Sacraments and Worship

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Baptism

Sacraments connect us to life in Christ and the church. Baptism is the gateway to this life and so it is vital to recognize its significance for the Baptized and their parents. When parents bring their child for Baptism, they promise to bring that child up in the faith of the Church. Parents are the first and best teachers for the child so they need to nourish and develop their own faith life in order to best fulfill their role. It is critical that participation in the sacramental and worship life of St. John’s must continue after Baptism.
St. John the Baptist parish joyfully celebrates the sacrament of Baptism with children from infancy to age seven whose parents are active in the parish and attend Mass regularly. Children over age seven or children in families who are not attending Mass regularly receive special instruction that is usually part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children.
When choosing godparents, please make sure the people you select are practicing Catholics and can obtain a letter of recommendation from their parish.
To arrange for a Baptism, call the parish office at 433-8118. The staff will fill out the paperwork and answer your questions.
Parents are required to attend Baptismal preparation classes. Godparents are welcome to attend the classes. Classes are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. Please let the parish office know which month you will attend.
Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month at 1:15 p.m. Families are invited to attend the 12 Noon Mass before the Baptism takes place. There is a limit of six baptisms per Sunday, so please let the parish office know as soon as possible which Sunday you would prefer.
For its part, the faith community of St. John’s is here to support parents in this daunting but wonderful task of raising a child in the faith of the Church.

First Reconciliation

Children 7 years of age or older who attend Mass regularly and have completed at least one year of the parish Faith Formation Program (or attend a Catholic School) may begin preparation for First Reconciliation. Parents will have an active role in the preparation of their child(ren) for the sacrament.
Contact Cheryl Lewandowski at 478-3565 for additional information.

First Communion

First Communion is celebrated during the Easter Season.
Children, who have celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least six months before, attend Mass and the parish Faith Formation program regularly (or attend a Catholic School), may begin preparation for First Communion. Parents will have an active role in the preparation of their child(ren) for the sacrament.
For additional information, call Cheryl Lewandowski at 478-3565.

Confirmation

Teenagers who regularly attend Mass and who have completed two years in the parish Faith Formation Program (or a Catholic High School) may begin preparation for Confirmation. Candidates must attend Confirmation Preparation sessions, choose a sponsor to walk with them on their faith journey, engage in Christian service, attend a retreat and have a desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated during the Easter Season. Adult Confirmation classes are held during the summer to prepare candidates for a fall confirmation at one of the neighboring parishes.
For additional information, call Cheryl Lewandowski at 478-3565.

Anointing of the Sick

Those facing surgery, in the hospital, or seriously ill should call the rectory at 433-8118. It is best to arrange for Anointing of the Sick before reaching the more advanced stages of illness (when possible), so that a priest can be found and the family can join in the experience of the healing power of prayer.

Weddings

Pre Cana A trained married couple meets with the engaged couple to discuss the many areas of marriage, such as children, communications, finances, etc. It gives couples the opportunity to meet in a home setting. Reservations to attend this program can be made by contacting The Parish Office at 433-8118.
Weddings are scheduled on Friday evenings and on Saturdays at Noon and 2:00 p.m. Couples should make an appointment with one of the priests at least Nine months prior to the wedding.
For information about arranging a wedding at St. John the Baptist, please call 433-8118.

Funerals

The funeral director will make arrangements with the parish for the date and time of the funeral Mass and the option of a funeral brunch in the church hall. One of the priests will contact the family to help plan the funeral liturgy. In addition, a prayer service is usually celebrated by one of the priests at the funeral home during the wake.

Altar Servers

Altar servers assist during the liturgies. Boys and girls who have received their First Communion are welcome to serve. Training takes place each year. Adults interested in serving during weekday liturgies and funerals are also invited to become altar servers.
Altar Servers are organized into five teams of servers with a rotating Mass schedule on a monthly basis. Volunteers are sought for special liturgies. Older servers assist at weddings.
Adults interested in serving during weekday liturgies and funerals are also invited to become altar servers.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers are people with a deep devotion to the Eucharist. St. John the Baptist parish has over 100 Eucharistic Ministers who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion during weekend Masses, weekday Masses, and funerals.
In addition to their assistance in distribution of Holy Communion, Eucharistic Ministers also serve as greeters before Mass. Eucharistic Ministers must be parishioners, at least 16 years of age, who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Training sessions are held frequently. If you feel called to this ministry, please call Angie Hahn at 433-8546.

Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of God during the celebration of the Mass. They also announce the intentions for the general intercessions and, in the absence of the cantor, read the psalm. Men, women and teenagers who accept the call to this ministry are people of faith, who love Scripture.
The ministry of Lector requires good speaking ability, openness to the Holy Spirit, careful preparation, and good communication skills. Lectors are usually scheduled for the Mass they prefer to attend. A lector must be a parishioner, at least 16 years of age, who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and is approved by the Pastor. Training will be provided on an as-needed basis. Contact Elaine LaFountain at 434-8352 for more information.

Music Ministry

Music gives voice to our faith and touches the deepest parts of people’s souls. There are several ways in which parishioners can participate in music ministry.
The Adult Choir enhances congregational singing by performing choral music at the 10 a.m. Mass on the first, second and fourth Sunday. On the third Saturday, they join the Contemporary ensemble at the 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Church. For information, call the rectory at 433-8118.
The Contemporary Ensemble consists of singers, guitarists, and other instrumentalists at the 5 p.m. Mass every Saturday. Rehearsals are at 4 p.m. preceding the Mass.
The Children’s Choir sings at the Family Mass at 10 a.m. on the third Sunday. Rehearsals are at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the Meeting Room. Children in grades 2 through 5 are welcome to join. For information call Lucy Wronski at 471-9874.

Ushers & Hospitality

Ushers are ministers of hospitality who serve with joy, dependability, kindness, and reverence. Their duties include:

  • welcoming people and helping them find seats
  • assisting people who bring the gifts to the altar
  • taking up the collection
  • assisting anyone who becomes ill during the Mass
  • handling emergencies
  • passing out bulletins and wishing people a good day.
  • making sure the church is ready for the next Mass.

New ushers are always needed. For more information, ask one of the ushers at Mass or call Pat Sullivan at 433-4003.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word for children in Grades K-3 Summer Schedule: Call for Dates

Parents will bring their child to 10am Mass and during the introductory rite, Father will call the children forward, give them a blessing, and send them off to worship in a simpler way with a volunteer Minister of the Word. Children will return to Mass after they have completed the Liturgy of the Word.
For additional information, call Cheryl Lewandowski at 478-3565.