Sacraments

church-sacramentsSeven Sacraments

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:  “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC1213)

For the baptism of “infants” (under 7 years old), contact Deacon Dan or Fr. Faustinus.

For the baptism of children over 7 years old, contact Fr. Faustinus.

For the baptism of adults, contact Fr. Faustinus.

Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded.  It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  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 word and deed.” (CCC1285)

For the confirmation of high school age teens , contact the DRE-Stephanie Jackson.

For the confirmation of adults, contact Fr. Faustinus.

Communion

“The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.  Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.” (CCC1322)

For the parish Mass schedule to receive Communion, please click here.

For first Communion for children, contact the DRE-Stephanie Jackson.

For first Communion for adults please contact Fr. Faustinus.

Reconciliation or Confession

“Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him.  At the same time it damages communion with the Church.  For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.” (CCC 1440)

Times offered: Saturday from 4:30-4:55 p.m. and any time upon request.

For first reconciliation for children, contact the DRE-Stephanie Jackson.

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, and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and the death of Christ.” (CCC1499)

To receive anointing of the sick please contact the parish office at 713-747-7800.

Marriage

“The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church.  Already Baptism, the entry into the People of God, is a nuptial mystery; it is so to speak the nuptial bath which precedes the wedding feast, the Eucharist.  Christian marriage in its turn becomes an efficacious sign, the sacrament of the covenant of Christ and the Church.  Since it signifies and communicates grace, marriage between baptized persons is a true sacrament of the New Covenant.” (CCC 1617)

For more information about marriage and marriage preparation, contact Deacon Dan or Fr. Faustinus.

Holy Orders

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time:  thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.  It includes three degrees:  episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” (CCC 1536)

“This sacrament configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for his Church.  By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet, and king.” (1581)

Please contact Deacon Dan or Fr. Faustinus in the parish office to learn more about vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and religious life and to learn more about discernment opportunities.