Baptism is the initiation of our faith into the sacramental life of the church. It is the doorway through which we enter to become members of the Mystical Body of Christ. We become a Child of Christ. During a child’s Baptism, the parents take on great responsibility to be the primary source of the child’s Faith Formation, for the home is the place where the child lives in the presences of Christ in their midst most regularly.
To have a child receive the Sacrament of Baptism the parents must be registered parishioners and attending Mass for six months prior to requesting the sacrament.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the sacrament by which we receive God's Body and Blood truly and substantially. It is not a symbol nor a reenactment of the Last Supper that happened over two thousand years ago. It is Jesus, with no time limitations, bringing us to the Last Supper to experience His love and service to us, to share the ultimate gifts, His body and blood. When Catholics receive the Eucharist, we receive Him and He becomes a part of us and we become a part of Him, so that we may bring Him into the world through our actions of love, mercy and forgiveness. Christ entrusted this Most Blessed Sacrament to His bride, the Church for spiritual nourishment and a pledge for eternal life.
First Holy Communion Preparation
The two year First Holy Communion Program is an opportunity for our children to experience the love of God through this sacrament by learning about the Paschal Mystery. The Mystery that is the very center and culmination of Catholic life.
The recommended age to receive this sacrament the first time is Second grade.
Along with Baptism and the Eucharist, Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation, initiation into the full life of the Catholic Church. By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized, are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit, they are true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. The Catholic catechism states:
“It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost".
The Confirmation program is a special time for the candidates to explore, deepen and strengthen their faith. The candidates are themselves choosing their Catholic faith as a way of life.
Our Parish Confirmation is a two-year program for eighth grade students.
The Sacrament of Marriage is the sacred union of a man and a woman. Joining them to fill that deep longing for the other that is life giving. Marriage is a Sacramental Vocation in and for the whole church. A husband and a wife vow to love, serve and communicate with each other so their oneness is always alive and growing; making their union obvious to all and that Christ’s love is in their midst. This unity not only between the husband and wife, but strengthens the oneness of Christ and Church into reality.
Couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage must contact the Parish Office and request to meet with the priest six months prior to their wedding date. He will set a course of marriage preparation for them and provide the necessary materials, forms and resources.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacrament by which we receive God's healing forgiveness for sins committed after baptism. The rite is called reconciliation because it reconciles us not only with God but with the church community. Both these aspects of reconciliation are important.
As members of Christ's Body, everything we do affects the whole Body. Sin wounds and weakens the Body of Christ; the healing we receive in penance restores health and strength to the Church, as well as to ourselves.
Since every sin is an offense against God, which disrupts our friendship with Him, the ultimate purpose of penance is that we should love God deeply and commit ourselves completely to Him. Therefore, the sinner who by the grace of a merciful God embraces the way of penance comes back to the Father who "first loved us" (1 John 4:19), to Christ who gave himself up for us, and to the Holy Spirit who has been poured out on us abundantly.
The follower of Christ who has sinned but who has been moved by the Holy Spirit to come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation should above all be converted to God with their whole heart. This inner conversion of heart embraces sorrow for sin and the intent to lead a new life.
When a person turns aside or away from God's love, the harm is to the sinner. Venial sin strains one's relationship with God. Mortal sin ruptures the relationship. Sin is a tragic reality. But the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a joyful reunion.
Those who are sick at home, in the hospital or nursing home and would like to be anointed with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call the Office 386-325-9777 during business hours, and after hours call 904-402-4047.
In serious physical illness you experience mortality. If you are not seriously ill, but in poor health or aged, addicted to drugs or alcohol, experiencing mental difficulties you know this same experience. Because these circumstances lead you to face God in the light of your own mortality, there is something especially sacramental about the condition you are in. And so there is a formal sacrament for this sacramental situation: Anointing of the Sick.
In this sacrament, God invites you to connect with Him in the light of your final meeting with Him. Through this sacrament, the entire Church asks God to lighten your sufferings, forgive your sins, and bring you to eternal salvation.
You need not be on the verge of dying to receive this sacrament. This is clear from the fact that the anointing and the prayers that accompany it have as a purpose the restoration of health. If you are in no immediate danger of death, but are sick through abuses, or aged, or mentally debilitated you can and should receive the sacrament.
Anointing of the sick helps you to share more fully in the cross of Christ. By so sharing, you contribute to the spiritual good of the whole Church. By the fact that you share more fully in the Cross of Christ through anointing, you are being prepared for a fuller share in Christ's Resurrection.
Preparation for The Anointing of the Sick
If you or a member of your family would like to share in the grace of this healing sacrament, simply call the priest, and he would be happy to visit with the sick person and celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick as is appropriate.
We also offer a Mass of Anointing on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
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