Sacramental Preparation Guidelines
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Parents should contact the church office to make arrangements for the celebration of this sacrament. A preparation session is required for first-time parents.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. All children who are of the age to make their first Confession, receive their First Holy Communion should register for our Religious Education Program. Weekly catechesis takes place Sunday morning at 9:20 am during the school year. For more information about receiving first holy communion contact Lynn Johnson, the Director of Religious Education.
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick:
Formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Individual reception of the sacrament can be arranged by contacting Fr. Biju T. Devassy. Anyone who is anticipating surgery is encouraged to request this sacrament prior to entering the hospital.
Sacrament of Marriage:
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. Engaged couples should contact Fr. Biju T. Devassy at least six months prior to the desired wedding date.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For more details please contact Lynn Johnson, the Director of Religious Education.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Schedule of the sacrament of reconciliation – Saturday 4: 30 – 5: 00 pm or by appointment.
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness. For more details please contact vocation office of the diocese or visit http://www.wvpriests.org/