Sacramental Life

St. John the Bapitst parish family worked hard to embrace the spirit of the Second Vatican Council which was summoned by Pope John XXIII, in the 1960’s. Many Catholics brought up in decades before Vatican II, experienced this approach to Church, and especially liturgy and sacraments as a radical change. In reality, the Church was calling us to embrace our liturgical life with the enthusiasm and involvement of the earliest Christians and to enter into our celebrations with full, active and conscious participation. St. John's hopes you will catch and adopt this spirit when celebrating the Church’s Sacraments. We do all we can to guarantee that you will go beyond a mechanical and individualized notion of passively “receiving” the sacraments, and move on to a healthy sense of participating in, and celebrating our sacred rites as wonderful moments in your own spiritual life and in the life of our Church.

The anointing of the sick is offered for all who suffer from any illness at whatever stage of that illness, to ask God for healing of body, soul and spirit. This Sacrament is celebrated communally in church twice a year, but may be requested individually when one is seriously ill, facing surgery or in need of inner healing. This Sacrament is no longer postponed until someone is actively dying, but it is still quite consoling at this time. Do not hesitate to call our parish office to arrange for the celebration of this Sacrament. Contact the Parish Office (408) 262-2546.

Baptism is one of three Sacraments of Initiation. Through it we become children of God and brothers and sisters to one another. Together, having “put on Christ” and been enlightened by the Spirit, we are empowered to spread God’s kingdom of justice, love and peace. Baptism makes us sharers in the common priesthood of the faithful, offering to God our lives. Adult Baptism Contact the Parish Office (408) 262-2546. Infant Baptism Preparation can begin either before or after the birth of your child. Contact the Parish Office at (408) 262-2546 for information regarding our pre-Baptism preparation program.

The Sacrament of Confirmation seals the Gift of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism. It is the point in our maturing faith when we claim for ourselves the gifts given to us at Baptism and deepen our commitment to live out our discipleship.

Teen Confirmation Preparation Confirmation preparation is for young people 14-16 years of age who have received First Communion. During this process, they will grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, their understanding of the call to discipleship, and participate more fully in the life of the church and service of others.

Contac: Macy Canasa

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The Eucharist is the center and high point of the Church’s whole sacramental life, and the goal of Christian initiation. This sacrament is the heart and soul of our Church. The Eucharist feeds us, giving us strength to serve our community, to be in communion with God and each other, and to make our world a more caring and loving place. The Eucharist sustains us on our journey through life, and we are encouraged to participate as often as possible.

First Communion Preparation

First Communion is usually celebrated at ages 7-8 years old. The preparation begins each year in September; parents and children are fully engaged in this process which occurs on designated Sundays. Please see the schedule for further information.

Contact: Cory Mollat 

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Parish Office: (408) 262-2546, ext. 315

Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders priests are ordained for the sacramental ministry and permanent deacons are ordained for the ministry of service. The priests of St. John the Baptist Church would be happy to speak with anyone who would like to more know about these ministries or who wonder if they are being called to one of these ministries. It is also possible to contact Diocese of San Jose.

Matrimony is the opportunity to celebrate your love for each other as a “sacrament” or sign of God’s blessing on your love and a request for the support of your Church community in your marriage. We encourage couples to look beyond traditional practices and concentrate on their marriage ceremony itself as a prayer for God’s assistance in their marriage and a blessing and congratulations from our parish family.

Weddings normally take place in the parish of the bride or the groom. Couples wishing to marry must contact one of the priests at least six months before the proposed date of the wedding.

Contact the Parish Office (408) 262-2546.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation known more traditionally as the Sacrament of Penance or Confession, encourages us to approach our priests as instruments of God’s forgiveness. We need to recall not a long laundry list of our sins, but to ask for the grace to improve and evolve as God’s beloved sons and daughters, free to spread his love. Through this sacrament we receive the grace and resolve to improve ourselves, to grow in holiness (wholeness) and to reach out in love and care for others. In addition to individual confession we have the opportunity to celebrate this Sacrament in a communal setting with our brothers and sisters in Christ, demonstrating that the forgiveness we seek and celebrate not only benefits us, but builds up the Church, the entire body of Christ.

Saturday: 4:00-4:45 pm

Or by appointment:

Our Communal Reconciliation service is usually held during the season of Lent.

Today's Reading

USCCB Daily Readings from the New American Bible Revised Edition