According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 774, 1131, a sacrament is an “efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit.”
The Second Vatican Councils states the following: “The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called ‘sacraments of faith.’ They do indeed impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity.” (Sacred Constitution on the Liturgy, 59).
Baptism: Please call the Religious Education Office at 921-3284 to schedule your child’s baptism. Parents who have never had a child baptized, will need to receive preparation for this sacrament.
Marriage: Please call the rectory at least six (6) months in advance. No date can be set until after this appointment.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation: Candidates must have completed at least one year of religious education prior to receiving the sacrament. Families must attend all meetings and regularly attend Sunday Mass and religious education classes. Children prepare for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation in second grade.
Confirmation: Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is available for youth in grades ten. Candidates must have regular attendance at classes (see posted schedule), attend one retreat and regularly attend Sunday Mass.
Missed Sacraments: Preparation for children in Grade three or older who may have missed receiving the sacraments at the traditional time.
Anointing of the Sick: Please inform us about your sick brothers and sisters so that we may minister to them. Call the rectory at 926-7359 to schedule this ministry.
Holy Orders: If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a permanent deacon or a priest, please contact Father Michael at 926-7359 or the diocesan vocational director.