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Sacraments


The Catholic Church recognizes 7 Sacraments

Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Annointing of the Sick and Holy Matrimony.

 

 Baptism

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

 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 (and daughters) of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…”    Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1213)

The Sacrament of Baptism should be celebrated as soon as possible after birth. Therefore parents should contact the parish office 540-343-7744 or by email prior to the child’s birth.  This will allow adequate time for the necessary preparation of the parents and the godparents.

 

 Reconciliation

“Confession catches the sinner in his fall away from God… It makes visible the fact that the Church turns to all sinners… I have been baptized, but I do not live according to the rule of baptism. I have been confirmed, but I am no apostle of Christ. I do attend Mass, but it remains incomprehensible for me… Saints are shown to me, but I am simply not one… But if I am told that the confessional is reserved for sinners, then I know that here finally is a place for me; it is precisely I who am meant. The pew there was especially made for me”     (Adrienne Von Speyr, Confession, 93-94).

No matter if you go to confession regularly, or haven’t been in years the Father is longing to run to you and welcome you home.

Confession is offered on Thursday's from 6:15-7:00 PM  or by appointment.

 

Holy Eucharist

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh… So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him'” (John 6:51, 53-55).

 Through formation classes, children in second grade or higher prepare for the celebration of First Eucharist.  Please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Maria Morales .

 

Confirmation

“And while staying with them Jesus charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, ‘You heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit'” (Acts 1:4-5).

Even though the apostles had lived with Jesus for three years, been witnesses of His miracles, and saw Him risen from the dead, it was not until they received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost that they were filled with courage to proclaim the Gospel to those around them. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the reception of that same Spirit sending us out into the community to tell others of the Risen Lord.

Please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education Maria Morales for more information.

 

Holy Matrimony:

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

A sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible reality that gives grace. In marriage, the visible sign is the love that a husband and wife have for each other. The invisible reality to which they point is the love that Jesus has for his bride, the Church. In the Sacrament of Marriage, God gives grace, that is to say, supernatural power, to make His own love, mercy, generosity, kindness, and compassion tangible.

The task of marriage is to make the invisible God visible by the love a husband and wife have for each other. They do this first for one another, then for their children if God should bless them with children, and then for all those who know them. Knowing how hard real love is, we pray daily for those of you who are married, so that you might be beautiful witnesses of God’s love.

The sacrament of Holy Matrimony requires at least nine months of preparation before the Marriage.  Contact the Pastor, through the parish office, 540-343-7744 to begin the process.

 

Holy Orders

 

Any man who feels that the Lord might be inviting him to consider a vocation to either the priesthood or the permanent diaconate is welcome to contact one of our priests.

Any woman who feels that the Lord might be inviting her to consider a vocation to the religious life is welcome to contact one of our priests.

 

Annointing of the Sick

 “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).

Many of us, perhaps, remember a time when this sacrament was celebrated only for those who were dying. However any illness of serious nature can be a legitimate reason to celebrate the sacrament. What’s more, the sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious. Any person over the age of reason (age seven) preparing for surgery is encouraged to contact one of the priests to receive the sacrament.  

 Please contact the parish office, 540-343-7744,  if you are aware a parishioner is sick and desires to receive the Eucharist,  Anointing of the Sick, and/or a visit from the Pastor.

 

First Reconciliation, First Communion, Sacrament of Confirmation: Please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Maria Morales for more information.

 

Parish Registration forms are available through the office.