The Sacrament of Baptism is the way a person enters the Church and becomes one of God’s faithful people. Through the washing of water, the person is cleansed of sin, brought to new life in God, grafted into Christ, and enters life in the Christian community. This first and most important Sacrament begins one’s life as a Christian person and opens avenues into the other Sacraments and life with God. The Church has two different routes for those who are interested in Baptism: Infant baptism and Adult Baptism
Infant Baptism: Since Baptism is necessary for salvation and not limited to a personal choice, parents can make the choice for their children to become Christian while their children are still infants. The parents then promise to raise their child in the Church and teach them the ways of faith. If you are interested in having your child Baptized, set up an appointment with Fr. Cody and we will discuss the process of preparing for Baptism. For those who actively attend Mass and are involved with the parish, a series of six videos and a few meetings with Fr. Cody are the requirements for Baptism. For those not active in the Church, the preparation for Baptism is a great way to explore your faith and help you along the route to becoming Christian parents and helping your children to know our God.
Adult Baptism: after the age of 7, a person is considered to have the ability to make their own choices. Thus, the route towards baptism is different for adults than children. Adult baptism is the culmination of a series of rites called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). These rites are designed to help the person enter into the life of the believing community and explore the faith he/she is desiring to profess. If you are interested in being Baptized, set up an appointment to meet with Fr. Cody and we will discuss the route towards your baptism. This process usually requires some classes on the Catholic faith, meetings with the pastor and members of the community, and several rites that guide you along the process.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is our chance to hear and feel God’s forgiveness. Jesus came into the world, suffered, and died so that the sins of everyone may be forgiven. We know this on an intellectual level, but we are not simply people locked in our minds. The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers people the chance to say whatever sins he/she has committed in a completely confidential way and that person can not only know of God’s forgiveness but hear the words “you are forgiven.” Emphasizing the last point, if you are afraid of this Sacrament, rest assured the priest will help you to celebrate it well and the priest cannot under any circumstance say anything about what you said during your confession.
For those preparing for 1st Communion, Confirmation, and Matrimony, it is highly recommended that you celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving the other Sacraments. If you have not been to Confession or have not received the Sacrament of Reconciliation before, contact Fr. Cody and he will help prepare you to receive this Sacrament.
The Anointing of the Sick
Jesus came for several reasons: to bring people into the life of God (Baptism), to forgive the sins of the people (Sacrament of Reconciliation), to show his love for us (Marriage), and to bring healing to those who are sick (Anointing of the Sick). Many people view this Sacrament as for those who are dying or in danger of death. At one point it was called Last Rites or Extreme Union, which is reserved for those who are dying. Last Rites is a combination of three Sacraments: Anointing of the Sick, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Eucharist. Anointing of the Sick is for those who are ill and in need of God’s healing power. The Anointing of the Sick has three main parts: the reading of Scripture, the laying on of hands, and the anointing with oil. The oil, which covers and soothes the skin, represents Jesus healing power covering the person and soothing their wounds. The laying on of hands represented the power of the Holy Spirit coming down upon the person. Through the Anointing of the Sick the sins of the person being anointed are forgiven.
The Anointing of the Sick is for those who are sick. These situations include: chronic illnesses, mental illnesses, series physical illnesses, surgeries, and old age. Whenever someone fits into one of these conditions, they generally qualify for receiving the Anointing of the Sick. A person can be anointed several times granted that they receive a new diagnosis, the chronic condition worsens or some other situation warrants another anointing. Please contact the parish office if you would live to receive the Anointing of the Sick.