Education Ministries

Assist new parents with their faith formation while raising their children. Volunteers are needed to facilitate break out sessions. Our priests and deacons usually baptize four children at the same ceremony. They need an extra pair of hands to assist in preparing the worship space and baptism symbols, greeting and seating families and helping to navigate families through the Baptism ceremony.

During the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Mass children, ages 4-9, are invited to hear the Sunday readings at their level of understanding. They do art projects related to the reading or play a game. They are brought back to the church after the homily. Teachers in this program commit to teaching twice a month.

An engagement and upcoming marriage is important because it models the vitality of the Church. Couples wishing to marry should call the Parish Office at least nine months prior to the wedding. Volunteer couples are always needed for the success of this important ministry.

St. John’s welcomes all those who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Trinity through the Roman Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a spiritual journey leading to the celebration of the three sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. (Once you have celebrated these three sacraments you are considered to be fully initiated into the Church.)

At the heart of the Bible are the Psalms, prayers from God that help us deepen our prayer life.  The Holy Spirit inspired them. Israel sang them.  Christ himself prayed them, as did our Blessed Mother.  These sacred hymns become our heartfelt response to God’s loving and wondrous deeds for us.  Their words captivate the imagination and draw us into a more personal prayer encounter with God.

-Psalms: The School of Prayer



Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults



St. John’s welcomes all those who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Trinity through the Roman Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a spiritual journey leading to the celebration of the three sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. (Once you have celebrated these three sacraments you are considered to be fully initiated into the Church.)

 The early Church developed a process of welcoming to those who wanted to explore and join the new religion called Christianity.  Over time this process fell into disuse.  The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) renewed the process and today parishes throughout the world prepare people for full initiation into the Church through the RCIA.  This process is for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and includes non-baptized persons, baptized Catholics who have not celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and adults baptized in another faith tradition.  

There are five periods or steps to becoming fully initiated. Each step begins with study, discernment, and prayer and has the celebration of a public rite in church.  Each step and rite is guided by the RCIA Team that is committed to welcoming the catechumens (unbaptized persons) and candidates (persons baptized with water in the name of the Trinity) into full initiation in the Catholic Church.

The Period of Inquiry or Pre-catechumenate is a time to become better acquainted with Jesus and the Catholic Church.  It is usually during this time that some may decide that this is not the right time in their lives for them to consider membership in the Catholic Church and decline to continue in the process.

The Period of the Catechumenate is a time when the person publically witnesses that he/she has faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and desires to become a member of the Catholic Church.

The Period of Purification or Illumination corresponds to the prayerful time known in the Catholic Church as Lent when we are all called to examine our hearts and our actions.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, an extended night-watch of prayer, singing, and hearing the Word of God.

The Period of Mystagogy is a time to reflect on what the process has meant to the person and to look to the future as to how he/she can share in the mission of Christ and His Church.

If you are interested in seeking more information about this process, please contact Mary Rybicki at 630-847-6500 regarding how to begin your spiritual journey.  The RCIA group meets on Sunday mornings after the 9:00 Mass in the lower level of the church from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Sessions for the coming year begin on Sunday, September 10, 2017




First Corinthians:  The Church and the Christian Community



Have you ever felt daunted by the struggles within the Church, or had your faith shaken by the trials of your local parish community?  Then join us for First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community, a Bible study written and presented on video by Dr. Tim Gray, a noted Scripture Scholar.

The conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians.  They, too, witnessed division, scandal, immorality, persecution and other trials.  In response St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the Church as the Body of Christ, introducing them to the most powerful gift of all:  the Eucharist.

Join us as we explore through the vision of St. Paul and his confused people at Corinth the true meaning of the Eucharist and what it meant to be a follower of Jesus then and what it means now.  We will see that we are not as different from the early Christian communities as we think we are which is why the Church has included this letter in our Sunday readings.  We have heard it many times for it contains not just trials and tribulations, but some of the most beautiful words ever written about human and divine love.

Participants of First Corinthians:  The Church and the Christian Community will receive a workbook and will meet every Tuesday beginning September 16 and ending November 20 from 7-9 P.M. in the school annex.  We will view a video presentation by Dr. Gray and engage in group discussion and fellowship.  A workbook fee of $25 is due at the time of registration.  Registration forms are available on this website, in the gathering area of the church, and the Parish Office located in the lower level of the church.  Please register before Friday, August 31 as workbooks may not be available for the first session if you register after that date.  A schedule of session dates and topics is also available on this website with details regarding parking and entrance into the building, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to speak with a Bible Team member, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish Office (630.837.6500 X6) or use the Learn More tab provided on this website.  A member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

If you choose to join us on Tuesdays you will find, as we have, that God speaks to us in many different ways but especially through the written words of Scripture.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.    1Cor 13:13

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