SACRAMENTS

The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual sacraments, please contact Rachael Vroom (Pastoral Associate/DRE) at 317.356.7291 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Matrimony

Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church, and that provides grace for accomplishing that mission. This sacrament, seen as a sign of the love uniting Christ and the Church, establishes between the spouses a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God.

Please contact the Parish Office at at 317.356.7291 six months in advance.

 

Sacraments of Christian initiation

Baptism

The sacrament of Baptism is the beginning of life.  When the sacrament of Baptism is administered, the spiritual vacuum which we call original sin disappears as God becomes present in the soul, and the soul is caught up into that sharing of God's own life.

Infant Baptism only makes sense if parents are true Christian disciples. If they are not, then it makes little sense to initiate their children into a Church which calls for a commitment to living the mission of Christ.

The Rite of Baptism for Children emphasizes the importance of faithfulness on the part of parents when it says to parents: In asking to have your children baptized, "you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith." That word practice is crucial; it calls for Christian modeling on the part of parents.

Confirmation

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."

Penance and Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Penance is the first of two sacraments of healing. The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions in the following orders different names of the sacrament, calling it the sacrament of conversion, Penance, confession, forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Reconciliation involves four elements: (1) Contrition (the Penitent's sincere remorse for wrongdoing or sin, repentance, without which the rite has no effect); (2) Confession to a Priest with the faculty to hear confessions; (3) Absolution by the Priest; and (4) Satisfaction or Penance.

Please check the Mass Schedule for listed times for the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is the second of the three Sacraments of Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.  This happens for the first time when the baptized have reached the age of reason. By partaking of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Holy Communion), we participate in His one sacrifice and receive Christ as food for our souls. The bread and wine used in the Eucharistic rite are, in the Catholic faith, transformed in all but appearance into the Body and Blood of Christ, a change that is called transubstantiation.

Anointing of the Sick

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them.  Please contact the Parish Office at 317.356.7291 to inform the Pastor.