We call each other to a prayerful sacramental life of loving Jesus Christ by serving others through generosity, worship, formation, and justice.

Daily Masses
Monday: 12:00pm
Tuesday: 6:30pm
Wednesday: 7:00am
Thursday: 7:00am
Friday: 12:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am
Tuesday: 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am
Sunday Masses
Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am,
12:00pm, 6:00pm
Office Hours
8:30am - 4:30pm
Monday, - Friday

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a guided journey to prepare for sacramental initiation and entry into the Catholic church for adults, teens and children over the age of seven. Candidates, those already baptized, and catechumens, those who have never been baptized, both participate in this learning, loving process of conversion. As a community, we support RCIA as sponsors, prayer companions, faith sharers and catechists. RCIA is offered for Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Contact Ron Bisek, Director of RCIA, at 651.209.8894 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Adult Confirmation

Adult Confirmation – This preparation is for Catholic adults who have been initiated through Baptism and Eucharist, who are living an active Catholic faith life, but have not been confirmed. Meeting in a small group on Sundays beginning in Lent, the candidates pray, study, and prepare for the sacrament. This sacrament of Christian Initiation for Adults is celebrated on Pentecost.

Youth Confirmation (grades ten through twelve)

Contact Steve Grass at 651.209.8588 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As the third sacrament of initiation, together with Baptism and First Eucharist, Confirmation requires careful thought and planning. At St. John Neumann, the preparation usually takes place in 10th grade. The following requirements apply:

  • Participation in Faith Formation Program or Parochial School
  • Attendance, with parents or sponsor (according to yearly schedule), in monthly Confirmation gatherings
  • Overnight retreat
  • Monthly Confirmation pages.
  • And writing a letter to the pastor expressing an understanding of the sacrament and readiness to accept the responsibilities of a confirmed Christian

Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation (along with Baptism and First Eucharist). In the early Church, people were baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil liturgy. Thus, these three sacraments were closely linked as initiation sacraments which brought a person into the life of the Church and into the life of Jesus Christ. Due to historical developments, the sacrament of Confirmation was eventually separated from baptism and began to be celebrated years later.

Today, in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, most young people will celebrate Confirmation in either eighth grade (following graduation from Catholic grade school), or during the high school years (usually tenth grade).

At St. John Neumann, preparation for Confirmation is a one year process, usually during tenth grade. There are usually youth preparing for Confirmation during their junior or senior year, having chosen to wait before receiving the sacrament. Candidates are required to have been in some type of formal faith formation during the previous year as well as the year of preparing for and celebrating Confirmation. The sacrament is usually celebrated in the spring at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

High school age teens who have not yet celebrated Baptism and/or First Communion will participate in Teen RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) instead of the Confirmation program. Contact Ron Bisek for more information about Teen RCIA.

Candidates participate in formal Faith Formation (whether through the parish or parochial school) AND Confirmation gatherings as scheduled by the director, Steve Grass (651-209-8588). Schedules are distributed during Faith Formation Registration and are also available online on the Youth Website.

There is an introductory gathering just for parents at the beginning of the process. All other gatherings are to be attended by all candidates and their sponsors. If a sponsor cannot attend, a parent (or other responsible adult) must come in the sponsor's place.

Candidates participate in the Rite of Enrollment at a regular Sunday liturgy, in which they commit to the process. They also participate in the Rite of Sending one week prior to Confirmation. There is a reception in their honor following the Rite of Sending.

Confirmation preparation includes an overnight retreat. We have been having these retreats at Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN. Candidates may choose which of four retreats best fits their schedule.

Candidates also write a letter to the pastor, Fr.Doug Ebert, to express in writing their reasons for wanting to be confirmed. Candidates are given an outline to follow to write their letter. Sponsors write a letter to the director of Confirmation Preparation to state why they believe their candidate is ready to receive this sacrament.