The education and formation efforts in the parish are intended to provide a foundation for a Catholic Christian life. Education and formation ministry takes on many forms in the parish, such as, the school, the religious education program, adult formation, and opportunities for faith sharing, to name a few.

Whatever form education and formation takes, it is always guided by the needs of the people. In working to meet these spiritual needs through formational and educational programs, the Commission is helping people grow in their faith and to deepen their relationship with God.

Education & Formation Ministries

St. John the Baptist Catholic School

St. John the Baptist Catholic School
Office – 219.659.3042
Fax – 219.473.7553

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is committed to teaching as Jesus did – with compassion and love. The School serves families with children in grades preschool through eighth grade.

The enrollment is 475. The average class size is 23 students. The faculty is comprised of 25 full/part time teachers and instructors for physical education, computers, library service, and music. The School is accredited, a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the Indiana Non-public Education Association.

Children receive a well-rounded education based on the teachings of the Catholic faith. The School offers various enrichment programs, student services, and athletics.

Sacramental Preparation for Adults and Children

Sacrament Preparation classes are provided for children who are enrolled in the Saint John the Baptist School or Cluster Faith Formation/Religious Education Program. Children receive two years of religious instruction prior to receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

In addition to the preparation received by the children, parents attend scheduled Parent Formation sessions to enable them to assist in their child’s preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is generally received by students in the 2nd Grade, or second year of Faith Formation.
  • The Sacrament of Eucharist (Holy Communion) is generally received by students in the 3rd grade, or third year of Faith Formation.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation is generally received by students in the 8th Grade.

For more information contact the parish office.

PHYRE Youth Ministry

The purpose of this middle-school and high-school youth ministry is to provide a gathering for young persons to stay connected to their faith by becoming active members in the parish and deepening the relationship with God. This ministry is planned by members for members. Meetings takes place periodically. Gatherings include prayer, faith-sharing, spiritual growth, friendship, food, and fun. Throughout the year members participate in retreats that offer spiritual, social, and service oriented events, many are sponsored by the Diocese of Gary.

All are welcome in this youth ministry!

Key Contact: Jamie Sandona

Faith formation/Religious Education

IMG_1602_FotorReligious Education/Faith Formation program offers instruction and opportunities for religious experiences, which are provided on a weekly basis from September to May for children in grades one through eight. The program is developmental and offers children enrolled in public school classes an opportunity to become informed on the Catholic teachings and tradition of our church.

Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for children in Grades 1 to 5 and on Sundays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for children in Grades 6 – 8. All classes are held in the Sacred Heart School building at 1721 LaPorte Avenue.

Home/School Association (HSA)

Seeks to further communication and support between parents, administrators, and teachers. All parents are urged to attend the HSA meetings scheduled during the school year.

Examples of our fundraisers include Market Day and Fanny May Candy.
Key Contact: Olivia Rhodhamel


The Diocese of Gary requires that every adult who has contact with children in parishes, schools and religious education programs attend a safe environment awareness session to learn how to prevent child sexual abuse. Working with VIRTUS, a National Catholic Risk Retention Group, all diocesan parishes and schools provide the PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN program for adults.

All staff members and volunteers at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish who come in contact with children required to attend a PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN session. Sessions are offered at St. John and other parishes in the diocese throughout the year.

For more information contact the parish office.