Sacraments of Initiation

BAPTISM 
The Sacrament of Baptism is conferred on the 4th Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to invite family members to the 10:30 Mass as the Sacrament of Baptism takes place immediately following the Mass. Parents and Godparents must register for an enrichment class a minimum of 1 month prior to the date of Baptism.  Contact the Parish Office to register for the next available class. A Godparent must be a committed, practicing Catholic, and if from another parish, must have a certificate of eligibility from his/her pastor. This certificate should be brought to the enrichment class. A Christian of another denomination may serve as a Godparent along with a practicing Catholic godparent.

CONFIRMATION
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred annually by the Bishop, typically in the Spring of their 7th level of Religious Instruction. Only those who are baptized can and should receive this sacrament which can only be received once.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION is administered annually by our Pastor parishioners in the      2nd grader who have attended two consecutive years in a formal religious instruction preparation program. Only those who are baptized can receive this sacrament which can only be received once.

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The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
At St. John the Baptist, parish couples planning marriage should call the Parish Office at 610-847-5521 to schedule an appointment with our wedding coordinator who will provide you the information required to move ahead with the planning of your wedding.   The couple is required to meet with the parish priest on an average of three times prior to their marriage date. Our Pastor will refer you to a Diocese approved Pre-Cana program which is required preparation for this Sacrament.  It is suggested that the period of planning for this sacrament is typically one year; exceptions for extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Pastor.

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SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

RECONCILIATION
Reconciliation is normally available from 4:15 – 4:45pm every Saturday. Two communal parish penance services are scheduled annually, one during the Advent season and the other during Lenten season. Individuals may also request a separate time for this sacrament by calling the Parish Office at  610-847-5521 to schedule an appointment with the priest.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please call the Rectory at any time for the sacrament of the Sick. The Holy Eucharist will be brought to the sick and shut-ins upon request to the Parish Office. It is also appropriate for those who have a scheduled surgery or hospital stay to request the anointing before they enter the hospital. We celebrate a Communal Anointing of the Sick in June, near the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist.