Sacrament of Holy Matrimony: Please call the office 6-9 months prior to the desired date of your wedding to begin the Marriage Preparation Process called "Becoming One in Christ."
Sacrament of Baptism: Please call 1 month prior to desired date for Baptism. The Sacrament of Baptism is administered either after the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass or after the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.
Annointing of the Sick: Permanent Community Members and College Students who will be undergoing surgery, please contact the office for the Anointing of the Sick.
What is a Sacrament?
A Sacrament is an "outward sign, instituted by Christ to bestow grace." The Sacraments are the ordinary means by which Christ sanctifies His people. Receiving the sacraments frequently, under the state of grace (being free from grave sin or mortal sin) assists us on the path of holiness. God wants to gather each of us to Himself in heaven, and so each person is called to be a saint. If we hope to go to heaven, then we must hope to be a saint. Every human being is called to be holy (this is our universal vocation). St. Irenaeus of Lyons said: "The glory of God is a human being fully alive." God calls us to work out our salvation, to be fully alive, through our individual vocation, whether it be Marriage, Holy Orders, Religious Life or Consecrated Single Life (this is our particular vocation).
The Seven Sacraments:
The first Sacrament one receives and makes one an adopted son or daughter of God. The Gospels make it evident that Baptism is necessary for salvation. "Jesus answered, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.'" John 3:5
If you are looking to have a baptism, contact the Church Office at (316) 648-6896.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by this sacrament, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.
"Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit." Acts 8:14-17
"The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ's Passover, the making present and the sacramental offering of his unique sacrifice, in the liturgy of the Church which is his Body." CCC 1362
Catholics firmly believe that in the Sacrifice of the Mass (the Liturgy of the Eucharist) Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross, that once-and-for-all sufficient sacrifice 2000 years ago that took place on Calvary is made present "in the here and now".
How is the grace of the Cross communicated to us? The answer is through the Sacraments of the Church (these gifts of Jesus to His Church), but most especially in the Eucharist, because it is the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of the Lord "I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh. The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?' So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you;' he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.'" John 6:51-54
The Greek word that is used for "to eat" leaves no doubt that Jesus meant literally that Christians would eat and drink His Body and Blood. The belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is evident from the earliest days of the Church's life. "The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also the chalice, after supper, saying, 'This chalice is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the chalice, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Jesus gives the power to the Apostles to forgive sins in His Name. "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.' And when he said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'" John 20:19-23
"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." (CCC 1440)
"Only God forgives sins. Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, 'The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins' and exercises this divine power: 'Your sins are forgiven.' Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name." (CCC 1441)
"In imparting to his apostles his own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church. This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ's solemn words to Simon Peter: 'I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.'" (CCC 1444)
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (CCC 1601)
A society is only has healthy as its families. The Church refers to the family as the Domestic Church because it is the parents who are the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith. The health and success of any society is dependent upon the health of its families. For further reading on the about the Christian understanding of the family consider readingFamiliaris Consortio by the late Pope John Paul II.
"On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples." John 2:1-2
If you are getting married, please contact the Church Office at (316) 648-6896 at least 6 months prior to the desired date.
"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to the apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes the degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate." (CCC 1536)
"The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate 'each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ.' While being 'ordered one to another,' they differ essentially. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders." (CCC 1547)
Anointing of the Sick
"Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." James 5: 14-15