For information about sacraments of initiation for adults and older children, (Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation), refer to Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
If possible, an infant should be baptized within the first weeks after birth. Infant applies to those who cannot profess personal faith, usually those not of catechetical age. To assist in educating the child in the faith, class is required for the parents. Children are led to gradually learn about the faith so they can accept it for themselves. Ideally, each child should have a godmother and godfather who practice the faith. However, at least one must be a Catholic in good standing; the other may be a Christian witness. If the godparent is not from our parish, a sponsor letter (indicating Confirmation) from their parish is necessary. Parents are to contact the Parish Office to set a date for the Baptism and to enroll in the required class.
Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist takes two years. Usually, children will receive these sacraments in the second grade. The celebration of First Holy Communion most fittingly happens at the parish Sunday Mass so that the local community may welcome its newest communicants. For more information please contact the Religious Education Office
Normally, preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation requires three years of study. Usually the eighth grade student receives Confirmation. Preparation includes a retreat and participation in service projects, as well as attendance at class. The date of Confirmation is determined at the diocesan level. For more information please contact the Religious Education Office.
In the Rite of Matrimony, Christians signify and share in the mystery of the unity and fruitful love that exists between Christ and His Church. They thus help each other to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and rearing children. To adequately prepare for this sacrament, those wishing to be married are to contact the Parish Office at least six months before the desired wedding date. They will meet with the priest three months prior to the wedding date and must take part in a marriage preparation session.
These may be Pre-Cana classes provided by the diocese in four sessions, classes at the parish held on two Saturdays, or an Engaged Encounter weekend. A current Baptismal certificate with any notations must be presented as part of the necessary paperwork.
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders (presbyters) of the Church and let them pray over him with oil in the name of the Lord... (James 5:14-15)
As we read in the Letter of James, the sacrament of the anointing of the sick describes mutual prayer and concern for those who are ill. To make this sacrament of healing more available, we can celebrate it within the context of the liturgy. For this reason, we celebrate the ritual Mass of the Anointing of the Sick during Advent and Lent.
The sacrament can be received when one is seriously ill, or when one needs healing mentally or spiritually. It is comforting to know that the Church provides a sacrament for those who feel powerless and weak. We dont have to wait until near death to receive the sacrament. Our pastor is, of course, available upon request throughout the year for the Sacrament of the Sick.