Baptism, the first sacrament of initiation, marks the beginning of a lifelong journey
of commitment and discipleship. In choosing to have your child baptised in the
Catholic Church, you are accepting the responsibility of raising him or her in the
preparation session. You do not need to wait until the child is born to attend the
session. The session will focus on the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism, the
responsibilities of the parents and godparents in teaching the faith of the Church
to the child and the celebration of the rite. Each child must have at least one, but
may have two godparents or sponsors, one male and one female. Godparents
must be practicing and believing Roman Catholics, who have received the
Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation, be at least 16 years old, and if
married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage. It is through baptism
that one enters the Church. Godparents represent the Church community.
Note: Preparation for parents is essential and required prior to a child's baptism
for the faithful celebration and living out of this vital Sacrament. You must be a
registered member of this parish. Contact Fr. Reyes for more information.
Group studies to develop and enrich appreciation and knowledge of Sacred
Scripture. The General Directory for Catechises mandates that the faith of adults
must be continually enlightened, developed and protected, so that it may acquire
that Christian wisdom which gives sense, unity and hope to the many experiences
of personal, social and spiritual life.
The Catechism describes Confirmation as a deepening of baptismal gifts. It says
that the sacrament roots us more deeply in our identity as God's children; unites
us more firmly with Christ; increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit; binds us
more closely to the Church and gives us special strength to bear witness to our
faith. Confirmation shapes us as Catholic Christians.
During confirmation class, confirmands learn about the meaning of Catholic faith;
the history and teachings of the Catholic Church and an explanation of the vows
they will be professing. Help prepare Confirmation Candidates for the Sacrament
Parish School of Religion
Program designed for school age children to learn the basic roots of our faith and
grow spiritually. These classes not only educate children about Jesus and the
Catholic faith, but prepare children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation,
Holy Communion and Confirmation. Help teach and guide these students through
our Catholic Faith instruction. Click here to go to the Religious Education page.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Process of formation to welcome new members into the Catholic Church. The
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is designed for adults who, after hearing the
mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and
enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their heart. This
rite includes not only the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation
and Eucharist, but also all the rites belonging to the catechumenate.
Youth Ministers help to guide the youth of our parish to learn Catholic values and
encourages the sharing of their gifts with the community. Efforts are directed at
fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each and to draw them to
responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community while
serving the parish community and at the same time having fun.
The first goal of youth ministry is "to empower young people to live as disciples of
Jesus Christ in our world today." The second goal is "to draw young people to
responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith
community." The third goal of youth ministry is "to foster the total personal and
spiritual growth of each young person."
Evangelization and Faith Formation
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