Sacrament Prep Ministries

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20

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Baptism

Visit our Baptism page for more information. For adults, see our RCIA page.

The catechumen’s immersion into the water symbolizes Christ’s death from which they rise up and share in his resurrection into new life. Christ commanded his disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he affirms the necessity for salvation. However, while God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, God is not bound to His sacraments.

Parents of infants should be registered members of the parish for at least three months before beginning preparation for the sacrament, or provide a letter from their former parish. Please contact the Parish Office to verify your registration and schedule an interview. Infant baptism information classes are held monthly. Parents must attend a class and register prior with the Parish Office.

First Reconciliation - Children

Visit our First Reconciliation page for more information. For adults, see our RCIA page.

The whole power of the sacrament of reconciliation consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship” (Roman Catechism). “Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament” (CCC 1468).

After a period of faith formation of at least one year, a period of formal preparation for First Reconciliation begins the following year. First Reconciliation normally happens during the Lenten season, if the child is developmentally ready during their second grade year.

Confirmation/First Communion - Children

Visit our Confirmation / First Reconciliation page for more information.

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 (CCC 1285). The laying on of hands is recognized as the origin of the sacrament and as a continuation of the grace imparted at Pentecost. Confirmation imprints an indelible character on the Christian’s soul.

The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist is an intimate union with Christ Jesus (CCC 1391). Indeed, the Lord said, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him” (John 6:56). What material food produces in our bodily life, Holy Communion achieves in our spiritual life (CCC 1392).

The following year, Confirmation/First Communion may happen during the Easter Octave for children who have completed the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children must be enrolled in children’s faith formation classes or have attended a Catholic school for both 1st and 2nd grades. Children starting after 1st grade will need to complete two years of preparation and will have already received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate is required.

RCIA - Adults

See our RCIA page for more information.

Adults involved in the RCIA process receive the sacrament at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening.

Matrimony

See our Matrimony page for more information.

“The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life” (Council of Trent).

The Sacrament of Marriage is to be taken seriously. Couples wishing to initiate this process should call the Parish Office and allow a 9 month to 1 year preparation time period for this sacrament. Those wishing to be married will first meet with the priest or deacon before scheduling a date with the Parish Office.

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More Information

For more information on how to get involved with outreach programs for the community, as well as parish-oriented ministries and groups please read the Parish Ministries guide. All parishioners are encouraged to prayerfully discern where their gifts can be best utilized in our community.

Questions?

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