Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, and the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the "sacraments of initiation" by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or "confirm" the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. The Sacrament of Confirmation is a personal sharing in the grace of Pentecost.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the 9th grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Candidates must be baptized, have already received Eucharist and Reconciliation, and be enrolled in the Religious Education program at least one year prior to beginning the preparation in the 8th grade, or receive religious education in a Catholic school. Please contact our Director of Confirmation, Tommy Lannen, to begin your child's preparation for this sacrament.
Adults who have not been confirmed are encouraged to speak with the pastor about taking part in adult preparation sessions to prepare them to receive this important sacrament.
First Reconciliation/First Eucharist
Sacramental preparation is a time for children and parents to reflect upon, and learn about the great love that God has for us. This year, you and your child will journey together and prepare to receive God’s gift of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. So, enjoy this time and experience God’s invitation, generosity, forgiveness, and love. Welcome God into your home and your family is sure to grow in faith!
Please submit a copy of your child's Baptismal certificate to our office, in order to correctly record their First Eucharist. This can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
To register your child for Sacrament Preparation, 2017-2018, please click HERE
ONCE YOU HAVE ENTERED YOUR CHILD'S INFORMATION, PLEASE FOLLOW THE ONLINE PAYMENT LINK IN THE CONFIRMATION MESSAGE.
Anointing of the Sick
Parishioners scheduled for surgery are encouraged to contact the Parish Office prior to hospital admission and always in cases of emergency.
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And please speak Fr. Arnold or Deacon Rob to ask any questions you have or to set up a time to talk in more detail!
Couples should contact a parish priest or deacon to arrange for an initial meeting to begin marriage preparation. Participation in is marriage preparation program is required and couples are encouraged to contact the parish office 12 months prior to their wedding date to begin preparation!