The Catholic Community of St. John XXIII is happy to offer the beautiful gifts of the Sacraments to all who wish to receive them.
For those inquiring about the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation), please refer to the "Which Sacramental program is right for you?" chart to determine which of our Religious Education programs can best assist you in receiving your Sacraments.
For information about Confession, Anointing of the Sick, weddings, religious vocations, and Quinceaneras, please see the sections below.
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! For the Baptism of infants or children age 6 and under, please contact Mayra Tranquilino in Fontana or Lidia Morales in Rialto.
Children age 7 and above, teenagers, and adults will be baptized as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The RCIA program prepares catechumens for full initiation into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. 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.
Baptism Contact Information
Mayra Tranquilino - Infant/Child Baptism (Fontana)
Lidia Morales - Infant/Child Baptism (Rialto)
Lupe Huerta - RCIA
(909) 822-4732 x114
"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." (CCC 1422)
St. John XXIII welcomes all baptized Catholics to participate in the Sacrament of Confession, also known as Reconciliation or Penance. Click here for Confession times for both of our locations (Fontana and Rialto).
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.
First Holy Communion
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.
First Communion Contact Information
Lupe Huerta - First Communion (Fontana)
(909) 822-4732 x114
Norman bin Yazid - First Communion (Rialto)
(909) 421-7030 x24
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.
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.
For information about weddings, please contact Mayra Tranquilino in Fontana or Lidia Morales in Rialto.
Weddings Contact Information
Mayra Tranquilino - Weddings (Fontana)
Lidia Morales - Weddings (Rialto)
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.
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