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Matthew 28:19 “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.”
Baptism is a sacrament of welcome into the family of God and our parish community. Baptisms are celebrated on the first or third Saturdays of each month and we ask parents to contact the parish office or the parish priest in advance.
John 6:54-56 “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.”
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion celebrates the reception of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord for the first time, who seeks to dwell always in our hearts. The regular reception of this sacrament strengthens our bond with Christ and the community that gathers each weekend.
Children ages 8 and above, who are baptized begin preparation to receive the sacrament of First Eucharist (Holy Communion) after having prepared for and celebrated the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
Registration for First Communion preparation takes place during the month of September in the parish.
First Communion classes go from September to June after the 9 a.m. Mass from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and normally the First Communion day will be on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi.
Ephesians 1:13 “When you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the graces and the blessings of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism. Through Confirmation one is strengthened anew by the Spirit so that one can live out the Christian life more fully.
The preparation program itself is open to anyone who has already been baptized in the Church and have received First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Confirmation classes go from September to May after the 9a.m. Mass from 10:15a.m. to 11:15a.m. Registration for the sacrament takes place in September.
Mark 10:6-9 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate. '”
The Sacrament of Marriage is a vocation of love, unity and self-sacrifice. This most wonderful sacrament is a powerful sign and symbol of the love God has for each of us.
Those couples seeking marriage are asked to contact the Parish Office six months prior to the marriage. This allows sufficient time to fill out the needed paperwork while taking the time to journey with couples preparing for their most special day.
John 20:21-25 “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’”
The Sacrament of 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.
Children ages 8 and above who are baptized or have made a profession of faith, may begin preparation to receive both the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist by registering in September at the parish.
For Confessions, you may approach the priest at least 10 minutes before the Mass starts or after the Mass.
Acts 14:23 “They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.”
If you think God might be calling you to be a priest, religious or lay missionary, it is beneficial to spend some time on a good discernment and talk to your parish priest. One other method of discernment is to reflect on your life: look at what doors the Lord has opened or shut in your life, and look at what talents he has given you and what desires he has placed in your heart.
Whatever vocation God calls you to, this will be the place where you will have the most joy. Each vocation will have plenty of suffering as well, but all vocations are ways that we can become holy.
Anointing of the Sick
James 5:14 "Is anyone sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."
This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520).
Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament? No. The Catechism says, "The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived" (CCC 1514).