The Sacrament of Matrimony

"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." (Can. 1055)

The Roman Catholic Church takes the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. Proper preparation for this sacrament is essential for the sacrament to be a life-long commitment. The process of preparation will be explained to you upon your initial interview with our deacon. The Sacrament of Marriage, like all Sacraments and Liturgies, belongs to the Church. They are not the private possession of any one person or group. Sacraments and Liturgies are founded on solid tradition and may not always conform to secular tradition. Check with the priest or deacon who will preside at your wedding before making plans for your wedding ceremony.

Only parishioners may be married at St. John the Apostle. There must be sufficient reason to be married here if you are not a parishioner and all preparation must be completed in your home parish. Do not set any dates until you are booked into our calendar and you have been to your initial interview to determine eligibility to marry in a Catholic Church. Bookings are not confirmed until all paperwork and preparation courses are completed. If you wish to be married at St. John the Apostle, please call the Parish Office.

Christian Initiation

Being a Christian is not like being part of any club, organization, institution, or even nation. It is a life, indeed it is life in its truest sense for it is partaking of the Divine nature (2 Pet. 1:3-4). According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "the sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life" (CCC 1212). The Christian life is something into which we are born (Baptism), within which we are strengthened (Confirmation) and given the food of eternal life (Eucharist) ... (more)

Baptism

The practice of infant baptism began in the early church as parents wanted to pass along their faith and values to their children. Today infant baptism is available to children under the age of reason or about seven. Children seven or older follow a different process for baptism. (see Sacraments of Initiation) If you are first time parents, this time is particularly exciting and you may have many questions regarding the baptism of your child. The following information will strive to answer many of your questions if you wish to have your child baptized at St. John the Apostle Parish. ... (more)

Confirmation

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation" (CCC 1285). The purpose of Confirmation is to complete a Christian's baptism by celebrating the Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to the new members of his mystical body – the Church. Ultimately, initiation into Christ's body is completed by the sacrament of the Eucharist, for by it we become one body, one spirit, in Christ ... (more)

First Holy Communion

Eucharist or Communion is the repeatable sacrament of Initiation into the life of the Church. For nineteen centuries it usually followed Confirmation, however, Pope Pius X, in an effort to increase the frequency of Communion to the laity, moved the usual age of First Holy Communion from the teen years after Confirmation to the age of reason, normally around seven ... (more)