• Sacraments

  • Reconciliation (Confession):
    Saturday, 4:00PM or by appointment
    Third Sunday of the Month, 12:00PM
    Parents must contact parish office to make arrangements.
    Please contact the parish office at least six months in advance.

  • The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred”. The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.

    As we learn more about the sacraments, we can celebrate them more fully. The Catholic Catechism offers these words as explanations for each of the seven sacraments:

    Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers of her mission.

    In the Sacrament of Confirmation there is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the baptized person. The grace of Baptism is increased and deepened: it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation, unites us more firmly to Christ and increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. Sealed with an indelible spiritual mark or character, the confirmed are more closely linked to the Church and more firmly obliged to witness to Christ and to spread and defend the faith.

    Holy Eucharist
    The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of all worship and Christian life. In this Sacrament, Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received. In the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, the sacrifice of the cross is forever perpetuated. By this Sacrament, the Church continually lives and grows and the unity of the People of God is signified and brought about.

    Penance (Reconciliation)
    In the Sacrament of Penance the faithful who confess their sins to a lawful minister and are contrite for those sins, receive from God, through the absolution given by that minister, forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism, and at the same time they are reconciled with the Church.

    Anointing of the Sick
    In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church commends those who are seriously ill to the suffering and glorified Lord that He may raise them up and save them. She exhorts them to contribute to the good of the Body of Christ by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and Death of Christ.

    Holy Orders
    By the Sacrament of Holy Orders a man is marked indelibly with the sacramental character that constitutes him as a sacred minister within the episcopal, priestly or diaconal Order. Each, according to his degree, fulfills in the person of Christ the Head the offices of teaching, sanctifying and governing the people of God.

    Marriage is rooted in the paschal mystery of Christ. The conjugal union between a baptized man and woman, entered into validly, is a Sacrament. By this Sacrament, a man and woman are joined as one, becoming an image of the union of Christ with His Church.

    (Above definitions taken from Sacramental Guidelines Archdiocese of Hartford, 2/10/08)