Youth Program

Sacraments

 

CCD - K-8

The Religious Education program at St. John's (sometimes known as CCD) is available for children in grades K-8. Our catechists offer children instruction on sacraments, prayer, Christian life and morality. This instruction supplements the daily work of parents who take their children to Mass, celebrate the Sacraments, pray with their children, and model Christian life and morality in their everyday lives.

Classes for Jr. High children are offered on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending around 8:00 p.m. in the meeting room.

Download the K-5 or Jr. High registration form

Please include child's baptismal certificate if it is not already on file.

Also include the registration fee as noted on the form.

YOUTH BAPTISM AND FIRST EUCHARIST (COMMUNION) AGES 7 – 14

Elementary School age children who wish to be Baptized in the Catholic Church participate in two years of preparation that parallel the RCIA Adult Initiation) process. After at least two years of preparation (this could take longer depending on each child's readiness and desire) the child will be Baptized and receive First Eucharist at the same time. This requires faithful participation in Religious Education Class at the child's grade level throughout the process. The first year is for the child to participate fully with his/her peers in the Catholic life, to learn how to converse about God and his/her experience of God and the Catholic Church. Weekly participation in Mass is expected for the entire family.
During the second year beginning around Thanksgiving the child participates in weekly dismissal from the 9:30 Mass every Sunday. This time is the specific preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism. During Lent there are additional rituals as part of the 9:30 Mass and a special ritual at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland with the Bishop and the other people in the Diocese who will be Baptized that Easter. In addition there are classes for Parents and Children together to focus on the Sacrament of the Eucharist to be received at the same Mass as the Baptism. These classes are usually held on Monday Evenings as part of the Parish Adult and Family Formation. They are advertised in the bulletin as well as in the Religious Education Monthly Newsletter. Participation in all of the Parent/Child classes is required.
The Sacraments are celebrated as part of a weekend Mass during the Easter Season.

YOUTH BAPTISM AND FIRST EUCHARIST (COMMUNION) AGES 7 – 14

Saint John the Baptist Parish offers preparation for first Eucharist (Communion) and first Reconciliation (Confession) for children beginning as early as first grade. The preparation for the two Sacraments requires at least two years of faithful participation in Religious Education Class at the child's grade level. The first year is for the child to participate fully with his/her peers in the Catholic life. Weekly participation in Mass is expected for the entire family.
During the second year there are additional classes for Parents and Children together to focus on the Sacrament to be received. These classes are usually held on Monday Evenings as part of the Parish Adult and Family Formation. They are advertised in the bulletin as well as in the Religious Education Monthly Newsletter. Participation in all of the Parent/Child classes is required.
First Reconciliation is scheduled early in Lent on a Saturday morning.
First Communion is celebrated as part of a weekend Mass during the Easter Season.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The St. John's confirmation program is intended for high school aged students. The confirmation program is a two year period of preparation in which all those seeking to receive confirmation must participate. This includes those students who attend Catholic high schools. It is expected that those in the preparation program will:

have been baptized in the Roman Catholic faith
attend Mass on Sundays and Holy days in accordance with our Catholic tradition
wisely participate in the Sacrament of Eucharist and Reconciliation
achieve a deeper knowledge of what Catholics believe by studying the information provided and participating in group discussions and activities
attend service opportunities each year
make a mature decision to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

Form & Contact Info.

If you are interested in signing up for the confirmation program please contact the parish office. Thank you!