Baptism is our entrance into the Church and is the basis of our whole Christian life. Through this sacrament, water and the word of God, cleanses us of all sin. We are freed from sin and reborn and sanctified in Christ to everlasting life. During the baptism, a baptismal covenant is made in which the person being baptized, either personally or through one's sponsor, agrees to belong entirely to Christ, who in turn promises the new Christian to bless him or her with a lifetime of divine grace. For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents' help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized - child or adult on the road of Christian life.
EUCHARIST The Eucharist, also known as the Sacrament of Holy Communion, is the only one of the three Sacraments of Initiation that we can (and should) receive repeatedly. It is called: Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God; Holy Communion, because by this sacrament we unite oursleves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body. At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion.
The word Messiah (Christos in Greek) means "anointed." Jesus is the Christ, the one anointed by the Holy Spirit. At Confirmation, we are anointed with that same Holy Spirit. At the actual anointing during Confirmation we hear the words: "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." This sacrament gives us the grace to live our life as a Christian boldly and without shame. Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.
Matrimony is an indissoluble bond between a man and a woman, created by human contract and ratified by divine grace. Christian spouses signify and partake of the mystery of that unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and his Church, helping each other attain to holiness in their married life and in the rearing and education of their children. So that the "I do" of the spousese may be a free and responsible act and so that the marriage covenant may have solid and lasting human and Christian foundations, preparation for marriage is of prime importance.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ's instrument for his Church. This sacrament includes three degrees: episcopate, priesthood and diaconate.
The sacrament of reconciliation, or penance, is where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. The penitent's acts are repentance, confesson and the intention to make reparation and do works of reparation. The confession of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with God and the Church. Through such an admission, we look squarely at our sins, take responsibility for them, and thereby open ourselves again to God and to the communion of the Church.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
This sacrament was instituted by Christ to give the sick spiritual aid and strength to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age; including, if need be, the remission of sins. It consists essentially in the anointing by a priest of the forehead and the hands, while pronouncing the words "Through this holy anointing and His most loving mercy, may the Lord assist you by the grace of the Holy Spirit, so that, freed from your sins, He may save you and in His goodness raise you up."
ANOINTING OF THE SICK Once a year a communal celebration of Anointing is offered in Church. Individual requests can be made at any time.
First Sunday of month 2:00 PM in English
Third Sunday at 2:00 PM in Spanish
ST. JOSEPH'S During 10:00AM Mass in Spanish or 12:00PM Mass in English
*Parents can contact the Rectory Office to request the sacrament for their child and to register for the preparation session, which is held on the last Wednesday of the month. Adults for Baptism can register for RCIA.
FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION Preparation for children ages 5 to 15 is offered on Sundays at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Parents are asked to register in August. Adults are prepared through the RCIA and can register at the Rectory office.
MATRIMONY Marriage preparation begins one year before the wedding. Please contact the pastor at the Rectory office before making any other arrangements.