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Sacraments

Sacraments

The traditional definition of a sacrament is "an outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace." Contained within this definition are three important statements:

  • "an outward sign" - usually a sacrament is performed by a priest (although deacons may baptize under certain circumstances)
  • "instituted by Christ" - as seen in Matthew 28:19, Jesus Christ commanded that the disciples " baptize them in the name
    of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
  • "to give grace" - sacraments either give sanctifying grace (Baptism and Confirmation) or improve the sanctifying grace we already have.

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates seven sacraments. The three types of sacraments are as follows:

  • Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
  • Sacraments of Healing - Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
  • Sacraments of Service - Matrimony and Holy Orders

At St. Aloysius, various ministries help with the preparation for sacraments.

Baptism

Baptismal preparation classes are held monthly with the exception of Advent and Lent. Please check the bulletin or the calendar on the main page of the website for class schedules. All first-time parents are required to attend the class and are encouraged to attend prior to the birth of the baby. All parents must complete the basic information form. Baptisms during Mass may be scheduled during the 5:00pm Saturday evening Mass. Baptisms after Mass are usually scheduled after the 9:30am Sunday Mass on the third full weekend of the month. We will do our best to accommodate scheduling conflicts. For answers to your questions or to schedule a baptism, please contact Ann Shackleford

Reconciliation

Opportunity for confession is available on Wednesdays after the 9:30am Mass until 11:00am. Please contact the parish office to make arrangements for confession outside of the regular schedule.

Eucharist

Holy Eucharist is an integral part of the Mass. At times, when Mass cannot be said, Communion Services will be held in place of the Mass. See the schedule on the main page for Mass and Communion service times. Communion is routinely taken to the homebound. Please call the parish office  if you would like Communion brought to a homebound family member or friend.

Confirmation

Confirmation for eighth grade students and above is held every year in conjunction with Queen of Peace parish. Location of the Confirmation Mass alternates between the two parishes.  Preparation takes place during parish religious education classes at St. Aloysius and Queen of Peace, at St. Joseph Consolidated School, and at Queen of Peace School.

Matrimony

Couples should contact the parish office before any other planning is completed for the wedding.

Anointing of the Sick

Parishioners wishing to be anointed should contact the parish office to make arrangements.