Sacraments

In the Catholic Faith, the seven sacraments are “the signs and instruments by which the Holy Spirit spreads the grace of Christ the head throughout the Church which is his Body” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #774). Below is a brief description and how one can receive that sacrament at Sacred Heart.

Baptism
The first sacrament one receives is Baptism. Through Baptism, one becomes part of the Body of Christ and a member of the Church. Infant baptisms are normally celebrated after weekend Masses. To begin the preparations for baptism, complete the Pre-Baptism Questionnaire.

Confirmation
Confirmation strengthens Christians as they participate in the mission of the Church to share the Gospel and build the Kingdom of God. In the Crookston Diocese, Confirmation is received in the junior year of high school. Preparations are done through Religious Education. For adults who have not received Confirmation in the Catholic Church but wish to, preparations are completed through RCIA.

Eucharist
Through the Eucharist, or also known as the Mass, we give thanks and praise to God and are nourished with Christ’s Body and Blood. For current schedule of Masses, please see the bulletin. For those who have not received first Eucharist, preparations are completed with Religious Education (school-aged children) or RCIA (adults).  

Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacramental celebration that reconciles a sinner with God and the Church. Opportunities for individual celebrations are offered weekly with communal penance services offered during Advent and Lent. Individual celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are normally celebrated in the confessional which is in the back of the church. See the bulletin for the current schedule or set up an appointment with one of our priests.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick unites the sick person to Christ and his redemptive suffering. Anyone who is seriously ill, going to undergo a serious medical procedure, of old age, or near death may receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick by contacting the parish office to set up a time to celebrate the sacrament with one of our priests.

Marriage
One of the sacraments of service, the Sacrament of Marriage unites a husband and wife together to be a sign of God’s love to one another, their children and families, and the larger Church and community. Couples who are engaged and desiring to celebrate the sacrament of marriage should contact the parish office at least six months before the preferred marriage date.

Holy Orders
The other sacrament of service is Holy Orders. The three levels of Holy Orders are deacon, priest, and bishop, with each dedicated to building the Church in a unique way. Those who sense a call to Holy Orders should contact their local priest or the diocese’s vocation office.