Sacraments

Sacraments

Baptism

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 regneraton through water in the word”. CCC 1213

Catechesis for the Sacrament of Baptism is directed primarily to parents who are registered in the parish and have regular attendance at the weekend Mass for at least three months. We highly recommend that you plan to come to the Baptismal Preparation Classes during the pregnancy, when things tend to be a little less hectic, and thus have more time to prepare for the spiritual birth of your child. Contact the parish office for Baptism instructions after these two requirements have been met.

Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of Baptismal grace. 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

There are specific requirements for reception of this Sacrament, which completes our Christian initiation in the Catholic Church. Upon registration for the classes, detailed information will be received regarding the class schedule, requirements and meeting dates for parents and sponsors. This class is for eighth graders. For further information please contact the parish office.

Holy Eucharist

The holy Eucharist completes the Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. CCC 1322

Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist is a spiritual growth process for second and third graders and their parents, which begins in the Fall and is traditionally celebrated in the Spring. For further information please contact the parish office.

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

Holy Orders

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

Marriage

“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

Must be arranged eight to twelve months prior to the wedding date. The Catholic couple should have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If there have been previous marriages by either party, and annulment will be necessary. For further information please contact the parish office.

If you need to fill out a Preparation for Marriage — Initial Questionnaire form, you may now do that online.

Penance

“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