Sacraments of the Catholic Church
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 children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” We rejoice with you in your decision to have your child baptized in the faith.
Anyone choosing to have their child baptized at St. Madeleine Catholic Church is required to attend a baptism class. Parents must be registered parishioners for a minimum of two months. Godparents also are requested to attend a baptism class. The Godparents must also be able to provide a Letter of Good Standing from their current Priest.
First Reconciliation and
Children prepare to sit at the table of the Lord and partake of the body and blood of Christ Jesus. Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases the communicant's union with the Lord, forgives his venial sins and preserves him from grave sins. Since receiving this sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ.
Children are required to have at least two years of religious education at St. Madeleine Catholic Church. Children should be at least seven years old and are usually in second grade when they receive First Holy Communion.
Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.
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.