Sacraments

Baptism

Baptism, as with all sacraments, gets its Sacramental Power from the Eucharist. Baptism however is the door to the Eucharist. It is through Baptism that we receive the salvation from the Eucharist. Many of us have received Baptism as a gift from our Parents. If you wish to have your infant or child baptized, please contact Fr. Job or Deacon Tony. If you are an Adult seeking Baptism, please contact Fr. Job.


Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacrament in its own right, but it is also a reaffirmation of Baptism. A person baptized as an infant or child has the opportunity to accept the faith under their own volition. The reception of this sacrament requires 3 years of study. Children who are in our Religious Education program will receive this program in the 6th 7th and 8th grades, but there are other requirements to receive this sacrament which are explained to the students.


Holy Communion

The Eucharist is the center of all we do and are as a Church, Diocese and Parish. We celebrate the Eucharist each day, often two and sometimes three times a day. With full and active participation in the Eucharist to the degree that each person is called, one truly enters into the Body of Christ which is the Church. Some are called to be the Principal Celebrant (Priest) at the Mass, some are called to receive the Eucharist only spiritually, but all are called to celebrate the Eucharist.

Children who have completed two years of study are invited to receive the Eucharist. Adults (Converts) who have completed one year of study are invited to receive the Eucharist.

It is an ancient tradition of the church that those who cannot join us at the Eucharist Table have the Eucharist brought to them. If you cannot come to the Altar to receive the Body of Christ, we will joyfully bring it to you. Please contact the Parish office.


Reconciliation (Confession or Penance)

The Sacrament of Confession is celebrated every Saturday at St. Paul as scheduled. In addition, the Sacrament is available anytime by appointment. Any Catholic over the age of 8 is expected to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. A regular reception of the Sacrament of Penance is necessary for those who wish to continue their spiritual growth in our Lord. The grace of the Sacrament is not only to absolve sin, but the grace strengthens us to avoid sin and to draw closer to the Lord.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Wednesday 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 am & 3:30 pm (or by appointment)


Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for those who are struggling with physical, emotional or psychological illnesses. The Sacrament is offered to any Baptized person who requests it. Most priests carry the oil of the sick with them and have the rite memorized. The Sacrament can be received anytime, please ask. One should be anointed before any operation or procedure no matter how small. This Sacrament is for those who are planning on returning to a previous level of health. Those who are being called home are offered the Sacrament of Viaticum. Viaticum is one’s Last Holy Communion. The Last Rites (not a sacrament) accompanies Viaticum.


Matrimony

Matrimony is the sacrament which most clearly reveals Christ to us; not only to those being married, but to their children and the entire community. It is in Marriage that we see the unitive power of Christ and his Church, the Creative power of God the Father and the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit. If you are called to enter into this Sacrament of Marriage please contact Fr. Job nine months in advance.


Holy Orders (Deacon, Priest, Bishop)

The Priesthood is the humblest of all the sacraments. Its sole purpose is to make Christ Sacramentally present to the community. If you think you might be called to Orders please contact contact Fr. Job, Deacon Tony, or any priest, deacon, or bishop.