Baptism Guidelines for
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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
The sacraments are
divided into: the sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism,
Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist); the sacraments of healing
(Penance/Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick); and the sacraments at the
service of communion and mission (Holy Orders and Matrimony). The
sacraments touch all the important moments of Christian life. All of
the sacraments are ordered to the Holy Eucharist “as to their end”
(Saint Thomas Aquinas).
Christian initiation is accomplished by means of the sacraments,
which establish the foundations of Christian life. The faithful born
anew by Baptism are strengthened by Confirmation and are then
nourished by the Eucharist.
The Sacrament of
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 the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to
the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God;
we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and
made sharers in her mission"
Baptism for their children are asked to participate in preparation
sessions that explore the meaning and responsibility of the
sacrament to be celebrated.
The Sacrament of
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.
"The Eucharist is
'the source and summit of the Christian life.' 'The other sacraments
are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in
the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the
Church, namely Christ himself".
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The Sacrament of
Confirmation is a
Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of
baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of
Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity
"Confirmation is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that
of Pentecost. This outpouring impresses upon the soul an indelible
character and produces a growth in the grace of Baptism. It roots us
more deeply in divine kinship, binds us more firmly to Christ and to
the Church, and reinvigorates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our
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The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance,
or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion,
confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional
forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.
The Sacrament of Penance brings about "reconciliation with God and
therefore the forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with the
Church...peace, serenity of conscience and spiritual consolation;
and an increase of spiritual strength for the struggle of Christian
For the Confession schedule, click here.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
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.
This sacrament of healing is an extension of Jesus' healing of the
sick and is given for those who face serious illness of any kind:
physical, mental, psychological, etc. It may be received by anyone
who anticipates major surgery or who has reached an advanced age.
Holy Orders and Matrimony, confer a special grace for a particular
mission in the Church to serve and build up the People of God. These
sacraments contribute in a special way to ecclesial communion and to
the salvation of others.
The Sacrament of Matrimony
Catholics understand sacramental marriage as a covenant between a
husband and wife into which they invite God as a constitutive
person. A wedding is a celebration, which establishes this three-way
bond. Contact the Rectory Office six
months before the proposed wedding date to make an appointment with
a priest in order to complete the marriage preparation program.
for more information on weddings.
The Sacrament of 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
If you are interested in and feel that God may be calling you to
become a priest or deacon in consecrated service to God's people,
contact please visit the
Diocesan Vocations Office
Jesuit Vocation Office.
These are sacred signs instituted by the Church to sanctify
different circumstances of life. They include a prayer accompanied
by the sign of the cross and other signs. Among the sacramentals
which occupy an important place are: blessings, which are the praise
of God and a prayer to obtain his gifts, the consecration of persons
and the dedication of things for the worship of God.
The Christian who
dies in Christ reaches at the end of his earthly existence the
fulfillment of that new life which was begun in Baptism,
strengthened in Confirmation, and nourished in the Eucharist, the
foretaste of the heavenly banquet. The meaning of the death of a
Christian becomes clear in the light of the death and Resurrection
of Christ our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus goes
“away from the body to be at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians
5:8). Click here for information
on Christian Funerals.