The Sacrament of Baptism is the first rite of initiation into the Catholic Church. In this sacrament, we are able to call God our Father in the assembly, wash away the stain of original sin and gain access to the Communion of Saints. Parents and Godparents undertake the awesome task of raising their children in the practice of the faith. Baptisms are usually celebrated after the 9:00 am Mass or the 11:30 am Mass. Parents are asked to attend one Baptism class in order to gain an awareness of the theology behind the sacrament and to learn about all the gifts of the Holy Spirit Baptism brings to our faith.
Call Deacon Dare Dutter in the office at 446-0473 for more information.
First Reconciliation is the beginning of a formation that will continue throughout an individual’s lifetime that develops an awareness of God’s love and mercy and our need to seek forgiveness. Preparation for the sacrament is a partnership between parents/guardians and parish. Families are provided resources, materials, and support to work with their children at home. During the time of preparation, we have special liturgies, parent meetings with classes for children, along with engaging, interactive workshops and celebration. Reconciliation will be celebrated individually. Families will select a date and time from a choice of two Saturdays prior to Christmas. Registration for Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are combined as it is complementary, year long process.
First Eucharist is an awaking of a hunger in our hearts for Jesus and discovering how to feed it. Holy Cross parish partners with our families, providing resources, materials and support to lead them to understanding “who we are and whose we are—beloved children of God. And the Eucharist becomes our food for the journey—food that strengthens and sustains us.” During the preparation time we have special liturgies, parent meetings with classes for children, along with engaging, interactive workshops and celebration. First Eucharist will be celebrated during our weekend liturgies the first weekend of May. Families will select which Mass they wish to celebrate their child’s First Eucharist. Registration for Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are combined as it is complementary, year long process.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place over the course of sophomore year of high school. Small group classes are held monthly in Yeazel Hall and include a large group session, 11:30 Mass, and a small group session with pizza for lunch. Service, to both the parish and the community, attendance at High School Faith Formation weekly classes (for those students not enrolled in Catholic Schools), meetings with sponsors, retreats, attendance at Teen Mass, and hang out nights are all a part of the preparation.
Questions? Contact Steve Nepil
Marriage is a most important sacramental step in the lives of a couple. A minimum of six months preparation is required, including meetings with a priest and a married couple, as well as an Engaged Encounter weekend or a Pre-Cana session.
- Marriage Preparation Team consists of couples who work with those preparing for marriage by sharing their own successes and challenges.
Anointing of the Sick
Please notify the rectory when a family member is seriously ill, is scheduled for serious surgery, or is weakened by advanced age. Also, the rectory should be informed when someone is confined to their home, to a Nursing Home, or is hospitalized.