The Sacraments

Congratulations on the new life in your family! We are excited to meet your child and to have them baptized at our Parish!

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word (CCC no. 1213).

Parents wishing to have their child baptized need to attend our baptism class with Godparents. There will be no baptism classes during the season of Lent. The classes will be offered on the following dates in 2018-2019 (more dates after January 19th will be posted at a later time):

Tuesday, July 17: 6PM
Saturday, July 21: 12Noon
Tuesday October 16: 6PM
Saturday, October 20: 12Noon
Tuesday, January 15: 6PM
Saturday, January 19: 12Noon

If you would like to register for a class please contact the Parish office. If you cannot make one of the dates above, please call the parish office and we can discuss scheduling another time!

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 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 (CCC no.1285).

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us (CCC no. 1322-1323).

To register your child for our Faith Formation program, please see our registration forms here. If you are an adult and have not received your First Holy Communion, please call the parish office.

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion (CCC no. 1422).
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ (CCC no. 1499).

Anointing

Congratulations on your engagement! We look forward to working with you on this next chapter in your life!

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament (CCC no. 1601).

Couples wishing to be married at St. John Paul II Parish need to attend a two day Pre Cana course. Our Pre Cana dates for Fall 2018 are: September 29 and October 6 from 9am to 3pm. Please call the Parish office to register. If this weekend does not work in your schedule, please call the Parish office and we can try to arrange a time that would work for both you and our Deacon.

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 includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate (CCC no. 1536).

 

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