Sacraments

Sacraments are holy visible signs instituted by Christ of an invisible reality, in which Christians can experience the healing, forgiving, nourishing, strengthening presence of God that enables them to love in turn; this is possible because God’s grace works in the sacraments.

“Sacraments are not magic.  A sacrament can be effective only if one understands and accepts it in faith.  Sacraments not only presuppose faith, they also strengthen it and give expression to it.”  YOUCAT 177

HOLY SPIRIT PARISH’S SACRAMENTAL POLICIES

Holy Spirit Parish is a welcoming and lively parish.  Because of this, we often receive requests from people who are not registered members of our parish community to celebrate baptisms and weddings here.  Sacraments are meant to be celebrated in the faith community in which you are an active member.  The celebration of any sacrament presumes the practice of the faith, which, in the case of Baptism, gives the Church every assurance that the child to be baptized will be raised Catholic.  It does a disservice to the sacrament when it is celebrated without the serious intention of practicing one’s faith.

Parish registration helps to insure that individuals are an active part of a faith community, and affords them to opportunity to be a support to that faith community, not only through their financial contributions but also through their active participation.  It is because of this broader theological understanding of the sacraments that Holy Spirit only accepts requests for baptisms and weddings from registered and active parishioners.

Similarly, adult children of registered parishioners wishing to bring their child back to be baptized or adult children of registered members wishing to be married here are welcome to do so providing they themselves are registered members of a parish where-ever they currently live and receive permission from their pastor allowing the baptism or wedding to take place here.  Please contact the parish office for further information.

Baptism

  • Baptism is the beginning of a lasting communion with God.  Baptism is the foundation and prerequisite for all other sacraments.  It is the first sacrament of initiation into the faith.  Parents who seek Baptism for their child are promising to raise their baptized child in the Catholic faith.

Click here to go to the Baptism Page.

Reconciliation

  • “Baptism does snatch us from the power of sin and death and brings us into the new life of the children of God, but it does not free us from human weakness and the inclination to sin.  That is why we need a place where we can be reconciled with God again and again.  That place is confession.”  YOUCAT 226.
  • This special sacrament renews the soul and unburdens it.

We invite you to experience the sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays from 3:30- 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel or you may call for an appointment at  661-0644.

 For more information on preparing for First Reconciliation click here.

Eucharist

  • “Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus Christ give his Body and Blood-himself-for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion.  In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church.”  YOUCAT 208

Confirmation

  • “Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us.  Anyone who freely decides to live life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and annointing with Chrism receives the strength to witness God’s love and might in word and deed.  He is now a full fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.”       YOUCAT 203

Marriage

  • The sacrament of Matrimony comes about through a promise made by a man and a woman before God and the church, which is accepted and confirmed by God.  YOUCAT 261  (CCC 1625-1631)

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Anointing of the Sick

  • The administration of this Sacrament consists of an anointing of the forehead and hands with holy oil, accompanied by prayers.
  • “The Anointing of the Sick imparts consolation, peace, and strength and unites the sick person, in his precarious situation and his sufferings, with Christ in a profound way.”  YOUCAT 245

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

  • The Rite of Christian Initiation is initiation into the church: a process of discerning and ritualizing stages of conversion, leading to sacramental initiation through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, celebrated at the Easter vigil, thus empowering men and women for lives of service, charity, and justice, as witnesses to the reign of God. It is the parish community, through its witness, worship, service and catechesis, that offers the invitation and support necessary for men and women to be initiated into the church.

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Vocations

If you would like more information on vocations please visit our Diocesan websitehttp://www.dcgary.org/vocations.htm