The gospel of Saint Matthew says, "And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'" (28: 18-20 NRSV).
The law of the Roman Catholic Church says, “Baptism, the gateway to the sacraments, is necessary for salvation, either by actual reception or at least by desire. By it people are freed from sins, are born again as children of God and, made like to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated into the Church. It is validly conferred by a washing in real water with the proper form of words.” (The Code of Canon, canon 849)
Child baptisms are scheduled for Sunday afternoons by appointment. Parents and godparents are provided the opportunity of a good understanding of the benefits and responsibilities of the Christian sacrament of Baptism through a meeting held before the baptism date.
Adult baptism is generally provided through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) program. This process usually begins in the fall.
For more information or to request a baptism, please contact the parish office via phone, email, or the form found on the "contact" page of this website.
After his resurrection, Jesus breathed on the apostles and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven” (John 20:22). Jesus also said: “I tell you solemnly, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent” (Lk 15:7). “If we confess our sins to God, He will keep his promise and do what is right: He will forgive us our sins and purify us of our wrongdoings” (1 John 1:9). Christ has reconciled human beings with God the Father through his death and resurrection. By this sacrament we are made one again with God.
Sacramental Confessions are scheduled Saturday afternoons from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m., or before weekday Masses or by request.
Arrangements should be made at least six months in advance of the expected date of marriage. This time is required for the engaged couple to go through a marriage preparation course to help prepare for their new life together.
Please contact the parish office for more information.
Anointing of the Sick
James 5:13-15 says, “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick, they should call for the elders (priests) of the church and have them pray with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed any sin will be forgiven.”
The anointing of the sick can be a matter of urgency. Please contact the parish office if necessary.