THE SACRAMENTS

When Catholic Cristians hear the word sacrament, we most often think

first of the Church’s seven Sacraments: specific “actions of the Holy
Spirit at work in his Body, the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 1116).

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism

“Baptism washes away the hold original sin has on our lives, and we die
to our old lives so that we can live in Christ.”

  • Infants (0-5yrs) – Is celebrated upon completion of a Program of Preparation for Parents and Godparents. Parents should contact the parish office at least two months prior to the time they wish to celebrate the baptism. This can be done before the child is born. Baptisms are performed the last Sunday of the month four times a year at 12:00pm. Instruction for parents and god-parents is the Thursday prior to the scheduled Baptism at 6:00pm in the parish office. Please contact the office for more information or to sign up for classes. Scheduled Baptisms for 2015 are: January 11, 2015, April 12, 2015, July 26, 2015, and October 25, 2015.
  • Parents are to be members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or have the written permission from their own parish, to have their children baptized at parish.
  • Each child needs to have at least one godparent who is someone other than the child’s parent. The godparent must be someone who is fully initiated into the Catholic Church ( i.e., has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and is actively practicing their faith.
  • Baptisms are most appropriately celebrated outside of Lent.
  • Children & Youth of Catechetical Age (Elem., Jr. High & High School) – Preparation for baptism is part of the two year Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) process.
  • Adults – Preparation for baptism is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process.

Confirmation

“If you have received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist you cannot simply be a spectator when Jesus Christ calls.”

  • Youth Baptized when infants – Preparation for confirmation takes place through the parish confirmation program.
  • Adults Baptized when infants – Preparation for Confirmation is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.
  • Children & Youth Baptized after reaching Catechetical Age – Preparation for confirmation takes place for students of High School age through the parish confirmation program.
  • Students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in third grade. If students are 4th grade or older preparation takes place through the RCIC program. The Confirmation program is a two year program. (Contact the  DRE or the parish office for more information)
  • Adults Baptized after reaching Catechetical Age – Preparation for Confirmation is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.

We offer RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes for those wishing to enter into the Catholic faith or renew their faith, Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

First Eucharist (Communion)

Jesus himself offered bread and wine as his body and blood at the final meal he shared with his apostles before he died for all of us.

  • Those Baptized when infants – Children in their third consecutive year in School or the Catechetical Program will prepare for their First Communion that takes place through the parish religious education program.
  • Those Baptized after reaching Catechetical Age (Adults) – Receive First Communion through the parish RCIA program.
  • The First Communion program is two year program beginning in second grade with preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Students must be Baptized prior to entering  this program.
  • Attendance at parent meetings with the Pastor are strongly encouraged.

Sacraments of Healing

Penance (Confession/Reconciliation)

When we confess, we acknowledge that we sin; that only God can truly forgive us; that we want God to forgive us, and that we want to do something about our sinfulness.

  • Preparation – Children in their second consecutive year in School or the Catechetical Program will prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by attending periodic meetings with their parents. Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in the second grade.
  • Adults are prepared for this Sacrament in the RCIA program
  • Celebrations of Penance (Confession) – take place on Saturday from 3:30 – 4:00 PM and by appointment. Communal celebrations are scheduled during Advent and Lent.

Anointing of the Sick

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).

  • Many of us grew up when this Sacrament was known as “Extreme Unction”. Because of the name, we associated this anointing of the sick only as “Last Rites.” The Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum (Holy Communion as `Food for the Journey’) – are offered to a person who is dying.
  • The Bishops at Vatican Council II restored this Sacrament to its original purpose as a Sacrament for the Sick – not just for those who are at the point of death, but also for anyone who was seriously ill. To help all better understand this, the name was changed to the “Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick”.
  • As a Sacrament, the best way to celebrate it is within the community of the Church – that is, with the family and friends of the sick person gathered around – and the sick person alert and able to respond in faith to the healing presence of the Lord in the Sacrament.
  • Because of this, if a family member has a debilitating or life threatening illness, please arrange for a priest to visit and anoint the sick person; DO NOT wait until the person is at the point of death.

Sacraments of Vocation

Marriage

The celebration of the sacrament of marriage may center around a couple’s wedding day, but the couple truly lives out that sacrament every day of their marriage, and so becomes a continuing sign of God’s presence to their wider community.

  • For a marriage to take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at least one of the couple needs to be a practicing Catholic and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish – or have a letter from their own pastor giving permission to celebrate their marriage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  • No arrangements (i.e., date, reception hall, etc.) should be made prior to first meeting with a pastoral minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  • There is a necessary period of preparation for engaged couples that involves gathering important information, and participating in a process that helps couples prepare to live out the Sacrament of Marriage. The preparation period is eight to twelve months. Engaged couples should contact the parish office in time to allow for this preparation.

Holy Orders

The priest becomes the sacramental sign from whom Jesus wants his beloved people to hear the Good News; and to receive the sacraments of God’s love; thereby unify  in the community as  body of Christ.

Any man who is interested in learning more about the process that leads to ordination to the priesthood should contact a priest at the parish office.