Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child(ren) for religious education?

Registration for St. John's Religious Education programs, which include Sunday School for children ages 3-, 4- and 5-years old and Wednesday programs for children/youth in Grades 1-10 opens in August. At that time, registration forms will be mailed to all registered parishioners and available on line on the parish web site. You need only one form per family UNLESS you also are registering a Confirmation candidate (10th Grade or older). In that case, a separate Confirmation registration form is required. Completed forms, with fees, can be mailed to St. John's Religious Education at 4625 W. 125th Street, Savage, MN  55378 or brought to the Parish or Religious Education offices during regular office hours. 

When is Religious Education offered at St. John's?

The RE year begins the first week of October and runs through until the last week in April. Sessions are scheduled in alignment with the ISD 191 (Burnsville, Savage, Eagan) school calendar. 

Children who are 3-, 4- and 5-years old may enroll in St. John's Sunday School program, offered during the 9am Mass on Sundays using classrooms in St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

Children and youth in Grades 1-9 may enroll in either of two sessions offered on Wednesdays: 4:30-5:45pm OR 6:15-7:30pm. Sessions are scheduled on St. John's campus.

Young people preparing for Confirmation meet together in the Fr. Wittman Auditorium for large group presentation and small group discussion on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30pm.  

How can I volunteer in St. John's Religious Education programs?

Volunteers are valued and integral to St. John's Religious Education programs and there are a variety of ways your gifts and talents can be shared in them. Confirmed Catholic adults and teenagers are welcome to serve as catechists or as permanent substitute catechists at most grade levels: Sunday School, Elementary and Jr/Sr High. No experience is needed; training is provided. Volunteers also serve as hall monitors, child care providers and classroom assistants. 

Volunteers also are needed be chaperones for the variety of elementary youth and youth ministry events scheduled throughout the year, including St. John's annual Vacation Bible School and Summer Stretch. 

All volunteers who work with children are required to have completed a background check (even youth volunteers) and volunteers who are 18-years old and older are to have completed VIRTUS: Protecting God's Children awareness training. To volunteer, contact the RE Office or complete the volunteer section on the RE registration form. 

My child will be 3-years old in October, can I register him/her for Sunday School? 

While it is recommended that children who enroll in Sunday School be 3-years old by Sept. 1, allowances have been made to welcome children who are ready for school. Each situation is considered individually and Sunday School placement is made on a trial basis.

My child is 5-years old and in kindergarten, should I enroll her/him in Sunday School or have him/her attend Mass with me and participate in Children's Liturgy of the Word?

Many of the 5-year old children enrolled in Sunday School attend Kindergarten. The Sunday School curriculum for 5-year old children includes presentation of the weekly Gospel, as they would hear proclaimed if attending Children's Liturgy of the Word, as well as an introduction to the basic foundations of the Catholic faith such as prayer, tradition and sacraments, in addition to the other Sunday School activities: crafts and music. Kindergarten also is an optimum time to begin teaching children about the Mass and choosing to have them attend with you and participate in Children's Liturgy of the Word. Both programs are appropriate for children in Kindergarten. There is a tuition and registration for Sunday School; there is no cost or registration required to attend Children's Liturgy of the Word.

How can my child receive First Communion?

At St. John's, preparation for the Sacraments of Penance (Confession, Reconciliation) and Communion (Eucharist) is offered to children in Grade 2 and older. Children preparing for First Sacraments are to have been baptized in the Catholic Church or for those children baptized, christened in another faith, to have made a Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church. Proof of the baptism is to be requested from the church of baptism and sent to the Religious Education. This newly issued certificate should be dated within six months of the child's reception of Communion. 

Children who are 7-years old and older who have never been baptized into any faith, are prepared for both Baptism and Confirmation according to Canon Law and Archdiocesan guidelines. 

Children/youth who are preparing for sacraments (Penance, Communion and/or Confirmation) also are required to have been registered and attended religious education either through a Catholic day school or parish program for one full year prior to the preparation year. 

Preparation for children/youth in Grade 4 or older also is provided in program tailored to the child/youth's individual needs.

When is my child confirmed?

Young people who have been baptized and received Sacraments of Penance and Communion are prepared to be Confirmed in the Catholic Church in 10th Grade (or older, but not yet 18-years old). All candidates for Confirmation are to have completed a full year of faith formation either through a Catholic high school or parish program before sacramental preparation begins.  Click here to learn more about our Confirmation program.

**Children who are 7-years old or older who have never been Baptized, will be Confirmed when Baptized in accordance to Canon Law.

How can I join the Catholic Church?

Adults who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church: its tradition, doctrine, etc. with the intention to be a fully initiated member through Baptism, should participate in St. John's Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The program is offered Sunday mornings starting in the fall and continuing until Easter Vigil when sacraments are received. 

I was baptized Catholic, but never was Confirmed. What can I do?

Adults who were baptized in the Catholic faith but who may never have received other Catholic sacraments such as Penance, Communion or Confirmation, are invited to continue their faith formation by participating in the parish's RCIA program. Adults who were baptized in another Christian faith, and who now would like to pursue Catholic sacraments, also are invited to participate in RCIA.