Find information about each of the seven Sacrament and the requirements for receiving each.
The Sacrament of Baptism becomes the basis of our Christian life, the gateway to life in the Holy Spirit, and the door which allows us to experience the other sacraments of the church.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. By being baptized, we become members of the Catholic Church and our parish family.
Children are normally baptized within a few months of birth. Normally baptisms happen sometime on a weekend. Preparation for baptism is necessary for the first child and a baptism preparation session can be done for subsequent children. Contact Fr. Peter or Deacon Kramer and they can assist you through the process.
Confession times are 30 minutes prior to all Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. Additional times occur occasionally. See the bulletin or the calendar of events for that information.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers the opportunity for a Catholic person to receive forgiveness for sins and to be reconciled with the Catholic Church.
God's forgiveness has been offered thorough Jesus Christ and extended to His Church by priests asking the forgiveness of God upon a Catholic person. Jesus Christ began this Sacrament of Healing for all sinful members of his Church.
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and other ministries and works of Catholic people, are bound together and oriented toward the Holy Eucharist.
At Mass, the bread and wine is changed into the total Jesus Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity. Holy Communion unites us intimately with Jesus Christ, separates us from sin, and unites with other members of the Catholic Church. Catholics normally receive the Holy Eucharist at Mass unless they need to go to Reconciliation to seek forgiveness of their serious sins.
For those who are unbaptized or non-Catholic, they are encouraged to receive a blessing or to remain in their pews during the Communion Rite. Holy Communion is meant for those who are Catholic and in the state of grace, in other words, free from mortal sin. That is why we have Confession available before weekend Masses.
The Sacrament of Confirmation enables the baptized person to be enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit and unites them to the Catholic Church to become true witnesses of Jesus Christ.
The effects of Confirmation enables us to be more united to Jesus Christ, increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us, and deepens our involvement in the Catholic Church.
Confirmation is normally available once every 3 years and is given to 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who participate in preparation. This school year is the year that we have a class. It meets at the same time as CCD on Wednesday evening. Please visit the Faith Formation page for more information on various programs that are available, some of which overlap with Confirmation.
Adults who have not been confirmed may inquire about the process to be received in the Catholic Church through RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant which God establishes between a man and a woman for a partnership of their whole lives.
Through their marriage, they provide what is good for their relationship and open themselves to the procreation and education of children. This marriage bond is to help one another to attain holiness in their married life and forming their children in the Christian life.
Contact Fr. Peter about the marriage preparation process and how to book a wedding in one of the 3 parishes. Normally weddings here happen when one or both parties are parishioners, but exceptions can be made sometimes. Our parishes normally do not charge a fee to use the church or the parish hall other than being open to a donation.
Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which men receive from God the grace to perform the sacred duties Christ entrusted to His Church. The Twelve Apostles were the first priests and bishops of the Church. Through the ages men have been ordained as bishops and priests by the laying on of hands to continue the mission of Christ and His Church.
In the Latin Rite, a man who becomes a priest must be unmarried. He is to promise a life of chastity and obedience to the Church and his local bishop. His call comes from God and is affirmed through his bishop. By the laying on of hands the man becomes a priest who acts in the Person of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, anointing of the sick, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and all the other Sacraments.
In the early Church, the order of Deacon was created to assist the priest in the mission and service to the Christian community. (Acts 6:2-6) Today, deacons help the priest at the celebration of Mass, the baptism of children, the witnessing of marriage, and the celebration of funerals. They are ordained to serve and care for the needs of the Church's faithful as well as the poor, the sick, and marginalized of the world. The permanent diaconate is often comprised of married men. Through a call from God and affirmed by the local bishop these men assist in parishes.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick extends the healing of Jesus Christ for those who are ill and are suffering.
This ministry of healing is extended to priests who share in the healing mission of Jesus Christ. This sacrament is given to those who are seriously ill, who may be undergoing serious surgery, or in great need of God's healing in their lives. If it is possible, the Sacrament of Reconciliation precedes this sacrament and is followed by the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
If you or a family member wish to be anointed, please contact the parish office: 785.258.2013. Fr. Peter is willing to visit those in the parishes who are homebound. He normally does visits in Herington on Friday mornings and areas near Hope and Elmo on Thursday mornings. If you want to assist in bringing Holy Communion to the homebound, visit with Fr. Peter about how to best get started. Click here for a full list of ministries in the parish, among which is Holy Communion to the homebound.
If it's an emergency, contact Fr. Peter day or night: 785.258.2013. If he is not in the rectory, the call will automatically forward to his cell phone. Remember that Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament that can be repeated, especially if health conditions worsen.