Our goal in preparation for the sacraments is Communion with Jesus Christ. Preparation aids us in entering into the mystery of Christ, to encounter him, and to discover yourself and the meaning of your life in Christ. The National Catechetical Directory puts it this way;
"At the heart of catechesis (preparation), we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, ' the only Son from the Father... full of grace and truth,' who suffered and died for us and who now after rising, is living with us forever."
We see sacraments as those special times in which we can share the message and life of Jesus Christ. Through the preparation and participation in the sacraments, our hope is to fill the individuals and families with the presence of Christ so that they go out and share that same Jesus Christ in their lives.
Click on a specific sacrament for more information or contact the parish at 763-784-1329 if you have any questions about any of the sacraments. You may also click on a contact's name to email them.
Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation are the sacraments that we first encounter upon entering the Church. The initial conversion to the message and life of Jesus Christ is the primary purpose of these sacraments. You can enter these sacraments at any time in your life, but many enter these sacraments as children and youth. We truly believe that our sacraments are about community and family and we celebrate and prepare for our sacraments in families and in our community.
Children (Ages Birth to 6 Years):
Baptism is a community celebration of new life welcoming a child into the Christian community. Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays listed below, either during Mass or after the last Mass of the day as indicated on the schedule.
|Baptism Dates for 2018|| |
|January 6, 7, at Mass|| |
|February 11|| |
|March - None|| |
|April 8|| |
|May 12, 13, at Mass|| |
|June 10|| |
|July 15|| |
|August 4, 5, at Mass|| |
|September 16|| |
|October 7|| |
|November 3, 4, at Mass|| |
|December 2 || |
Parents who wish to have a child baptized must attend a pre-baptism class if they have not done so in the past two years. Godparents may also attend. Instructions regarding the choice of Godparents and details of the celebration are included in the class. Call the Parish Office to register, 763-784-1329. Classes are held in the church from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
|Baptism Classes for 2018 |
|Monday, January 8|| |
|Monday, February 12|| |
|Wednesday, March 14|| |
|Monday, April 9|| |
|Monday, May 7|| |
|Tuesday, June 12|| |
|Monday, July 9|| |
|Monday, August 13|| |
|Monday, September 17|| |
|Monday, October 8|| |
|Monday, November 5|| |
|Monday, December 3|| |
Children/Youth (Ages 7 - 14):
According to the Order of Christian Initiation, special rites are celebrated throughout the year and participants celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Preparation begins in September. Contact Johanna Scanlan.
First Communions are celebrated at our usual Mass times over two weekends: Once a child is prepared, parents may select which Mass and weekend they prefer for their child's First Communion. Please see the Faith Formation - Elementary page or click here for Sacramental Preparation.
Celebration of this sacrament will be in the spring. It is a two-year process usually during the 9th and 10th grade years. Please see the preparation classes under Faith Formation - Senior High.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Those seeking full membership in the Catholic faith are received through the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil liturgy. Please see the preparation classes under Adult Enrichment If you have questions email Johanna Scanlan or call her at the parish office.
Sacraments of Healing
Families preparing a child for First Reconciliation celebrate this sacrament for the first time in a special group service with family and friends in November. Please see the Faith Formation - Elementary page or click here for Sacramental Preparation.
We offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays after Mass or by appointment with the priest. Further, each grade level is given an opportunity during the year to participate in the sacrament. We also have seasonal services for the community.
Anointing of the Sick
The ritual of anointing approved by the National Conference of Bishops states that the Sacrament of Anointing is for "those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by illness or old age. Elderly people may be anointed if they have become totally weakened even though no serious illness is present." It is important not to equate advanced years with poor health. Whenever a serious illness or disability is a reason for surgery, you may request anointing. To celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing with family and friends, call the parish office. The parish schedules occasional communal celebrations for the Anointing of the Sick. Information is provided through the bulletin.
The sacrament is celebrated with those whose health is in a serious condition, either physical or psychological. Please call the parish office if someone is in the hospital.
Sacraments of Commitment
A sacramental marriage is one in which two persons vow to live a life of marital friendship that is permanent, faithful, and life-giving. A period of preparation is provided for the couple to seriously consider the quality of their relationship and their readiness to freely make a lifetime commitment to one another.
Couples are encouraged to contact the parish at least six months or preferably one year in advance of the wedding. Call the parish office to make an appointment.
Marriage Preparation Booklet
Our parish staff will also assist persons with marriage-related issues such as validation (blessing) for a previous marriage outside the Church, significant marriage anniversary celebrations (25th, 50th, etc), or annulments. Call Deacon Joe Frederick at the parish office to discuss these concerns.
Resources: (click on logo or underlined words)
Couple to Couple League: Natural Family Planning
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is received by priests and deacons to serve the Church. If you are interested in becoming a priest, deacon, brother, sister or Lay Ecclesial Minister you should contact the Vocations Office at 651-962-6890.