7 years and under
Baptism is the first sacrament. Through baptism we receive forgiveness of our sins, we become God’s adopted children, and we are incorporated into the Catholic Church. The Church encourages Catholic parents to baptize their newborn children as soon as possible. To schedule a baptism, please contact Deacon Chuck Amsberry.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION
Children enrolled in 2nd or 3rd grade of elementary school are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Communion (that is, the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist). Please contact Deacon Chuck Amsberry for more information and registration.
We are thrilled to see a good number of adults come to us with this inquiry every year. Entering the Catholic Church involves a year-long program called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The schedule for this follows the school year. The group meets on a weekday evening and participates in a few retreats during the year. For information, please contact Deacon Chuck Amsberry.
Confirmation is a deepening of the grace received in baptism. This sacrament roots us more deeply in our identity as God's children, and unites us more firmly with Christ and his Church, giving us special strength to bear witness to our faith. Contact Deacon Chuck Amsberry for information.
The sacrament of matrimony brings a man and a woman together in marriage. By receiving matrimony, a couple enters into a sacred covenant. By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church.
Because of the seriousness of the commitment of marriage and its sacramental nature, couples enter into a period of preparation that begins at least six months before the ceremony. Preparations include setting a date, meeting with the deacon and priest, possibly working with a mentor couple through the Marriage Preparation process, attending an Engaged Encounter retreat, studying natural family planning, etc. Contact Deacon Chuck Amsberry to get started on this wonderful journey.
When someone has died, a funeral Mass is encouraged. The funeral liturgy provides the best setting to pray for the person who has passed, bring closure, find strength in Christ, and commemorate the deceased person’s life.
If you are planning a funeral or memorial service, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please contact Deacon Chuck Amsberry, and he will help you plan the funeral liturgy.
Because of Catholic belief in both an eternal soul and the resurrection of the body, the Church encourages the burial of remains. Cremating remains is not prohibited by Church teaching. More information can be found on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops page on bereavement and funerals.