— newborns and those not yet of catechetical age (5 and younger)
Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is the Church’s preferred time for infant baptism, especially at Mass, though the sacrament may be celebrated at other times. Those interested in having an infant or young child baptized please call Sr. Suzanne Sims at the parish office. Formation for new parents (or those new to our parish) and godparents are available by appointment, and Baptisms arecelebrated as requested.
As you begin to prepare for the Baptism of your child, it is so important to remember your own Baptism, and to think about your membership in the community, and the mission of Christ. To witness a Baptism, or to bring our own children to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, should inspire all of us to take another look at the Church’s teachings, to increase our understanding, and to see how we continue to live out the Sacrament of Baptism in our lives.
Take a look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) articles # 1212 and following to learn what the Church teaches about the Sacrament of Baptism. Click on the picture of the Catechism to the left, then scroll down to paragraph #1212.
Follow the link below to Booklet #23 of the Growing Faith Project by Bill Huebsch, edited by Sr. Maureen Shaughnessy, SC. The booklet is entitled “Baptism: How Do We Begin Life in the Church?”, and is a reflection based on articles 1135-1209 of the (CCC). It is an audio file in mp3 format.(Just click on the link below and then click the play button.)Growing Faith Project — Booklet #23
— This link is to an article from our U.S Catholic Bishops entitled “Baptism: Incorporated into Christ’s Body, Sent on Christ’s Mission”. It reflects on what it means to be incorporated into Christ’s Body, and to live the mission bestowed on us by Christ.
This groundwork will help you to be more equipped and ready to share your faith both at the preparation session, and with everyone around you! God bless your growing family!
RCIA (CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN INITIATION)
Adults (ages 18 +) and Children of Catechetical Age(ages 6 – 17);
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of discernment for adults and children seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. This process prepares adults and children for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation–Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Conversion is marked by ritual celebrations–the Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election, and the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation–during the faith journey of the catechumens and candidates.
RCIA meetings begin on Thursday, September 1st, and are held weekly from 6-7:30 p.m. in the double rooms off the kitchen in the parish hall. They will continue through April. Those interested in joining the Catholic faith community may contact Fr. Tom Buckman, at 270-684-5517, or the parish office at. 270-684-4745.