The Sacrament of Baptism
Please call at least one month prior to Baptism.
Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation and is a lifelong journey during which we respond to God's love for us. The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Parents who want their children baptized should contact the parish office. There is a brief period of instruction for the parents and sponsors (Godparents) for the first child. Infant baptisms are usually celebrated during or following a weekend Mass.
Children who are at the age of reason (7 years or older) and adults who wish to be baptized are asked to enroll in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). Contact the Director of Faith Formation for more information.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
God's grace can heal a soul wounded by sin. The first step in reconciliation is being truly sorry for our sins. The next step is to confess them to a priest, who will offer an appropriate penance. The third step is absolution (forgiveness).
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:30 pm
or by appointment.
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Children preparing for Confirmation/First Holy Communion are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This preparation occurs in the second grade (age of reason) or older
The Sacrament of Reconciliation may be received many times throughout a person's life. According to the Precepts of the Catholic Church, Catholics must confess serious sins at least once a year. In addition, Catholics must confess all known mortal (deadly) sins.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist
Receiving of the Eucharist or Holy Communion is the third of the sacraments of initiation. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving; we are giving thanks to God for the gift of salvation. During Mass, we gather as God's children around the table of the Word (the proclamation of the Word of God) and the table of the Lord (the altar). During the Eucharistic Prayer, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. Through the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ, we are intimately united with Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, and all the other persons gathered for the Mass. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Children of our parish begin faith formation in the first grade and will celebrate the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation during the following two years.
Adults who wish to receive to join the Catholic Church are encouraged to contact the parish for information regarding the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is the second sacrament of initiation. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. It is sealing of the baptism. In the Diocese of Gaylord, the sacrament of Confirmation is conferred upon children prior to First Communion during the Easter Season. For adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church but have not been confirmed, there is a time of preparation prior to the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation.
Confirmation can be conferred upon children (7 years old and older) or adults. Families of children seeking Confirmation are asked to enroll in the Sacrament Process and Family Faith Formation program. Contact the Director of Religious Education for further information.
Adults who wish to become members of the Catholic Church are encouraged to enroll in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).
The Sacrament of Matrimony
Contact the Parish office at least six months prior to the anticipated date.
Marriage is a calling from God (vocation) and a sacrament. It requires the presence of a priest or deacon, a bride and a groom, and two witnesses. In this Sacrament, the bride and groom are the real ministers because it is their mutual "I do" that makes them husband and wife.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Our church facility is reserved for those who are registered members of our parish, or children or grandchildren of registered parish families. To make arrangements for the sacrament of Marriage, please contact the parish office.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
From the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.
Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate. Learn more about vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
By appointment. Please notify our Pastor when you are seriously ill or hospitalized.
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Our parish celebrates a Mass of Anointing at various times throughout the year. Anyone who is suffering from chronic illness, disease, or prolonged pain is encouraged to participate.