Interested in Receiving a Sacrament?
Please contact the office at 464-4042.
In the Latin,
sacramentum, means a sign of the sacred; they are ceremonies
that point to what is sacred and a vital part of the Catholic Christian
tradition. These are special occasions for experiencing God's saving
presence. At St. Teresa's these sacraments are celebrated to the fullest.
Click on one of the sacraments to learn more about it and what you can do to receive it at St. Teresa's.
a family's and the faithful community's experience of that love in the baptized
child. Baptism happens not only to the child, but also to Christ's
body, the Church. That is why we encourage this to be celebrated in the
Christian assembly (most often during the liturgy of the mass), with our
community members present and actively participating as they are the ones
welcoming the new member, journeying with them, providing models for them, supporting
and nourishing them.
you are interested in having your child baptized at St. Teresa's, please
contact the office to set up an appointment with Father Kevin.
"Eucharist", is a momentous move in a person's life. For a
child, baptized as an infant into a family of God we call Church, will now take
a place at the Lord's Table with the grownups. On this special day, family and
community members join in that moment the child welcomes Jesus into their very
being. The child, along with us, will now worship each week to celebrate all
the grace-filled moments of our lives which are so easily
overlooked. Most profoundly we gather at Eucharist, our
family meal, to be challenged to deeper awareness of what God is doing in our
lives, in our fellow community members and in this world.
and parents of children wishing to receive First Eucharist are required to
attend First Eucharist classes.
we learn what this new life in the Spirit implies: All-powerful God, Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and
daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to
be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom
and understanding, the spirit of right judgment
and courage, the spirit of
knowledge and reverence. Fill them
with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence"
(Rite of Confirmation & Christian Initiation of Adults, #234). The
prophet Isaiah taught that these seven gifts would be the sign of the Messiah,
the one anointed by the Holy Spirit. The word Messiah
(Christos in Greek) means "anointed." Jesus is
the Christ, the anointed one, the one filled with the Holy Spirit; at
Confirmation we are anointed with that same Holy Spirit. With Baptism
and Eucharist, Confirmation shapes us as Catholic Christians; each of these
three sacraments focuses on a different aspect of our life as believers; birth,
breath, and nourishment.
In the sacred
Scriptures the relationship between God and God's people is often described in
terms of a marriage. This joining and sacramental sign, which the
husband and wife give to each other, they also give to the entire faithful
community of witnesses. The fidelity of Catholic husbands and wives
are a reflection of a commitment to God and to each other; our human lives are
interconnected, like a fabric, woven together by many commitments: their
commitments strengthens our own commitments.
for Parishioners planning to be married must be make at least six months in
the office to set up an appointment with Fr. Kevin.
so critical in our lives; reconciliation with significant people, with
ourselves and with our God. Ones sinfulness is not always the same as
one's sins. As a sacrament of healing, it addresses our sinfulness
rather than the sins and challenges us to search deep into our heart to
discover the struggles, value conflicts which causes the sinful act to appear
and thus allowing us to regain that full relationship with our God.
Sin against God equally damages that communion with the Church and thus during
Lent and Advent we have an opportunity to celebrate in a communal
reconciliation service; we encourage all to celebrate and frequent this
wishing to receive this Sacrament for the first time are required, along with
their parents, to attend Reconciliation Formation classes.
wanting to celebrate this Sacrament can call and make an appointment with
image of this wonderful sacrament is not only one of a priest at a hospital! At
St. Teresa it is a picture of the faith community gathered for Sunday
Eucharist, with one or more individuals visibly ill, some apparently perfectly
healthy, coming up the aisle to be anointed around the altar, some with their
spouses or caregivers and joined with members of the faith community as Father
Kevin anoints them and we all pray over them. Hence, as soon as anyone of the
faithful begins to be in danger from sickness or old age, the fitting time for
them to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.
wishing to receive this sacrament should contact the office.