SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
If you or a family member is in need of this sacrament please, call the office to schedule a time.
We do hope that those requesting baptism for their infants and children are registered members of our parish community who are practicing and participating in the sacramental life of the community.
Preparation for baptism consists of attendance by the parents of a baptismal class. The class is offered monthly, rotating locations between St. Joseph & St. Paul. Baptisms are a community event and are scheduled to take place during Mass. Private baptisms are allowed under special circumstances. Parents are asked to arrange that their chosen sponsors are present or arrange for proxies. Sponsors (Godparents) need to have at least one practicing Catholic who is Confirmed in the Catholic faith. Anyone not belonging to our parish community, requesting to baptize here needs to present a letter of permission from their local pastor. All baptisms must be scheduled in advance thru the church office.
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
The child’s parents, thru a parish-directed program, initiate preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Both are sacramental blessings for children who have been baptized in the Catholic Church. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is initiating a two-year study program for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. We found that parents felt the requirements of prayer and study would best be fulfilled during the first grader year of the student, allowing more time for focus on sacramental study during the second grade year of the student. If you have a second-grade student, this year only, you will have the option of completing all course work in one year, or have your student participate in the two-year model.
We will be helping you instruct your children, proving you with the theology so that you will be able to teach your child what the Catholic Church believes. We will also provide the parents with a textbook and activity book as well as weekly quizzed to assist you in teaching your child. Each week at Mass your child will place their quiz in the collection basket.
We want this program to be available to all. If your child has been baptized in another parish, please obtain a recent copy of their Baptismal Certificate. This is a necessary requirement to make their First Communion. If your child has not been baptized, it will be necessary for them to receive the sacrament of Baptism first.
For more information on First Reconciliation and First Communion
Formal preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation begins in the 11th grade. The Confirmation program is one school year in length. The program and its requirement are outlined at the beginning of the school year. Following Confirmation students are invited to continue active participation in parish life thru youth group activities, community service, and retreats. Confirmation is a gift from the Holy Spirit given to those who complete the Confirmation preparation. If you are seeking confirmation, you must have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and are in full accordance with the Catholic Faith.
A minimum of six months is needed to prepare a couple for the sacrament of marriage. A period of six to eight months is preferred. Due to the geographical/jurisdictional regulations of the church, we can only witness the marriages of our own parishioners. However, those coming in from elsewhere can be accommodated here with proper delegations and permissions. For more information on the marriage preparation program at our parish, contact the person listed below.