In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we experience God’s mercy and forgiveness for our sins. We find healing and peace. Through the ministry of the Church we hear the words of Christ: “I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”
Those who partake in the Eucharist receive the real Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in what appears to be bread and wine. During Mass, regular bread and wine are consecrated by the priest, through God’s power, when he repeats Jesus’s words, ‘This is My Body’ and ‘This is the chalice of My Blood.’
Confirmation provides a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which helps the confirmed Catholic witness to Christ and lead a mature Christian life. The rite of confirmation, usually performed by a bishop, involves the anointing with chrism (holy oil), the laying on of hands, and the words ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.’
To begin First Eucharist & Confirmation preparation process, contact the parish office.
Our parishes will be beginning soon classes for the children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. If you have a child or know of a child who is currently in 2nd grade or above who has not received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation please register for the upcoming class.
St. Anne/St. Raphael – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Catherine/St. Gabriel – Email: email@example.com
The class for First Reconciliation will begin on Wednesday, February 3rd and will be held every Wednesday through March 24th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at St. Catherine’s parish hall . There will be an in-person and virtual option for all families who either find the distance to great or have concerns about the pandemic. If for some reason in-person meetings become impossible we will continue meeting virtually. The format of the meetings will include a time of prayer at the beginning for the parents and children. Then the children will go to their classroom to work with their catechist while the parents study a similar topic. All adults of our parish are welcome to join in-person or virtually during the parent class if they wish to learn more and support the young parents of our parish during this important time of faith formation. The topics covered will be good for EVERYONE!!