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Sacramental Preparation

SACRAMENTS
There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.

Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
Sacraments of Service: Marriage and Holy Orders

BAPTISM:

INFANT BAPTISM

Parents should be active, registered members of St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, attending weekend Mass and contributing money to the parish. Those from another parish must have a letter from their parish stating that they are active members and have permission to baptize at St. Patrick. Parents will attend one evening class prior to baptism of the child. If the parents have attended a class already they do not need to attend again. Baptism of infants occurs during Mass (except during Lent) and is scheduled directly with Fr. Grosch.

If your child is older than seven, he/she will enroll in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and will be baptized at Easter Vigil.

One or both godparents are required to be active Catholics. A baptized non-Catholic may act as a witness together with a Catholic godparent.

The baptism is recorded in our parish Baptism register and a copy may be obtained by contacting the parish office. Our parish becomes the home parish and sacraments received in other parishes will be recorded in our register.

 

CONFIRMATION & FIRST EUCHARIST:

CONFIRMATION: “The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace… 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.” (CCC, no. 1285)

EUCHARIST: “The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation… The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of the communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being.” (CCC, nos. 1322 and 1325)

RECONCILIATION: “In this sacrament we are reconciled to God and the Church.” (CCC, Nos. 1420-1498)

MARRIAGE: “The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they come from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes.” (CCC, no. 1603)

Marriage Guidelines for St. Patrick Co-Cathedral

SACRAMENTS FOR THE HOMEBOUND: Lay ministers are available to visit and bring Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend church due to illness or age.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK: “The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.” (CCC, no 1514)

HOLY ORDERS: “The essential rite of the sacrament of Holy Orders for all three degrees [Bishop, Priest, Deacon] consists in the bishop’s imposition of hands on the head of the ordained and in the bishop’s specific consecratory prayer asking God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his gifts proper to the ministry to which the candidate is being ordained.” (CCC, no 1573)

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