What are the Sacraments?
The Sacraments are “actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the ‘masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant” (Catechism 1116). “The purpose of the Sacraments,” wrote the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, “is to sanctify human beings, to build up the Body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God…. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.” In the Catholic Church there are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance (or Reconciliation), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
Baptism of Infants
Baptisms at Saint Cecilia ordinarily take place on the first Sunday of the month except during the season of Lent. Baptism is celebrated in the context of the Sunday Eucharist at either 9:30 or 11:15 or at a communal celebration at 1:15 p.m.
Baptism of Adults
Unbaptized adults who are interested in becoming Catholic participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
First Reconciliation and First Communion
At about age seven children can begin to prepare to celebrate the sacraments of reconciliation and First Holy Communion. First reconciliation occurs on a Saturday morning in February and First Communion is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
View a photo album of First Communion 2015
More information on our children’s faith formation program
The sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated by appointment. During Lent, confessions are heard on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. A communal celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation is celebrated twice yearly in preparation for Christmas and Easter.
A website, www.TheLightIsOnForYou.org, has been set up by the Archdiocese to help you prepare for the sacrament of reconciliation. The site has videos on the sacrament of reconciliation, pointers on how to make a good confession, answers to frequently asked questions about the sacrament and more.
The sacrament of confirmation is, with baptism and Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of initiation; confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace of baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism 1285). Confirmation is typically celebrated in the spring, with semi-monthly preparation classes for youth fourteen years of age and older. For adults who have not been confirmed we offer a five week class beginning during the Easter season. Contact Scott MacDonald for more information on these preparation programs.
The Church looks on marriage as a “covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life” (Catechism 1601). In the sacrament of matrimony, the married couple become, in their unity and in their love for one another, “an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (Catechism 1613). For more information please contact Mark Donohoe.
Anointing of the Sick
The anointing of the sick—formerly known as ‘last rites’—is no longer considered a sacrament only for those at the point of death. Instead, this healing sacrament is for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic illness, or the weakness that comes with age. A communal celebration of the sacrament is celebrated in February each year. For information, please contact Jeanne Bruno. In an emergency, please call the Parish Office any time, day or night.
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