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Sacraments....

...outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our Salvation

To know Christ and make him known

The Seven Catholic Sacraments 




 

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.

If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. 

Sacraments are celebrations of Christian tradition, of Christian life and ofChristian hope. They share the dimensions of past, present and future that give ordinary celebrations meaning. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote a prayer about the Eucharist that illustrates the point: "O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed [past], the mind is filled with grace [present], and the pledge of future glory is given to us [future]." Today we commemorate this understanding of sacrament when we pray the following version of the Memorial Acclamation at Mass: "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again."

 

Sacraments, though, are no ordinary celebrations. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. It is important for people to be in touch with what the sacraments celebrate if the rituals are to be as meaningful as possible for them. Sometimes people who participate in a sacramental celebration do not fully appreciate one or another of the dimensions of a sacrament's meaning. In this case, the sacrament speaks its meanings, as it were, to those attending the ceremony and invites them to find out more about them. The sacrament also calls people to get in touch with the sacred realities it celebrates. The more people respond to this call (for example, Reconciliation's call to forgive and accept forgiveness), the more they will find meaning in the sacrament.

 

 

 

 

Sacrament Information

 Baptism: Celebrated after the 11:30 AM Mass on Sundays or by special appointment.  Baptism preparation classes are required. Godparents must be registered at a church and obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship which states they are in good standing with their home parish.  Parents should be active members of our Parish. Please call the Pastor for any additional questions.

 Confirmation : Celebrated by the Bishop of the Diocese at a time to be coordinated by the Director of Religious Education. Children must attend Religious Education classes for a minimum of two years prior to receive this or any Sacrament. Please call the D.R.E. for additional information.

 Holy Eucharist: Celebrated at every mass (except during Holy Week). Please consult the Schedule on our Home Page. Children must attend Religious Education classes for a minimum of two years prior to receive this or any Sacrament. Please call the D.R.E. for additional information.

 Anointing of the Sick: Celebrated at the end of any mass or a home/hospital visit. Also celebrated during our Healing Masses. Please call the Pastor or speak to a member of the clergy before mass.

 Reconciliation / Penance : Is celebrated Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 6:25 PM in the church; before and after Sunday masses and by appointment. Please see the Pastor for more details.

 Marriage: Please call the Parish center at least 6 months prior to proposed date. Please be advised that a Pre-Marital Investigation, Preparation classes and a meeting(s) with the Pastor are required.  If an annulment is needed, please plan on at least 18 months for the process to be completed and please understand that no plans should be made until the process is completed.

If you need to convalidate your marriage, please call the office for more details.

 Holy Orders: Please speak to a member of the clergy to discuss your vocation. In addition, please go to the Diocesan Website for more information.

 Call the office to discuss the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) for any adult who is looking to become Catholic or complete the Sacraments.

 Please note: Quinceañeras are not a sacrament but can be performed under strict guidelines. Please call the office for more details.