SACRAMENTS

RCIA

Whether you are preparing for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, or all of the above, we are happy to begin this journey to Christ together.

RCIA is a process involving seven or so months of preparation, leading up to the Easter Vigil, where adults and grown children receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. The purpose is to meet Christ, and through him, the Love of God the Father. This friendship with God, in the midst of his family, the Church, is the most wonderful relationship of our lifetime. It builds us, it heals us, it comforts us, and it makes us stronger. We discover our Creator and our Savior, and in a new way, we discover ourselves.

This journey will involve time for learning and time for your heart. We will have time to spend with formed members of our community and with other newcomers. We will have classes to learn about what we believe, and steps of prayer in order to listen to God’s Word and respond with this growing faith.

Beginning in October, we will meet each Tuesday evening (7pm to 8.30pm) and come to Sunday Mass. Please click here to learn more and sign up.

BAPTISM

The sacrament of baptism is birth into new life, not just in our family, but also in the Catholic community.   Please take the time to read this information. The Catholic Church has different rules for the preparation for baptism, depending on the age of the person to be baptized.

Derived from the Greek word, bapto or baptizo, baptism means to wash or immerse. The ritual of Baptism symbolizes the washing away of sins and cleansing the soul by immersing it in water. Baptism is an important Sacrament and being baptized is an important part of being initiated into the family of the Catholic Church. Water baptism is an act of obedience and represents forgiveness and unity with Christ and the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

There is a class for parents and godparents the second Tuesday of every month in English and the Second Thursday in Spanish at 7: 00 PM in the basement of the Church (MJC). You must register for the baptism at the parish office before the class. Please click here for more details.

CONFIRMATION

Through the sacrament of Confirmation, those who have been born anew in baptism receive the inexpressible Gift. the Holy Spirit himself. by which they endowed with special strength. Moreover having received the character of this sacrament, they are bound more intimately to the Church and they are strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and deed as true witnesses of Christ.

Very early, the better to signify the gift of the Holy Spirit, an anointing with perfumed oil (chrism) was added to the laying on of hands. This anointing highlights the name “Christian,” which means “anointed” and derives from that of Christ himself whom God “anointed with the Holy Spirit Innocent III wrote: “By the anointing of the forehead the laying on of hands is designated, which is otherwise called confirmation, since through it the Holy Spirit is given for growth and strength”

This giving of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more perfectly to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love They are so marked with the character or seal of the Lord that the sacrament of confirmation cannot be repeated.

Teens

Here at St Catherine’s our Confirmation program runs from September to May for two years.  Classes meet every Sunday at 9:45am for one hour before the 11:00am Mass. Please click here to sign up.

Adults

Adult Confirmation classes at St Catherine’s are held together with our RCIA class.  This class runs from September thru Easter each year, classes are on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Please click here to sign up.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of the Church’s life. To say that the Eucharist is the source of our lives as Catholic Christians means that our spirituality begins with, or flows from, the Eucharist. And to say that Eucharist is the summit of our Christian Spirituality, is to say that the Eucharist is the  highpoint to which everything we do is to be directed. This summit can only be reached by the grace that comes from the source of God’s gift of himself to man, and from man’s faithful response to God. This intimate union between God and man is called communion. It has the Eucharist as its source and it is directed to the Eucharist as its summit.

A child is ready to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist when the parents, the pastor or director of religious education and the catechist have discerned that the child according to his/her capacity. Please click here to sign up.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

  1. Arrange to meet with Deacon Coleman 8-12 months or more before you intend to get married.
  2. Reserve the date with the Church (for this you will need to pay a $150 down-payment).
  3. Deacon Coleman will help you to work through all the classes that you need to complete (Marriage Prep, NFP…)

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.     – Pope John Paul II.

If you have been married before either in Church or just civilly you MUST meet with Deacon Coleman BEFORE you set a wedding date! There is extra paperwork that will need to be done first. Please click here to sign up.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was previously most commonly administered to the dying, for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength and health. In modern times, however, its use has been expanded to all who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, and the Church stresses a secondary effect of the sacrament: to help a person recover his health. Like Confession and Holy Communion, to which it is closely linked, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be repeated as often as is necessary.

Please call the Parish Office to schedule a visit.

SMALL COMMUNITIES / STUDY GROUPS

BIBLE STUDY

Acts of the Apostles – Monthly study groups.

Please call the Parish Office or click here to sign up.

SPANISH SMALL COMMUNITIES

Weekly and Monthly small groups are available.

Please call the Parish Office or click here to sign up.