"Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1275
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION:
BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, AND EUCHARIST
"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."
Galatians 3:27 NAB
If you have never been baptized, our community invites you to consider the blessed opportunity of uniting your life to Christ and experiencing the grace of being born again in the holy waters of Baptism. The Church lovingly offers Baptism to all who seek to receive the mark of Christ and, therefore, membership in the Catholic Church. From the earliest days of the Church, the apostles, and their followers, have extended Baptism to children of all ages, including infants. We take seriously the words of Christ in Matthew 19:14: “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” The Catechism, 1282, reminds us, "[Baptism] is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit." If you seek to walk in the love of God, as a baptized Catholic, contact us.
Our Lord awaits you in the waters of Baptism and promises you the gift of being born again into a life of sacrificial love and great mercy!
"Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.."
Galatians 3:27 NAB
The Catholic Church, birthed on the Day of Pentecost, offers Confirmation to all Baptized Christians who desire the sacred outpouring of the Holy Spirit. By God's grace, this Sacrament allows for each and every individual Christian to be present in the Upper Room with the Blessed Mother and all the apostles on Pentecost. Confirmation, in the West, is ordinarily, not exclusively, administered by a bishop; in the East, the Sacrament is ordinarily conferred by the priest. In our Diocese, priests have been granted the faculties to offer Confirmation, at any time, as requested by the faithful. This ancient practice allows for our community to offer the Sacraments of Initiation in their most ancient form, with Confirmation and First Communion immediately following Baptism, for any age. We are also more than happy to honor the later, yet venerable, Western tradition of infant Baptism, First Communion at a later age following some study, and, finally, Confirmation offered in the teenage years. Please speak with Father Daniel if you or yours are in need of Confirmation.
"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire."
Saint Catherine of Siena
"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."
John 6:53-56 NAB
The Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist, is the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the child of the Virgin Mary. Our community proclaims with Saint Ignatius of Antioch, 110 AD: "[We] desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink [we] desire his blood, which is love incorruptible." How great is the mercy of God that Christ would truly remain with us until the end of the ages hidden under the appearance of bread and wine! The Catechism, 1419, teaches us: "Having passed from this world to the Father, Christ gives us in the Eucharist the pledge of glory with him. Participation in the Holy Sacrifice identifies us with his Heart, sustains our strength along the pilgrimage of this life, makes us long for eternal life, and unites us even now to the Church in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints."
The Eucharist is available to all who seek God's love in the Blessed Sacrament. Our faith, in the Catechism, 1417, "warmly recommends that the faithful receive Holy Communion when they participate in the celebration of the Eucharist; she obliges them to do so at least once a year." Our community encourages all the faithful to maintain a Eucharistic life, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, as often as possible, and then becoming the Body and Blood of Christ offering God's love, to all in need. Through the communion of the Eucharist, we can we truly know Our Lord, one another, and ourselves.
"The culmination of the Mass is not the consecration, but Communion."
Saint Maximilian Kolbe