Sacraments

Anointing of the Sick

 The Anointing of the Sick available to anyone at any time when the need arises. Please contact the Parish Office.



Baptism


Parishoners planning a baptism are asked to register with the Parish office three months prior to the baptism. Baptism preparation classes are held every second month. Baptisms are held the Third Sunday of every month. We encourage you to take classes before the birth of your child.  



Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage is a lifetime commitment between a woman and a man before God. In order that marriages be celebrated with fuller knowledge of the responsibilities and obligations entailed, couples must complete a marriage preparation program and therefore are asked to contact a parish priest at least six months before the intended date.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)


A process whereby those interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church (inquirers), gather with members of the faith community (catechists and sponsors) to prepare for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The formation includes not only the teachings of the Catholic faith, but is also a time for spiritual growth and reflection on our call to a life of ministry and service in Christ. Although there are specialized roles of catechists and sponsors, the welcoming and initiating of new members is the primary work of the whole parish community.


Reconciliation


The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available:

Weekday mornings from 7:45-8:15 a.m.;  Saturday 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Sundays from 8:15-8:45 a.m. and 10:15-10:45 a.m.

All are welcome to celebrate this sacrament of peace and God's mercy.

Formerly known as Penance or Confession, the term "Sacrament of Reconciliation" more adequately expresses the strengthening or renewing of one's friendship with the Lord.


SERVICES



Alpha


So what is Alpha? Alpha is a program running all over the world in many different Christian churches. Alpha gives an oportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere. Anyone interested in finding out more about the program should call Ramona Rodych at 789-3860.



Eucharist Ministers


Lay bread and cup ministers assist the priest in the distribution of Eucharist at mass.

To make arrangements for the parish home ministers to take the Eucharist to the sick and shut-ins, call the parish office.


Family Life


In whatever form it may exist family life is very important to our parish. Groups such as the Knights of Columbus, Men's Club, Special Events Committee and CWL sponsor family projects throughout the year. You are advised to watch the bulletin for additional family events being promoted in our city through various organizations.

Funeral Arrangements


Death is an inevitable part of life and the parish community is here to provide the support and prayer needed to confront this reality. When death occurs, a priest should be contacted. Usually funeral arrangements are planned conjointly by the family, the priest and the funeral directors. Funeral lunches may be requested as part of the funeral arrangements.



Home Visits


A member of the parish team or Parish Home Ministers will visit the sick, elderly or shut-ins. To request this service, please call the parish office.



Mass Cards


The Eucharist can be celebrated for the deceased and also for special intentions of the living. Mass cards are available at the parish office. The customary offering is ten dollars. These intentions are at weekday masses as the Sunday Masses are always for the community.



Parish Home Ministry


Holy Child is blessed to have a number of parishioners trained in Parish Home Ministry. These men and women volunteer to serve our parish community at home, in hospitals and care homes which includes bringing communion to those unable to attend Mass.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from the visit of a Parish Home Minister, or if you would like more information, please call the parish office at 789-8276.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Adults wishing to participate in this process of preparation to become members of the Catholic Church are asked to contact the Parish Office.

Religious Instruction for Children


As baptized adults, we are responsible for our growth in faith and knowledge. Children have the right to look to their parents and close adults for instruction and example. School/Home/Parish must support each other in this journey. Parents of children who attend public school should contact the parish office for information regarding ways of providing religious instruction for their children.