What Are the Sacraments?
When Jesus walked the face of the Earth nearly 2,000 years ago, he possessed the power to save, heal, nourish, and strengthen people.
These powers continue today in the Church by means of the 7 Sacraments, continuing Jesus' saving work and ministry right here and now!
Each sacrament is an outward sign that actually conveys the grace (the gift of God) that it signifies... by means of outward symbols, God graciously and freely gives his divine life to anyone who wishes to embrace a relationship with Him.
These powerful Sacraments of the New Covenant are:
Sacraments of Initiation
The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. "The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity."
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church 1212
Infant Baptisms - Baptism are celebrated on the second and fourths Sundays of each month at 12:30 PM. Preparation packet is available in the parish office.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic we invite you to inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. Simply contact Deacon John Sawaya by way of our Contact Us form. You can also learn more HERE.
If you are already Catholic but need to complete your Sacraments of Initiation please contact our Dir. of Catechetical Ministry, Lissa Hutcheson by way of our Contact Us form.
To learn more about the Sacraments of Initiation click HERE.
Sacraments of Healing
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church.
Our Penance and Reconciliation schedule:
- Monday at 6:00 pm
- Thursday at 8:30 am
- Saturday at 4:00 pm
To learn more about the Sacraments of Healing click HERE.
Anointing of the Sick
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. Call the parish office at (619)469-0133.
The marriage sacrament is a lasting commitment of a man and a woman to a lifelong partnership, established for the good of each other and the procreation of their children.
Marriage preparation begins nine months in advance. Please contact Fr. Lauro Minimo or Deacon John Sawaya by way of our Contact Us Form.
For men who are interested in exploring a possible vocation to the priesthood contact Fr. Peter by way of our Contact Us form or call Fr. Lauro Minimo at the St. Francis Center at (619) 291-7446.