Sacraments

“The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify people, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to worship God. Because they are signs they also belong in the realm of instruction. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it. That is why they are called sacraments of faith. They do, indeed, confer grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them is most effective in making people ready to receive this grace to their profit, to worship God duly, and to practice charity.” (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium 59)

The sacraments of the Church sanctify the faithful, in their everyday lives, and in the most sacred moments of their lives. We invite you to share in the grace extended to you through the sacramental life of our Church.

Baptisms:
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213)

As we welcome your child into our community of faith, we celebrate this sacrament with you joyfully. Please look over the information that follows, and complete the information form and submit it to the Rectory Office.

Weddings:
“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized.” (Code of Canon Law #1055)

We believe deeply in the sanctity of the sacrament of matrimony, and we joyfully celebrate with you on your wedding day.

We ask that you give at least six month’s notice before setting your wedding date. All couples will meet with the parish priest, and complete a marriage preparation program.

For more specific questions regarding the ceremony and preparatory details, we recommend you contact the Rectory Office.

Confessions:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church from 3:00pm to 3:45pm. At St. Stephen the King Church, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available following the 5:30pm Mass, provided that you contact the priest before Mass begins.

The sacrament is also available by appointment.