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Sacramental Preparation

 

Baptism

St. John's welcomes and congratulates parents of children who are under the age of 7 years who come for Baptism. We offer a Baptismal preparation session the third Sunday of every month after the 11:00 a.m. Mass in Rooms 6 & 7 of the parish hall. Parents are required to attend, and godparents are encouraged to attend these sessions in order to understand the responsibility they assume when they present their children for the sacrament. If your child is over the age of seven and needs to be baptized, please call the Director of Faith Formation.
The Baptism Ministry welcomes new members to be trained for this service.
For further information or to register for the class, please call Shamir Patel at St. John the Evangelist office: (321) 637- 9650.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

First Reconciliation and First Communion is a two-year process. Children typically receive their First Reconciliation and First Communion while in 2nd grade. Any child who is older than 2nd grade that has not received these sacraments will be placed in their grade appropriate class the first year. The second year they will be in their grade appropriate class and meet with the Director of Religious Education to receive the needed instruction to receive the sacraments.

Did you know that if you wish to be a Baptismal, RCIA or Confirmation sponsor you need to be Confirmed? If you plan on being a godparent or a sponsor in the future, this is a great opportunity to ensure that you are ready for that role.

Adults seeking to be confirmed are invited to attend classes to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

We will meet February 5 through March 18, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Rooms 6 & 7

Questions: Kelli Salceda, Director of Religious Education, at ksalceda@stjohnviera.org


Important Dates:
9/17/2023 or 9/21/2023 First Reconciliation Parent Meeting with Kelli
11/5/2023 First Reconciliation Parent Meeting with Fr. Vincent
12/9/2023 First Reconciliation at 9:00 a.m.
1/21/24 or 1/25/24 First Communion Parent Meeting with Kelli
3/10/2024 First Communion Parent Meeting with Fr. Vincent
4/30/2024 First Communion Rehearsal
5/4/2024 First Communion at 10:00 a.m.
Contact the Faith Formation Office for schedule and details: (321) 637 - 9650.

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For questions/concerns, please contact the Director of Faith Formation at (321) 637-9650.

 

 

Confirmation

The Confirmation preparation program at St. John the Evangelist begins no earlier than the start of ninth grade.  However, we strive to have a program that is NOT age based, but rather one that is disposition based.  This means the age of the student is not as important as whether or not they are ready to receive the Sacrament. 

Confirmation enhances the grace of Baptism while uniting us more firmly to Christ and increasing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. When we are Confirmed, we receive the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit granted to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost.  It is not a graduation from church or faith formation.  It is the beginning of a life of discipleship, not an end.

Confirmation classes are weekly on Sunday evenings.  Activities begin with Mass at 4:30 PM and end at 7:30 PM.   An optional dinner is served in the parish hall following Mass until 6:00 pm.  Instruction is from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

ALL confirmation candidates (new and continuing) must meet with Father Vincent Nguyen, C.S.C. before being enrolled in class.

 

INITIAL PREP CLASS IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2024-25

8/18/24  Kick off

8/25/24  Information meeting for parents and candidates

9/08/24  Agreement form due

9/29/24  "What I want to learn" letter due 

10/27/24  Sponsor form and Eligibility form due

11/03/24  Baptism record due for those not baptized at SJE

3/30/25  Acts of Service form and "Acts of Service" letter due

4/02/25   Day of Prayer

TBD  Parent meeting 

4/27/25  "What I learned" letter due

 

PROXIMATE PREP CLASS IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2024-25

8/18/24  Kick off

8/25/24  Information meeting for parents and candidates

9/08/24  Agreement form due

9/29/24  "Why I want to be confirmed" letter due

10/27/24  Sponsor form and Eligibility form due

11/03/24  Baptism record due for those not baptized at SJE

TBD  Day of Discernment

12/01/24  Confirmation name form and "My confirmation name" letter due 

1/19/25  Evening of Reflection for parents

Jan. 2025  Sign up for meeting with Father John opens

3/30/25  Acts of Service form and "Acts of Service" letter due

4/27/25  "What I learned" letter due

TBD  Day of Reflection

TBD  Rehearsal and Reconciliation

TBD  Rite of Confirmation 

 

If you have any questions about our Confirmation program, contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Schonda Rodriguez, at sjeteens@stjohnviera.org.