Seven Sacraments

The seven sacraments of the Church are the sacraments of Christian Initiation (baptism, confirmation, eucharist), the sacraments of Healing (penance and reconciliation and anointing of the sick), and sacraments of Service (matrimony and holy orders).

Baptism: the parents or legal guardian of a child under the age of seven can request the sacrament of baptism for their child. The parents and godparents are invited to participate in the preparation process. For baptism in English, please call the parish office. For baptism in Spanish, please call Father Amaro.

Baptism for a child at age seven and older includes classes for the child as well as the parents and godparents. Contact the Faith Formation office to discuss baptism for an older child.

Baptism for an adult takes place through the Rite of Christian Initiation. For adult baptism in English, contact the parish office. For adult baptism in Spanish, contact Mrs. Sanchez (youth@smmocg.org).

Confirmation: in our diocese, confirmation for baptized youth begins in grade 9 and the sacrament is conferred at the conclusion of the second year of preparation. We register during the summer for classes that begin in the fall. Contact Mrs. Sanchez (youth@smmocg.org) for information. 

Confirmation for baptized adults typically begins in the spring and the sacrament is conferred at the Easter Vigil Mass. Contact the parish office for more information. 

Eucharist: in our diocese, First Communion for baptized youth begins in grade 1 and the sacrament is conferred at the conclusion of the second year of preparation. We register during the summer for classes that begin in the fall. Contact Mrs. Chenevert (elem@smmocg.org) for information. 

First Eucharist for baptized adults typically begins in the spring and the sacrament is conferred at the Easter Vigil Mass. Typically, the sacrament of Confirmation is prepared for and conferred at the same time. Contact the parish office for more information. 

Penance and Reconciliation: the sacrament of penance and reconcilation is offered on the first and third Wednesday evenings in English, on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings in Spanish, on First Saturday before the Mass, on Saturday afternoons in English, and by appointment with a priest. 

Anointing of the Sick: we are reminded that Jesus came to heal the sick, body and soul. Please contact a priest to be anointed. The Rite of Anointing tells us that a person does not need to be at the point of death to receive the sacrament. 

Matrimony: in our diocese, the marriage preparation process takes at least six months. Begin your preparation by talking with a priest.  

Holy Orders: you are welcome to speak with a priest as you discern a vocation. The diocesan Office of Vocations also stands ready to help you in the discernment process.  

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