Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the Catholic faith. Baptism for infants and young children are celebrated during Mass or in the Baptismal ceremony apart from Mass. Adult Baptisms and those of older children are guided by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). See ‘RCIA’ under Faith Formation.
Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
In the Eucharist we celebrate the death and resurrection of Our Lord, and continue to nourish our relationship with Our Lord that began in Baptism. Typically our children receive the Eucharist in the second grade. Preparatory classes are taught by our religious education instructors with periodic meetings during the year. Contact: Mrs. Rodriguez.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is celebrated yearly following the guidance of the diocese, which is the age of 8th grade. Classroom instruction is required with periodic meetings between parents, students and sponsors. Those being confirmed begin in regular Sunday school classes before entering the preparation during the year of Confirmation. The confirmands participate in a retreat and perform various service requirements. Contact: Mrs. Rodriguez.
Frequently adults who did not celebrate this sacrament inquire about receiving it. Contact Ginny Blass or Barbara Maliszewski who can help with the preparations and celebration.
Sacrament of Marriage
This most joyful sacrament asks God’s blessing upon husband and wife, and that the love shared will be in the image of Christ’s love for us. The parish follows the guidelines of the diocese asking six months notification prior to marriage and marriage preparation. Mr. Ed Burkard, the parish music director, may be consulted about musical arrangements, questions and planning. Call the office and arrange for one of the priests or deacon to check calendar and arrange a meeting.
Sacrament of Holy Orders
The Church welcome men and women who are called to serve God’s people. Men are ordained to the deaconate, priesthood and episcopate. There are both religious orders for men and women fulfilling various ministries in the Church. In considering a call to minister in the church, please feel free to speak with our clergy or parish staff at any time. For additional information on church vocations, please visit the Diocesan website.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Here we celebrate the forgiveness of our sins. The sacrament is offered each Saturday at 1:00 pm in the church, or by appointment at another time. The Monastery also has a ministry of reconciliation. At the front door of the monastery, the receptionist will call the priest available at that time for confession. There are also during the year, usually Advent and Lent, occasional penance services with the celebration of the sacrament. Children preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation must attend preparatory classes and participate in group meetings with parents and guardians.
Sacrament of the Sick
This sacrament is the community’s prayer for the healing and well being of the sick and is celebrated at least annually in church for those able to attend. Those homebound are visited and offered this sacrament. It is for the sick, so anyone entering the hospital or preparing for an operation, may desire to receive the sacrament. Ministers of the Eucharist bring Holy Communion to those unable to come to church and serve as a liaison with the parish should anyone need a visit from the parish priests. Derek deSa oversees the ministry to the homebound and sick. Please notify if a loved one is in the hospital or at home.
Funerals and Christian Burial
The consolation of our faith in eternal life is celebrated at the difficult time of death and burial. The Church wants to celebrate meaningfully with family and loved ones at this time. Respecting the nature of Catholic funeral rites, please check with one of the priests or Mireille Leys, Minister of Consolation, who can help with arrangements regarding Scripture readings, music and other liturgical matters. Mireille Leys also oversees a bereavement group in our parish or our deanery.