"Sacramental grace" is the grace of the Holy
Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and
transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit
of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful
partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only
Son, the Savior.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Two,
Section One, Chapter 1, Article 2, IV, 1129
is the first sacrament and therefore the door to all other sacraments. In
baptism one sacramentally dies with Jesus Christ and is raised to a new life
with Him. Most Catholics are baptized as infants. We practice infant
baptism because we believe that faith which is the necessary precondition for
baptism is not an individual but rather a communitarian reality. Anyone
regardless of age is baptized in the faith
of the Church not solely by virtue of his or her personal faith.
The Church requires
that at least one parent and one godparent is an active and participating
Catholic who accepts the responsibility to support and raise the child in the
Catholic faith. Parent(s) are required to attend the
Baptismal Preparation class prior to the baptism and are encouraged to do so
before the birth of the child if possible. Contact
Pastoral Associate for a schedule of the baptismal sessions.
Contact the the
Associate for information on the RCIA process as
adapted for children if a child has reached the age of consent (7 years old).
Preparation for the first reception
of this sacrament usually takes place in the second grade of Catholic School or
Religious Education class. Parish policy states that a student must attend
classes (either Catholic School or Religious Education) for one year prior to
acceptance into the sacramental preparation class. A mandatory parent meeting is
part of this preparation.
Reconciliation is the sacrament of forgiveness
and spiritual healing. The word “confession” clearly stresses the fact that in
this sacrament we verbalize our sinfulness, disclose our failures, and mention
our mistakes to the priest who represents Christ and the Church, and absolves us
and reminds us of the Lord’s forgiveness.
is our most important sacrament. It is the heart of Catholic life and worship,
because Christ is truly present as food for us. Preparation for First
Eucharist also usually takes place in the second grade year either in Catholic
School or Religious Education. Parish policy states that a student must
attend classes (either Catholic School of Religious education) for one year
prior to acceptance into the sacramental preparation class. A rite of
Enrollment, parent meetings and Reflection Day are mandatory and included in
Through the sealing of the Holy Spirit we are given the spiritual strength to
profess, live and witness to the Catholic faith. Academic preparation for
this sacrament takes place either at Central Catholic High School during the
freshman year or Religious Education. Spiritual formation will take place
in the parish. Dates and times are published in the bulletin.
Confirmation is administered to parishioners 13 years and older. The age
is determined by Diocesan policy. Contact the
register or for more information.
The Sacrament of
Matrimony or Marriage is one of the wonderful ways we answer God’s call. It is a
covenant of love between a man and a woman. Marriage is also a vocation just as
are priesthood, vowed religious life, or a single life. Because Church treasures
Marriage so highly, we take seriously our responsibility to help couples prepare
for the Sacrament.
Dioceses in the United States have a marriage preparation policy to help couples
prepare for Marriage. The process in our diocese begins with an interview with
the priest and precedes everything, including setting a definite date for the
wedding. During this initial meeting, the priest will explain the preparation
process. This interview must take place at least six months prior to the actual
wedding. Most couples, although they would not voluntarily have chosen to
fulfill the requirements of the policy, find the preparation to be a very
(Ordination to Priesthood) is the Sacrament through which men are set apart as
leaders and become presiders over the sacramental life of the Church. No one has
the power to decide whether to be ordained. The Diocese, through its Bishop,
makes the final decision to call someone to ordination.
is intimately connected with the Church’s life and mission, the Diocese has
established policies and guidelines for those who wish to be ordained as
priests. Anyone who believes God may be calling him to become a priest is
encouraged to talk with any priest or get in touch with Rev. Brian Doerr,
Diocesan Vocation Director, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Anointing of the
“Is any among you
sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will
save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins,
he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).
The sacrament of
Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the
Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave
illness or old age. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has
certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of
illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive
the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness
Only a priest can
give the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, using oil blessed by the
bishop, or if necessary by the celebrating presbyter himself. The celebration of
the Anointing of the Sick consists essentially in the anointing of the forehead
and hands of the sick person (in the Roman Rite) or of other parts of the body
(in the Eastern rite), the anointing being accompanied by the liturgical prayer
of the celebrant asking for the special grace of this sacrament.
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