“Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” - Isaiah 1:18
God’s forgiving, healing love helps us to grow and become sharers in the ministry of reconciliation. Reconciliation is a reminder to al of us that God loves us no matter what.
As Christian parents, we lay the foundation of this ministry by giving unconditional love, forgiveness and reconciliation to our children. And as our children experience this in our care, they begin to glimpse the true nature of the love of God and the promise of lasting peace and happiness, which is God’s promise to us.
Preparation for First Reconciliation at the Church of St. John the Evangelist is accomplished through a combination of home and parish preparation sessions. First Reconciliation is received prior to First Eucharist. Children celebrate the sacrament when the parents, child, and sacramental coordinator feel the child is ready. This usually occurs in the second grade.
In order to receive this sacrament, each student needs to be registered with the Faith Formation office or attending one of our Catholic Schools.
If you have a child older than 2nd grade who desires to celebrate the sacraments, please contact Maggie DeStazio at 288-7372 Ext. 15 for more information.
“Is there anyone sick among you? One should ask for the presbyters of the church. They in turn are to pray over them, anointing them with the oil in the Name of the Lord,” - James 5:14
In this sacrament a priest anoints the sick with blessed oil to give strength, hope and healing. A new illness, fragileness or a worsening of health enables a person to receive this beautiful sacrament.
Twice a year, typically once in the fall and once in the spring, there is a special liturgy for all who wish to be anointed. This is an opportunity to pray with one another as a community for strength and hope
The sick person or a caregiver can request individual anointing at other times. If you know of someone who is preparing for surgery, is suffering from a serious illness, or fragile, encourage them to celebrate the Sacrament of Healing.
Contact Sr. Joanne Loecher, Pastoral Associate - 507-288-7372 ext. 4507