The Sacraments . . . from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
CCC 1121 The three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders confer, in addition to grace, a sacramental character or "seal" by which the Christian shares in Christ's priesthood and is made a member of the Church according to different states and functions. This configuration to Christ and to the Church, brought about by the Spirit, is indelible, it remains for ever in the Christian as a positive disposition for grace, a promise and guarantee of divine protection, and as a vocation to divine worship and to the service of the Church. Therefore these sacraments can never be repeated.
CCC 1533 Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ's disciples, a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. They confer the graces needed for the life according to the Spirit during this life as pilgrims on the march towards the homeland.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) at Holy Spirit
Adults interested in the Catholic Church are invited to participate in a year-round process designed to answer inquirers questions, and expose individuals to prayer, works, and the company of the Catholic Christian Community. There is no obligation or commitment involved. Contact Lori Lewis, Pastoral Associate 842-7777 x 105 for more information.
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
CCC 1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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
CCC 1247 Since the beginning of the Church, adult Baptism is the common practice where the proclamation of the Gospel is still new. the catechumenate (preparation for Baptism) therefore occupies an important place. This initiation into Christian faith and life should dispose the catechumen to receive the gift of God in Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
CCC 1248 The catechumenate, or formation of catechumens, aims at bringing their conversion and faith to maturity, in response to the divine initiative and in union with an ecclesial community, the catechumenate is to be "a formation in the whole Christian life . . . during which the disciples will be joined to Christ their teacher. the catechumens should be properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of the evangelical virtues, and they should be introduced into the life of faith, liturgy, and charity of the People of God by successive sacred rites."
CCC 1252 The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole "households" received baptism, infants may also have been baptized.
Baptismal Preparation at Holy Spirit
It is our hope and expectation that those who desire Baptism for their child(ren) are registered, participating members of the parish. Preparation requires a pastoral visit, and two subsequent sessions presented by members of the Baptismal Prep Team. We suggest preparation prior to the adoption or delivery of the child . . . Preparation Sessions and Baptismal weekends are held throughout the calendar year. Baptisms are ordinarily celebrated within the context of the Mass. Contact Lori Lewis, Pastoral Associate 842-7777 x 105 to schedule the pastoral session.
The Rite of Christian Initiation (adapted for Children RCIC)
Through the adapted ritual we are able to assist parents who desire that their children come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Parents and children meet weekly that the entire family might benefit from catechesis. If your child is beyond the usual age for celebrating Baptism, Confirmation or Eucharist, please contact Lori Lewis, Pastoral Associate 842-7777 x 105 to discuss options.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
CCC 1285 Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
Confirmation Preparation at Holy Spirit
Preparation for celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation is a 2 year process. In the Diocese of Owensboro Confirmation is celebrated in the 8th grade. Therefore students in the 7th grade or older shall be enrolled in Faith Formation either at St Joseph School or at the Parish.
The First Year Confirmation formation requires -
- attendance at 8 - 2hour class sessions which are held once a month from September to May.
Second Year candidates have the following requirements:
1) An initial interview with a member of the Pastoral staff.
2) Attend 8 - 2hour class sessions which are held once a month from September to May.
3) Attend a day retreat.
4) Attend an overnight retreat at Gasper River.
5) Participate in service projects.
6) Choose a sponsor and meet with them for a minimum of 4 times.
7) Attend the sponsor candidate activities.
THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
CCC 1322 The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
CCC 1323 "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'"
CCC 1324 The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."
First Eucharist Preparation at Holy Spirit
First Eucharist is usually celebrated with 2nd Graders on the last weekend of April. Candidates are to be registered in the Parish, registered for the program, and enrolled in St Joseph School or the ECHO Faith Formation. A copy of their Baptismal Certificate is required. Preparation includes an initial interview, 6 sessions done as a group or at home, participation in the Rite of Enrollment, and a letter to the Pastor. Currently we are using the Growing Up Catholic curriculum, and begin preparation in January.