St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church

Blair, NE

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Sacraments

The Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace instituted by Christ for our sanctification.

Baptism
Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. (CCC 1272). Contact a parish priest for more information. If this is your first child, it will be necessary to attend a Baptism class.

First Communion
Having become a child of God clothed with the wedding garment, the neophyte is admitted “to the marriage supper of the Lamb” and receives the food of the new life, the body and blood of Christ (CCC 1244). First Holy Communion usually takes place in the second grade. Contact the religious education director of the parish for more information.

Confirmation
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives us the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds (CCC 1316). Contact the religious education director of the parish for enrollment into the two-year preparation program.

Holy Orders
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. Contact a parish priest or call the vocation director of the Archdiocese of Omaha at 402-558-3100.

Holy Matrimony
The Sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. Contact Fr. James Netusil  at least six months prior to the wedding.

Anointing of the Sick
By sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priest, 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.” In case of an emergency, call the parish office at 402-426-3823.  If after hours, emergency contact information will be provided on the messaging system.


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