SACRAMENTS

The Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church can be drawn together in three categories: the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation), Sacraments of Healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick), and Sacraments of Vocation (Marriage and Holy Orders).

SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION

Baptism: Infant reception of the sacrament is held after the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass. Attendance at a Baptismal preparation session is required if this is a couple’s first child. Sessions are held on Sunday afternoon. Contact the Parish Office at 361-5252 for more information.

Eucharist: This sacrament is celebrated every weekend by the community as well as every weekday except Monday. Preparation for First Communion takes place in the second grade. This preparation involves the parents as well as the child. The parents are expected to attend the parent meetings, which are scheduled to clarify the role of the parent, the parish procedures and to distribute materials. The celebration of the Sacrament occurs at the 10:00AM Mass on a Sunday during the Easter Season. Your child should be enrolled in All Saints Religious Education Program or All Saints Catholic School to receive all necessary information and preparation. Adaptive procedures for older children are available. Contact the Religious Education Office at 361-5252 for more information.

Confirmation: Preparatory classes and other projects begin in the spring of the junior year of high school, with the celebration of the Sacrament in the fall of the senior year. Prior participation in the Religious Education Program is necessary before preparation for Confirmation begins. The class years just prior to Confirmation are important years of formation. During this time, concentration is focused on understanding a Catholic life style, sifting through the decision-making skills and situations unique to this lifestyle, and completing a required number of hours of service aimed at this goal. Contact the Religious Education Office at 361-5252 for more information.

Adult Confirmation involves individual consultation, and preparation for celebrating this sacrament. The Sacrament of Confirmation for adults is celebrated at the Easter Vigil. Contact the Religious Education Office at 361-5252 for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is for those who are interested in becoming full members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is for adults who have never been baptized; those baptized in another faith and wish to become Catholic; and those who were baptized Catholic but did not receive any religious formation or the sacrament of Confirmation. It is a process of Catholic teachings and spirituality that extends through the year, and culminates with the reception of the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Contact the Religious Education Office at 361-5252 for more information.

SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

Reconciliation: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday afternoons at 3:45 PM, and Sunday mornings at 8:20 AM and 9:30 AM. Additional private reconciliation, along with a communal service are held during the Advent and Lenten Seasons. The reconciliation room gives the penitents the option of “face to face” reconciliation or the use of the traditional screen. Children are prepared for their First Reconciliation in the 2nd grade. A truly Christian preparation for the Sacrament begins at home in early childhood and continues to develop. A progressive catechizes of forgiveness is also an essential part of Catholic education. Parents are assisted in their part of the sacramental program through a scheduled meeting. First Reconciliation takes place during Advent. Your child should be enrolled in All Saints Religious Education Program or All Saints Catholic School to receive all necessary information and preparation. Adaptive procedures for older children are available. Contact the Religious Education Office at 361-5252 for more information.

Anointing of the Sick: The sacrament of anointing is celebrated communally once a year at a special Mass in the summer. The sacrament may be celebrated individually when needed. Contact the pastor at 361-5252 to make arrangements to celebrate this sacrament.

SACRAMENTS OF VOCATION

Marriage: The sacrament of marriage is celebrated throughout the year, and ordinarily reserved for members of the parish and their children. Arrangements must be made 6 months prior to the anticipated date. Marriage preparation courses are required. Contact the Parish Office at 361-5252.

Holy Orders: The sacrament of Holy Orders is celebrated once a year in the Diocese of Madison, presided over by Bishop Robert C. Morlino. If you are interested in learning more about this sacrament and what preparation is needed, you can contact the pastor at 361-5252 or the Diocesan Vocation Office www.madisonvocations.org or email vocations@straphael.org.


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