The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Parents wishing to baptize their child at St. John the Evangelist must be registered in the parish and in good standing. They are required to attend a preparatory session prior to the baptism.
Baptism Prep Sessions will be held on the second Monday of each month in the second floor conference room. If you wish to attend, please phone the Parish Office to make arrangements.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.
"1469 This sacrament reconciles us with the Church. Sin damages or even breaks fraternal communion. The sacrament of Penance repairs or restores it. In this sense it does not simply heal the one restored to ecclesial communion, but has also a revitalizing effect on the life of the Church which suffered from the sin of one of her members.76 Re-established or strengthened in the communion of saints, the sinner is made stronger by the exchange of spiritual goods among all the living members of the Body of Christ, whether still on pilgrimage or already in the heavenly homeland:77 (953, 949)
It must be recalled that... this reconciliation with God leads, as it were, to other reconciliations, which repair the other breaches caused by sin. The forgiven penitent is reconciled with himself in his inmost being, where he regains his innermost truth. He is reconciled with his brethren whom he has in some way offended and wounded. He is reconciled with the Church. He is reconciled with all creation.78"(For more information please refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
2017 Parish Lenten individual Reconciliation
(Confession) will be held at St. John's Church on Monday,
March 13, 2017 @ 7:00pm All are Welcome to attend.
Confessions will be heard in the Church and Jesus School.
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.
The bride or groom must be an active-registered member of St John the Evangelist Parish with weekly Mass attendance and involvement in the life of the Parish, for one year before the marriage preparation process can begin. Arrangements for marriage, the loving union of husband and wife, at St. John the Evangelist Parish must be started at least one year in advance of the proposed wedding date. Ideally a call to your parish office should be made soon after your engagement begins; couples should make NO other plans until they meet with our parish priest or deacon. The Bride and Groom will need new copies of their Baptismal Records, showing reception of their First Communion and Confirmation.
These requirements are from the current policy for Marriage Preparation in all the (arch)dioceses of New Jersey that states for those contemplating marriage: "...the preparation process begins not less than one year before the desired wedding date." Also, no wedding date may even tentatively be reserved until the engaged couple meets with the parish priest/deacon. (At this introductory meeting the couples "freedom to marry" is verified.)
Each person of the engaged couple are required to attend both a & b or select c only:
a) Marriage Preparation Session(s) and
b) "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage" Session
c) Engaged Encounter Weekend
See diocesan Family Life Page and select Marriage Preparation for more information on the Sessions or Weekend.
Our music program provides music for wedding Mass and ceremonies. If you are interested in having a soloist or instrumentalist at your wedding, St. John maintains a roster of professional musicians, therefore no outside musicians will be permitted to perform in the church. If you would like more information on the wedding music policy of St. John, please contact the Director of Music.
Dear Engaged Couple,
The joining of a man and a women in love is one of those profoundly human moments when the power of God's love is made visible among us, a sacred and transforming event for you as a couple. In the Catholic Church we call such a moment the Sacrament of Marriage. Our staff is prepared to work with you as you prepare for this significant event in your life journey.
The Catholic sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Please contact the Parish Office upon request of the Anointing of the Sick.