RECONCILIATION

 The Pastor hears confessions on Saturday afternoon from 5-5:45pm or you may make an appointment with him for another time.  Communal penance celebrations are usually celebrated during Advent and Lent.


BAPTISM

Baptism makes one a member of the body of Christ and incorporates one into the Church, sharing in its mission. The principal effects of Baptism are purification from sins and a new birth in the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church baptizes all ages. For infants, the Church requires formation and catechesis for parents in preparation for the baptism of their children. Only one class is required. Adolescents and adults are prepared for Baptism through a process called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation).

Baptisms are scheduled with one of the Priests and are usually celebrated on the weekend. For first time parents, a baptismal preparation class is required. To schedule your child’s Baptism, contact one of the priests using the contact information HERE.


CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is the completion of baptism, the giving of the full power of a Christian. "Confirmation" means a strengthening - this Sacrament strengthens and increases what we receive at Baptism, particularly the power of bearing witness to Christ.  To emphasize this, the ceremony of confirmation includes a renewal of our baptismal promises.  We now become full-fledged members of the Church, lay apostles in the fullest sense.  The Bishop normally confirms young people in a special ceremony following a 2-year period of catechesis.  Adults who are not confirmed can be confirmed when the Bishop comes or at the Easter Vigil through RCIA.  Please contact the office if you need to be confirmed.


HOLY MATRIMONY

Matrimony or the Sacrament of Marriage celebrates the union of a man and a woman as they are joined together as husband and wife.  The Salina Diocese requires engaged couples to contact their parish priest at least six months in advance of the anticipated wedding date.  All wedding dates must be arranged with one of the Parish Priests.  Couples preparing for marriage complete the diocesan marriage forms and marriage preparation program, which usually includes the FOCUS inventory, attending an Engaged Encounter and Natural Family Planning session, metting with the Parish Priest for instruction and planning of the wedding ceremony.  The couple must also obtain a Kansas Marriage License from their local county court house before the wedding may be witnessed.  If you would like to learn more about Holy Matrimony, or if you would like to set up a meeting with a Parish Priest, please contact the office.


ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Sacrament, instituted by Christ, strengthens the faithful who are affected by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support, a Sacrament that gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick, to sustain their trust in God, and strengthen them against the anxiety of their illness or death.  Anointing is encouraged before surgery.  The elderly may be anointed if they become notably weakened, even though no serious illness is present.  The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after being anointed and then again falls ill, or if during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious.  Please call the office to make arrangements for the reception of this Sacrament.  A communal anointing is celebrated periodically during weekend Masses.