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 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.

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 awhile 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.

Wedding Procedure

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should we call the church?
Preparation for a Catholic wedding is at least 6 months.

How do I secure a date for my wedding?
Call the church office and request a wedding date. Some initial information will be asked and a priest will call back to make an appointment. A date will not be secure until the first meeting with a priest.

What do we have to do to get married in the church or chapel?
~ Meet with a priest
~ Attend the Gift of Self workshop
~Request Certified copies of Baptism certificates with Confirmation info from the church of       Baptism. (No sooner than 6 months before the wedding)
~Complete the pre-marriage counseling- i.e. Fully Engaged Inventory and couple meetings.

How much does a wedding ceremony cost?
The customary stipends for those members of the parish are
                           Chapel:  $150
                           Church:  $250
                           Priest:  $175
                           Accompanist: $200
                          Cantors:  $150
                          Wedding Coordinator:  $100.

 The customary stipends for non-members of the Parish are the same as above except
                         Chapel or Church: A donation of $500 with a $200 refundable deposit

All parties are required to pay a $200 deposit which will be returned within a week of the wedding if no extra clean-up is required

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