Most people know that much of Roman Catholic teaching and practice is based on sacraments. The Catholic Church, they say, is a Sacramental Church.
The word “sacrament” means sign. We believe that the Church itself is a sign of Christ’s continuing presence among us. So in this most general sense the Church itself is a sacrament because the Church as the People of God signifies Christ as risen Lord present in our world today.
But the Church is a special kind of sign. And it very actively lives its role as a sign of Christ’s presence by helping us encounter Christ. One specific way is through seven rituals or ceremonies that hold a very privileged place in the life of Catholic Christians.. Through them we worship God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and through them we encounter Christ. These actions are called the seven sacraments. And each in its own way signifies Christ reaching out to encounter his people.
Baptisms are held on Sundays, intermittently throughout the year. Attendance at a Baptism Preparation Class is required before the Baptism of a family’s first child. Call the Parish Center (347-6108, ext. 210) to register for the class and to discover when the next Baptism class is scheduled.
Arrangements to receive the Sacrament should be made personally by the bride and groom at least eight months before your desired wedding date. A Pre-Cana Program, Sexuality Workshop and FOCCUS are required. Call the Parish Center (347-6108, ext. 210) for information about available wedding dates and the required programs.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered several times a week in the Church, or you may call the Rectory (347-6108) to schedule an appointment. Here’s the weekly schedule…