Sacraments are moments of interaction with God. We experience sacraments every day. We interact with God when we catch our breath at the sight of the sunrise. We interact with God when we give thanks for the gift of a grandchild, feel completely safe and loved in the arms of our parents, or experience a sliver of joy that the loss that is Mom's death is also a new beginning for her.
Experiencing God's grace is similar to the joy we feel when a neighbor unexpectedly anticipates our need and satisfies it. Recognizing God's role in relationships is one way of recognizing the grace that comes from God.
But Christ promises us more - the commitment of our faith community. The seven church sacraments are our way of slowing down time, allowing us to recognize in the moment the grace that God gives to us. We take time to experience, acknowledge, and share it through our rituals and words, allowing us to focus as a community on the grace that God gives this person or couple, in this place, at this time. When we gather as a community, we become a living example of Christ on earth. Our role as community during sacraments is an essential part of making God's grace present, an ability taught to us through the example of Jesus Christ.
St. Mary of the Assumption engages parishioners in the sacraments in a variety of ways, depending on the age, faith journey, and needs of individual people. Click on a link below for more information.
Adults seeking initiation into the Catholic Church:
Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation (RCIA)
Eucharist for Children
Reconciliation for Children
Youth seeking initiation into the Catholic Church
Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation (RCIC)
Any Parish Member seeking
The Ill, Elderly, or Caregivers seeking
Sacrament of the Sick