We are made to be baptized since we have been loved into existence by our heavenly Father! God wants a personal relationship with us, and baptism is our means to begin that relationship!
Parents wishing to have their child baptized should:
- Contact the parish at least 60 days in advance to make arrangements
- Attend the Baptism Preparation Class (if it has been more than two years since you have taken the class, you may be asked to attend again)
- Pray about and choose at least one Confirmed, practicing Catholic (registered at a Catholic parish), 18 years or older to be the Sponsor (godparent)
Baptism Preparation Class is held the last Thursday of each month (with few exceptions). Baptisms are celebrated during Masses the second weekend of each month.
Contact Katie Westhoven at 920-434-2145 ext. 204 to register.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
If I am not Catholic, how can I join the church? RCIA is a process through which non-baptized adults or those baptized in another faith tradition can become full members in the Catholic Faith! After some study and growth in fellowship, the RCIA process concludes with reception of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist, usually at the Easter Vigil.The process begins in the fall (September) and runs through the Easter season.
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
For more information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, click here.
Children must have attended first grade Faith Formation or a Catholic School to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in their second (2nd) grade year.
Children in second grade or older, who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation or a Catholic grade school and who have not received their First Sacraments, must attend one full year of instruction PRIOR to the year in which the Sacraments are to be received.
Contact Susan Casleton at 930-434-2145 ext. 205 for more information.
The Eucharist in the Catholic Church is a sacrament celebrated as "the source and summit" of the Christian life. The Eucharist is celebrated daily during the celebration of Mass, the eucharistic liturgy.
For more information on the Eucharist, click here.
Confirmation is a strengthening of the grace begun in us when the Holy Spirit flooded our hearts at baptism. In baptism God choose us to be His own and in confirmation we respond to His invitation of life and love saying “yes” to Him.
HIGH SCHOOL program details contact Lisa Christiansen 920-434-2145 ext. 214.
ADULTS program details contact Katie Westhoven 920-434-2145 ext. 204.
Congrats! You want to get married and live out the beautiful sacrament of marriage. We want to walk with you on your journey towards a life of love and holiness.
Engaged couples should:
- Contact the parish at least 9 months prior to the hopeful/requested date of the ceremony
- One of the parties should be a parishioner or have a connection to the parish (i.e. grew up in the parish)
- Participate in the Witness to Love marriage preparation program used here at St. John’s (or marriage prep program in home parish if lives somewhere else)
- Attend the diocesan Marriage Preparation Workshop or Retreat Weekend
Contact Katie Westhoven at 920-434-2145 ext. 204 to start the process.
There are three Holy Orders- Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. The Deacon is a servant of Christ. The Priest is a Preacher, Teacher, Sanctifier, and Leader. The Bishop is the Successor of the Apostles.
From the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.
Ordination is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek ordination respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.
Contact Father Jim Lucas at 920-434-2145 ext. 211 for more information on vocations.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Is anyone among you sick? They should summon the priests of the church, and they should pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, they will be forgiven. James 5:14-15
In the Anointing of the Sick, one who is sick or dying is anointed with the Oil of the Sick and with laying on of hands. The person unites his or her suffering with that of Jesus. The Sacrament gives spiritual strength, forgiveness, God's grace and if God wills it, physical healing.
Call 920-434-2145 ext.211 to set up an appointment.
For more information on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, click here.