THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptism at Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s

The joyous event of the birth of a child is as important to an entire family, as baptism is to the parish family. Baptism is a sign of our unity with our faith community and a witness to our desire to be part of the discipleship of Christ.

At Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s we prefer to celebrate baptisms during weekend Masses (Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 am and 10:30 am). When necessary baptisms can take place outside of Mass.

To schedule a baptism and to make arrangements for baptism preparation, please contact the parish office at 315-252-7271. This meeting is an opportunity to answer questions and discuss the importance of parental faith formation responsibilities for the child.

Godparents and Sponsors

In baptizing infants parents should take the responsibility for choosing a godparent(s) who will serve as a good example for living the Catholic way of life.

While it is customary to have two godparents, only one is required. One godparent must be a fully initiated Roman Catholic, at least sixteen years of age, and registered in a parish.

A baptized non-Catholic may be chosen as a Christian witness when there is at least one Catholic godparent.

Godparents should be willing to commit the time to nurture and support the child and the parents. The support should be ongoing through this family’s faith journey. Celebrating the reception of Eucharist and Confirmation, the two other sacraments of initiation, would be important times of presence and participation.

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 children 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 and in the word."

                --Catechism of the Catholic Church
 


THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The Sacrament of Reconciliation at Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (sometimes called "confession" or "the Sacrament of Penance") is the gift through which we enter into the mercy, forgiveness and peace of Christ.

Christ, who offered himself on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, invites us to turn our hearts away from sin and to be faithful to His gospel of love. If one turns humbly to God, no sin is too great that it cannot be forgiven. Individual celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be made every Saturday afternoon between 3:30 and 4:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church. The reconciliation area is located in the Church Conference Room. If this time is impossible for you, please call the parish office at 315-252-7271 to make an appointment with Fr. Mike Brown.

How to make a good confession

1. Examination of Conscience: Prayerfully examine what it is you have done wrong, what the quality of your relationships (with yourself, with those around you and with God) is, and what and how you want to improve.

2. Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance:
Begin with the sign of the cross.
Mention how long it has been since your last confession.
Confess your sins.
Allow the priest to encourage your faith journey.
Accept a penance of prayer, fasting, or good works suggested by the priest.
Make an act of contrition or prayer asking for God’s mercy (the priest will help you if you have forgotten this prayer).
Listen as the priest proclaims God’s forgiveness. 
Go in peace.

3.Carrying Out Your Penance: Complete your reconciliation with God and the Church by carrying out your penance and by celebrating the Eucharist on the next Sunday.

4.Continue to Live in God’s Love: Always trust God’s loving presence during daily prayer, Sunday Mass and the making of good choices.

Prayer of Absolution

"God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Preparation for First Penance of Children

There are preparation sessions for parents and children who are ready to celebrate this sacrament.

A child is considered ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance when... 
·there is an age-appropriate awareness of their relationship with God and neighbor
·knowledge they can harm that relationship through sin
·an experience of sorrow for the commitment of sin
·the realization they need to change their behavior
·must have an ability to talk with the priest about their sins

"Every child who has reached the age of reason must be given adequate basic catechesis for the celebration of Penance so that participation in the sacrament may be a free response."

--Taken from Sacramental Life in the Diocese of Rochester


THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY EUCHARIST

Sacrament of Holy Eucharist at Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s

In every Mass, Christ is present under the form of bread and wine as well as present in each of us. In every Mass, his death becomes a present reality, offered as our sacrifice to God, in a sacramental manner. In Holy Communion we receive the risen Lord, our bread of life. In doing so, we enter into the very core of the paschal mystery, the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Sacrament of the Eucharist was entrusted by Christ to the Church as spiritual nourishment and as a pledge of eternal life. The Church continues to receive this gift with faith and love.

First Holy Communion Preparation

Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s provides preparation sessions for parents and children who are ready to prepare for a deeper level of participation. Readiness for the sacrament involves... 
·desire to receive communion  
·regular participation in the worship life of the parish
·involvement in ongoing faith formation either in the parish program or Catholic School

Some criteria to help determine a child’s readiness for First Communion:
Does the child participate in Sunday Mass on a regular basis?
Does the child participate in religious education classes through the Catholic School or parish religious education programs?
Does the child know the responses and prayers at Mass?
Does the child pray regularly?
Does the child exhibit the capacity for reverence that is necessary for sharing in communion?

 


THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation at Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, those already baptized, receive the seal of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation brings a deepening of baptismal grace. Along with Baptism and Eucharist, Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation into the full life of the Catholic Church. Enriched with the strength of the Holy Spirit those confirmed become true witnesses of Christ and obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Confirmation program is a special time for the candidates to explore, deepen and strengthen their faith. Confirmation candidates choose the Catholic faith as a way of life.

The recommended age for Confirmation preperation is eighth/ninth grade. 

It is suggested that each candidate:
Is willing to commit to participation in the preparation program at this time
Regularly participates in Sunday Eucharist
Regularly participates in Religious Education/Youth Ministry program
Regularly prays and reflects on God’s presence in his/her life
Willingly serves those in need

 

 


THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Sacrament of the Anointing at Sacred Heart and Saint Ann’s

To receive this sacrament of the sick you do not need to be on the verge of dying. Anyone with a serious physical or mental illness, a drug or alcohol addiction, or pre-surgery may receive this sacrament.

If you or a member of your family would like to share in the grace of this healing sacrament, you may make arrangements by calling the Parish Office 315-252-7271.

If you or a loved one is homebound or in a nursing home and would like communion, please contact the Parish Office 315-252-7271.

"In bringing communion to them the minister of communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of those who cannot be present at the Eucharist. For the sick the reception of communion is not only a privilege but also a sign of support and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill."

               --From the introduction of Communion in Ordinary Circumstances