Sacraments are the visible manifestation of the presence of God's grace in our lives. They are events wherein Christ is active in our lives. Our Lady of Fatima is a community in which the sacraments are celebrated with deep Faith and true meaning.

   Entrance into the Faith community of the Catholic Church is immersion into the life of Christ.  Therefore, it must be special.   Infant baptism involves a genuine commitment of the parents to raise their child in the Faith.  Baptismal preparation is a wonderful joyful opportunity for new parents to make contact with the priests and people of our parish and to become acquainted with the theology of Baptism.  Please make arrangements for preparation before Baptism.
    Adults who would like to be baptized are most welcome.  Please call the rectory for details.  Also ask about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for non-Catholics.

Normally Confirmation is conferred by the Bishop in the Spring to 8th graders who have completed two years of preparation.  Those beyond the 8th grade who have not yet been confirmed should call the rectory to find out how they can become confirmed Catholics.

First Eucharist
Children receive First Holy Communion as second graders after a year of preparation in our CCD Program.  Parents gatherings also take place during that time.  Special arrangements will be made to prepare older children and adults for their First Communion in a program designed for them.

Second graders are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Penance before First Communion.  Confessions are heard from 4:00 pm until 10 minutes prior to Mass on Saturdays.  On Holy Days and Sundays, the Sacrament of Reconciliation begins 30 minutes prior to Mass.  Confessions also take place by appointment and on special evenings in Lent and Advent.

This is an important sacrament of witness to the presence of Christ in a relationship.  Couples need to be appraised of their spiritual responsibilities and the means to carry them out.  Engaged couples should contact the rectory as soon as possible and at least 4 months before the proposed wedding.

Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is for everyone suffering from a serious health condition.  Do call for the priests of the Church if you or someone you know is ill or injured.  Hospital calls by the priests are a regular part of parish life.   Notify the rectory whenever a Catholic is admitted to a local hospital.

Holy Orders
Preparation for priesthood is usually four years after college unless enrolled in a college seminary.  We encourage young men to consider priesthood.  We hope our families foster vocations to the priestly ministry and the religious life.