Sacraments of Healing
Penance takes its place of honor as the Sacrament that celebrates forgiveness and healing throughout one's life.
The freedom, rights and responsibilities of parents and children are uppermost in determining the time for First Penance. The child's understanding of forgiveness, reconciliation and the Sacrament of Penance is an ongoing part of the religious formation in the parish and school.
A child cannot be presented for First Penance unless he/she regularly is part of parish worship. In preparation for First Penance, part of the program that is offered is for parents for their own formation, and to assist them in providing the proper environment for their children. Parents are required to participate in this preparation.
Parents are to see that there is a minimum interval of at least three months between the reception of First Penance and First Eucharist. First Penance is usually celebrated first.
Children may celebrate their First Penance at a Parish communal celebration held at the beginning of the Season of Advent or Lent, or individually either by appointment or at the regularly scheduled confession time on the first Saturday of the month. All children should receive the Sacrament of Penance by fourth grade or 10 years of age.
Adults celebrate the Sacrament of Penance as an integral part of the Christian Initiation process.
Formation sessions for the Sacrament of First Eucharist are usually held the second Sunday of the month from September through April.
All sessions begin at 12:15pm and are held in the Parish Hall.
The healing ministry of the Church is an extension of the very healing ministry of Christ. In the Sacrament of Anointing, the faith community commends the sick person to God's care and gives the grace of the Holy Spirit. The celebration of the Sacrament provides the human touch that is so helpful to those who are sick.
The Sacrament may be celebrated for any Baptized person who has reached the use of reason and who:
- is suffering from physical, mental or emotional illness.
- is anticipating surgery.
- is weakened by old age.
Communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Anointing is scheduled at special times during the year at one of the weekend masses. Individual Anointing of the Sick may be requested as needed in case of serious illness or surgery.
Please call the parish office to arrange for an anointing.