SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM

BAPTISMAL FONT

 

Baptisms are held at 1:00 pm on Sunday as needed.


Baptism is the sacrament whereby the Christian community welcomes and begins the initiation of new members. In the water bath of blessed water, the anointing with fragrant chrism, the clothing in new white garments and the reception of the Light of Christ, new members join the life of the Catholic Christian Community. In the renunciation of sin, profession of faith, and promise of a faithful witness to the Christian life, and, with God-parents at their side, parents present their new family member(s) asking that they be formally admitted to the life of the church. Or, perhaps, someone of understanding age presents themselves for membership.

This is reason for great joy in the life of the church and in the life of a parish. This calls for a celebration! So the community is called together to welcome and celebrate with new members. Baptism is most properly celebrated at the Sunday Mass when the community can actually be present. This gathering presents the opportunity of a proper welcome and a reminder and celebration of the strength of faith of the community that will henceforth share weekly prayer and Eucharist with these members. For those who are already baptized, it is a powerful renewal of our own baptismal grace and blessing.

HOLY EUCHARIST
LOAVES AND FISH

 

The Eucharist is the most special sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and affects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is the sacrament by which Catholics receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. For Catholics, this is the most treasured gift given to the Church by the Lord at the Last Supper. In receiving the Eucharist, we are nourished by the Lord. The bread and wine used in the Mass are transformed in all but appearance into the Body and Blood of Christ.

 

RECONCILIATION
forgiveness

 

Saturday, 3:30 - 4:00 PM 

Examination of Conscience Grades 6-12.


As sinners, we recognize both our human limitations and failures and also God’s limitless love for us.  God loves and forgives us, and the sacrament of reconciliation makes this gift of forgiveness a reality in the life of the sinner.  We are restored to a proper relationship with God. Through the cleansing of our sins and guilt, we are once again made whole and holy.

The sacrament of penance is one of two sacraments of healing. It is the sacrament that brings spiritual healing for Catholics who have distanced themselves from God by committing sins. There are four elements involved:

  1. the penitent’s contrition for sin
  2. confession to a priest
  3. absolution by the priest
  4. satisfaction  

Through penance, the faithful receive pardon through God’s mercy for the sins they have committed. At the same time, they are reconciled with the Church community. The confession, or disclosure, of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others.

CONFIRMATION
Confirmation picture


  

Please view the CONFIRMATION PAGE for information about our youth Confirmation Program.


By a signing with the gift of the Spirit, confirmation enriches the baptized with the Holy Spirit, binding them more perfectly to the Church, and strengthening them in their witness to Christ by word and deed and in their work to bring to its fullness the Body of Christ.

Confirmation is one of the sacraments of initiation, along with Baptism and Eucharist. While baptism is the sacrament of rebirth to a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. It is conferred by the anointing of Chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop. The Sacrament of Confirmation draws us into a greater awareness of the Holy Spirit, which we received at Baptism. Through this sacrament, we confirm the presence of the baptismal gifts we have already received; we are sealed with the undeserved and unearned gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

SACRAMENT 
OF THE SICK
Sacrament of the sick

 

Ministry to the Sick:
Please contact the parish. Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Communion to the sick or homebound of the parish.

Please call the rectory for information about  the Bereavement Group and to schedule an appointment for the reception of the Sacrament of the Sick.


One of the Church’s Sacraments of Healing, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has had a long and confusing history. Some, unfortunately, still think of it as something the Church does just moments prior to physical death as a sort of “last rites”. This is far from the truth.

In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church prays that the person be freed from illness, or, if that is not possible, that the person receive the strength of faith to endure the suffering they are experiencing. In identifying with the suffering of Jesus on the cross, we pray that the person will also identify with the resurrection of Jesus from death to life. Also, there is strength and comfort present for the person to feel connected to the community of God’s people, who pray with and for them.

HOLY MATRIMONY
Matrimony picture

 

Couples contemplating marriage should contact a priest at least
6 months prior to the wedding date.


The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.

Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church. It is seen as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church, which is established between spouses in a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. The Sacrament gives couples the grace they need to attain holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children.

HOLY ORDERS
Ordination picture


  

Prayer for Vocations: 

" O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us;
obtain for us many and holy priests."


Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.

Holy Orders, which was instituted by Christ himself, is administered by the laying on of hands by the Bishop, through which the priest is given the power to serve the Church through his preaching, teaching and celebration of the Sacraments.

Might God be calling you? If you are a Catholic man who thinks God might be calling you to the priesthood, we encourage you to visit The Office for Vocations website to learn more. If you are a Catholic man and you think you might have a call to the permanent diaconate, we encourage you to learn more at the web pages of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. If you are a Catholic man or woman who believe you might have a calling to the consecrated life as a religious brother or sister, explore more at the web pages of the Office of the Delegate for Religious.

 

ONLINE RESOURCES
FOR THE SACRAMENTS

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

Catholic Answers: Sacraments