"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and made sharers in her mission." (CCC1213)"
The Community of St. John the Evangelist celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism on the 2nd & 3rd Sunday of each month in English and on the 4th Sunday of each month in Spanish, all at 3:00pm. Instructions for parents take place the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm in the basement of the Parish Life Center, and on the third Sunday of each month at 2:45 pm in Spanish immediately after the 1:15pm Mass. Godparents must be practicing Catholics age 16 or older who have received Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation, and, if married, are married in the Catholic Church, and must obtain a sponsor certificate from their own parish. Please call the Rectory at (201) 384-0101, for additional information and to register for this Sacrament.
"By the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." (CCC1285)
A Parish Confirmation program is offered each year for young people in Grades 8-12 who have completed appropriate faith formation. Adults seeking to complete the sacraments of initiation are invited to take part in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and Children older than 8 have a similar preparation program. Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation should register for instruction one year in advance. Events will be announced by mail and in the church bulletin. For further information, please call the Rectory at (201) 384-0101.
"At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection "a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us."(CCC1323)
The Eucharistic Ministers will bring the Eucharist to the home of any person permanently or temporarily homebound. Please contact the Rectory for requests at (201) 384-0101.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held Tuesday through Thursday daily in the church from 12noon to 6:30pm. Also, Eucharistic Holy Hour is held on the First Friday of each month at 8pm, followed by adoration in the Parish Life Center Chapel until 6:45am, and in Spanish on the last Monday of each month at 8pm. Please check bulletin for updated time adjustments.
" Those who approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against God, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors to their conversion." (CCC1422)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held in Church on Saturdays at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ONLY or by appointment with a priest. To make an appointment, please contact the Rectory at (201) 384-0101.
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the people of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and Death of Christ." (CCC1499)
Appointments for Anointing the Sick can be made with a priest at any time. Communal celebrations are offered annually. Please call the Rectory for more information at (201) 384-0101.
"Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate (bishops, priests, deacons)." (CCC1536)
To learn more about Vocations see the Catholic Information Center article on Vocations at catholic.net.
You may also get in touch with the Office of Priestly Vocations at the Archdiocese of Newark. Please see their contact information below:
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a Sacrament." (CCC1601)
Arrangements for a wedding should be made at least one year in advance. Couples are required to attend Pre-Cana or Engaged Encounter and God's Plan sessions. Please contact one of the Priests, to register for preparatory classes or call our Rectory at (201) 384-0101. Always check with the church before setting a reception date.
RCIA is a faith-formation process for adults interested in learning about the Catholic faith, becoming Catholic or completing their initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The R.C.I.A. process has four steps:
- The Pre-Catechumenate Stage - a time of asking questions and making inquiry
- The Catechumenate Stage - a time of spiritual and continued growth
- The Enlightenment/Purification Stage - a time during Lent spent in preparation to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil or during the Easter season.
- The Mystagogy Stage - a time of reaching out to others and in living our faith experiences in our parish community.
Priests and parish team members meet weekly from September through May to prepare adults and teens to enter the Catholic Church or complete their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). Sacraments are celebrated on Holy Saturday night at the Easter Vigil for catechumens, and at a Sunday Mass during the Easter Season for candidates. Adults seeking to complete the sacraments of initiation are invited to take part in the preparation program and should contact Deacon Airan or Deacon Jim at (201) 384-0101.