Sacraments - God's Grace
As Catholics, we live out our faith life in a most special way through the seven Sacraments of the Church. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Sacraments of Service are Marriage and Holy Orders. The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
The sacramental life of the individual and for the community begins with Baptism. All other sacraments flow from this great beginning. All candidates for baptism need a sponsor who is a confirmed, practicing Catholic to accompany them on their journey of faith. For more information or to schedule a conversation please contact Fr. Joe O’Brien. If you were baptized at Holy Spirit and need a copy of your baptismal certificate, please click here.
Eucharist is our Communion with God and with God’s People. When Jesus gives his body and blood he is giving his life and his spirit. When we receive communion we are allowing Jesus to enter our lives in a real way. When Jesus shared his body and blood with the disciples on the night before he died, he was continuing his care, love and support with the people who were about to continue his mission of love to the world. He knew that they would need this support and nourishment because so much persecution and discouragement would be driving them apart. He gave them Eucharist so that they would always have him near. Like a mother that nurtures the baby in her womb with her own body and blood, God nurtures and nourishes the church community, with Eucharist.
Children wishing to receive this sacraments participate in a process of preparation with their parents. This includes regular Mass participation with their families, plus specialized gatherings to understand better these two sacraments that draw Catholics into deeper communion and healing with God, with the community, and with the world. Attendance at monthly LIFT sessions is required. For more information, please contact Marie Frost.
Reconciliation is the Confession of our sins and the reception of Penance, that we might improve our lives and our world.
Children wishing to receive these sacraments participate in a process of preparation with their parents. This includes regular Mass participation with their families, plus specialized gatherings to understand better these two sacraments that draw Catholics into deeper communion and healing with God, with the community, and with the world. Attendance at monthly LIFT sessions is required. For more information, please contact Marie Frost.
Baptized adults who have never received Eucharist are invited to enter into the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in preparation for the reception of Eucharist, and preparation is done in conjunction with this. For more information or to schedule a conversation please contact Deacon Bill Dringus.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process for high school students who will be at least 15 years of age or in 10th grade at the time of Confirmation. Participation in parish faith formation is a part of the preparation process and attendance at monthly LIFT sessions is required. Please contact Marie Frost to begin the conversation about Confirmation preparation. To review some of the frequently asked questions about our Diocesan Confirmation guidelines read this resource. If you would like to enroll your teen (or yourself) in preparation to receive the Sacrament, please contact Marie Frost.
We rejoice with couples engaged to be married, and we look forward to supporting their journey for preparation not just for the wedding but for the life of their marriage. A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime — so we are happy to help engaged couples prepare for both. To schedule an appointment to speak with Fr. Joe O’Brien call the parish office. While you wait to speak with Fr. Joe, please check out this video from Busted Halo.
A great source of blessing to the life of the Church comes from those individuals who are considering a special vocation to religious life or to orders as an ordained minister (priest or deacon). Our Diocesan Office of Vocations will be happy to work with anyone interested.
Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is available not only for those in danger of death, but for all who are suffering from serious chronic illness, those of advanced years who are experiencing the fragility and decline of health, and those who are soon to undergo serious surgery. Please call the parish office and speak with Fr. Joe O'Brien. To learn more about this Sacrament check out this youtube video from Busted Halo or click on the LIFT Gathering link below to learn more from our faith formation program.
There are several reliable websites providing useful information about this important Sacrament, one example can be found at Catechism of the Catholic Church.