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“ The Sacrament of Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gate to life in the Spirit…and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of rebirth through water in the word’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).

Please call your parish office to request the Sacrament of Baptism and schedule a meeting with your parish priest.

For expectations for preparing for infant Baptism at St. John and St. Joseph parishes, click here.

• For adults who would like to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, please read below to learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

At the Mass, our ritual meal, Jesus comes to us as spiritual food for our souls. Through the action of Christ and our worship experience, the Eucharist deepens our spiritual lives as it unites us to God our Father and the Holy Spirit. The Eucharist is the sacramental high point of Catholic life. All the other sacraments are essentially related to or flow from the Eucharist.

Generally children are considered to be of the age of reason when they reach second grade and so they would be encouraged to participate in the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Four classes specific to sacramental preparation are held for the children. Parent involvement is another necessary component for this preparation. For children who are older, or adults who have not yet received the sacrament, please call the center for more information.

For requirements and guidelines for receiving First Holy Communion, click here

The word “confirmation” means strengthening. Confirmation strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit begun in us at Baptism so that we may be true Christians and loyal disciples of Jesus. The strength given in the sacrament of Confirmation is the strength to be a witness, by what we say and what we do, of the presence of God in our lives. It is the strength to combat false ideas and temptations that are in conflict with the faith. It is also the energy to work eagerly to build up the Body of Christ - the Church, depending on the way God has called us in our life to act as His loyal disciples.

In the Diocese of Marquette, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the spring of the 11th grade year. Youth seeking Confirmation must participte in a two-year preparation program as established by the diocese. The Sacrament is confired on young people through a diocesan-wide celebration by our Bishop at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on the third Sunday of the Easter Season.

In the committing themselves to each other for life and being open to the gift of children, a man and a woman are committing to reflect the love Jesus has for His Church. Thus the married couple becomes a witness in the Church and world of the vital, life giving union that Christ has with His Church and desires to have with all who will come to Him through the Church.

Because of our desire for you to happily fulfill your calling to be witnesses of Christ’s love, we want to do what we can to provide the proper preparation; not just for the wedding day, but the lifetime that follows. Please call your pastor to schedule an initial meeting to discuss your call to the vocation of marriage and learn in detail the various plans, dates, requirements and importance attached to the process of preparation as you move forward to your wedding.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the means by which Jesus, through the absolution of the priest, forgives sins committed after Baptism and brings about reconciliation with God and with the Church.

The sacrament of reconciliation is available by appointment, call the parish office, and at the following regularly scheduled times:

St. John the Evangelist Church
314 S. Pine Street, Ishepming
Phone: (906) 486-6216
Fr. Larry Van Damme

Saturdays 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

St. Joseph Church
1889 Prairie Ave., Ishpeming
Phone: (906) 485-4200
Father Dan Moll

Saturdays: 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Have you been worshiping with us, but never officially took the steps to become Catholic? Have you been away from the Church...and have now returned but want to know more? Have you been a Catholic all your life, but never celebrated all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)? Have you joined us from a different background and would now like to find out more about the Catholic Church?

If any of the above questions apply to you or anyone you know, you are cordially invited to begin the Inquiry phase of RCIA-RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS.  Call the Faith Formation Center Office at 486-9361 or your parish priest today.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process for incorporating unbaptized individuals into the Catholic faith and community at the Easter Vigil through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

The RCIA is a journey of conversion and growth in one’s relationship with God and others. Assistance is given by a caring community through many means including regular sessions using the Symbolon Program that focus on the unique aspects of Catholic belief, exploring the Scripture readings proclaimed at Sunday Mass, group prayer and rituals, faith sharing, discussion, and incorporating our faith beliefs and experiences into everyday living. It is one thing to know what it is to be a Catholic and quite another to live as one...the RCIA seeks to help you live as one.

Though the RCIA is meant primarily for the unbaptized, it also has been adapted for those who have been baptized into another Christian faith tradition and seek union with the Catholic Church. The process can also include baptized but uninstructed Catholics who seek to complete full initiation in their faith (i.e. receive Confirmation and Eucharist).