SACRAMENTS


Baptism


Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 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: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”5 -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213

Classes meet once a quarter at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays. Call the parish office to sign up for an upcoming class.

The Sacrament of Baptism is performed 2:00pm on Saturdays or Sunday.

Godparents – To be a godparent or sponsor for Baptism, one must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion; be a registered member of a Catholic Church; attend weekly Mass; and practice our Catholic faith with integrity. If married, the person must be married according to the laws of the Catholic Church. Please contact the parish office to be a godparent or sponsor for Baptism.

Eligibility or Sponsor Form For Parishioners
Eligibility or Sponsor Form For Non-Parishioners

Reconciliation


As all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (cf. Rom 3:23), we are in need of sacrament that heals us and forgives our sins committed after baptism.  This sacrament is Reconciliation and Penance, popularly known as “confession.”  It’s important for us to face our sinfulness because by sinning we wound God’s love for us, we wound our own human dignity as people called to be children of God, and we wound the spiritual well-being of the Church. This sacrament is the way that we return to communion with God after we’ve damaged or broken that relationship through our sinfulness.  In the process of this sacrament we receive God’s mercy and forgiveness – for He loves us more than we can imagine, and He wants us to be one with Him.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance is offered at St. Ann’s every Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday from 3 – 4 p.m.  Confessions are also available by appointment by calling the parish office.



First Communion


While all the sacraments are important for helping us grow in holiness, there is one sacrament that stands above the rest in importance for living a life of genuine holiness: the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the sacrament in which the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ become present under the appearance of Bread and Wine. It is the very heart and center of our Catholic faith life, and it is the epitome of our expression of faith and the best way to share in the saving grace of Christ.   When we receive the Eucharist, we are united with Christ who lived, died and rose again for our salvation, and we are united with one another; we are strengthened and our relationships with other Christians are made holy; we are nourished with God’s transforming grace; and we are prepared for the future glory of God’s heavenly banquet.  In short, receiving the Eucharist is the way we can taste a little of heaven while on earth.

Preparation for First Holy Communion typically begins when a child enters the 1st grade and continues until the spring of 2nd grade.  Children may receive preparation through our parish school, our parish Faith Formation program, or through approved home-schooling curricula.  However, we strongly encourage all home-schooled children to enroll in our Faith Formation program.  First Holy Communion usually takes place the first weekend of May each year, and children may receive their first Holy Communion in either a novus ordo or Latin Mass.


Communion for the Sick or Homebound


The Eucharist is not only a sign of our salvation, but it is also a sacrifice in which we unite our own sacrifice with Christ’s.  It is also an offering of thanks in which we thank God for his goodness and his blessings.  The Eucharist is also a remembrance of Christ’s death and Resurrection.

Considering the fundamental importance for practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church to receive Holy Communion regularly, St. Ann’s provides Holy Communion for all sick or homebound parishioners who cannot make it to Sunday Mass.  The weekly reception of Holy Communion helps our sick parishioners to unite their sufferings to Christ’s own suffering, and it strengthens their faith and hope in His goodness.  If you are sick or unable to come to Mass on Sundays and would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the parish office.



Confirmation


Confirmation is the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit that brings to fulfillment the gifts first given to us at Baptism. It’s purpose is to fill us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can be a true witness to Christ in all that we say and do.   Whereas in baptism we were born anew or born again, in confirmation we are strengthened. Like baptism, confirmation confers an indelible mark upon the soul and therefore cannot be repeated.  

Confirmation at St. Ann’s generally takes place in the spring of 8th grade.  Confirmation preparation can be done either in a Catholic school or through our parish Faith Formation program.  St. Ann parishioners are not allowed to prepare for this sacrament solely through homeschooling.  


Matrimony


We welcome registered parishioners and Catholics who live within the parish territory to be married here at St. Ann. Couples who come to receive this sacrament should be attending weekly Mass, and living our Catholic faith with integrity. Arrangements should be made at least 6 months in advance, and dates will not be reserved until they have first met with the priest.
Please print the Preparation Booklet and Music Guidelines PDFs. Details on having a Nuptial Mass or Wedding Ceremony at St. Ann Catholic Church are included.

Contact the parish office for additional information.

As in all we do, St. Ann Parish strives for reverence. Within your wedding, we require attire to reflect the utmost respect for God, His house, and those assisting, serving, or officiating your wedding. Please adhere to the following guidelines when selecting your dress and those of your attendants.
1. All dress hems must be at least to the knee. Any slits in the dress may not come above the knee.
2. Please refrain from low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage.
3. Please cover your shoulders with either sleeves, a shawl, or a jacket. Sheer covering are not acceptable. Veils do not count as covering shoulders but are most welcome.
4. No completely open backs.
Thank you for respecting the guidelines for wedding attire.

For Fr. Reid’s Recent Articles on Marriage, Click Here


Anointing of the Sick


“The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age” (CCC 1527).  Whereas as the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance deals only with healing the soul, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is concerned with both spiritual and bodily health.

“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ” (CCC 1499).

Please call the parish office if a member of your family is sick.


Holy Orders/Vocations


Holy Orders is the sacrament that ordains men in service to God, bestowing on them spiritual power and grace to perform sacred duties.  It is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time.  Although the entire Church is responsible for providing a witness of Christ’s love, men who have received this sacrament fulfill this obligation in a more complete way.  These men, consisting of deacons, priests, and bishops, are the visible representatives of Christ for His Church on earth.  These men form the center of the Body of Christ and make Him known as the Head of the Church.  This is not a sacrament that any man can just choose to receive; he must be called by God to receive it. Moreover, this sacrament (like Baptism and Confirmation) can only be received once.  

If you are interested in becoming a priest, please contact Fr. Reid.