A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. Sacraments are "powers that come forth" from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in His Body, the Church. They are "the masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant.
There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
All students who are eligible to receive a sacrament are required to participate in additional activities during that sacramental year. These sessions are designed around the particular sacrament being received and are required of ALL parish candidates and families regardless of where the children attend school. This includes students who are being homeschooled or attend a Catholic school. (Catholic school & homeschooled students should contact the Program Coordinators for more information on registering.) These requirements include meetings and retreats. These events are scheduled and can be found on the Lifelong Faith Formation Calendar. If a family is not willing to participate in the required events, it may postpone a student receiving their sacrament to the following year. An additional fee of $100 per candidate is required for all sacramental preparation.
“The sinner wounds God’s honor and love, his own human dignity…and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for the sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world.” (CCC 1487, 1488)
The Sacrament of Penance (Confession/Reconciliation) is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in His presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. Questions about this process should be directed to Stephanie Grossman, the ECHO Program Coordinator. Use our parish subscription to Formed.org to learn more about the Sacrament of Penance at: Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession
1st Holy Communion
“At the Last Supper, on the night when he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved spouse the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.” Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
Christ is present at every Mass - in the person of His priest, in His sacred Word, in the assembly, and especially under the form of bread and wine.
The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the seven sacraments because, in this and in no other sacrament, we receive the very body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Innumerable, precious graces come to us through the reception of Holy Communion.
Children in our parish prepare to receive their First Holy Communion through our religious education program. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Grossman, the Program Coordinator. email@example.com
“Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.” (CCC 1316)
“Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ.” Lumen Gentium
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith.
Our Confirmation Prep Program has shifted to a two year program, beginning in the fall of the Candidate's 7th grade year and ending in the spring of the Candidate's 8th grade year. Implementing this two year program better aligns with Diocesan Regulations and fosters a better understanding of discipleship as a lifelong journey.
Questions about the Confirmation process should be directed to Shannon Cassidy, Lifelong Faith Formation Coordinator.