marriage a sacrament, a vehicle for God’s graces to the couple and to the community.

Marriage in the Catholic Church is attractive not only because of its meaningful rituals and traditions but because of its impact on your life and happiness. Couples can fully appreciate its value they look at married life through the eyes of faith. Then you will see your wedding not as a one-day event but as the door to a great adventure that will last the rest of your life, a journey that involves not just you and your spouse but one that includes God, your children, your community and all of society. Marriage is not an isolated relationship. The family based on marriage is the fundamental cell of human society. The Catholic Church invites you to give meaning to your life by embracing the vocation of marriage and forming a family that is dedicated to cultivating and sharing God’s love.

Couples of faith are more successful and satisfied in marriage not because they have fewer problems than anyone else. What helps these couples grow and overcome obstacles is the help they find in God’s grace.

Wedding Procedure –  http://foryourmarriage.org

At least 6 months before you plan to marry, call the parish office. Some initial information will be asked and this will get the process started.

You will be contacted to schedule an initial meeting with a priest

Schedule and attend the Rockford Diocese seminar: Gift of Self

Contact the Music Coordinator at the parish to schedule a musician and cantor

A mentor couple will contact you to go over your Fully Engaged workbook and inventory

Contact your church of baptism no sooner than 6 months before the wedding for a copy of your Baptismal Certificates with notes

Call the parish office to schedule a time with a priest or deacon for parents to sign Witness Affidavits (To establish freedom of marriage)

Your Wedding Coordinator will contact you to prepare for the ceremony

Wedding Costs 

The customary stipends for those members of the parish are
Chapel:  $150
Church:  $250
Priest:  $175
Accompanist: $200
Cantors:  $150
Wedding Coordinator:  $100

Deposit: $200 (which will be returned within a week of the wedding if no extra clean-up is required)

The customary stipends for non-members of the Parish are the same as above except the Chapel or Church: A donation of $500

All fees are due to the wedding coordinator before the rehearsal

If you would like to pay any fees in advance electronically, please click here