Welcome to Saint John XXIII
Fontana Parish

Sacraments

Baptism

Baptism is a birth into the Christian community and is in every way as important as birth itself. It serves as a reminder to you about your own faith and what it means to you. We are here to assist with your preparation by scheduling baptism classes for you if you have not already done so in the past two years.

Our Baptisms are celebrated in either English or Spanish on the third Saturday of every month at 9.00 a.m and 10.30 a.m. respectively. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's baptism, please contact the parish office either in Fontana at (909)822-4732 or Rialto at (909)421-7030. Additional information can also be found on our Baptism Web Page.

Confirmation

The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more Perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." (CCC1285)

Confirmation Program Requirements

Adult Confirmation

For those who are 18 years and older, have already been baptized and made First Holy Communion but have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, we offer a special program that begins in January and continues 12 weeks, culminating in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

For preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, contact the parish office in either Fontana at (909)822-2502 or Rialto at (909)421-7030.

Eucharist

"At the Last Super, on the night before He was betrayed, our Savior Instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood." The Eucharist is the "Source and Summit of our Christian faith." "In the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church; namely, Christ Himself, our Pasch" (SC 47; CCC 1324).

For preparation for the first reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please contact the Director of Religious Education office in either Fontana at (909)822-4040 or Rialto at (909)421-7030.

Eucharist Program Requirement

Reconciliation/Penance/Confession

"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion" (LG 11 #2).

For those who wish to go for Confessions to receive the Eucharist, we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Fontana every Saturday from 4-5 p.m. and at Rialto from 3-4 p.m. or by appointment.

Anointing of the Sick

"For those who are about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person Penance, Anointing of the Sick, and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life. These are the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland" (CCC. No. 1525).

The anointing of the sick is intended for those whose life is in danger as a result of illness or old age.  This sacrament includes what we once referred to as the "last rites".  However, this sacrament is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death.  Instead, it should be administered as soon as someone is in danger of death from sickness or old age.  Among those who would normally be anointed are:  those undergoing surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the procedure; elderly people who have become noticeably weakened, sick adults and sick children seven years of age and older.

It is a serious mistake to wait too long to call a priest to anoint a sick person until the advanced stages of a disease. Anointing is a vehicle of divine power for healing. The fitting time for anointing is when the sick person is still able to talk and not when in coma. It is the sacrament for the living and not for the dead. In the event of an emergency, ask for a Catholic priest at the hospital.  Even the parish nearest the hospital usually has a priest call to respond to an emergency.

The anointing of the sick may be repeated whenever the sick person falls into a serious sickness after convalescence or whenever a more serious health crisis develops during the same sickness. When the need arrives, contact the parish office in Fontana at (909)822-4732 or Rialto at (909)421-7030.

Holy Orders

It is a sacrament in which Jesus gives his grace to the recipients to dispense grace to his people (Heb 5:1).  By ordination, a man receives power and grace to perform the sacred duties of bishops or priests. The ministries conferred by ordination are conferred only on men who are ready to embrace celibacy freely and who publicly manifest their intention of staying celibate for the love of God's kingdom and the service of humanity (Matt 19:4-6).  In the execution of his duties, the priest is to have the intention of doing what the church does, no more no less.

The Office of Vocations in the diocese is responsible for the promotion, recruitment, screening and discernment programs regarding diocesan seminarians and men and women religious. If you are discerning vocation, you can schedule appointment to speak with the vocations director (909-783-1305) or speak with the pastor of St. John XXIII (909-822-4732) to guide you on things you should do.

For those desiring to become deacons, the Office of Diaconate Formation is responsible for all matters in the discernment of vocation and the program of formation for the permanent diaconate. The Director of Formation is under the supervision of the Vicar for Deacons. The contact number is (909) 475-5163.

Matrimony/Marriage

The decision to marry is one of the most significant decisions in in a person's life. Within the Catholic Church this decision is not only a personal high point, but a parish celebration as well. Human love accepts an invitation to become a sign of God's love for us. The couple promise to be signs of God's love for each other and together to be signs to the Catholic community that God loves us faithfully, forever. Marriage, then, is is a commitment by the couple to the Catholic community, and of the Catholic community to the couple to support, nurture and enhance their efforts to live out their promise.

The following guidelines for marriage at St. John XXIII Parish flow from this belief in the Sacrament of Matrimony.

  • Because marriage at St. John XXIII is a religious event, and for baptized persons a sacrament, we celebrate marriage with those who share this faith vision, those who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, those who want to profess their faith in and through this Sacrament.
  • Those who wish to prepare for this sacrament with us must be active registered members of this or another parish community. They are expected to follow these guidelines for their marriages as well.
  • Interfaith marriages are certainly allowed according to diocesan regulations.
  • Our parish asks for a six month preparation period to enable the couple, with the help of the Church, to prepare spiritually for their wedding and more importantly for their married life together.
  • Required paperwork needs to be complete before a wedding date can be set or reception planned. Though a request for a wedding date and time may be made when marriage preparation begins, yet the actual confirmation of this date and time, and the scheduling for the wedding rehearsal take place with the priest after the preparation is completed.
  • We request for a six week premarital class or one Engaged Encounter Weekend.

Requisites and Guidelines for Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage