Sacraments and Rites

Contact: Sister Kathleen Kane
681-6350 x 266

e-mail Sr. Kathleen

Sacraments are celebrations that mark important phases in a person’s faith journey.  Celebration of the sacraments provides the immediate family and the faith community an opportunity for reflection and renewal.

Parental involvement in the Sacramental preparation of children is of the greatest importance.  Parents are expected to take an active role in the faith journey of their child.  It is the parent’s responsibility to:

  • Nurture the spiritual life of the child
  • Encourage an active family prayer life
  • Regularly attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
  • Participate in all parent meetings
  • Encourage open dialog and discussion about faith issues and what the child is learning at Religious Education or in the school
  • Ensure that the child is completing any homework assignments.

BAPTISM

Baptism is the gateway to life in Christ and the Church.
Infant baptisms are celebrated the first and third Sunday of each month.

Baptism registration and preparation


FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

These sacraments generally require a two year preparation period beginning in the first grade.

First Reconciliation and Eucharist Preparation


CONFIRMATION

Two years of preparation are required beginning in the Seventh Grade.

Confirmation Preparation


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
ADULT BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, HOLY COMMUNION

Inquiry classes for adults interested in becoming Catholic and celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation are held Tuesday evenings 7:00- 8:30 PM September through April.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults


MATRIMONY

Marriage preparation must begin no later than six months before the wedding date.

Marriage Preparation/ Wedding Guidelines


RECONCILIATION

The second precept of the Church requires that Catholics should celebrate Reconciliation (Confession) at least once a year.

Confession times at St. Francis by the Sea:
       Monday – Friday: 15 minutes before Masses
Saturday: 4:15-5:15PM
or by appointment with one of the priests


HOLY ORDERS

Contact – Deacon Joe Nazzaro (842-6458)

It is recommended that every Catholic attend an ordination to the priesthood or deaconate at least once in their lifetime.  Ordinations to the priesthood are July 27, 2007, 6:00 PM at the Cathedral and to the Transitional and Permanent Deaconate – May 19, 2007 at 11:00 AM.

Discernment of a vocation to the priesthood, deaconate, religious or married life.
Diocese of Charleston Vocation Office


SACRAMENTS FOR THE SICK AND THE DYING 

ANOINTING OF THE DYING

Contact – Church Office (681-6350)

In this sacrament, the Church, through anointing and the Spirit, prepares a gravely ill person for passage to eternal life.  Sometines health is restored if it is God’s will.

Viaticum – The name given to Communion for the dying.  It comes from the Latin “with one on the way”.  Catechism for the Catholic Church

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Contact – Church Office (681-6350)

“The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when a believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1528-29

Candidates for this sacrament include those who are seriously ill, facing surgery, beginning hospice care, or in the hospital.

How frequently can a person receive this sacrament?
“Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he or she may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when after having received it, the illness worsens”.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1528=29

COMMUNION TO THE SICK / HOMEBOUND OR IN A RESIDENCE FOR ASSISTED LIVING

Contact – Nina McCunniff
Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick

Viaticum, meaning “Christ is with one on the way” is the name given to Communion for the dying and should be celebrated while the person is still conscious and able to participate as fully as possible.


FUNERALS

Contact – Church Office (681-6350)