Baptism

In order to have a child baptized in the parish, the parent(s) must be registered in the parish, be participating in stewardship, attending Whole Community Catechesis, and complete a baptismal preparation class held several times a year. At least one parent and both godparents must be practicing Roman Catholics. Baptisms are celebrated during Sunday Mass.

First Penance and First Eucharist

Preparation for First Penance and First Eucharist is a process that begins in the home with the parent(s) as the child’s first teacher(s). To make First  Penance and  First  Eucharist, a child must be in or have finished second grade, be a member of a family registered in the parish community, regularly attending Whole Community Catechesis sessions, and attend a series of classes with his/her parents for each of the sacraments.

Confirmation

In order to be confirmed, a teen must be a sophomore in high school or have finished the sophomore year. He/She must demonstrate a sincere desire to complete initiation into the Catholic Church and become a full, mature, adult member.

Confirmation candidates must be a member of a family registered in the parish, regularly attending his/her Whole Community Catechesis, be participating in stewardship, and complete a series of Confirmation preparation classes. Each candidate needs an adult sponsor from the parish who is a practicing Roman Catholic who will attend the Confirmation preparation classes with him/her.

Marriage

Couples must contact the parish office six months prior to the desired date, at least one of the couples be registered in the parish for six months, be participating in stewardship, regularly attending Whole Community Catechesis in addition to all the guidelines for marriage set by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese. All marriages of any parishioner will be held in the parish facility, unless there is a serious reason that dictates otherwise.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

A Communal Penance Service is offered two times a year in preparation for Christmas and Easter. Private penance is scheduled the last Saturday of each month. The sacrament may be celebrated on an as-needed basis by calling the parish office with such a request.

Annointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is celebrated communally during Sunday Mass two times a year, in the fall and in the spring. Anyone whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or age, anyone scheduled for surgery in a few months, any ill child, and anyone struggling with an addiction (food, drugs and alcohol) may receive this sacrament. The sacrament may also be celebrated with an individual at home, in the hospital, or nursing home upon request. Please contact the parish office with such a request.

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