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Sacraments are visible signs chosen by Christ to bring mankind the grace of the Paschal Mystery. "The purpose of the Sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called 'Sacraments of Faith.' 'They do indeed impart grace, but in addition, the very act of celebrating them most effectively disposes the faithful to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity."
-Vatican II, Constitution on Sacred Liturgy

Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism of Infants
A preparation class is held monthly. An information sheet must be completed and reservation for class is made through the parish secretary.
Contact: Tina Jacobik, 481-7172

Baptism of School-Age Children
Sacramental classes for school age children begin in September. Registration for class is in May. If you missed registration, please contact the Faith Formation Office, 482-6883, for an appointment. Parents participate in the preparation of their children for all sacraments. School-age children are considered part of RCIA. See the Faith Formation section of this website for more information.

Baptism for Adults
The Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is an on-going process of preparation for full membership and participation in the Catholic Community. Inquiry classes are held throughout the year on Sunday morning from 10:00am – 11:15am following the 9:00am Mass. Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist, the Sacraments of Initiation, are celebrated each year at the Easter Vigil.

If the mystery of life and God touches your heart, please call; we are here to listen. Each person's faith journey develops in a unique way. All are welcome to inquire about participating in this experience.
Contact: Faith Formation Office, Joanne MacPeek 239-482-6883.

Preparation of First Eucharist begins in the family as you attend Mass and Live Christ in your daily life. Formal preparation begins in classes during 1st and 2nd grade. Parents are the primary teachers of their children by their example. Catechists assist parents during the classes, retreat and parent meetings. An enrollment ritual is held to present all the children to the community for blessing and prayer. A Eucharist Retreat experience, that includes the whole family, is the final preparation for the Sacrament.
Call the Faith Formation Office, 482-6883 to register

Parent/Child Meetings for 1st Eucharist are:
Rite of Enrollment - November
Parent/Child Meeting: - March
Eucharist Retreat: April
First Eucharist Celebration: May

For more information see the Faith Formation page for Kindergarten through 5th Grade.
For specific near-term dates, see a recent bulletin.

Guidelines for receiving
Holy Communion

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in 10th grade at a time when the candidate is sufficiently mature to be able to confirm their Baptismal call.

Year One of Confirmation Prep
Preparation includes the following:
· Active Participation in Resurrection Youth Ministry (including initial parent/candidate Confirmation meeting)
· Initial interview with the Director of Youth Ministry
· Attendance at the Diocesan Youth Rally
· Helping to Host Family Advent Night
· Presenting the Living Stations of the Cross Prayer Service on Good Friday
· Completion of 12 hours of Service within the parish

Year Two of Confirmation Prep
Preparation includes the following:
· Active Participation in Resurrection Youth Ministy (including parent/candidate Confirmation meeting)
· Attendance at the Diocesan Youth Rally
· Rite of Enrollment with Sponsors & Candidates
· Series of Confirmation classes (averaging once a month with at home work)
· Researching and choosing a saint to be the Candidate's personal patron saint
· Completion of 12 hours of Service within the parish
· Interview with Pastor or Parish Priest two weeks prior to Confirmation
· The Rite of Confirmation

For more information see the Faith Formation page for Middle and High School.
For specific near-term dates, see a recent bulletin.

Sacraments of Healing
Preparation for First Reconciliation is done at seven years or older. Classes include Parent Meetings, Prayer Times, and Class Times. Children who are older than 2nd Grade are prepared through the RCIA for children.
Parent/Child Meetings for 1st Reconciliation - October and November
First Reconciliation Celebration - December
For more information see the Faith Formation page for Kindergarten through 5th Grade.
For specific near-term dates, see a recent bulletin.

Anointing of the Sick
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10).

Moreover, 'old people may be anointed if they are in weak condition even though no dangerous illness is present. Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted by this sacrament. . . . [The faithful] should be encouraged to ask for the anointing, and, as soon as the time for the anointing comes, to receive it with faith and devotion, not misusing the sacrament by putting it off.'
Please contact the parish office, 481-7172.

Sacraments of Commitment and Service

Please call to schedule an appointment to set a date for marriage at least one year in advance. Marriage preparation is an important key to a lasting healthy relationship. Couples will meet with a priest for counseling and a pre-marriage inventory. Marriage preparation requires attendance at a Pre-Cana Conference or an Engaged Encounter Weekend.
Contact - Tina Jacobik, 481-7172

About the "Unity Candle"

Sooner of later, as they plan their wedding liturgy, a couple will receive some advice 
about a “unity candle.” They need one, they are told (at great expense); it is a tradition; 
it is what Catholics have always done. Not so. In the last thirty years or so, the custom 
has enjoyed wide popularity in the United States. It has never been officially part of 
our liturgy, and it exists in tension with some of our core symbols. Usually there are two 
smaller candles and one larger one to be lit from the smaller. Large candles in our 
tradition always mean Christ, and smaller ones are always tokens of our baptismal candle. 
If the candles are meant for a kind of renewal of baptismal vows, then the meaning is 
clearer, yet this is seldom the understanding. Why, then, are those smaller candles extinguished?
It’s hard to tell where these pesky candles came from. Some suggest that the Presbyterian 
Church, which has a very lean wedding liturgy, introduced them as an option for extending 
a short service. Generally, it’s been experienced as a “photo opportunity” rather than a 
genuine liturgical ritual. The “unity candle,” a recent invention rather than an authentic 
tradition, has not been approved as an adaptation to our rite, and it is to be hoped that 
it will gradually disappear
from view. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

Holy Orders
It is through this Sacrament that men make their commitment to the priesthood. The call to the priesthood is a call from the church to service. Candidate for the diaconate and the priesthood are recommended by the pastor. Questions regarding a vocation are referred to the pastor.
Contact Msgr. McNamara, 481-7172

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