Sacramental Preparation and Celebration


Sacraments of Initiation


Registered parishioners participate in the Baptismal Preparation Program to have their infant baptized at St. John Parish.  Parents of the infant arrange for the date of baptism with the pastor.  Usually, baptisms are not scheduled during Lent and Advent.

Fr. John Schmeidler                                           785-843-0109


Adults and school age children participate in the process for Adult Initiation.  Their baptism occurs at an Easter Vigil when they have completed their preparation.

Pat Lechtenberg                                                 785-843-0109



Parish teens are prepared during their eighth grade year and confirmed when in 9th grade.   Classes generally meet at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays during the school year.

Marilyn Stuit                                                                  785-843-9543


Non-Catholic adults and school age children and unconfirmed Catholic adults prepare in the process for Adult Initiation.  Confirmation for non-Catholics occurs when they are baptized or are received into full communion.  Confirmation for Catholic adults is celebrated on Pentecost.

Pat Lechtenberg                                                 785-843-0109



Parents of second graders attend two parent meetings in the spring of the year for children preparing to celebrate their first reception of Eucharist.  First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter season.

Heather Coates                                                           785-843-0109


Non-Catholic adults and children prepare for their First Eucharist in the process for Adult Initiation.  Their first reception is celebrated when they are baptized or received into full communion.

Pat Lechtenberg                                                 785-843-0109


Sacraments of Healing

Anointing of the Sick

There are occasional communal celebrations of the anointing of the sick.  Individuals who are seriously ill, scheduled for surgery, have an acute situation with a chronic medical condition or who are weakening because of advanced age may have an individual celebration of the sacrament.  Family and friends are encouraged to participate.

Fr. John Schmeidler                                            785-843-0109


Reconciliation (formerly known as confession)

St. John parish generally provides a communal celebration of reconciliation during Advent and Lent.  A number of confessors are present.  The date and time are announced in the bulletin and on seasonal schedules for Advent and Lent.


Celebrations for individuals are Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. during most of the year.  During Advent and Lent, the sacrament is celebrated on Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Other times for individual reconciliation may be arranged.

Fr. John Schmeidler                                            785-843-0109


Sacraments of Commitment

Holy Orders

Persons interested in the priesthood should visit with the pastor.  He will have information on contacting vocation directors.  He also has information for those interested in vowed life in a religious communion and for those interested in professional lay ministry.

Fr. John Schmeidler                                           785-843-0109



Engaged couples should contact the pastor at least six months before the anticipated wedding date.  At least one person must be a registered parishioner and the wedding date will not be reserved until marriage preparation begins.  Preparation consists of approximately five one-hour pastoral sessions and five two-hour sessions with a group of engaged couples and an experienced lead couple.  An information packet about parish policies is provided when the date is set.

Fr. John Schmeidler                                           785-843-0109




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