Baptism is a sacrament of initiation into the Catholic community. As part of Baptism preparation, parents of infants participate in a class to reflect on their own faith journey and the meaning of Baptism for them and their child. Classes are offered monthly and the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first weekend of the month at the 10:30 am Sunday Mass or between Masses at 9:00 am, except during Advent and Lent.
The love between two people is a gift from God. The commitment two people make to be together for the rest of their lives and to accept children from God is sealed before the community and God during the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage. Couples are offered marriage preparation and assistance in wedding planning. One of the parties (bride or groom) must be Catholic. Weddings are not celebrated during Lent or Advent. Weddings and marriage preparation must be scheduled at least nine months in advance.
Reconciliation is the sacrament that celebrates the forgiving love of God. In the sacrament of Reconciliation we acknowledge and confess our sinsand are reconciled to both God and one another. Preparation for First Reconciliation typically takes place during the fall for children in the second grade and older.
In the sacrament of Eucharist, we remember the action of Jesus at the Last Supper when he blessed and broke the bread and shared it with his disciples. We give thanks for Jesus' sacrifice and celebrate his ongoing presence with us. A child who wishes to prepare for First Eucharist must prepare for and complete First Reconciliation before beginning preparation for First Eucharist. The preparation process includes both activities at church and a program of home study.
Confirmation is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation, which continues the process of full membership in the Church, begun at Baptism. It is imortant that each candidate makes the choice to particpate in this process of learning and reflection of living a life of faith and service in the Church. Confirmation is sometimes called the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit; it strengthens and celebrates the presence of God’s Spirit in our lives. Preparation for Confirmation is for teenagers in the 10th grade and older.
The Sacrament is for those facing any serious illness. It can be given before surgery or by anyone in need of any physical or emotional healing.