Receiving the Sacraments

Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism preparation is by appointment with Fr. John Rutten. Please complete our baptism information form, and we will contact you to set up an appointment.


Confirmation classes are available at Saint John Paul II Catholic Church under the direction of Fr. John Rutten. Registration for upcoming sophomores who have not received confirmation is currently open. Please contact the parish office.

Sacrament of Marriage

If you are engaged and considering marriage through St. John Paul II Catholic Church, please complete our marriage preparation information form at least six months prior to your desired wedding date. After completing the form, you will be contacted to discuss the preparatory process and the selection of an actual wedding date.

Those preparing for marriage must be registered members of St. John Paul II or desire to become a part of the parish. Other circumstances can be discussed at an initial meeting. Because we do not have our own church building, actual wedding locations can be selected from among the area churches, once approval from Fr. Rutten has been given.


The Catholic Church welcomes new members & forms disciples for a lifetime relationship with Christ in the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a process of intellectual, spiritual, and moral formation that prepares individuals for initiation into the Catholic Church. New members are welcome at any time! Contact Fr. Rutten at or 988-3750.

Anointing of the Sick

If you are sick with a serious illness, especially if you will be going through surgery, the grace of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a helpful preparation. If possible, it is always best to have Fr. Rutten administer this sacrament before you get to the hospital. Please let Fr. Rutten know of your need and this can be done after Mass on Sundays or by stopping into the office/chapel.

Of course, on short-term notice, the priest chaplain at either hospital is there to readily and graciously assist you. When you or your child are admitted to the hospital, please list that you belong to Saint John Paul II Parish in Harrisburg. A chaplain works at Avera and Sanford along with other pastoral ministers, and you will receive the needed spiritual and sacramental care if they know you are Catholic.

Fr. Rutten will visit parishioners in the hospital. Please let him know if you end up in the hospital and would like for him to visit. He also makes random stops, and only by having Saint John Paul II on your admissions will the hospital give him access to your name and room number.