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). Please call the church office if you or your child needs to be baptized.
First Communion preparation is a two year program, usually starting in first grade.
-The first year the students will be expected to learn prayers and material using first grade diocesan guidelines.
-The second year, using second grade diocesan guidelines, is more focused on the sacraments. Additional expectations will include:
· In the fall semester the child will have extra preparation for their First Confession, which they will make that fall. Parents will be required to attend a few sessions about the sacrament and how to work with their child.
· In the spring semester the child will have extra preparation for their First Communion. Parents will be required to attend a few sessions about the sacrament and how to work with their child.
-The child must have reached a basic aptitude for each level before moving on to the next level (ex: first year material must be learned before going on to the second year). If there are issues or problems, the pastor will meet with the parents to resolve them.
An older student may move through the program at a faster rate if they are meeting the goals as previously listed.
CONFESSIONS ARE HEARD: 1/2 hour before all Masses
The sacrament of Confirmation impresses an indelible mark on the soul of the baptized. It strengthens and obligates them to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith more firmly. The preparation is a two-year program of attending weekend Holy Mass, weekly classes, a retreat, and participating in service activities. This program is offered every few years. The next Confirmation in the parish will be in 2018, with preparation beginning in the fall of 2016. In the diocese of Wichita the sacrament of Confirmation should ordinarily take place within the first two years of high school.
Marriage preparation is a nine month process consisting of meetings with the pastor, mentoring couple, attending an Engaged Encounter weekend and a full set of classes of Natural Family Planning. Also, any Catholic who was married outside the Catholic Church should contact the pastor to validate their marriage in the Catholic faith through this marriage process. Please contact the pastor before setting the wedding date.
Men become priests by the sacrament of holy orders -- the laying on of the bishop's hands and prayer. Through this sacrament Christ changes the man internally, leaving an indelible mark on his soul. There are different degrees in holy orders: deacon, priest, and bishop. If you are interested in the priesthood or have any questions please call the pastor.
In the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, Christ uses the anointing and prayers of the priest to give comfort and strength to the soul and to the body of one seriously ill. It is for anyone who is seriously ill, including those with a condition which requires surgery with a general anesthetic or even one who is weak from old age. Please call for the Pastor to minister this sacrament at every serious change in your condition.In an emergency or serious illness if sick and confined to a home, entering a hospital or local nursing home, please notify the office.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA] is a process through which adults are initiated into the Catholic Church. The process is open to all persons seeking to join the Catholic Church. Classes begin in September until initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.