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.
Baptism is the external sign celebrating the entrance of a person into the total Christian community, as well as into the parish family. The Baptismal Program seeks to promote our faith beginning with the family. Baptisms are the generally 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:30am. Parents must be registered parishioners and attend the Baptism Preparation Class.
The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Your wedding day, while important, is not the totality of your wedded life. It is the whole of your life together in which the church is interested. The Church asks every couple wishing to enter into such a great vocation and way of life to see marriage preparation, not as a luxury, or as something you have to do in order to get married at St. Cletus, but as something which is important, valuable, and necessary for your future happiness.
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us.
Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
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