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.
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.
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