Sacraments

 

Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the grace proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions (Catechism 1131).

The Church celebrates seven sacraments:

  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Eucharist
  • Holy Orders
  • Matrimony
  • Reconciliation

The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life.

The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are sacraments of healing. Jesus forgave sin and healed the sick; in his name, the Church continues those ministries to its people and the world.

Lastly, Holy Orders and Matrimony are sacraments of vocation and focus upon the life experiences of marriage as a natural outflow of love from God and Holy Orders as an image of God in service to his people.

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also mental and spiritual sickness. It is appropriate to receive the Sacrament when faced with major surgery, a chronic or severe illness or as death nears. You may receive this Sacrament more than once. Individuals wishing to receive this Sacrament are asked to contact the Church Office or, in an emergency, the Rectory. A priest will be contacted and arrangements will be made to receive the Sacrament in the home, hospital or nursing home. Anointing of the Sick is offered the First Friday of each month after the 7:30 am Mass.

Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated at one of our weekend Masses. Parents are asked to be or to become registered parishioners in advance of the baptism. If you belong to another parish and are requesting to have your child baptized at St. Anthony for family reasons, we must have a letter of permission from your parish to celebrate the baptism. Parents must attend one preparation class in advance. These two-hour classes are held once a month. Please contact the Church Office for class information and to make arrangements for your child’s baptism.

Sacrament of Confirmation

At St. Anthony, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the spring for students in the eighth grade at St. Anthony School and our Religious Education program. Preparation begins in the seventh grade for our children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. For more information, please contact Mary Smith, Director of Religious Education. Adults wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to contact the Church Office for more information.

Eucharist

Preparing for First Holy Communion is a very special time for your child. Preparation to receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion requires your child to experience two years of religious education either through our Parish School or our Religious Education Program. The preparation for this sacrament is separate from the classroom and runs concurrently with your child’s second year of religious education. The program culminates with the celebration of your child’s First Holy Communion typically during the month of May. Preparation for First Reconciliation is required as part of preparation for First Eucharist. For more information, please contact Mary Smith, Director of Religious Education.

Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Second Vatican Council teaches that the task of fostering vocations belongs to the entire Christian community. “Families animated by the spirit of faith, charity and piety become the first seed-bed; and likewise parishes in whose fruitful life the young people themselves take their part; these make the greatest contributions to the task” (Optatam Totius, Section 2). For more information on the Sacrament of Holy Orders, please visit www.USCCB.org/Vocations.

Sacrament of Matrimony

Engaged couples wanting to schedule their wedding at St. Anthony, need to call the Church Office and set up an interview with the Pastor a minimum of six months in advance of the wedding. Couples take a FOCCUS inventory and attend a two-session Marriage for Life Class. For more information or to register please contact the Church Office.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The sacrament of Reconciliation is known by many names including the sacrament of Confession or sacrament of Penance. Preparation for the sacrament of First Reconciliation requires your child to experience two years of religious education either through our Parish School or the parish Religious Education Program. The preparation for this sacrament is separate from the classroom and runs concurrently with your child’s second year of religious education. Preparation for First Reconciliation is required as part of preparation for First Eucharist. For more information please contact Mary Smith, Director of Religious Education.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered each Saturday from 4:00 until 4:45 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact the Church Office to schedule an appointment. Additional times to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are scheduled prior to Christmas and Easter.