“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213)
We are thrilled and excited to assist anyone in coming to Baptism, the first of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church, whether they be infants, children, teenagers, or adults!
FOR INFANTS, the parent(s) must make a formal request at the parish office. Parents who request Baptism must be registered in our parish (unless the Pastor approves otherwise).
For children in Kindergarten through 10th grade who are enrolled in our religious education program will be prepared during the course of their first year of enrollment. Baptism will take place at the end of a full year of instruction. Whether infant or older a request form still needs to be processed before beginning the process. Also required is the completion of Godparent sponsor forms and submission of the child’s Birth certificate.
PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
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. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 4:30 – 5:30pm, or you may call the office for an appointment with Fr. Tim.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422)
FOR THOSE RECEIVING THEIR FIRST RECONCILIATION
A Baptismal Certificate is required for all individuals celebrating the sacrament for the first time. Younger students usually receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during their second grade level of the PREP program, after successfully completing the first grade level program. Home schooled children are invited and encouraged to receive First penance with their peer group at the time of this parish celebration. For more information, please refer to our PREP section on the website.
The Holy Eucharist completes 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.
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322 & 1323)
FOR THOSE MAKING THEIR FIRST COMMUNION
A Baptismal Certificate is required. A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate will be placed in our church files. Child will usually receive this sacrament toward the end of their second grade level of the PREP program. Two years of sacramental preparation is required, and attendance is a priority to ensure the child is prepared to receive the sacrament. For more information regarding First Communion, please contact our DRE, Emily Purcell.
The sacred dignity of Marriage is considered a new state of life; and as such, preparations for this lifestyle is essential in order to assist the bride and groom to live out their rights and duties with spiritual maturity. The Church is entrusted to provide this pastoral care to those who are engaged to be wed. Should you wish to marry in the Catholic Church, arrangements should be made at least six months prior to the wedding date. Pre-marriage counseling is provided by the Pastor. Please call the church office for more information.
"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."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601)
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
If you or your loved one would like Fr. Tim to come give you the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the church office and we will contact Fr. Tim. If it is an emergency, you may call the Sacramental emergency number at 762-323-1558.