Sacraments

The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church

· Sacraments of Initiation ~ Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
· Sacraments of Healing ~ Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
· Sacraments of Vocation ~ Marriage and Holy Orders

Most Catholics experienced the process of becoming a Roman Catholic in a very gradual way. Baptized as infants, they grew up in Catholic homes, received a formal religious education and gradually came to share in the full sacramental life of the church. Others, who may have been previously baptized in a non-Catholic Christian church, have become Roman Catholics after making a solemn profession of faith, being confirmed and sharing Eucharist with the Catholic community.

And some never baptized in another church, have been initiated into the Catholic church through a process that leads to baptism, confirmation according to each person’s needs. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the church’s way to initiate new members.  Sacraments of Initiation for adults are all celebrated at the Easter Vigil.

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism: Baptisms are celebrated the second Sunday of each month (except during Lent) during the 11:00 AM Mass.  A preparation session is required for parents and is held the first Monday of every month (except during Lent). We encourage prospective parents, if possible, to attend the class before the child is born.  Godparents are also invited to participate in this preparation.  If you would like to schedule a Baptism for your child, please call the parish office and make an appointment to speak with Rev. Msgr. Jacques L. Plante.

Eucharist (Communion): This sacrament is celebrated every weekend by the community as well as on  weekdays.  Children who are in the second grade spend the school year preparing for their First Communion.  First Communion celebrations take place in May.

Confirmation: Confirmation is celebrated once a year in May.  The preparation for celebrating this sacrament is a two-year process for high school students who usually enter the program in 9th grade.  Those Catholics who are beyond high school are prepared for this with those preparing in the RCIA program.

Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation: Confession is offered on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM or by appointment.

Anointing of the Sick: This sacrament may be celebrated at any time for someone who is seriously ill or entering the hospital for surgery.  Call the Parish Office at 401-333-5897.

Sacraments of Vocation

Marriage:  A one year notice is required in order to properly prepare for this sacrament.  This sacrament may be celebrated at any time.

Holy Orders: The sacrament of holy orders includes three levels: deacon, priest and bishop. Any man interested in the priesthood should contact the Diocesan Office of Vocations at 831-8011 or go online to www.catholicpriest.com.