Frequently asked questions

I am getting married. What do I need to do?
Contact Father at least six months before your wedding. Couples are required to take an “Enrichment Program of the Engaged.” Both parties will need certificates of Baptism and Confirmation.

How do I arrange for my child’s Baptism?
Contact Father or the parish office at (540) 459-4448 to schedule a Baptism. Baptismal classes are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Baptisms are generally celebrated on Saturdays. One Sponsor must be a practicing Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If the second Sponsor is non-Catholic, he/she will serve as a Christian Witness.

How do I arrange for a funeral?
Father will meet with you and the funeral director of your choice. Together you will plan the funeral. Contact Father at (540) 459-4448.

How do I join St. John Bosco parish?
We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you and register you as a member of our parish family. Please call our office for more info at (540) 459-4448. See “Parish Registration” for a parish registration form.

Are there “membership” dues?
At St. John Bosco we consider ourselves as being a part of a parish family. As a member of a family, we know our obligation to contribute to its upkeep. Each member decides with his/her God what is their appropriate response for His blessings in their lives.

How do I become Catholic?
The Church has established the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Program for those who have been called to become a Catholic. To begin the process, please contact Father at (540) 459-4448.

What types of clubs/groups do you have?
A wide variety of programs are available, including: sports activities, service, charity, education and ministry oriented programs. Please call the parish office at (540) 459-4448 to inquire about your particular area of interest.

Do you offer daily Mass?
Mass is offered Monday thru Saturday at 8:30am, Saturday Vigil at 5:00pm and Sunday at 8:00am and 10:00am. We also have a Mass in Spanish at 12:00 Noon. We look forward to having you join in the celebration.

When is the Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrated?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays after the 8:30am and 3:30pm and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Father is also available for confession by appointment. Call our parish office at (540) 459-4448 to schedule a private confession outside the normal confession times.

How do I have a Mass offered for a loved one?
Contact the parish office at (540) 459-4448 to schedule a Mass intention. In the Diocese of Arlington, the suggested offering is $10 but it is not required.