Baptism gives us a share in the life of Christ and makes us members of His body, the Church. As we go down into the waters of baptism, we die with Christ, our old self is left behind, our sin is washed away. As we come up out of the waters we rise with Christ, we are reborn to a new and everlasting life, we become children of God and brother and sister to one another. Our baptismal font allows us to immerse infants in the upper font and to pour water over older children and adults as they kneel in the pool. The very shape of our font speaks of the "meanings" of baptism. The pool is shaped like a tomb; the upper font is shaped like a womb.
Baptism of infants is celebrated at the Sunday Eucharist on approximately eight weekends throughout the year. Parents must attend two preparation sessions. Parents are encouraged to participate in the sessions before the birth of their child. Godparents are invited to attend too. The classes are held in the afternoon of the second and third Sundays in the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Contact the parish office for information and to register for the sessions. Ordinarily the baptism date is selected during the preparation sessions.
Christian Initiation for Adults, Youth, and Children
For information on this process, click here.
Through Baptism we have forgiveness of sin as we become members of the Body of Christ, the Church. We continually examine our deeds and attitudes in the light of the gospel as we seek to live in the ways of Jesus and in right relationship with God and with one another. Repentance or ongoing conversion takes many forms and is an important part of Christian life.
Rite of Reconciliation for Individuals
Individual confessions are on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 12:00 noon or by appointment.
The Reconciliation Chapel is located on the west side of the Church. The penitent has the option of kneeling behind a screen in the traditional manner or sitting and talking with the priest face-to-face.
Communal Rite of Reconciliation
Communal Reconciliation Services are offered in the fall, during Advent, and during Lent. Times will be announced in the Parish bulletin.
Sacraments for Children
At Blessed Sacrament Church, we have restored the original order of the Sacraments of Initiation: first, Baptism; second, Confirmation; and finally, Eucharist. Some of the history of the Sacrament of Confirmation may help you understand this restoration.
For students who have received First Eucharist under the former order of the Sacraments of Initiation but would now like to be confirmed, please call the Religious Education Office (835-6777).
Students preparing for Confirmation are expected to be active in our Religious Education program, Youth Ministry program, or in Blessed Sacrament School.
Preparing children for Confirmation/First Eucharist program is a coordinated effort of parents, the Religious Education staff and the Blessed Sacrament School staff. When parents indicate they wish their children to receive the sacraments, they are required to attend two parent meetings designed to provide theology, doctrine and guidelines to help them with preparing their child at home. The children attend an age appropriate retreat called Jesus Experience Day.
Preparation will begin by the parents when they feel their child is ready for instruction, usually in the 2nd or 3rd grade. All students, including Blessed Sacrament School students, must participate in the preparation program for the sacraments. A child is expected to have at least one year of formal religious education before the preparation for Confirmation and First Eucharist.
Preparation for the sacrament of reconciliation is a coordinated effort among parents, Religious Education staff and Blessed Sacrament School staff. When parents indicate they wish their child to receive the sacrament, they are then required to attend two parent meetings designed to provide theology, doctrine and guidelines to help them with preparing their child at home. The children attend an age appropriate retreat called Jesus Experience Day and receive the sacrament on that same day.
Children will prepare for 1st Reconciliation in conjunction with their preparation for Confirmation and First Eucharist. All students, including Blessed Sacrament School students, must participate in the preparation program for the sacrament. A child is expected to have at least one year of formal religious education before the preparation for Reconciliation.
Arrangements should be made well in advance (at least 6 months) so that the priest or deacon can begin to meet with the couple for preparation.
Anointing of the Sick
Communal Anointing of the Sick is celebrated in the church once each year. Date and time are announced in the bulletin.