Sacraments

 

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us….They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.”     Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131


Sacraments of Initiation   Click for more information

Baptism

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life…and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.”     Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213

Infant Baptism is generally scheduled during a weekend liturgy, except during the Seasons of Advent and Lent.  Baptism is a communal celebration, as are all sacraments.  The process of welcoming new members into the faith involves the participation of the parish community who, as part of the rite, promise to be credible witnesses for those entering our Christian community through the waters of Baptism. In addition, two classes (for the parents of the child, and if possible the god-parents) are required and are held at regular intervals during the year, usually on the second and fourth Sundays of the month between the morning Masses. Baptism of persons above the age of seven is celebrated following the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

Contact person: Anne Marie Graham (989) 835-8831 ext. 53

Confirmation

“For ‘by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.’ (LG 11; cf OC, Introduction 2)”

Confirmation is celebrated when the bishop visits each parish community for that specific purpose. It is, in the Diocese of Saginaw, celebrated before First Eucharist which completes Christian Initiation, usually in second grade. However, preparation classes are also held for older children and youth  baptized into the Catholic faith who have already received their First Eucharist, these celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with the younger children. Adults who have received First Eucharist are also prepared for this sacrament and can choose to receive it at the parish celebration of Confirmation or at the cathedral during the Easter Season.

Contact person: Anne Marie Graham (989) 835-8831 ext. 53

Eucharist

“…the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith:  ‘Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1327

Celebration of First Eucharist for children usually takes place during the Easter Season. Preparation for the first reception of holy Eucharist takes place with the preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. With the reception of their First Eucharist our children are fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

Contact person: Anne Marie Graham (989) 835-8831 ext. 53


Sacraments of Healing   Click for more information

Reconciliation

“During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness:  he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1443

Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes several different forms including individually the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 9:00 AM (Check current parish bulletin) and also communally.  The communal form usually is celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Private appointments can also be arranged by contacting the parish office.

Anointing of the Sick

“Heal the sick!”  (Mt 10:8).  The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1509

The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is available for those who wish (at home, at the hospital, or after any liturgy).  Mass with the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated annually.

Contact Person:  Father Pat O’Connor at (989) 835-7121 ext 34


Sacraments in Service to Communion   Click for more information

Matrimony

“The consent by which the spouses mutually give and receive one another is sealed by God himself. (Mk 10:9) From their covenant arises ‘an institution, confirmed by the divine law, …even in the eyes of society.’[GS 48§1]” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1639
The sacrament of Marriage, in accordance with Church law, requires a minimum of six months’ preparation period. Marriages are celebrated any day of the week outside the Advent and Lenten Season. The sacrament of Marriage within Eucharist can be celebrated as part of a Sunday liturgy, like many other sacraments of the Church.

Contact Person: Father Pat O’Connor at (989) 835-7121 ext 34

Holy Orders

“This sacrament 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.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1581

Those interested in more information regarding vocations should contact the Diocesan office.