The Sacraments

The sacramental life of the Church is her heart and soul. We enter into true life through the sacraments of the Church and it’s the sacraments that sustain us in our journey to the Lord. St Paul in his letter to the Philippians says “to live is Christ.” Our very life depends upon Christ and our surrender to him. The Catholic Catechism describes the sacraments as the “masterworks of God.” They are to sanctify us, build us up as the Body of Christ and help us to give praise to God.

The opening of door to the life with Christ comes in Baptism which makes members of the Body of Christ. And as St Paul says because we are baptized we are not only members of his Body we have a responsibility to the members of the Body. In other words baptism is not an isolated sacrament but a door that incorporates us into life with God and with one another.

Thus, the sacraments are the road to God and each sacrament invites us to participate so that we might know the fullness of God’s love. The requirements listed below are minimums and we should see them as what is minimally required the great requirement is to surrender ourselves to the Lord.

Baptism

Through Baptism we receive the life-giving, sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit, and we are incorporated into the Body of Christ. We are freed from original sin and become children of God and incorporated into the Church to participate in her mission.

Requirements for Baptism

These requirements apply to a child under the age of 7 years. Children older than 8 years of age must participate in a lengthier preparation since they will be preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Documents that are needed

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Confirmation Certificate of Godparents
  3. Marriage certificate of Godparents if married in the Church

Godparents are representatives of the Church and as such must be at least 18 years old and fully initiated into the Church and be practicing Catholics. Thus, if they are married they must be married in the Church, if the Godparents live in common law marriage or are married only civilly they cannot be Godparents.
Baptisms are help every Saturday in Spanish from May- September at 10 a.m. And from October to May baptisms are at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday the year.

Other dates can be arranged with Father directly.

Baptism Preparation Class

Parents and Godparents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class prior to the baptism. The class is held monthly please call the parish for dates and times for the class.
Baptism is a gift and the Lord teaches us that what we receive as a gift we are to give as a gift. Therefore there is no fee for the baptism class nor for the baptism itself. Baptism also incorporates us into the Church and the precepts of the Church oblige every Catholic to provide for the support of the ministry of the Church. At the baptism, it is highly recommended that a donation be given for the work of the Church. You might think of this as an investment in your child’s future. Suggested donations are from $50 to $100 dollars which will assist the ministry of the Church. This is a wonderful way that the godparents can assist the family.

Baptism Requirements for infant baptism, all children under age of 8

Certified birth certificates of the candidate to be baptized.
God parents are representatives of the Church and as such must be fully initiated into the Catholic Church. Thus they must have received baptism, confirmation and Eucharist and be an participating member of a parish. If they don’t belong to St Joseph’s Parish they must present a letter of good standing from their parish and if married proof that they are married in Catholic Church. It is permitted to have only one godparent but they must be a fully initiated Catholic active in the Catholic Church.

Baptisms are help every Saturday in Spanish from May- September at 10 a.m. And from October to May baptisms are at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday the year.

Other dates can be arranged with Father directly.

Reconciliation
Saturday 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
First Communion and Confirmation – Celebrated Together

Jesus tells says to his disciples, “let the children come to me.” The Church since the time of Pope Pius X has permitted small children who have reached the age of reason to receive Holy Communion. In our Archdiocese beginning 4 years ago, Archbishop Aquila outlined a process referred to as the reordering of the sacraments.

There are three sacraments of Christian initiation, meaning when one has received all three sacraments they are fully a member of the Catholic Church. Those three sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. During next few years here at St Joseph’s we will be lowering the age for Confirmation and by 2020 children in second grade will receive instruction for Confession and will make their First Confession at the end of school year. Children in third grade who have already completed the sacrament of Confession will be prepared for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist which will be celebrated together at a Mass normally in the springtime. This order points out that Eucharist and not Confirmation is the completion of Christian Initiation.

Also it strengths the students and gives them the grace they need for our complicated world. As one teacher points out, “The reception of the grace of the Holy Spirit at a younger age will give children greater courage and guidance in facing the ever-increasing difficulties of living a Christian life.”

Requirements:

  • Participation in a two process one year for the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession and another year for Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • Present the baptism certificate for the child who is being registered.
  • Sign the covenant of agreement. Parents are also required to attend classes at the same time as their child.
  • Pay a fee. The fee goes to help cover the cost of materials for the classes such as books, films, and other material. The fee is $100 for the first child and $50 for the second child etc.
  • Classes normally begin in the fall and are completed by the spring. They are held on Wednesday evening and on Sunday morning.
Marriage

Marriage Preparation Steps

  1. Call Your Parish (8-12 months before the wedding)
    Call as soon as you get engaged! A member of the parish staff will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your wedding preparations as soon as possible.
  2. Initial Meeting (8 months before the wedding)
    At this meeting, you’ll learn about the preparation process for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, the necessary paperwork for your marriage, and set your tentative wedding date.
  3. FOCCUS Inventory (7-8 months before the wedding)
    The FOCCUS Inventory provides you with a personalized profile of your relationship. Your parish will set up your inventory session and, upon completion, the follow-up sessions needed to review your results. These sessions aim to facilitate communication between you and your future spouse.
    *Note: Some parishes use inventories other than FOCCUS
  4. Marriage Prep Program (6 months before the wedding)
    Various programs are available within the Archdiocese, all of which focus on the theology of Catholic marriage as well as important life skills. You’ll receive help identifying a prep program that best fits your needs. If your parish doesn’t offer a program, see the list on this page: https://archden.org/eflm/marriage/
  5. Natural Family Planning (5 months before the wedding)
    NFP respects the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, and enriches the bond between husband and wife. This course gives couples a natural approach to understanding the cycles of fertility and infertility. Course listings found here.
  6. Final Meeting (2 months before the wedding)
    This meeting will review your previous preparation, complete all of your paperwork, and plan your wedding liturgy. You’re getting close to celebrating this beautiful sacrament!
  7. Sacrament of Reconciliation (1 week before the wedding)
    Catholics preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation and the Eucharist are invaluable sources of grace and healing. Celebrate this sacrament with your spouse-to-be!

For Marriage Preparation in Spanish please visit:
www. diosentrenosotros.com