The Anointing of the Sick was, for some centuries, restricted to cases of extreme illness. This special anointing (unction) was reserved and became transformed into the “Last Rites.” While there are still last rites in the Church in a manner of speaking, that is to say, Viaticum (Eucharist given for the journey), the Anointing for the Sick has regained its place as a sacrament of healing.
Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism brings us into the community of believers, the Church. We are united with Christ and raised to the dignity of being children of God, blessed with the gift of faith. The newly baptized obtains forgiveness of all sins and is given a new life of grace. Through the symbolic action of immersion in or pouring on of water, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus and are thus made aware that through this sacrament we die to our old selves and rise to a new life in Christ.
The sacrament of Confirmation seals one with the Holy Spirit and confirms one’s baptism. During the ritual, one is anointed with oil and “sealed with the gifts of the Spirit.” Through this sacrament, Christ gives a fuller outpouring of the Holy Spirit so that a person has a deepened power to maturely understand and profess one’s faith. Confirmation strengthens an individual to live out his or her baptismal promises and prepares the individual for the missionary dimension of the commitment one makes in baptism.
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. It is the center of the life of the Church and of each Christian, a source of unity. The Eucharist is also a sacrifice – a memorial of the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. Jesus gives himself in the Eucharist to nourish us for the work of building the Kingdom of God here on earth, as well as for our personal growth. In the Eucharist, we share fully in the Body and Blood of Christ, really present to us.
The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent, sacramental character. – from the Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
If you are interested in exploring the sacrament of Holy Orders, please contact the Rectory.
Marriages must be arranged at least six months in advance by appointment with a priest or deacon.
The sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin. – from the Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Reconciliation is offered each Saturday from 4:30 pm to 4:45 PM or anytime by appointment with a priest.