We receive the grace of God through these gestures of faith, and deepen our relationship as a community in the one Body. All are welcome to explore these gifts with the family of St. John the Evangelist!
Jesus was always spending time with sinners; teaching them about the path of an encounter filled with mercy and new life, moving them to bear witness and give testimony to others. Conversion is a need we all share and acknowledging our stony hearts in the Sacrament of Reconciliation opens the door to a new beginning. We are always in need of mercy and forgiveness and the Church calls us to follow this longing of our hearts to discover the depth of belonging to Christ. The sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift of being loved and met just where we are and then opened to the call to announce His love to the world.
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Jesus called his friends around him and announced the gift of the Eucharist, his body and blood. His friends were shocked and many wanted to leave; He looked at the Apostles and said, “Do you want to leave me too?” Peter gave the ultimate profession of faith, saying “Master, where would we go, you have the Words of eternal life.” Our gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus and we are sent into the world to wash feet and proclaim the Mystery of Love in all the circumstances of life. The friends at the Last Supper were sinners and Jesus loved them and sent them forth. We are no different, nourished by His Body and Blood and called to announce His presence.
Accompanying our young people, 9th and 10th graders, as they discover a deeper level of belonging to Jesus through meeting with their peers and adult group leaders is both inspiring and an experience of renewal. The human heart is made for companionship; Jesus trusted in the beauty and grace of walking together in the Spirit. This is our desire as we prepare our youth for the sacrament of confirmation. Their time together consists of large and small group connection, service, prayer, retreats, and developing friendships with others from all the schools in the city.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a treasure and together, our parish community is inspired by the witness and testimony given by countless couples who take seriously their commitment. We belong to Christ through the waters of Baptism, which is the primary sacrament of the Church. We are called to discern our vocation and follow Jesus and the grace of Marriage is a profound way to live our belonging. Vocation is about making ourselves available to Christ and offering a response to His calling.
We invite engaged couples to take their preparation for celebrating the sacrament seriously and we have a very professional and faith-filled path in which we help you discover the meaning and depth of the vocation of Marriage. You are called to love the destiny of the other by being joined with Another, the Infinite, who walks with you and opens the reality that love never fails.
Please contact the Parish Center at least six months prior to the date of the wedding for preparation requirements and support from our parish community.
Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church. Our bishops, priests, and deacons are all ordained to preach the Good News, to celebrate sacraments, and to offer pastoral care. Acting in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), they represent headship, service, and fatherhood.
Religious life is a special life. Our bishops, priests, brothers and sisters sustain the Church in a necessary way through their prayers and service. We are encouraged to discern well the call we have from God, and to foster this same discernment within our families and community members.
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.
Hospital & Nursing Home Visits
If you or someone you know is homebound, in the hospital, or in the nursing home, please call the church office and let us know. We appreciate knowing when someone is in need of special care.
Also, Mayo Clinic offers a chaplaincy service which provides daily communion and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick by request.
The Rite of Christian initiation for Adults is a personal journey in the midst of community to prepare for sacramental initiation and entry into the Catholic Church. The journey is one of prayer, reflection, service and learning that allows for the continual discernment of God’s plan in our lives. Our parish community desires to walk with and be a companion for those exploring the possibility of Baptism of being welcomed into full communion in the Catholic Faith.
Who belongs in RCIA?
- Non-Catholics, Christians, or non-Christians who want to explore the beauty and tradition of the Catholic Church.
- Baptized adult Catholics who have never celebrated Eucharist or Confirmation
- Those attending Church who may have a desire to more fully participate and belong to the community
- Anyone seeking to understand more about the Catholic faith!
If you have a desire to be re-awakened in your way to belong to Christ in the Catholic Church, we encourage you to visit with the Director of RCIA and discern a path for your journey. There are many possibilities. Perhaps you have a desire to walk with and be a companion with another person exploring a renewed encounter with Christ through the surprise of belonging more deeply. All are welcome.