Baptism

Our Welcome Your Child Baptism preparation class is held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00PM in the Family Room and lasts one and a half hours. All parents having a baby baptized will be required to attend, even if they have had a child baptized before. Please complete a Baptism application located in the Narthex or download the application off our website. The application can be found on our homepage under the “Forms/Registration” tab on the right side of the page. Complete and turn in the application to the parish office before your scheduled class. Please plan to attend classes after your child is born. Dates for classes and Baptisms are found in our weekly bulletin.

First Reconciliation & Holy Eucharist

Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion includes one year of religious education classes, church visits, and rehearsal. Preparation for these Sacraments takes place in 2nd grade. Preparation begins in September for First Reconciliation. The Sacrament is received in December. Preparation Begins in January for First holy Communion, and the Sacrament is received in April during the Easter Season. Please see our Sacramental Preparation Page for further information.

Confirmation

Perhaps your son or daughter is going to be confirmed this year, or maybe they are going to be confirmed in a few years. Our parish considers this to be a major turning point in the lives of young people, and we take care to properly train them so that when the time comes, everyone is ready for this big step.

Confirmation is a sacrament in which the Holy Spirit is given to those who are already baptized. This sacrament is meant to perfect the relationship that was established in baptism. At that moment, parents and godparents expressed the desire to have their children receive the Holy Spirit and the Catholic faith. At confirmation, the recipient himself actively expresses his desire to be an active member of the Church.

The preparation begins at baptism. It continues through the young years of the child, through the early training in the home and in religious education classes. Certainly Reconciliation and First Communion offer opportunities for the child to grow in her faith. But these commitments are decisions that are based more on a parent's wishes.

At St. John Vianney, the preparation begins in earnest in the seventh, and eighth grades. Students are asked to begin thinking about their role in the Church and their duty to those around them. They start to do service hours to help those in need. They study the scripture in depth, and they look at the lives of the saints and begin to ponder how to lead holier lives them selves. They look at their Church, their families, their friends, and their schools and talk about ways to make their connections stronger. They continue investigating different saints, seek out an other adult to sponsor them on this faith journey, and finally select a name of a saint to take for themselves on Confirmation Day. As students progress through these grades, they spend more time together in prayer and meditation. They make church visits together, plan outings and retreats, and then make final preparations for their special day by visiting with a member of the church staff about their faith and readiness to commit to a life of love and service to Jesus.

At confirmation, each recipient obtains special graces and gifts from the Holy Spirit. A new spiritual relationship is established between the recipient and Jesus. The journey that was started by the parents and godparents changes somewhat. The child has grown into an adult in the eyes of the Church. He is now recognized as a new member of the Church who has entered into the faith commitment on his own. The Bishop of our diocese is the usual administrator of the sacrament. Each candidate invites her family and friends to come and observe the transition between childhood and adulthood in our Church community.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).

Individual Reconciliation is available from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment by calling the office at 402-895-0808

Communal Reconciliation Services are offered twice during Advent and twice during Lent.

Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament? No. The Catechism says, “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. 

If you or a loved one would like to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call the office at 402-895-0808, and we will send a priest as soon as possible.

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church includes three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon. In the phrase "holy orders", the word "holy" simply means "set apart for some purpose." The word "order" designates an established civil body or corporation with a hierarchy, and ordination means legal incorporation into an order. In context, therefore, a group with a hierarchical structure that is set apart for ministry in the Church.

For Catholics, the church views typically that in the last year of seminary training a man will be ordained to the "transitional diaconate." This distinguishes men bound for priesthood from those who have entered the "permanent diaconate" and do not intend to seek ordination as a priest. Deacons, whether transitional or permanent, receive faculties to preach, to perform baptisms, and to witness marriages. They may assist at the Eucharist or the Mass, but are not the ministers of the Eucharist. After six months or more as a transitional deacon, a man will be ordained to the priesthood. Priests are able to preach, perform baptisms, witness marriages, hear confessions and give absolutions, anoint the sick, and celebrate the Eucharist or the Mass. Some priests are later chosen to be bishops; bishops may ordain priests, deacons, and bishops.

Those interested in the Priesthood or the Diaconate program should contact the Vocations Office at 402-558-3100 or Fr. Richard Reiser at 402-895-0808.

Marriage

Engaged couples must allow a minimum of 6 months preparation time before the scheduled wedding date. However, it is recommended you prepare for your wedding at least 8-12 months prior to your wedding day.

If either of you will be less than 19 years of age on the date you plan to marry, wedding date will not be set until the preparation process is completed.

If either of you have been previously married and civilly divorced, a written decree of nullity (annulment) is required prior to registering for marriage preparation.

Please call our office at 402-895-0808 to schedule your wedding date and/or Church Reception Hall.

Download the 2019 Marriage Formation Pamphlet