How to Arrange a Sacrament

“As for my household, we will serve the Lord”
~Joshua 24:15

sacrament_picThe Sacraments

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called “sacraments of faith.” The sacraments impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity.

Click on one of the following links to arrange a Sacrament at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.


Anointing of the Sick & Arranging a Visitation

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for those with a serious illness, and you can also arrange a visitation.

Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support. Jesus showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do the same. The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who are able to witness the faith and devotion of those being anointed.

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Arranging a Baptism

Planning a Baptism for a child (under the age of 7), an older child (7 or older) or an adult at St. Margaret Mary.

Baptism, the first and fundamental sacrament and the gate to the other sacraments, is the purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth. It is the means by which its recipients are incorporated into the church in a sacramental bond of unity.

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Arranging First Communion

Receiving First Eucharist (Communion) at St. Margaret Mary.

The Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

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Arranging First Confession

Planning a First Reconciliation (Confession) at St. Margaret Mary.

Through penance, the faithful receive pardon through God’s mercy for the sins they have committed. At the same time, they are reconciled with the Church community. The confession, or disclosure, of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others.

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Arranging Confirmation

Receiving Confirmation as a High School Student or as an adult.

Receiving Confirmation as a Teen

Confirmation Preparation at St. Margaret Mary Parish is a one-year eight-session process that begins in September and ends with Confirmation in the Spring. In the Diocese of Rockford, IL, teens may be confirmed as early as 9th grade.

 

Receiving Confirmation as an Adult

For those 18 years old and older, and graduated from high school, who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to attend six sessions of the Adult Confirmation Class which are scheduled after Christmas. Confirmation is celebrated when the Bishop comes to our parish for the celebration of the sacrament. Contact the Parish Office at 847-658-7625.
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Holy Orders

If you or someone you know is interested in the priesthood or serving the Church, please contact Father Peter Sarnicki (Our Pastor) at 847-658-7625.

 

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.

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Planning a Wedding

“A Guide for Your Wedding Preparation” at St. Margaret Mary Church.

The Church has a rich tradition in its teaching on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.

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Arranging a Mass Offering

Masses are celebrated daily with a special intention of a donor. If you wish to have a mass celebrated for a special intention, please come to the Parish Office for arrangements of dates and times. The donation for each mass to be celebrated is $10.00.