The life of the Christian Community is further enhanced at particular sacred events in the lives of her members. Explore how we assist in preparing people for the celebration of the church's sacraments.
Baptism (infants and children age 6 and younger)
First Reconciliation (parents and children)
The Pastor is primarily responsible for preparing engaged couples for the Celebration of Marriage as required by the Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond. With the help of several married couple parishioners trained by the Office of Marriage, Family, & Life, the Pastor meets with the couple to begin sacramental preparation at least 6 months prior to the celebration of the sacrament.
Engaged couples who wish to celebrate their wedding at St. John but are not members of St. John should meet with their Pastor to begin sacramental preparation as required by the Bishop of their diocese. Only after the engaged couple's Pastor has contacted the Pastor at St. John will we be able to reserve your date on our parish calendar.
Contact the Pastor.
Anointing of the Sick, Viaticum, & Pastoral Care
A priest alone may administer the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. It is given to a person who is ill, preparing for surgery, recovering from surgery, in hospice care, or in any extreme form of physical distress. Contact the parish office as soon as possible while your sick loved one is alert and able to communicate. The sacrament of Anointing can be given more than once, but only to the living.
A person receives Viaticum who is still alert and able to take communion. What we formerly identified as Last Rites is actually the Anointing of the Sick, and it is only "last" when it cannot be administered again. But the last sacrament administered to the dying is Viaticum, that is communion, which is literally "food for the journey." As such, the dying person needs to still be able to take communion. A person who is no longer alert or able to take communion may still be given the Anointing of the Sick.
It is best to bring your sick loved one to the attention of the Pastor and the Pastoral Care Team who visits those who are sick. Our Parish Nurses are able to help family members navigate the healthcare system, and provide resources available through the county or state.
Contact: Call the Parish Office