Sacraments

Baptism

For infant baptism, parents are required to attend a preparation session. Please contact the pastor if interested in having your child baptized.

Becoming Catholic

Adults seeking initiation into the Catholic faith community are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This formation process involves Biblical reflection, study of the beliefs and traditions of the church, and prayer in preparation for the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Contact the parish office for more information.

Confirmation

Young people who are in 9th-12th grade are invited to prepare for Confirmation. Tuition fees help cover the cost of materials. Contact the parish office for more information. Parents, as the primary faith teachers for their children, should take an active role in their child’s preparation for this Sacrament. Adults (21 years old+) who wish to prepare to celebrate Confirmation should contact the parish office.

First Eucharist

Preparation for First Eucharist takes place during the first and second grade year of religious education. Parents, as the primary faith teachers for their children, should take an active role in their child’s preparation for his or her First Holy Communion.

First Reconciliation

Preparation for this sacrament also takes place during the second grade year of religious education. Expected parent involvement is the same as for First Communion. When a child has completed his/her preparation for Reconciliation, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to see that the child celebrates this Sacrament regularly. Opportunities for reconciliation are available through Parish Communal Penance services, and the regularly scheduled Saturday afternoon confession time.

Older children who have not celebrated First Eucharist and/or Reconciliation: Parents of older, baptized children who have not celebrated either of these sacraments are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of Christian Formation to make arrangements for sacramental preparation.

Reconciliation

The regularly scheduled time for Confession is at 2:00pm on Saturdays. Communal penance services are held during Advent and Lent. Confession is available at any time upon request.

Anointing of the Sick

Parishioners who are seriously ill or who are scheduled for surgery are encouraged to call the Parish Office to make arrangements to celebrate this sacrament.

Matrimony

It is the Church’s hope that by thoughtful preparation, couples planning to enter into marriage will better anticipate the challenges and rewards of married life. Couples intending to marry should contact the Pastor at least nine months prior to the wedding date.

Annulments

While the Church teaches that sacramental marriages last until the death of one of the parties, when marriages end in divorce one or both of the spouses often says, “I don’t feel like I was ever really married!” In fact, that might be the case. Anyone wishing to investigate the possibility of seeking an annulment for a marriage that has tragically ended in divorce is asked to contact the pastor.

Holy Orders

As a parish family, we pray the Serran prayer for vocations and invite families to host the vocation crucifix in their homes. Young men who would like more information about priestly life are encouraged to contact the pastor.

For more information about the Sacraments, please contact Fr. Gill via the church office at 816.763.0208 or e-mail at [email protected]