| The Sacraments of Healing, Christian Initiation, and Service
The seven Sacraments span all stages of
natural life and all important moments of the Christian
Sacraments of Christian Initiation
Sacraments of Healing
Sacraments of Service
Christian initiation is celebrated in Baptism, Confirmation,
and Eucharist. Through these visible actions a person is
incorporated into the Church and shares in its mission in
the world. Baptism is the first step leading to this full
incorporation in Christ and His Church. Thus Baptism cannot
be celebrated indiscriminately. Parents accept a great responsibility
when presenting their child for Baptism. They will be the
child's first teachers in the faith, and they need to be
the best of teachers. They need to teach not only by word
but by example.
The Godparents also take upon themselves the responsibility
of helping the parents of the child to raise the newly baptized
in the faith. The Godparents do this mainly by the example
of their lives. However, to understand and to be aware of
what is expected, the Parents need to be instructed. Therefore,
a baptismal preparation course is required.
* Choose at least one Confirmed, practicing Catholic
to be a Godparent.
* Contact the parish at least 60 days in advance to
make arrangements for baptismal preparation.
* Attend the Baptism Preparation Program with a desire
to deepen one's knowledge of the faith and commitment
to living it.
* Be at the church for Baptism at least 15 minutes before
Baptism is normally celebrated at
Mass on the second weekend of the month, except during the seasons
For additional information please call the parish office
at 920-434-2145. Back
Confirmation is integral to the sacramental initiation of
a person into the Church, the People of God. In that sense,
it is not an optional sacrament. It is for the candidate
both a precious occasion of Grace and an opportunity for
a moving experience of faith. Parents, sponsors, priests,
catechists and community share the ministry of preparing
the candidate for this significant sacramental experience.
Careful planning and extended preparation will enhance for
the candidate this encounter with the Spirit.
High School Confirmation: The usual time for Confirmation is in the junior or senior year of high school. For specific detail on this year's program, click here or contact Amy Koehler at 434-2417 Ext. 212
Adult Confirmation: a 4 week program is offered during Lent for adults who wish to be confirmed. Please contact Marge Schiffer, Pastoral Associate at 434-2145, Ext. 214. Back to Top
Parents have the responsibility to be the "primary teachers"
of their children and the "decision makers" for when their
children are prepared to share in the Eucharist. To aid
parents with these rights and duties, a catechesis for First
Eucharist is presented to the second grade students in our
Faith Formation classes. Along with this formal instruction,
a program focusing on growth in prayer, spiritual growth
and family experience is an integral component in the overall
preparation of the First Communicants. Parents are required
to attend a parent session, and work together with their
child on completing an Activity Book. Parents and children
also take part in a "Bread Feast" which is a celebration
patterned after the Last Supper. They also attend a rehearsal
and celebrate First Eucharist with their children. It is recommended for children to receive First Reconciliation before receiving First Eucharist.
Click here for program information
We are incorporated into Christ's Body, the Church, through
the Sacraments of Initiation. When we have been weakened
by sin, we can be healed through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Jesus continues His work of forgiving and reconciling through
Catechesis for children's first celebration of this sacrament
must always respect their natural dispositions, ability,
age and circumstances of life. This study needs to make
clear the relationship of the sacrament to the children's
life, to help them recognize moral good and evil, to repent
for wrongdoing and to turn for forgiveness to Jesus and
the Church. If the children are encouraged to see how faith
is expressed by being forgiven and forgiving, they should
be led to approach the sacrament freely. A meeting for parents
is provided so that they can be aided in this delicate task.
Parents are asked to work with their child on a family booklet
and to attend a parent-child mini-retreat in preparation
for this sacrament. It is recommended for children to receive First Reconciliation before receiving First Eucharist.
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Anointing of the Sick
Jesus' care and concern for the sick permeate the Gospels.
Though primarily concerned with spiritual sickness, He was
not indifferent to bodily afflictions and seemed often to
point to the relationship between the two. To be faithful
to Him, the Church must care for those who are sick in body
as well as spirit.
The anointing of the sick is a special sacrament for Christians
dangerously ill as a result of sickness or old age. The
sacrament is also intended for patients undergoing surgery
on account of dangerous illness, for elderly persons who
are in a weak condition, even if they are not dangerously
ill, for children who are seriously ill and have sufficient
understanding to be comforted by its reception.
A communal celebration of this sacrament is celebrated communally 3-4 times a
year so that the sick, surrounded by the Church in the person
of their family and friends, can receive special support
and encouragement from the faith community.
The pastor is available for the individual celebration of
this sacrament when a family determines that a home celebration
would be most appropriate. Parishioners planning to enter
the hospital are encouraged to receive this sacrament prior
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Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the mission entrusted
by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the
Church until the end of time. The Sacrament's three degrees
(Episcopate, Presbyterate, and Diaconate) are conferred
Bishops (Episcopate) receive the fullness of the Sacrament
of Holy Orders, which integrates them into the Episcopal
College and makes them visible heads of the particular
Church entrusted to them. As successors of the apostles
and members of the college, the bishops share in the
apostolic responsibility and mission of the whole Church
under the authority of the Pope.
Priests (Presbyterate) are united with the bishop
in sacerdotal dignity and called to be the bishop's
prudent co-workers in the exercise of their pastoral
functions. They gather around their bishop who bears
responsibility with them for a particular church. They
receive from the bishop the charge of a parish community
or determinate ecclesial office.
Deacons (Diaconate) are ordained into the ministry
of service to the Church. Deacons do not receive the
ministerial priesthood, but ordination confers on them
the functions of the Ministry of the Word, Divine Worship,
and Service of Charity under the pastoral authority
of their bishop.
[Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994 Reference: 1536,1595,1596].
For additional information on vocations please contact Father John. Back
Christian marriage is the union of a baptized man and woman
who freely enter into a loving covenant with each other
in Christ. The self-giving love of bride and groom is sealed
and strengthened by the Lord; and the married couple imitates,
and in a way represents, Christ's faithful love for His
bride, the Church. Thus husbands and wives become signs,
in and to the world, of God's steadfast love for His people.
Because marriage is a sacred and serious commitment, it
is necessary for all couples contemplating this union to
prepare themselves for it by prayer and study. A marriage
preparation program includes the following:
Before renting a hall, contact the parish to set a
date. This should take place at least six (6) months
before the desired date of the wedding. In fact, as
soon as an engagement takes place, contact the pastor.
At least one of the parties must be a registered member
of the parish or have a connection with the parish (e.g.,
grew up in the parish but now lives elsewhere).
The Catholics must give evidence of faith in God,
participate in parish worship and activities, and have
an understanding of the Catholic faith.
Attend the parish's Marriage Preparation Workshop
or a diocesan workshop if there is a scheduling conflict
and any extra sessions with the pastor, as he deems
Work out the pre-marriage inventory and discuss the
same with a parish couple trained to facilitate this
Present the necessary documentation: recently issued
record of baptism, confirmation, and dispensations (if
necessary) and complete the necessary diocesan forms.
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