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 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." (1)
Adults - The Sacrament of Baptism is offered and encouraged for anyone wishing to enter into a new life of faith according to the Catholic tradition. Adults should make an appointment with the parish priest to set up a program of adult initiation. This typically may take up to one year to complete.
Infants - Active parishioners are encouraged to bring their children for baptism. Parents and Godparents are asked to attend a baptismal preparation session prior to the baptism. This preparation session provides a spiritual recourse to inform and educate parents and godparents in the baptismal ceremony and the profound Grace of this Sacrament. These sessions are held by appointment only.
Whether you are interested in baptism as an adult or for a newborn, please contact the parish office for details.
The Sacrament of Confirmation (or Chrismation) is a rite confirming an individual's Baptism. This Sacrament strengthens a Christian and helps him enter into a more intimate union with Christ. It is a Sacrament which opens one to the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit as we strive to lead a Christian life and bring others to the knowledge and love of God. (2)
Confirmation for 7th and 8th grade classes is administered each even year. Parents of parish children not enrolled in St. Joseph School should contact the parish office for information.
The Sacrament of Penance (and Reconciliation) was instituted by Jesus, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, His work of healing and salvation. Jesus has willed that the life and actions of His Church be a sign and instrument of forgiveness, reconciliation and conversion. (4)
Reconciliation is normally offered on this schedule:
- Tuesday from 7:00 to 7:20 pm
- Friday from 7:30 to 7:50 am
- Saturday from 4:30 to 5:05 pm
- Sunday from 7:00 to 7:20 am
The Sacrament of the Eucharist lies at the very heart of the Church’s life and mission; it contains the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body. Each time the Eucharist is celebrated, the Church is fully present, fully alive. The community of St. Joseph Parish defines its' very life and mission from our Eucharistic worship. (3)
Adoration before the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist takes place every Tuesday beginning with exposition at 8:30 A.M. and concluding with Benediction at 7:15 P.M.
Second grade students prepare to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in the spring of each year. Adult catechumens prepare for their first Eucharist in the process of Adult Initiation. Their first reception is celebrated when they are baptized or received into full communion. Please contact the parish office for details regarding initiation into The Church.