Sacraments

Baptism:
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.” (CCC1213) One of the three Sacraments of Initiation and therefore an important Sacrament to be received in community, Baptisms at Holy Family Catholic Church are primarily celebrated during the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It is important to remember when preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism and considering the role of Godparents, that the Church requires that one of the godparents (preferably both) be active, practicing Catholics. A verification of this status is to be obtained from the Church of membership. Also one godparent must be male and one must be female.
(Please note: If this is the first child to be baptized, a preparation class is required.) 
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Reconciliation:
Known as one of the Sacraments of Healing, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is received initially in preparation for First Holy Communion and thereafter often during the journey of life as we seek God’s will. “It is called the Sacrament of Conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.” (CCC1423) First Reconciliation is received in second grade religious education. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated everyday after the 8:00am Mass and on Saturday afternoons from 4:00-4:45pm.
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Holy Eucharist:
“The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” (CCC1324) First Holy Eucharist is predominantly received in second grade religious education. Once First Eucharist is received, a Catholic is blessed to be able to receive the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ daily in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist – the Mass.

Confirmation:
“For ‘by the Sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by work and deed.’” (CCC1286) Confirmation is received after completing the Religious Education Program in the eighth grade.

Marriage:
“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a
partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (CCC1601) Weddings are celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church predominantly on Saturdays no later than 2:00pm and occasionally on other days.
The preparation for this Sacrament is extensive and must begin at least six months prior to the desired wedding date.
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Anointing of the Sick:
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.” (CCC1499) The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be administered at any time upon request and is encouraged prior to surgical procedures. Please contact the parish office for further information.
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