We welcome new members. You may register by calling the parish office or by seeing our Parish Administrator after Mass. We expect new members to participate in the Eucharist on a regular basis, to practice good stewardship, and to be a full and active member of the parish.

Please contact our parish office to arrange for Baptismal instructions (if this is your first child). A good preparation is needed for the Sacrament of Baptism so that parents properly understand their responsibilities as Catholic Christian parents.

Also, before selecting sponsors (Godparents), please contact us to make sure you understand the guidelines of the Catholic Church regarding sponsors (Godparents).

In order to act as a Godparent or Sponsor for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, you must be a good and active registered member of the parish, and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. If married, you must be validly married in the Church, and, if a parent, your children must attend a Catholic school or CCD classes on a regular basis.

If you are not a member of the parish, you must obtain a Sponsor Eligibility Certificate from your pastor.

Please contact your pastor or parish administrator before setting a date for a wedding. At least a nine month preparation period is needed per Diocesan Policy.

With the high rate of divorce, it is very important that couples get a good preparation and proper catechetical instructions for this sacrament. It is required that each couple attend Pre-Cana Instructions and take the Focus Inventory. Marriage is the most important decision that a couple makes. Therefore, proper instruction and preparation is very important. A key part of this preparation is attendance at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation. It is also very important to frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).

The Catholic Church does permit cremation. We urge all Catholics to follow the official guidelines of the Church regarding this.

The Catholic Church requires that ALL cremated remains BE BURIED. The urn is to be interred in a cemetery in the ground or in a nitch in a columbarium. Anything else is disrespecting the body that God gave us.

Scattering the ashes anywhere, separating the ashes into groups for distribution, or keeping the urn in the house for years is absolutely wrong in all cases. Remember, the body that God gave to each of us is sacred and is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Even though cremation is permitted, the Church prefers the traditional form of burial. Christ died on the cross, He was buried in a tomb, and was raised from the dead. Traditional burial of the body allows us to follow Christ’s example more fully. If you have any questions, always call your pastor. If possible, funeral arrangements should be made prior to death. This can eliminate a lot of problems.

Monument to Life at Saint John Vianney Parish, Johnstown, PA