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Baptism, Confession, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Marriage, and the Anointing of the Sick—are the life of the Catholic Church. Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul. In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life.

The first three sacraments—Baptism, Confirmation, and 1st Holy Communion—are called the sacraments of initiation, because the rest of our life as a Christians depends on them.

 

FAITH FORMATION SACRAMENTAL PREP

 Baptism 

Baptism is the first of seven sacraments and the way in which a person becomes a member of the Catholic Church. Anyone who has not already been baptized can receive the sacrament of Baptism.

New Parents are required to participate in the Pre-Baptismal Program offered in the months of February, May, August and November. Please contact the parish office for more info and/or to register - (812) 738-2742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adults seeking baptism - please refer to the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) - more info here 

First Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist/Communion occurs only after receiving Baptism, and once the person has reached the age of reason (usually, around the second grade)First Reconciliation/Confession/Penance) must precede the first reception of the Eucharist.  First Holy Communion is a 2 year program

Adults seeking to receive First Holy Communion-please refer to the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)  more info here

1st Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Penance and  Reconciliation (commonly called Penance,  Reconciliation, or Confession) is one of seven sacraments of the Catholic Church in which the faithful obtain absolution for the sins committed against God and neighbor and are reconciled with the community of the church.

Before Holy Communion, following the requirements of the Church, children of the parish who are in second grade or up will be prepared to receive Jesus’ forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  Preparing the child for First Reconciliation gives the whole family the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of sin and forgiveness.

Confirmation

In the sacrament of Confirmation, the faithful are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life.  Confirmation marks a unique moment in a person’s life when one is invited to grow in faith and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, embrace a new maturity where all that has gone before takes on richer and deeper meaning further forming one as a faithful disciple, grateful steward, and active evangelist of the Risen Christ.

The sacrament of confirmation is a 2 year program which completes the sacrament of baptism.  We personally invite and welcome all baptized young people between the ages of 15 and 18 to begin the Confirmation preparation journey.

Adults seeking to be Confirmed - please refer to the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) - more info here

 

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