A complete program of religious education is offered at St. John’s each Sunday morning during the school year for children in Kindergarten through young adults in the Ninth grade, preparing for Confirmation. Registration fee for one child is $125, two children $175, three children or more $200. Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation fee is $200 per child. The deadline to register is August 21st. All classes are offered on Sundays beginning at 8:30 AM and ending by 9:45 AM, in time for the 10:00 AM Family Mass. For more information, please call the rectory and speak with Rev. Andrew A. Vill, our Director of Religious Education, at (203) 324-1553, ext. 130, or email him at email@example.com.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the sacrament that washes us free from Adam’s Original Sin, and by which we become the adopted sons and daughters of God and members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Parents who wish to baptize their child at St. John’s must be registered members of this parish. Godparents, or sponsors, must be Catholics who have received their Confirmation, and who practice their faith at least by regular attendance at Sunday Mass in their respective parishes. Those who are ineligible to serve as Godparents include: Catholics who are divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church; Catholics who have left the Church or joined another religious community; Catholics who do not regularly at least attend Sunday Mass. Godparents must obtain from their parish priest a Sponsor’s Certificate, that attests to their regular practice of the Catholic faith. Baptisms are celebrated individually at a time and date mutually convenient for the priest and parents. Please call the rectory and speak with the parish secretary to register for Baptism and to schedule a mandatory pre-Baptismal meeting with one of our priests.
Our Lord established Marriage as a sacrament, by which human love is raised to the high purpose of being a vehicle for the salvation of the married couple. By imitating Our Lord’s charity for us: a man and woman "lay down their lives for their friend", for the happiness of the beloved spouse here on earth and in eternity. Romantic human love is perfected to Christian charity, whereby the husband and wife set aside their self-interest for the betterment and happiness of the other. Not all couples should be married, as is witnessed by the high divorce rate in our country. To assist in the preparation for marriage, St. John’s requires that the couple meet with one of the parish priests monthly for at least six months prior to the hoped for wedding. Either the bride or groom must be a registered member of St. John’s in order to be married here. The high number of weddings celebrated annually at St. John’s precludes the acceptance of couples from outside the parish. Sunday weddings are not permitted.
Couples wishing to marry must meet the following criteria: either the bride or groom must be a baptized Catholic and a registered parishioner at St. John's. Neither can have been married before unless a Church annulment has already been obtained. If both parties are Catholic, they must be willing to actively practice their Catholic faith, at least by regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Couples living together before marriage should seriously consider separating during the six-month preparation period.
Please call the rectory and speak with one of the priests for further information or to begin the preparation for your wedding.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion for children is part of the Religious Education Program described above. A complete program of religious education is offered at St. John’s each Sunday morning during the school year for children preparing for their First Holy Communion. All classes are offered on Sundays, September through May, beginning at 8:30 AM and ending by 9:45 AM, in time for the 10:00 AM Family Mass. Please register your child during the summer prior to the opening of the school year in September. For more information, please call the rectory and speak with Rev. Andrew A. Vill, our Director of Religious Education, at (203) 324-1553, ext. 130, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Adults who have not yet made their First Communion, please call one of our priests for private instruction.
Confirmation for young adults is part of the Religious Education Program described above. For adults who have not yet been Confirmed, please call one of the priests for private instruction, and for the annual adult classes held each year from February through May. Adult Confirmation is usually administered by the bishop of Bridgeport in June each year.
Fr. Andy Vill: email@example.com
Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Meeting Times and Location
Mondays at 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Parish Rectory (unless otherwise noted).
**Class meeting times are very important. Please send Fr. Vill an email if you have to miss an RCIA class session.
The cost for the year is $25. This is used to pay for course materials. Our main text, listed below is provided to you on the first day of class as part of your course fee. Those experiencing financial hardship may speak to Fr. Vill about the possibility of a scholarship.
Peter J. Kreeft, Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2001). ISBN #: 0898707986.
* All assigned readings are taken from the Kreeft book (unless otherwise noted).
PERIOD OF INQUIRY: 09 SEPTEMBER 2017 — 18 DECEMBER 2017
- Monday 09/18 – Introduction to RCIA
- Monday 09/25 – Part I: Chapter 1 – Faith (pages 15-31).
- Monday 10/02 – Part I: Chapter 2 – God (pages 32-43).
