Sacraments & Worship
Catholics celebrate seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Penance and Anointing of the Sick. The sacraments are "a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of spiritual life" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1210).
A sacrament is a sacred sign instituted by Christ to give grace and share in God's own life.
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
"The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist lay the foundations of every Christian life. The grace of Christ in the sacraments bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishment of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. We receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life" (CCC, 1212).
Preparation Classes are offered on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m., in the parish office. We ask that couples call ahead, so that there are enough materials available. Once a couple has taken the class, Baptism is generally scheduled for the 4th Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m.
Adult Baptism is at the conclusion of the Adult Rite of Initiation of Adults [R.C.I.A.], generally at Easter.
Preparation and reception of Confirmation is given in 8th grade in both our parish school and P.S.R.
Preparation and reception of the Eucharist is given in 2nd grade in both our parish school and P.S.R. If a child/teenager or adult has not received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please call the parish office (837-3410) for more information.
The Sacraments of Healing
The Sacraments of Healing are: Penance and Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. These sacraments offer healing from physical and spiritual illness and suffering.
Preparation and reception of Reconciliation is given in 2nd grade in both our parish school and P.S.R.
If a child/teenager or adult has not received the Sacrament of the Reconciliation, please the parish office (837-3410) for more information.
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is offered during the 8:30 a.m. Mass on the 1st Saturday of the month. All who are ill or having surgery are invited to be anointed. Anyone in an emergency, needing to be anointed, is asked to call the Parish Office (837-3410).
The Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony
The Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony "are directed towards the salvation of others. They serve to build up the People of God" (CCC, 1534)
Anyone interested in the Priesthood or Religious Life is asked to contact the Archdiocesan Vocation Office at 792-6460. Anyone interested in the Permanent Diaconate is asked to contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at 633-2530.
Couples must contact the pastor or associate pastor at least six months in advance. This time is needed for marriage preparation classes, and the necessary documents to be completed. Call the parish office at 837-3410 for more information, or to begin the marriage preparation process.