Sacraments And Sacramental of The Catholic Church
Anointing Of The Sick
“Last Rites” is still performed today immediately prior to death but also added is the Anointing of the Sick sacrament.
This wonderful sacrament is for those who are seriously or chronically ill or just got a bad report from their doctor!
Please do not wait until a person (or you) is incapacitated or in the hospital to be blessed.
Attend our monthly Healing Anointing sacrament on the first Monday each month after both 8 am and 6 pm Mass, or contact the Parish Office as soon as possible for our priests to come to your assistance.
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 sons of God, become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and share in His mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word” (CCC #1213).
Baptism – Infants: we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism on the second and fourth Sundays outside of Lent. In this Sacrament of initiation and welcome, we ask parents and Godparents to attend a informative pre-baptism class as part of a discernment and preparation process before the Baptism event. Parents must be registered members of Sacred Heart Parish, and both parents and godparents should be practicing their Catholic faith. Each child only needs one godparent over the age of 16 years. For more information, please call the parish office (727)541-4447.
Baptism – Children Age 5 to 7: will attend a session (parents can join) to help them prepare them for their baptism. The session is brief and will help everyone understand and appreciate this Holy Sacrament. Children should be regularly attending either a Faith Formation program or Catholic school.
Baptism – Children 8 and Older: takes place through the RCIA process.
Sacrament Of Confirmation
Those who have been baptized continue on the path of Christian Initiation through the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit whom the Lord sent upon the apostles on Pentecost. This giving of the Holy Spirit conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of his Body in faith and love. (Rite of Confirmation #1 and #2)
Families with children preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation need to be registered in the parish and be participating in regular classes either in the Faith Formation program or the Catholic school. In addition, immediately prior to reception of the sacrament, the child and parent need to attend sessions to prepare them for reception of the sacrament. It is a diocesan policy that sacramental programs be a two year process. At Sacred Heart, this sacrament is usually conferred in the eighth grade. The sacrament of Confirmation is found in Bible passages such as Acts 8:14–17, 9:17, 19:6, and Hebrews 6:2, which speak of a laying on of hands for the purpose of bestowing the Holy Spirit.
If you are over seventeen years old and are interested in preparing for and receiving this sacrament, please call the (727)541-4447 about the RCIA process.
Sacrament Of The Eucharist
Families with children preparing for First Eucharist need to be registered in the parish and be participating in regular classes either in the Faith Formation program or the Catholic school. In addition, immediately prior to reception of the sacrament, the child and parent attend sessions to prepare them for reception of the sacrament. It is a diocesan policy that sacramental programs be a two year process. For more information please call the Faith Formation Director at (727)541.4447. Jesus said, “‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh ” (John 6:51–52).”
Sacrament Of Holy Orders
Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God.” Holy Orders 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: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. There are three ranks of clergy: bishops (episcopate), priests (presbyterium or ‘elders’), and diaconate. Bishops have the care of multiple congregations and appoint, ordain, and discipline priests and deacons. Priests have the responsibility of teaching, governing, and providing the sacraments in a given congregation (1 Tim. 5:17; Jas. 5:14–15). Deacons are the assistants of the bishops and are responsible for teaching and administering certain Church tasks, such as the distribution of food (Acts 6:1–6).
Deacon Ministry – and Life after Ordination: A deacon is ordained for the service of a diocesan church. The deacon stands in a direct relationship with his diocesan bishop, in communion with whom and under whose authority he exercises his ministry. Deacons exercise their distinct ministry in communion not only with the bishop but also with priests. Deacons become members of the clergy, with the rights and responsibilities that follow from that position. Deacons should consider it an important part of their ministry to promote and inspire participation in the life and activity of the Church, which the laity have a right and duty by virtue of their baptism and charisms. As the deacon’s role in the Ministry of Service, the deacon is to inspire, promote, and help coordinate the service that the whole Church must undertake in imitation of Christ. He has a special responsibility to identify to the Church who those are in need and those who are without power or voice at the margins of our society. Holy Orders are the Church representatives reach-out to the disenfranchised.
Importance and Dignity of the sacrament of Matrimony signifies and shares in the mystery of Christ-man unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and his Church. Married partners help each other to attain holiness and rearing and education of children. They share a special gift and power of two (agreement) among the people of God.
Please check our Mass Schedule for Reconciliation (confession) schedule.
During Advent and Lenten seasons Sacred Heart celebrates a communal Penance Service. In the Sacrament of Penance, the faithful “obtain from God’s mercy and pardon for having offended Him and at the same time reconciliation with the Church family which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity – example and prayer, seek their conversion. (Rite of Penance #4)