Sacraments

Introduction to the Sacraments

"The sacraments are outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace. Signs, there are all kinds of signs around us but sacraments are unique as signs because they are signs of the presence and love of God for us and of our desire to come in contact or encounter God."

Anointing

Anointing of the Sick is offered:

The sacrament is offered monthly to those who are ill or have passed their 65th birthday, following the 9am Mass & 12:05 noon Mass on First Fridays.

Also available to the hospitalized, homebound and nursing homes residents by request. Simply call the Parish Office and request a priest to come.

Those who are homebound and desire to receive Holy Communion can do so by calling the Parish Office and requesting an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to bring communion to their home.

Baptism

Baptism Requirements:

  • Provide copy of birth certificate Attend baptism preparation class. Class is offered monthly, the first Tuesday every month from 7pm - 8:30pm in the Parish Center.
  • At least one of the baptismal sponsors must be a practicing Roman Catholic; that is married in the Church (if married), confirmed, receiving communion on a regular basis.
  • ADULTS: Contact the RCIA program through the Parish Office
  • CHILDREN: 7yrs -18yrs please contact the RCIC program through the Parish Office
  • INFANTS: Contact the Parish Office for the registration form

Confirmation

Confirmation Requirements:

  • Family must be registered in the Parish
  • Completed the 9th & 10th grade Religious Education classes
  • Attend weekly classes; September - April. Please contact the Religious Education for schedule of classes
  • Provide copy of baptismal certificate. Adults desiring the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact the Parish Office or Religious Education. A 4-week program precedes confirmation.

Eucharist

1st Communion Requirements:

  • Family must be registered in the Parish
  • Completed the 2nd grade
  • Attends weekly classes, September-May. Please contact the Religious Education for schedule of classes
  • Celebrated their First Reconciliation (this is part of preparation for First Communion) Provide copy of baptismal certificate.
  • Celebration of First Holy Communion takes place in May

For those who are homebound and desire to receive Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Office to request an Extraordinary Minister to provide communion.

Holy Orders

For information about the priesthood, permanent diaconate, consecrated religious life or lay ministry, please see the Diocesan Vocations Office.

For those who are homebound and desire to receive Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Office to request an Extraordinary Minister to provide communion.

Marriage

Marriage Requirements:

  • Catholic party must be registered in the Parish
  • Couples must contact the Parish Office for an appointment with a priest or deacon 6 months before the intended date of the wedding
  • Couples must receive pre-marital instruction- this is provided by the Parish after initial meeting with a priest or deacon
  • Provide copy of baptismal certificate
  • If seeking validation for a civil marriage please provide a copy of civil marriage license

Reconciliation

Confession is Offered:

  • Daily, 30 minutes before each weekday Mass; 8:30am-9am & 11:35am -12:05 noon.
  • Saturday morning from 8:30am-9am, Saturday afternoon from 3:30pm-5pm & Sunday afternoon from 4:30pm-5pm.
  • At Good Shepherd Mission on Saturday evening from 6pm-6:30pm, immediately before the Vigil Mass.
  • Anytime by appointment. Please call the Parish Office for an appointment with a priest.