We welcome new members. You may register by calling the parish office or by dropping by the office during office hours. 

Christ expect His disciples to participate in the Eucharist on a regular basis, to practice good stewardship, and to be a full and active member of His Church.

Please contact our parish office to arrange for Baptismal instructions. Preparation is required to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, which provides parents the proper understanding of 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 in the Catholic Church, one must be a practicing Catholic who has received all of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. Your parish can verify this for you through a Sponsor Eligibility Form that you can obtain from our parish office, if you are a registered member of our parish, or from your own parish office.

If you are married, you must be validly married in the Catholic Church, and, if a parent, your children must attend a Catholic school or CCD classes on a regular basis.

You must contact the parish office before setting a date for your wedding at least a nine month prior to the date you are requesting to begin the  preparation period per Diocesan Policy.

Because Marriage is a lifelong commitment it is essential that couples receive the proper catechetical instructions for this blessed sacrament.

Each couple is required to attend Pre-Cana Instructions and take the Focus Inventory. Also a key part of your preparation for marriage 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 columbarium nitche. Any other practice would disrespect the body that God gave us.

The practices of scattering ashes, or separating ashes into groups for distribution, or keeping the urn in the house for years is 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