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  • Sacraments

    Introduction to the Sacraments

    "The sacraments are outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace. Signs, there are all kinds of signs around us but sacraments are unique as signs because they are signs of the presence and love of God for us and of our desire to come in contact or encounter God."





    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 children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” – Catechism, #1213

    Please contact the Parish Office for Baptism arrangements.

    Click here for Pre-Baptism form






    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." - Catechism, #1285

    Please contact the Parish Office for Confirmation arrangements.

    Click here for Pre-Confirmation form






    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, #1323

    The Catholic Church teaches that when the bread and wine are consecrated in the Mass, they cease to be bread and wine, and become, respectively, the body and blood of Christ, each of which is accompanied by the other and by Christ's human soul and divinity. The empirical appearance and physical properties are not changed, but the substance itself is (hence "tran-substantiation"). The consecration of the bread and wine separately represents the separation of Jesus' body from His blood at Calvary. However, since He is risen, His body and blood can no longer be truly separated. Where one is, the other must be. Therefore, although the minister of Holy Communion says "The body of Christ" when administering the host, and "The blood of Christ" when presenting the chalice, the communicant who receives either one receives the whole and entire Christ.  Anyone with a gluten intolerance is invited to approach the Altar immediately after the priest receives Communion so that they may receive Communion from the chalice only.

    For those children who have not yet received their first Holy Communion, parents should contact the Parish Office to enroll their children in the preparation program.

    Click here for First Holy Communion registration form






    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." - Catechism, #1422

    Please refer to the Home Page for a listing of times when confessions are offered. 

    For those children who have not yet celebrated their first confession, parents should contact the Parish Office to enroll their children in the preparation program






    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." - Catechism, #1499

    In an emergency, please call the Pastor's residence number. If not an emergency, either call the Parish office to set up a time with our Pastor or simply approach our Pastor after any of our daily or Sunday Masses to arrange a time.






    Matrimony


    "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, #1601

    Couples wishing to get married in the Church must contact our Pastor at least six months in advance of the desired wedding date in order to complete the program.

    Click here for Prenuptial form