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 grace.


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. Prior to scheduling the Baptism or attending the preparation class you will need to complete a Baptism Data Form. Parents are required to attend one Baptism Session for Parents prior to the Baptism of their child.

Catholics believe 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. Classes for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist student/parent sessions begin in January. Letters will be mailed in August to registered family members who may have children eligible to prepare for First Eucharist and Reconciliation. Parent Orientation will be scheduled at a later date.

The Catholic 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 Reconciliation is generally offered on Saturday afternoon from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Please check the Bulletin for the current schedule. Preparation classes for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist begin in January. Letters will be mailed in December to registered family members who may have children eligible to prepare for First Eucharist and Reconciliation.

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 to us. Candidates are expected to participate in the confirmation process and religious education classes with the exception of Catholic School students. 

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values. Parishioners need to be registered for at least three months and must contact the parish office at least six months in advance of setting a date. Diocesan policy states that each couple must complete a Christian Marriage Formation Program offered on an area basis.

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 to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick
The Catholic 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.. If you are entering the hospital, have a procedure scheduled, or just need the Lord's grace to help heal your spirit, please remember to receive the sacrament of anointing of the sick after weekend Mass.



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