In Roman Catholicism, sacraments are sacred rites or rituals that hold profound spiritual significance and play a pivotal role in the life of the Church and its members. These sacraments are seen as divine gifts that convey God’s grace to believers, strengthening their faith and guiding them on their spiritual journey. Each sacrament holds a unique place in the life of the Catholic Church, contributing to the formation of a strong and vibrant Christian community.
Here at St. John the Evangelist Church, we take our role in nurturing and celebrating the seven sacraments seriously. Each sacrament holds a special place in the life of our faith community, and we strive to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for meaningful participation in each one.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19 (NABRE)
Baptism is the foundational sacrament that initiates individuals into the Catholic faith. It symbolizes purification, rebirth, and the washing away of original sin. The Church encourages the sacrament of baptism for both infants and adults.
At St. John the Evangelist Church, we cherish this important sacrament by offering regular baptismal ceremonies. Families and individuals can experience the profound significance of this rite. Our welcoming community provides baptismal classes and spiritual guidance, ensuring that those seeking baptism can embark on their faith journey with a strong foundation.
Eucharist (Holy Communion)
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” – John 6:51 (NABRE)
The Eucharist, often called the “source and summit” of the Christian life, is central to Catholic worship. It commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, where bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. This sacrament nourishes and unites the faithful with Christ and each other. To emphasize its importance, regular celebration of the Mass and encouraging frequent reception of the Eucharist are vital.
The Eucharist holds a central place in our worship at St. John the Evangelist Church. We celebrate the Mass regularly, inviting our churchgoers to partake in the body and blood of Christ. We emphasize the importance of the Eucharist and encourage frequent participation. Religious education programs help deepen the understanding and reverence for this sacrament, nurturing a profound connection with Christ.
“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid [his] hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” – Acts 19:5-6 (NABRE)
Confirmation strengthens the grace received at baptism and seals individuals with the Holy Spirit. It is a moment of personal commitment to faith. At St. John the Evangelist Church, Confirmation is a significant milestone in the faith journey of our young members. Through our comprehensive catechesis programs, retreats, and active participation in parish life, candidates for Confirmation are prepared to make a personal commitment to their faith. Our parish community embraces and supports them, fostering a sense of belonging to the Church.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NABRE)
The sacrament of Reconciliation offers the opportunity to seek God’s forgiveness for sins committed after baptism. We offer confession at St. John the Evangelist Church and create a welcoming atmosphere in the confessional. Our parishioners are encouraged to seek God’s forgiveness regularly, knowing that the Church is a place of mercy and reconciliation.
Anointing of the Sick
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord.” – James 5:14 (NABRE)
The Anointing of the Sick brings comfort, healing, and spiritual strength to those facing illness or the end of life. It serves as a source of comfort, healing, and spiritual strength. At St. John the Evangelist Church, our pastoral care teams visit the sick, administering this sacrament and offering prayers and support. We ensure that those facing illness, or the end of life are aware of the Church’s presence and care.
“And no one takes this honor upon himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.” – Hebrews 5:4 (NABRE)
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which men are ordained as deacons, priests, or bishops. Encourage vocations to the priesthood by fostering a culture of discernment and providing guidance and support for those called to serve the Church in this way.
We are committed to nurturing vocations to the priesthood at St. John the Evangelist Church. Our parish fosters a culture of discernment, providing guidance and support for those called to serve the Church through the sacrament of Holy Orders. We encourage young men to explore this sacred calling and offer resources for their discernment journey.
“Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” – Mark 10:9 (NABRE)
Matrimony is a sacred covenant celebrated with joy at St. John the Evangelist Church. We offer marriage preparation programs, counseling, and ongoing pastoral care to support couples in their journey together. Our parish community rejoices in the union of couples and surrounds them with prayers and blessings as they embark on this sacred journey together.
Incorporating these sacraments into the life of the Church deepens the faith of individuals and strengthens the community. Sacraments are a tangible expression of God’s presence and grace in the lives of believers, fostering a sense of belonging and unity within the Church. By providing opportunities for regular participation in these sacraments and accompanying them with education and pastoral care, your parish can enhance the spiritual growth and vitality of its members.
At St. John the Evangelist Church, we believe in living out our faith through these sacraments and invite you to join us on this sacred journey of grace and love.
Let’s contribute to a flourishing Catholic community together.