Anointing of the Sick
Baptisms in the Catholic Church usually take place on Sundays, during the parish Mass or in the early afternoon after all the Masses are over. In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptized with oils, and pouring blessed water over the child or adult’s head not just once but three times.
A person being baptized in the Catholic Church is expected to dress in white to symbolize purity of faith and the cleansing power of Baptism. The white garment symbolizes the white garments Jesus wore when he was placed in the tomb after his death on Good Friday. An infant may wear a baptismal gown handed down for generations; an adult typically puts on a full-length white gown known as an alb.
The baptism ritual is a participatory one, with all attendees rejecting Satan and professing their faith, with parents and of an infant and the godparents and immediate family members of the person being baptized being a bit more involved.
Like the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders, as a Catholic, you’re baptized just once. These three sacraments confer an indelible mark on your soul. No one can ever be un-baptized or re-baptized.
At St. Francis Borgia, the process of preparation for Baptism is relatively simple. First, the parents need to fill out this form and bring it to the parish office. Once the office receives it, Fr. James will call to secure your desired date in the calendar. If this is your first child, the clergy performing the baptism will need to meet with you for a short time to review the why's and how's of baptism.
You will, in this process, need to ask two people of excellent character and Christian virtue to be the godparents. At least one must be Catholic, and both must be validly baptized Christians. They must be 16 years of age or older, and practicing their faith.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an integral part of the life of a Catholic. In this sacrament we encounter Jesus Christ, who is the face of the Merciful Father. No matter what our sins, Jesus will forgive us if we only ask Him. Forgiveness requires us to be sorrowful for our sins, to pledge that we will try our hardest not to sin again, and to perform an act (penance) that shows our contrition.
The Sacrament is available at any time by calling Fr. James. However, we also have set times on the weekend where the priest is in the confessional and waiting. On Saturdays, Reconciliation is available from 4:15-4:45 pm. On Sundays, it is available from 9:15-9:45 am. The priest is also available after daily Mass if you ask him.
We want you to be forgiven. It is a beautiful opportunity to experience the tremendous love of God and the freedom from the oppression that sin puts us under.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "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."
"The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit."
"Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: "Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking."
The "efficacious sign" - meaning it actually does something to us. It changes us, nurtures us, nourishes us, and sustains us in this world of sin. It brings us into an intimate and unique relationship with the Son of the Most High, so that we never forget the sacrifice Jesus made to free us from our sins and bring us eternal life.
The schedule for our Celebration of Holy Mass is on the front page of our website.