“The Sacraments…celebrate the coming of the Spirit as special moments in the life of the community of faith and its members, and express the Church’s faith and interaction with Christ” (Sharing the Light of Faith).
Here at St. Charles we joyfully celebrate the sacraments that bind us together as a people of faith–people who look to encounter God in those moments of liturgy when we know God and one another in the most life-giving ways.
The sacramental preparation of children and youth for Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation is a two-year process. Children at St. Charles School and in the religious education program must have two years of religion classes or religious education before receiving the sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation.
Baptism “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” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 977, 1213,1275, 1278).
The Sacrament of Baptism sets us on our path toward the life-giving grace of our loving God. We are immersed into Jesus’ death and His resurrection and are initiated into the Christian community. Here at St. Charles, this sacrament is celebrated every Sunday after the noon Mass.
To present your child for Baptism, you must be registered members of the parish and select Catholic godparents in good standing with their parishes. Call the Parish Center to make the final arrangements.
Adults wishing to become part of our Catholic community must take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as the RCIA.
Eucharist “The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1407).
Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist is a two-year process that usually begins in the first grade. Parents play an essential role in this sacramental preparation process.
The Religious Education Department offers support to families by providing informational classes for the parents and education materials and classes for the children. Final preparation for the reception of First Communion takes place during the second-grade level of catechesis in both the school and the religious education program. Older children who need to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist are prepared through our Rote of Christian Initiation of Children class. For further information, please contact the director of religious education.
Confirmation “Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or ‘confirm’ the baptized in unison with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church).
The Sacrament of Confirmation helps to root individuals deeply in their identity as God’s children, filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit. At Confirmation individuals choose and own their identify in the Church, committing themselves to lives that reflect the Holy Spirit living within them.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process that begins in the 9th grade and culminates in the 10th grade. Candidates must complete 50 service hours.
Baptized adults wishing to receive this sacrament, or adults seeking admittance into the Catholic Church, must take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as the RCIA.
Penance / Reconciliation “Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1440).
The Sacrament of Penance, also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation or confession, is the expression of the healing ministry of Christ for our ongoing conversion. It is a celebration of God’s grace present to us today and for all eternity.
The parish celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation communally twice a year during the Advent and Lent Penance Services.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a two-year process that usually begins in the first grade. Parents play an essential role in this sacramental preparation process, being the first and best witness to their children regarding the healing power of this sacrament in their own lives. Final preparation for the reception of First Reconciliation takes place during the second grade level of catechesis in both the school and the religious education program. Older children who need to be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are prepared through our Tie of Christian Initiation of Children class. For further information, contact the director of religious education.
Anointing of the Sick The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick: This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1511).
This sacrament imparts the grace of the Holy Spirit to those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or advanced age, uniting them to the entire community of faith, and strengthening them to bear their sufferings in the light of the support and prayers of that community.
Matrimony Marriage is a “covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601).
In the Catholic Church, the spouses are the ministers of Christ’s grace and mutually confer upon each other the Sacrament of Matrimony by expressing their consent for one another in the presence of the Lord, His Church, and the world. The priest and the assembly witness the vow of Christ-like love.
St. Charles parishioners have first priority in scheduling weddings and must contact our pastor at least six months before their wedding date.
St. Charles provides marriage preparation for weddings scheduled at our church.
Holy Orders Men discerning the priesthood or diaconate should contact either the pastor or the diocesan vocations office.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1590 St. Paul said to his disciple Timothy: “I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Tim 1:6), and “If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.” (1 Tim 3:1) To Titus he said: “This is why I left you in Crete, that you amend what was defective, and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you” (Titus 1:5).
1591 The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the “common priesthood of the faithful.” Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community.
1592 The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching (munus docendi), divine worship (munus liturgicum) and pastoral governance (munus regendi).
1593 Since the beginning, the ordained ministry has been conferred and exercised in three degrees: that of bishops, that of presbyters, and that of deacons. The ministries conferred by ordination are irreplaceable for the organic structure of the Church: without the bishop, presbyters, and deacons, one cannot speak of the Church (cf. St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Trall. 3,1).
1594 The bishop receives the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders, which integrates him into the episcopal college and makes him the visible head of the particular Church entrusted to him. As successors of the apostles and members of the college, the bishops share in the apostolic responsibility and mission of the whole Church under the authority of the Pope, successor of St. Peter.
1595 Priests are united with the bishops in sacerdotal dignity and at the same time depend on them in the exercise of their pastoral functions; they are called to be the bishops’ prudent co-workers. They form around their bishop the presbyterium which bears responsibility with him for the particular Church. They receive from the bishop the charge of a parish community or a determinate ecclesial office.
1596 Deacons are ministers ordained for tasks of service of the Church; they do not receive the ministerial priesthood, but ordination confers on them important functions in the ministry of the word, divine worship, pastoral governance, and the service of charity, tasks which they must carry out under the pastoral authority of their bishop.
1597 The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character.
1598 The Church confers the sacrament of Holy Orders only on baptized men (viri), whose suitability for the exercise of the ministry has been duly recognized. Church authority alone has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders.
1599 In the Latin Church the sacrament of Holy Orders for the presbyterate is normally conferred only on candidates who are ready to embrace celibacy freely and who publicly manifest their intention of staying celibate for the love of God’s kingdom and the service of men.
1600 It is bishops who confer the sacrament of Holy Orders in the three degrees.
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