Sacraments

Baptism/Reconciliation/First Communion/Confirmation/Marriage

Holy Orders/Annointing Of The Sick

 

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. To learn more about the individual sacraments, please follow the links below or feel free to stop by and ask questions.


Baptism -

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. 

Baptism is celebrated at 1:30pm on the second Sunday of each month. Instructions for parents and sponsors will take place the week before (first Sunday of the month) at 1:30pm in the Rectory. Please contact the Rectory to register.

 

 

Eucharist 

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Children registered in Visitation Academy or the Faith Formation Program will receive First Eucharist in the second grade. All other candidates please contact the Faith Formation Office.

 

 

Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

Celebrated on Saturday 4pm - 4:30pm. Other times by pre-arranged appointment with a priest. Communal Penance celebrations (with individual confessions) are celebrated in Advent and Lent and will be announced.


First Reconciliation - Children registered in Visitation Academy or the Faith Formation Program will receive First Reconciliation in the second grade. All other candidates please contact the Faith Formation Office.


Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

Candidates

Confirmation candidates are generally received in the 8th grade. This is a two year process which begins in the 7th grade. Please contact the Faith Formation Office.
 

Adult Candidates 

RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a spiritual journey of faith to discover what it means to follow Jesus as a Catholic Christian.  The RCIA welcomes those who are not baptized, those who are baptized Christians and wish to enter the Catholic Church and baptized Catholics who wish to complete their Sacraments of Initiation through First Eucharist and/or Confirmation.  The Rites or “mileposts” along the journey help to continually discover God’s path and expectations for each person.  Please contact the Rectory for additional information.

 

Marriage

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

Registered parishioners regularly practicing the Faith at our Parish are welcomed to contact the Rectory one year in advance of a proposed Wedding date. Specific dates are only discussed after meeting with a priest. Couples must attend a Pre-Cana program and provide required Sacramental and other documentation.



Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness. Click Here


 

Anointing of the Sick 

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered at anytime in an emergency and also at parish celebrations during the year. Consult the bulletin for dates. Communion is brought to the sick, the elderly and homebound by priests of the parish and by Eucharistic ministers. The priests also visit the local hospital regularly. If you or a family member is hospitalized, please contact the Rectory to make arrangements.

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