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On most Sundays at 1:30 pm,  Please call the Parish Office to arrange an appointment for an interview.  A prebaptismal meeting for parents and godparents, held on the first Monday of the month at 8:00 pm in the Chapel, is required.  Godparents must be confirmed, practicing Catholics. 

“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 1:8

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

St. Paul expressed the meaning of Baptism in terms of a break with the old and the beginning of new life in Christ.

Confessions are heard from 4 to 4:45 pm on Saturday; or by appointment with any of our priests. 

“And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18

The Sacrament of Reconciliation also referred to as Penance or Confession, is the sacrament in which Christ forgives sins and reconciles Christians to God and their fellow human beings.

This Sacrament 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.

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 pm;
Sundays at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12 noon.
Weekday Mass:  Monday through Friday at 8:30 am in the Chapel. 
Holy Days: as announced. 

“…This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” Luke 22:19

As Catholics, we believe the Eucharist, also known as 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 at each Communion, we are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

“The goal of the Eucharist is precisely 'communion of mankind with Christ and in him with the Father and the Holy Spirit' (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 22). When we take part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice we understand more profoundly the universality of redemption and, consequently, the urgency of the Church's mission with its program which 'has its center in Christ himself, who is to be known, loved and imitated, so that in him we may live the life of the Trinity and with him transform history until its fulfillment in the heavenly Jerusalem' (#60).” 
From Eucharist: Food for Mission, Pope John Paul II's 2004 Message Eucharist and Mission.

The Bishop presides at this sacrament each year, usually during the month of May.  For information and preparation requirements, please call the Religious Education Office. 

 

“…so that they may all be one, as you Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us…” John 17:21

Confirmation is a sacrament that confirms a member to the Catholic Church. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.

The Catechism describes Confirmation as a deepening of baptismal gifts. It says that the sacrament roots us more deeply in our identity as God's children; unites us more firmly with Christ; increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit; binds us more closely to the Church; and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith.

The Bishop presides at this sacrament each year, usually during the month of May. For information and preparation requirements, please call Virginia Blass in the Religious Education Office at 744-9515.

ADULT CONFIRMATION PROCESS

A process for those in 10th Grade and older to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. preparation begins right after the Easter Celebration. Virginia Blass (744-9515) coordinator

Marriages should be arrange at least six months in advance.  Participation in Pre-Cana is essential.  Please call the Parish Office to schedule an appointment with one of the priests or deacons before making catering arrangements.  Weddings are celebrated at 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm on Saturday; and 3:00pm and 4:30 pm on Sunday.  Nuptial Masses on Saturday only. 

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant which God establishes between a man and a woman for a partnership of their whole lives.

Through their marriage, they provide what is good for their relationship and open themselves to the procreation and education of children. This marriage bond is to help one another to attain holiness in their married life and forming their children in the Christian life.

Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which men receive from God the grace to perform the sacred duties Christ entrusted to His Church. The Twelve Apostles were the first priests and bishops of the Church. Through the ages men have been ordained as bishops and priests by the laying on of hands to continue the mission of Christ and His Church.

In the early Church, the order of Deacon was created to assist the priest in the mission and service to the Christian community. (Acts 6:2-6) Today, deacons help the priest at the celebration of Mass, the baptism of children, the witnessing of marriage, and the celebration of funerals. They are ordained to serve and care for the needs of the Church's faithful as well as the poor, the sick, and marginalized of the world. The permanent diaconate is often comprised of married men. Through a call from God and affirmed by the local bishop these men assist in parishes.

In the Latin Rite, a man who becomes a priest must be unmarried. He is to promise a life of chastity and obedience to the Church and his local bishop. His call comes from God and is affirmed through his bishop. By the laying on of hands the man becomes a priest who acts in the Person of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, anointing of the sick, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and all the other Sacraments.

Any gentleman interested in exploring the question of vocation to the priesthood or the permanent diaconate should contact one of the parish priests or deacons.  We will also be happy to direct persons interested in living their lives as Religious Sisters or Brothers

For parishioners who are seriously ill or who are planning to enter the hospital for elective surgery, please call the Parish Office to arrange for a priest to administer this sacrament for the sick.  All of our local hospitals are served by specially assigned Catholic priest chaplains

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick extends the healing of Jesus Christ for those who are ill and are suffering.

This ministry of healing is extended to priests who share in the healing mission of Jesus Christ. This sacrament is given to those who are seriously ill, who may be undergoing serious surgery, or in great need of God's healing in their lives. If it is possible, the Sacrament of Reconciliation precedes this sacrament and is followed by the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

If you or a family member wish to be anointed, please contact the parish office.