Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit... and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (CCC 1213)
St. John XXIII is happy to welcome people of all ages into our Catholic family through the first Sacrament of Initiation, the beautiful Sacrament of Baptism!
When are the Baptism Masses, and how much do they cost?
Baptisms are done in English and Spanish every 3rd Saturday of the month in Fontana or in Rialto. (Please note the date can change in any month.) The English Baptism is at 9:00 a.m., and the Spanish Baptism is at 10:30 a.m. There is no fee for a Baptism or Class. Please note there are no Baptisms during Lent or in the month of May due to the First Communion Masses.
For more information, please call the parish office at the Fontana Center: (909) 822-4732.
For Private Baptisms, there is a fee of $200 for one child and an additional $50 for each additional child. More information about Private Baptisms can be given by calling the parish office.
What are the requirements for Baptism?
The parents must be registered parishioners in our parish for at least two months prior to signing up for a Baptism. If the parents are not registered parishioners and do not live within the parish boundaries, the parents must get a letter of permission from the nearest parish in order to baptize a child at our parish. If the parents of the child are not married in the Roman Catholic Church, they can still have their child baptized.
Godparents, if married, MUST be married in the Roman Catholic Church. If the godparents are single and are not a couple, then they MUST have received their Confirmation. After all requirements are met, both godparents and parents must take a pre-baptismal class. Sign-ups for the pre-baptismal classes are made with the Parish Secretary: Mayra Tranquilino at the Fontana Center. Please contact her at (909) 822-4732. Godparents and parents must be registered for the class at least one month prior to the Baptism date.
What documents are required?
1. Birth certificate of the child
2. Marriage certificate of the parents (if married through the Church)
3. Marriage certificate of the godparents (if godparents are married)
4. Confirmation certificates of the godparents (if godparents are single and not living together)
5. Certificate of Baptismal class for both godparents and parents (if the class was taken at a different parish)
All required documentation must be turned in to the parish office at least three weeks prior to the Baptism date.
What if my child is over age 6? What about teenagers or adults who want to be baptized?
This information is for the baptism of a baby or child up to the age of 6 years. A child age 6 1/2 must enter the RCIA program to prepare for all three Sacraments of Initiation together: Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Teenagers and adults who would like to be baptized will also prepare for the three Sacraments of Initiation together in the RCIA program.
Our parish offers RCIA for adults and for children. Please see the "Confirmation & RCIA" section on this page or contact Lupe Huerta for more information.
First Holy Communion
When will my child make his/her first Confession?
Those who have not yet made their first Confession will prepare to do so along with their First Communion. Please see the following section for information about First Communion classes, which will also prepare you for the Sacrament of Confession.
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments... are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch." (CCC 1324)
St. John XXIII welcomes children who have already been baptized to prepare for the second Sacrament of Initiation, the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We offer First Communion classes for students beginning in second grade. This is a two-year program, and students will prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation along with the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Students will receive both sacraments during their second year in the program.
For children who have not been baptized, please see the next section for details about RCIA for children, which prepares children to be fully received into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation together.
For high school students and adults who have not received First Communion, please see the next section for details about our Confirmation programs, which will prepare you for the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation together.
Confirmation & RCIA
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." (CCC 1285)
St. John XXIII welcomes youth and adults who have already been baptized to prepare for the third Sacrament of Initiation, the Sacrament of Confirmation. We offer Confirmation classes for both youth and adults.
Our Youth Confirmation program is open to students in high school. This is a two-year program. To begin the program, students must be in 10th grade or above. For those out of high school, please see the information regarding the Adult Confirmation program.
High school students who have been baptized but have not receive First Communion will prepare for First Communion along with Confirmation and will receive both sacraments at the end of their second year. For those who have not yet been baptized, please see the information below regarding the RCIA program.
Youth Confirmation classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Fontana, or on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Rialto.
For information regarding the Fontana Youth Confirmation program, please contact Melissa Geier and/or check out the Fontana Youth Confirmation website here.
For information regarding the Rialto Youth Confirmation program, please contact Norman bin Yazid.
Our Adult Confirmation program is open to adults ages 18 and above. This is a one-year program. For those who have not yet been baptized, please see the information below regarding the RCIA program.
Adult Confirmation classes are held on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Fontana.
For information regarding the Adult Confirmation program, please contact Lupe Huerta.
(Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
For youth and adults who have not yet been baptized and would like to be received into the Catholic Church - welcome! We are so happy that you are part of our Catholic family.
Please contact Lupe Huerta to inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. RCIA prepares you to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation together.
Children age 7 and older who have not yet been baptized will go through a children's version of RCIA and should contact Lupe Huerta.
