The Sacraments are signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispersed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions. (From the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
Is the basis of the whole Christian life, 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. Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. It is the beginning of faith that is called to develop. (“Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
The Basilica of St. John offers a Baptismal Preparation Class for first time parents or those parents who have not previously participated in a Baptismal instruction class. Parents must be registered, practicing members of the Basilica of St. John for at least three months before the Baptism can take place.
Godparents must be at least 18 years of age (one male, one female, no more than two godparents), confirmed in the Church, and practicing the faith relevant to the Catholic Church. A non-Catholic Christian may be a Christian witness together with a Catholic godparent, if baptized and a practicing member of another denomination.
Baptism classes are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, at 12:30 pm. To make an appointment for class, contact the parish office at 515-244-3101, ext. 0 or email: email@example.com.
Baptisms and Baptismal Preparation in Spanish are scheduled through Deacon Frank Lopez, 515-371-2575, after the requirements are met. Priests and Deacons outside of the Basilica of St. John are welcome to celebrate the sacrament, but permission must be given by the Pastor of the Basilica of St. John. To obtain permission contact the parish office (515-244-3101, ext. 0).
Through those who receive the Eucharist, Christ united them to all the faithful in one body—the Church. Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens this incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism. By the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith. (“The Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
Children preparing to receive the sacrament of First Communion must complete two consecutive years of religious education through the Basilica of St. John's Religious Education Program, attended another parish religious education program for one year immediately preceding their transfer to the Basilica program, or attended a Catholic school. The second year of their religious education at the Basilica will focus on preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Children can be no younger than grade two to receive this sacrament. For more information contact our Religious Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org (Jenifer Parsons), or contact the Basilica of St. John parish office at 515-244-3101, ext. 0, e-mail at email@example.com.
Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both Gods’ forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church. During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness: he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them. (“The Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated each Saturday from 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. in the Basilica of St. John or by appointment. Please call the parish office at 515-244-3101, ext. 0 if you wish to set up an appointment.
First Reconciliation is scheduled through our Religious Education program or through the Parochial School Program.
The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For 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. (“The Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated at the tenth grade level or above. Students may begin preparation for this sacrament no sooner than ninth grade. In order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, students must complete the two-year sacramental program beginning in ninth grade and attend regular religious education classes which are separate from the Confirmation preparation classes. Eligible students must be baptized prior to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.
Our two-year sacramental preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place on eight Sundays over a two-year period. Students attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass as a group and then go to the school for lunch and 2-3 hours of class. For more information, please contact, Jenifer Parsons by phone at 515-681-9368 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or the parish office at 515-244-3101, or email at email@example.com.
ANNOINTING OF THE SICK
Also known as the "sacrament of the dying," given to a baptized person, who begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. The anointing is administered by a priest, through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper results of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiveness of the person’s sins. (“The Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
Please notify the parish office at 244-3101, ext. 0, when you or someone in your family becomes ill, a patient in the hospital, nursing home, hospice, etc. If you are anticipating surgery and would like to be anointed, you may contact the parish office (515-244-3101, ext. 0) to schedule an appointment to receive the Sacrament.
The Christian funeral is a liturgical celebration of the Church. The ministry of the Church in this instance aims at expressing efficacious communion with the deceased, at the participation in that communion of the community gathered for the funeral, and at the proclamation of eternal life to the community. The liturgy illumines the mystery of Christian death in the light of the risen Christ.> (“Catechism of the Catholic Church.”)
Contact the Parish Office at 515-244-3101, ext. 0, for more information.
This sacrament configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for his Church. By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet, and king. (“Catechism of the Catholic Church.”)
Vocation Information www.vocationsonline.com or you may call the parish office to make an appointment to meet with the Pastor. (515-244-3101, ext. 0).
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. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament. (“The Catechism of the Catholic Church”)
Anyone who is a registered member of the Basilica for at least 6 months, and attending Mass here on the weekends can call the parish office to make an appointment to meet with the Pastor.
Father's requirement/policy for anyone who is not a member of the Basilica of St. John and wishes to get married here, is that the Catholic must register and attend Mass here every weekend. It would be a year before a wedding could take place.
The first 6 months is a waiting period in which the Pastor asks that the Catholic attend Mass here at the Basilica every weekend using the tithing envelopes we send out. After the 6 months he would then meet with the couple.
If the couple has been attending Mass and using the tithing envelopes (for attendance purposes) then Father will meet to discuss wedding policies/guidelines, pre-marriage classes (FOCCUS), the wedding date and costs, etc.
These guidelines have been developed to help new couples get established as parishioners here at the Basilica rather than just using the church for a wedding and not contributing their time and talents for support of the parish. It is also hoped that this waiting period will help the new couple develop a sense of family within the parish and for them to develop a relationship with our Lord, so that they will continue as members of the Basilica after the wedding.