Sacraments

Baptism

Baptism is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations share in common. In the Catholic Church, infants are baptized to welcome them into the Catholic faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with.  If you are interested in having your child baptized, please call the Parish Office, 674-9133, for information on upcoming Baptism classes, dates for reception of the Sacrament, and answers to questions concerning the selection of godparents.  Registration and participation in a Pre-Baptismal Program is required by at least one parent.  Baptisms are not scheduled until all required paperwork is received (letters of recommendation for God Parent(s) & attendance at Baptismal Preparation session)

Church law requires that a candidate for Baptism for membership in the church community should be sponsored by a baptized and confirmed member of the Catholic Church who is willing and able to help the child develop and grow in the Catholic Faith.  There must be at least one sponsor or godparent.  In the case where there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other female.  The maximum number of sponsors is two.  The minimum age for a baptized and confirmed Catholic to be a sponsor is sixteen (16) years of age.  A baptized Christian non-Catholic may not be a sponsor, but may act as a Christian witness.  Non-baptized persons may not officially act as a sponsor or a witness to a Baptism of a child in the Catholic faith.   

First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation or Penance  (commonly called Penance, Reconciliation, or Confession) is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, in which the faithful obtain absolution for the sins committed against God and are reconciled with the community of the Church.  By this sacrament Christians believe they are freed from sins committed after Baptism.  Contact the Office of Faith Formation for more information, 674-9134.

First Eucharist

The sacrament of First Communion is an important tradition for Catholic families and individuals. For Catholics, Holy Communion is the third of seven sacraments received. It occurs only after receiving Baptism, and once the person has reached the age of reason (usually, around the third grade). Generally, first confession (the first sacrament of penance) must precede the reception of the Eucharist.  Contact the Office of Faith Formation for more information, 674-9134.

Confirmation

Confirmation is forth of seven sacraments received.  Confirmation preparation is a 2+ year program here at St. John Vianney.  The program starts with two full years of classes.  Then in the fall of the third year, candidates participate in a Retreat, Penance Service, Rehearsal and a Final Interview.  The Sacrament will take place in the fall of the third year.  Candidates may start Confirmation Preparation no earlier than 8th grade.  All candidates must complete both years of preparation before receiving the Sacrament.  Students that attend school at SJV for 8th grade will receive Confirmation Preparation 1 in their religion class in school.  Contact the Office of Faith Formation for more information, 674-9134.   

Matrimony

According to Catholic marriage law, "A valid and consummated marriage of baptized persons cannot be dissolved by any human authority or any cause other than the death of one of the persons"  (Our Sunday Visitor's 2004 Catholic Almanac).  This firm Church teaching on the permanence of marriage accounts for many of the policies and practices relating to weddings.  Despite the sometimes casual way that contemporary Americans treat marriage and divorce, the Catholic Church maintains that entering into marriage is a serious lifetime commitment - one that required careful consideration and preparation.

To begin the planning process of being married at St. John Vianney Parish, please contact the Parish Office, 674-9133, to provide them you information and schedule a meeting with a priest.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Catholic Church which is administered to a Catholic "who, having reached the age of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.  If you are interested in receiving the Anointing of the Sick or on behalf of another, please contact the Parish Office, 674-9133.

Mass of Christian Burial & Funerals

If you are scheduling a Funeral Service with St. John Vianney please work directly through your Funeral Home who will contact the Parish Office with your intentions.  There is a Funeral Planning Binder that is held at each of the neighboring Funeral Homes to assist with the planning process.  You will find below the contents of the Planning Binder to can help where needed.
Introduction
Planning Sheet
First Reading Options
Second Reading Options
Gospel
General Intersessions
Music Ministry Details