Confirmation & RCIA Contact Information
Lupe Huerta - Adult Confirmation & RCIA
(909) 822-4732 x114
Melissa Geier - Youth Confirmation (Fontana)
(909) 333-6523 (call or text)
Norman bin Yazid - Youth Confirmation (Rialto)
(909) 421-7030 x24
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (CCC 1601)
To those who have discerned the vocation of marriage - congratulations! St. John XXIII welcomes fully initiated Catholics (those who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation) to prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony, or marriage.
Getting Married at St. John XXIII
As Catholic Christians, we believe that God does more than bless the marriage. It is God who calls a man and a woman to each other in marriage. It is God, therefore, who makes the first move. He shares with us His love and life. It is because of God's unbounded love for us that we learn to share this love with one another. God calls couples to a special love for each other and they share this love in lasting fidelity. We call this special union of love Marriage.
We believe that Marriage is much more than a legal contract between a man and a woman. It entails more than rights and obligations; promises and commitment. Marriage is a sacrament! This means that God is made real and visible through marriage. The union of marriage reflects the union of Christ and the People of God, the Church. The love that Christ shares with all of us is thus reflected in and made visible trhough the union of husband and wife.
Our goal in offering preparation for marriage is to do whatever we can to help the engaged couple realize a wonderful, grace-filled and loving marriage, which will endure no matter what the future brigns.
All the guidelines and policies we set forth have been carefully developed to better ensure a truly beautiful and grace-filled wedding, and even more importantly, a blessed and happy marriage.
How and when can I choose my wedding date?
Marriage is a lifetime commitment and an indispensable vocation. Preparation is essential and preparation including careful discernment takes time. We ask taht couples contact the parish at least six (6) months prior to setting a wedding date. It is suggested that couples plan their wedding far enough ahead so that the date for the church is FIRST and then reception hall plans are worked around that date. This is not a problem if plans are made far enough in advance.
With the inigial filing of a Marriage file, a folder is created for the couple. While waiting for required documents to be completed, the couple can, if they wish, choose and secure a date by paying a non-refundable deposit of $100. This amount will serve as part of the fee charged in rpeparing the marriage process. The chosen date will be confirmed after documents are received by the parish secretary and is confirmed by the priest.
How much is the fee?
Fees are given to the parish for the use of the facility and to professionals for their services rendered. The wedding Mass fee is $300 for registered parishioners, and $400 for non-parishioners.
Checks must be made payable directly to St. John XXIII, and the Church fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to your Wedding Ceremony. The above fee ONLY covers the use of the Church facility. To reserve your wedding date, we will need a $100 deposit. This will be deducted from your total fee. Please keep all of your receipts.
For a convalidation, the fee is $150 for a weekday Mass and $300 for a Saturday Mass. Checks must be made payable directly to St. John XXIII, and the Church fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to the convalidation ceremony. The above fee ONLY covers the use of the Church facility. To reserve a convalidation date, we will need a deposit of $100. This will be deducted from your total fee. Please keep all of your receipts.
What if I need to postpone or cancel my wedding?
If for any reason the wedding or convalidation needs to be postponed or canceled, the fee will be reimbursed with the exemption of the initial deposit of $100. The wedding file can also be relased if desired, with the exemption of the prenuptial interview questionnaire. Should there be a change of date or of church location, please notify us so that we can assist in that process.
What documents do I need before my wedding?
In order for us to complete your marriage file, we will need the couple to obtain the following documents:
1. A current copy of your baptismal certificate. This means you will need to call the church where you were baptized and request for them to send you an updated baptismal certificate dated within the past six months. For churches in Mexico, please click here for a list of churches, addresses, and phone numbers.
2. If Confirmation and Communion information is not noted on your baptismal certificate, you will need to request current copies of these as well. While the church of Baptism should have this information, it is not always forwarded or recorded. If this is the case, you will need to contaact the church where you received Confirmation and First Communion and request the copies from them.
3. Any other documentation needed will be determined following the initial interview.
It is preferable to have all of the above documents in hand before making an appointment with the parish priest and setting a wedding date.
Wedding Contact Information
Mayra Tranquilino - Parish Secretary
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. (CCC 1536)
To those who are discerning a religious vocation - we are praying for you! St. John XXIII is proud to foster religious vocations and provide guidance for those who desire to seriously discern this beautiful vocation.
For men discerning the priesthood, diaconate, or a religious order, and for women discerning a religious order, we invite you to speak with our pastor, Fr. Imo, to discuss the next steps of your discernment.
Religious Vocations Contact Information
Fr. Imo - Pastor
(909) 822-4732 x222
Office of Vocations - Diocese of San Bernardino
Anointing of the Sick
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." (CCC 1499)
For those in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, for non-emergency cases, please call the parish office to request a visit from one of our priests.
For emergency cases ONLY after office hours, please call our emergency after hours line. This number is available for those in immediate need of a priest in an emergency, and we ask that those who are not facing an emergency please wait to call the parish office during office hours.
Anointing of the Sick Contact Information
Parish Office - Fontana
Parish Office - Rialto
Emergency Line - For after hours emergencies only