Baptism is the sacrament of faith. And faith needs the community of believers. Baptisms should be celebrated during the Sunday Liturgy with the community of believers present, whenever possible.Baptism is a serious, life-long commitment, passing on the faith from caring and church-going parents to an as yet fully faith-formed child.
Two (2) full years in our program are required to prepare a child to receive each of the Sacraments (except for Baptism). Regular participation at weekend Mass is required to receive these Sacraments, and each child will be asked to sign a weekly Commitment Book located in the front of the Church (to be explained at the parent meetings).
Therefore marriage in the Roman Catholic Church implies that at least one party in the marriage is a practicing Catholic and both parties are free to marry. Weddings celebrated at the Church of St. John the Baptist require that the Catholic partner in the marriage be a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist for at least six months prior to scheduling a wedding.