Baptism, the first and fundamental sacrament and the gate to the other sacraments, is the purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth. It is the means by which its recipients are incorporated into the church in a sacramental bond of unity. Parents of children to be baptized should call the parish office for arrangements of date of baptism and instruction.
As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist.
By a signing with the gift of the Spirit, confirmation enriches the baptized with the Holy Spirit, binding them more perfectly to the Church, and strengthening them in their witness to Christ by word and deed and in their work to bring to its fullness the Body of Christ. Confirmation is conferred through anointing with chrism and the laying on of hands.
Through penance, the faithful receive pardon through God's mercy for the sins they have committed. At the same time, they are reconciled with the Church community. The confession, or disclosure, of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. Confessions are heard on Saturdays from 4:00-4:45 pm and anytime by appointment.
At least six months prior to the intended date call one of the parish priests for the necessary preparations.
Anointing of the Sick
A communal celebration is scheduled twice each year. Individual administration of the sacrament is available by calling the parish office for anyone seriously ill or in advanced years.
Rite of Christian Initiation
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? RCIA introduces people to the Catholic faith and way of life through praying, sharing the Bible, and serving along with the community If you are interested, please contact Kathy Fleming CRE at 314-966-3780 or email [email protected]