Rites and Sacraments

Baptism

When selecting godparents for your child, please remember that the godparents provide a witness of faith to the child. Godparents must be baptized and confirmed, practicing Catholics over the age of 16. If married, the godparents must be married according to the precepts of the church. Each child must have at least one Catholic godparent. They may also have a second godparent, or a Christian Witness, who is a member of another Christian church who has received valid baptism and is actively practicing Christian faith. Please contact the Center Office at least two months prior to when you would like to schedule the baptism of your child.

First Communion

This preparation may be completed through enrollment in the School of Religious Education or at the Center in the Polish language. For further information about the preparation in Polish please contact the Center Office. Parents attend a series of meetings on the theology of the sacraments in general and specifically First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Parents are given practical suggestions on how to talk with their children about God, why it is necessary to attend Mass on Sunday, and how to share their faith with their children in age appropriate ways.

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every other year for adult Catholics (who have been Baptized and received First Communion) and for High School students. The high school program is a two-year process with the goal of fostering and developing the faith of the youth of our Center and to confirm them in the Spirit to be mature adults in the Catholic faith. Contactthe office for further information.

Matrimony

Couples who would like to celebrate their wedding in our Center should contact the Office for an appointment with one of the priests at least six months prior to marriage.

Sacrament of the Sick

In the event of a serious illness, an upcoming surgery, a change of condition for one who is elderly or infirm, or of a medical emergency, the Center Office should be contacted immediately so that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated.

Eucharistic Adoration

On the first Friday of each month we gather in prayer and praise before the Blessed Sacrament. The diocesan intention is that of an increase of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration after 8:30 a.m. Mass on First Friday until midnight. For more information, please contact the Office.