CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation, is the final initiation into the Christian life bringing strength through the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life that bear witness to Christ in thought, word and deed.

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, the average age for the celebration of Confirmation is 16 years of age or older. The celebration of this Sacrament usually takes place at the Cathedral of St. Paul, enhancing the understanding of this Sacrament as grace given and received by the broader Catholic Church.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION reference from the Catechism

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” CCC 1285

“Are you not aware that we who are baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”

(Romans 6:3)

BAPTISM

Parents of children below the age of five who seek Baptism for their children should be registered members of the parish.  They are asked to call the Parish Office to make their desire known for their child’s Baptism. In preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament, we ask one or both parents to attend a mandatory meeting which is scheduled each month.

Usually the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during the Mass on the last Sunday of the month. For our Spanish speaking community Baptism is celebrated during the Spanish Mass on the last Saturday of the month.  No baptisms are celebrated during the season of Lent.

In selecting Godparents for their child, parents should choose someone who can bring a Sponsor Certificate from his or her home parish.  This certificate states that the Godparent is a baptized Catholic and is registered in a parish.

Parents of non baptized children who are five years old or older should enroll them in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children program (RCIC).

“Reform your lives and believe in the good news”

(Mark 1:15)

RECONCILIATION

The Church calls us from sin to conversion, and by the celebration of Penance, to show the victory of Christ over sin.  We celebrate using the revised Rite of Penance mandated by Pope Paul VI in 1973. Confessions are scheduled at Holy Trinity and St Augustine, see the schedule for times. You may also contact the parish office to schedule time with one of the priests for confession during the week.

“Is not the cup of blessing we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ?  And is not the bread we break a sharing in the body of Christ?”

(Corinthians 10:16)

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

According to Vatican II, this is a sacrament meant not only for those who are at the point of death, but also for everyone who is seriously ill.  Since the Sacraments are actions of Christ and His Church, we celebrate a communal Anointing of the Sick each year.  The Sacrament is also celebrated when the need arises; i.e., before surgery or at the beginning of a serious illness.

“Jesus said to his disciples, this much I have told you while I was still with you, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will instruct you in everything and remind you of all that I have told you.”

(John 14:26)

MATRIMONY

Brides and Grooms should remember the overall general rule:  Contact the parish office before making any arrangements.  At least six months’ notice is required.

There are three main steps in the process:
Step OneDiscernment Phase
Step TwoEducational Process
Step ThreeThe preparation of the Wedding Ceremony

“Jesus said to his disciples, this is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.”

(John 15:12)

EUCHARIST

By coming together to celebrate the Eucharist, we believe that we are not a collection of strangers, but a celebrating community of faith.  We believe that singing hymns, listening to God’s Word, and responding to it are important.

The Eucharist is celebrated within the setting of the Mass. During the celebration of the Mass, and the Eucharistic Prayer, Christ becomes present, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the forms of bread and wine.

At consecration, Christ’s saving action, His passion, death, and resurrection are once again enacted and offered, so that we the faithful, acknowledge and celebrate the saving action of Christ.

THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST reference from the Catechism

The Eucharist is celebrated within the setting of the Mass. During the celebration of the Mass, and the Eucharistic Prayer, Christ becomes present, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the forms of bread and wine.

At consecration, Christ’s saving action, His passion, death, and resurrection are once again enacted and offered, so that we the faithful, acknowledge and celebrate the saving action of Christ.

THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST reference from the Catechism

The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. CCC 1322

“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’” CCC 1323

“Is there anyone sick among you?  He should ask the elders of the church.  They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord.”

(James 5:14)

HOLY ORDERS

All baptized Christians share in the priesthood of Jesus. Each of us shares in it as a member of the Body of Christ. We were gifted with this priesthood of the believers at the time of our Baptism. This priesthood enables us to make holy the world by living as Jesus would in our circumstances.

Some baptized Christians, experience a call to serve the church which is Christ made visible in the world. They wish to preach the Word of God, lead their community in liturgical celebrations, and build up and strengthen their community’s Christian spirit.

Those who are accepted by the Church to learn how to serve in the priesthood are trained for several years in a seminary. When the training is complete, the bishop ordains the candidate he’s called to priesthood. The new priest has received a Sacrament called Holy Orders.

Those who are interested in learning more about receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders should call the Vocations Office (305-757-6241, ext. 271).

There are several seminaries in the state of Minnesota:
Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio Minor Seminary (Mankato) -High school seminary run by the Institute of the Incarnate Word; opened in 2008.

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (Winona) – Diocesan seminary; opened in 1948.
  • Saint John’s School of Theology∙Seminary (Collegeville, Minnesota)
    (Collegeville) – Saint John’s School of Theology∙Seminary; opened in 1857 as Saint John’s Seminary.
  • St. John Vianney College Seminary (St. Paul)
  • Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity (St. Paul) – Archdiocesan seminary; opened in 1894.

“Jesus said, I am the Good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”

(John 10:11)