| Baptism | Confirmation
| Eucharist | Penance
Anoiting of the Sick | Marriage
| Funeral | Tribunal
of Christian Initiation of Adults
RCIA, a rite of the Roman Catholic Church,
is wonderful process of conversion to
Christ and formation in faith. Through
the rite, the Church prepares adults to
receive the sacraments of initiation and
to "carry out the mission of the
entire people of God in the Church and
in the World". Contact RCIA Director:
Alethea Johnson 225.2120.
Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from
original sin and from personal guilt, that
makes him a member of Christ and His Church.
It is thus the door to a new and supernatural
life. 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 sons of God; we become members of
Christ and are incorporated into the Church
and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism
is the sacrament of regeneration through water
in the word."
and Classes: Parents of infants and children
who have not reached the age of reason are
required to attend a 1 1/2 hour preparation
class before they schedule their
child's baptism. Godparents are encouraged
to join the class if they live in town. These
classes are held about four times throughout
of Contact: For more information or to
sign up for a class call Alethea Johnson at
225.2120. Adults, teens and children who have
reached the age of reason should contact
the RCIA Director, Alethea Johnson 225.2120.
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." Every
baptized person not yet confirmed can
and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious,
but Christian initiation remains incomplete
without Confirmation and Eucharist.
Baptism and attend preparation classes.
At this time, Sixth grade and older may
receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
and timeframe: Preparation begins in
the fall for students. Adults should
contact the parish office at 225.2570. Confirmation
is usually celebrated every
spring at Holy Name.
of contact: Alethea Johnson at 225.2120.
is the "Sacrament of sacraments."
It is the heart and summit of the Church's
life, for in it Christ associates his
Church and all her members with his
sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving
offered once for all on the cross to
his Father; by this sacrifice he pours
out the graces of salvation on his Body
which is the Church.
and timeframe: First Holy Communion
preparation for all second graders of
Holy Name Parish begins in the fall.
First Holy Communion is celebrated the
first Sunday in May each year.
Church has the power to forgive all sins.
This forgiveness of sins is a true sacrament
instituted by Christ, different from baptism,
particularly on account of its judicial
form. Mortal sins are forgiven only by
the sacrament of penance (Reconciliation).
Sins are forgiven by absolution which
can only be given by an authorized priest.
One who desires to obtain reconciliation
with God and with the Church, must confess
to a priest all the unconfessed grave
sins he remembers after having fully examined
his conscience. The confession of venial
(less serious faults), without being necessary
in itself, is nevertheless strongly recommended
by the Church. Effects of the sacrament
are: reconciliation with God and God's
grace, reconciliation with the Church,
remission of eternal punishment, remission,
at least in part, of temporal punishment,
peace and serenity of conscience, spiritual
consolation, an increase of spiritual
strength for the Christian battle.
and timeframe: Preparation for receiving
the sacrament for the first time is during
preparation for First Communion. Any person
on staff will help adults who have questions
and the priest will help anyone with the
steps of celebrating the sacrament.
is the sacrament of anointing of the
of contact: Father Pat Travers at
sacrament of matrimony consist of the
marriage contract, so that for Christians
the contract and the sacrament are inseparable.
Therefore marriage comes into the legal
competence of the Church. The purpose
of marriage is the increase of the people
of God and mutual help for the partners
in loyalty and love.
Notification of intent to marry must be
given to the Pastor six months before
the marriage date.
and timeframe: Marriage Preparation
Classes are required. At least one of
the parties must be a member of the parish.
of contact: Father Pat Travers
of contact: Father Pat 225-2570
Office of the Tribunal is a service branch
of the Catholic Church. It assists in
the pastoral care of divorced persons
seeking marriage in the Catholic Church,
divorced and remarried persons seeking
to have their marriage recognized in the
Church, and divorced persons seeking clarification
of their standing in the Church.
of contact: Father Pat Travers