Sacraments

Baptism

The birth of a child is a blessing to the family and to the entire Church! Among the many things parents will pass on to their child is a religious faith tradition in the Catholic Church. It is our hope that we will be able to assist them throughout their child's life; but first things first, a child needs to be baptized! Baptism is the gateway to the other sacraments and to heaven.

If you have a child who needs to be baptized, please click here for additional information. This should help answer some initial questions you may have. If you have more, we will be happy to answer them.


Confirmation

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.'" ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1285


Eucharist

"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. ... The Lord, having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection, and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return; 'thereby he constituted them priests of the New Testament." ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1322 & 1337


Reconciliation

Penance, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation, often called "Confession", is the sacrament in which Christ forgives us our sins and reconciles us to God and our fellow Christians.

"Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

"Only God forgives sins. Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, 'The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins' and exercises this divine power: 'Your sins are forgiven.' Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name." ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1441-1442

Reconciliation takes place every Saturday at 9:00 AM.


Matrimony

"On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign — at his mother's request — during a wedding feast. The Church attaches great importance to Jesus' presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ's presence.

"The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. Already Baptism, the entry into the People of God, is a nuptial mystery; it is so to speak the nuptial bath which precedes the wedding feast, the Eucharist. Christian marriage in its turn becomes an efficacious sign, the sacrament of the covenant of Christ and the Church. Since it signifies and communicates grace, marriage between baptized persons is a true sacrament of the New Covenant." ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1613 & 1617

Saint Pascal requires either the bride, the groom, or the parent of either be registered and active as a parishioner for at least six months before contacting us to make any arrangements. Attendance at a music-planning workshop for the wedding Mass / ceremony is required. These are scheduled twice a year.

If you are planning to be married, click here for the Saint Pascal Wedding Booklet.


Holy Orders

>The word 'ordination' is reserved for the sacramental act which integrates a man into the order of bishops, presbyters [priests], or deacons. ... Catholic doctrine teaches that the degrees of priestly participation (episcopate and presbyterate) and the degree of service (diaconate) are all three conferred by a sacramental act called 'ordination,' that is, by the sacrament of Holy Orders." ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1538 & 1554

The site, www.chicagopriest.com, will connect you with information about being a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Annointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is a special opportunity for the Lord's healing power to touch those who are experiencing an illness or the aging process. Any person afflicted with an illness or aware of the limitations inherent in aging is eligible for the sacrament. This includes the elderly, those anticipating major surgery, post-surgical patients, those suffering with long-term disability, heart and stroke patients, as well as those experiencing emotional or physical stress.

"The Apostolic Constitution Sacram Unctionem Infirmorum", following upon the Second Vatican Council, established that henceforth, in the Roman Rite, the following be observed: "The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil—pressed from olives or from other plants—saying, only once: 'Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.'" ~ from Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1513.

Anytime a person is facing a serious illness, surgery or hospitalization, it is proper to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Please contact a priest.