Sacred Steps in Our Journey of Faith
We recognize that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith. When parents hug their children, for example, the visible reality we see is the hug. The invisible reality the hug conveys is love. We cannot “see” the love the hug expresses, though sometimes we can see its nurturing effect in the child.
The saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.
—United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Anytime by Appointment
- Communal Celebrations during Advent & Lent
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
- Annually at the Easter Vigil.
Adults or children aged seven or older interested in discerning the Catholic faith or completing the Sacraments of Initiation, please call the Catechetical Ministry Office or email.
BAPTISM OF INFANTS
- Ordinarily Third Sunday of the Month.
New or expectant parents should contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor. Infant Baptism is celebrated following Baptism Preparation Catechesis.
CONFIRMATION FOR TEENS
- Celebrated every other year in the Easter Season at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.
Candidates for this Sacrament should call the Catechetical Office at 997-4808.
ANOINTING and CARE OF THE SICK
- Anytime as needed.
- Communal Celebration Annually on/near the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11.
Call a priest to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing for persons seriously ill, preparing for surgery or frail under the burden of years.
Holy Communion is brought to all members of our parish who are ill or home-bound through our Pastoral Care Ministers.
Couples should contact the parish upon their Engagement and usually 6 months prior to the desired date of the Wedding Ceremony.