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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.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the First and Third Sundays of the Month at 1:00pm. Parents must attend preparation classes and Godparents must be fully initiated Catholics practicing their faith in order to undertake this role. A Christian Witness (a baptized, practicing Christian of another denomination) may serve along side a Godparent. Please email Deacon Rob Katafiasz, our Coordinator of Baptismal Preparation, at least 4 months before your desired baptism date to make arrangements.


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

Preparation Registration

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

To register your child for Sacrament Preparation, 2017-2018, please click HERE



The sacramental celebration which, by God's mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ's Body. Jesus entrusted this gift of His mercy to the Church, as seen clearly in John 20. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00pm, Friday from 4:30-6:00pm and every Saturday from 3:00-4:15pm, as well as by appointment - just contact the Parish Office.

Need help preparing for reconciliation? Click here for a helpful guide!

Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of healing administered by a priest to a baptized person who is undergoing serious surgery or begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. The sacrament is celebrated through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. The proper effects of the sacrament include a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person's sins.

Parishioners scheduled for surgery are encouraged to contact the Parish Office prior to hospital admission and always in cases of emergency.

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church, through the laying on of hands and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or "orders": Deacon, Priest, and Bishop.

Want to learn more about the Priesthood? Want help in discerning God's call for your life? Do you think God might be calling to serve Him as a priest? Please click here for some helpful information and links:

Archdiocese of Baltimore Vocation Office

Do you think God might be calling you to serve as a Permanent Deacon? Click here to get more information.

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!


The covenant or communion of life and love established between a baptized man and woman. The sacrament of marriage is ordered by God to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.

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!

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church
4795 Ilchester Road Ellicott City, MD 21043