- Monday 10/09 – NO CLASS (Happy Columbus Day!)
- Monday 10/16 – NO CLASS (Please pray for the priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport who are at their bi-annual convocation this week!)
- Monday 10/23 – Part I: Chapter 3 – Creation (pages 44-54).
- Monday 10/30 – Part I: Chapter 4 – Man (pages 55-66).
- Monday 11/06 – Part I: Chapter 5 – Jesus Christ (pages 67-82).
- Monday 11/13 – Part I: Chapter 6 – Holy Spirit (pages 83-96).
- Monday 11/20 – NO CLASS (Happy Thanksgiving!)
- Monday 11/27 – Part I: Chapter 7 – The Holy Catholic Church (pages 97-116).
- Monday 12/04 – Part I: Chapters 8-10 – The Forgiveness of Sins / The Resurrection of the Body/ Life Everlasting (pages 117-152).
- Monday 12/11 – Part II: Chapters 1-2 – The Essence of Catholic Morality / Human Nature as the Basis for Catholic Morality (pages 155-180).
- Monday 12/18 – Part II: Chapters 3-4 – Some Fundamental Principles of Catholic Morality / Virtues and Vices (pages 181-199).
- MONDAY 12/25 – NO CLASS (Merry Christmas!)
- Monday 01/01 – NO CLASS (Happy Feast of Mary Mother of God!)
- Monday 01/08 – Part II: Chapters 5-6 – The First Three Commandments: Duties to God / The Fourth Commandment: Family and Social Morality (pages 200-225).
- Monday 01/15 – NO CLASS
- JOURNEY TO THE SACRAMENTS: 22 JANUARY 2017 — 19 MARCH 2017
- Monday 01/22 – Part II: Chapters 7-8 – The Fifth Commandment: Moral Issues of Life and Death/ The Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Sexual Morality (pages 226-257).
- Monday 01/29 – Part II: Chapters 9-10 – The Seventh and Tenth Commandments: Social and Economic Morality / The Eight Commandment: Truth (pages 258-278).
- Monday 02/05 – Part III: Chapters 1-2 – Introduction to Catholic Liturgy / Introduction to the Sacraments (pages 281-306).
- Monday 02/12 – Part III: Chapter 3 – Baptism and Confirmation (pages 307-319).
- WEDNESDAY 02/14 – Ash Wednesday: Attend Mass and receive ashes.
- SUNDAY 02/18 – 3pm Mass with Bishop Caggiano (Location TBD). Rite of Election (for Non-Baptized RCIA Members)/ Rite of Continuing Conversion (for Baptized RCIA Members)
- Monday 02/19 – Part III: Chapter 4 – The Eucharist (pages 320-335).
- Monday 02/26 – Part III: Chapter 5 – The Sacrament of Penance [Confession] (pages 336-347).
- SUNDAY 03/04 – Scrutiny I at 10:00am Mass (Third Sunday of Lent)
- Monday 03/05 – Part III: Chapters 6-8 – Matrimony / Holy Orders / Anointing of the Sick (pages 348-374).
- SUNDAY 03/11 – Scrutiny II at 10:00am Mass (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
- Monday 03/12 – Part III: Chapter 9-10 – Prayer / The Lord’s Prayer (pages 375-403).
- SUNDAY 03/18 – Scrutiny III at 10:00am Mass (Fifth Sunday of Lent)
- Monday 03/19 – Part III: Chapter 11-Conclusion – Mary / Conclusion (pages 404-423).
[HOLY WEEK 2018]
- Sunday 03/25 – Palm Sunday
- Monday 03/26 – Class Meeting: Pre-Easter Reflection
- Wednesday 03/28 – Chrism Mass with Bishop Caggiano at St. Augustine’s Cathedral, Bridgeport, CT at 3pm (Attendance at this Mass is encouraged, but optional).
- Thursday 03/29 – Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 8pm
- Friday 03/30 – Good Friday Liturgy – 3pm
- Saturday 03/31 – Easter Vigil – 8pm
Religious Education Registration
Classes Begin Sunday September 10, 2017 – 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Online registration is for grades K-7 Only. For information regarding pre-Confirmation, Confirmation, or any other questions, please call the office at 203-324-1553 ext 21 or send an E-Mail to: email@example.com.