Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification
Baptism “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” – Catechism, #1213
Please contact the Parish Office for Baptism arrangements three months before any desired date.
Confirmation "Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the 'Sacraments of Christian Initiation,' whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed." - Catechism, #1285
Please contact the Parish Office for Confirmation arrangements.
Reconciliation "Those who approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion." - Catechism, #1422
Please refer to the Home Page for a listing of times when confessions are offered.
Holy Eucharist "At the Last Supper, on the night He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us." - Catechism, #1323
The Catholic Church teaches that when the bread and wine are consecrated in the Mass, they cease to be bread and wine, and become, respectively, the body and blood of Christ, each of which is accompanied by the other and by Christ's human soul and divinity. The empirical appearance and physical properties are not changed, but the substance itself is (hence "tran-substantiation"). The consecration of the bread and wine separately represents the separation of Jesus' body from His blood at Calvary. However, since He is risen, His body and blood can no longer be truly separated. Where one is, the other must be. Therefore, although the minister of Holy Communion says "The body of Christ" when administering the host, and "The blood of Christ" when presenting the chalice, the communicant who receives either one receives the whole and entire Christ. Anyone with a gluten intolerance is invited to approach the Altar immediately after the priest receives Communion so that they may receive Communion from the chalice only.
For those children who have not yet received their first Holy Communion, parents should contact the Parish Office to enroll their children in the preparation program.
Anointing of the Sick "By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them, and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." - Catechism, #1499
In an emergency, please call the emergency line. If not an emergency, either call the Parish office to set up a time with our Pastor or simply approach our Pastor after any of our daily or Sunday Masses to arrange a time.
Holy Matrimony "The Matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a Sacrament." - Catechism, #1601
Couples wishing to get married in the Church must contact our Pastor at least six months in advance of the desired wedding date in order to complete the program. Please contact the parish before dates are set.
Holy Orders Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. - CCC1536
The Office of Vocations serves on behalf of the bishop to facilitate the discernment process for young men who are considering a call to the priesthood. While specializing in diocesan priesthood, the Office of Vocations also provides resources to members of the diocese who are discerning a call to religious life, putting them in contact with the various communities throughout the diocese. https://richmondvocations.org/