Sacraments

Sacraments - There are  seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church; Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Baptism - the first of the sacraments. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating God's welcome.

A baptismal preparation class and registration for the baptismal date is required. Please call the Tri-parish office (414-476-3803) to find out the times and locations of classes and to register your child. If you are an adult and wish information about being baptized into the Catholic faith please see the information on the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program (RCIA program)   Baptism is celebrated during or after Mass on the First Sunday of the month at Immaculate Heart of Mary; on the Second Sunday of the month at Mary Queen of Heaven; and on the Fourth Sunday of the month at St. Aloysius. Other times may be arranged by calling one of the priests.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion - the reception of Christ's Body and Blood for the first time means you are being initiated into the sacramental life of the whole church. 

First Holy Communion is generally received by youth in the second grade. If you or your child have not yet made your First Eucharist (Communion) the parish offers Religious Education classes in order to help you understand the sacrament. We have classes for children Sacrament Prep flyer  and offer RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes for adults. RCIA program

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the least understood, and least utilized, sacraments in the Catholic Church. Through its three elements, conversion, confession and celebration, we find God’s unconditional forgiveness and as a result we are called to forgive others.

Reconcilation (confession) is offered on the First Sunday of the month at 11:30 AM at St. Aloysius; on the first & second Saturday of the month at 3:00 PM at IHM and on the third & fourth Saturdays of the month at 3:30 PM at MQH. If you are an Adult and would like additional information about this sacrament, please contact one of our priests, our Deacons, or our Director of Adult Formation.

First Reconciliation is generally prepared for and received during the second grade and is done in conjunction with preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. Parents and children will work together throughout the year to prepare for these sacraments. Sacrament Prep flyer

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts.

For those under the age of 18 who have been baptized and have had both their first communion and first reconciliation, at this time in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee  the sacrament of Confirmation is received at the age of 16-17 through the Youth Ministry portion of the Religious Education Program. As with all sacramental preparation programs for youth, individuals must be in formation for at least the entire year prior to the year the sacrament is celebrated. The program follows the school year calendar with registration in August. Contact the Director of Religious Education to register or for additional information. Sacrament Prep

Adults – Seniors in high school or older, including all adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, go through the Adult Confirmation Program. This process begins with a meeting with the Adult Formation Director, which may happen at any time of the year so the process may begin at any time of the year. The length of the process and meeting times will vary with each individual’s circumstances. Registration is ongoing and questions are welcome at any time. Contact the Director of Adult Formation to register or for additional information: Kathy Smith, (414) 453-0300 x25 or via email at kathy@ihmwestallis.com.  

 The Sacrament of Marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage is a public statement of family values.

Call the tri-parish office to make arrangements no later than 6 months prior to your anticipated date. A process of preparation, including participation in an Archdiocesan Engaged Encounter, is required of all couples seeking marriage in the church.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. There are three levels to this sacrament: the episcopate, the diaconate, and the priesthood. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by helping to providing other means to holiness.

The Permanent Diaconate - Vatican II restored the “permanent diaconate” of the early church, whereby men over the age of 35 (who may be married) who feel they are being called to a life of service for the body of the church, may enter the discernment process for this vocation. Completion of this process also leads to Holy Orders at the second level with a formal ordination. If you have ever felt this call or would like additional information, please see: http://www.archmil.org/offices/Diaconate.htm or contact the Director of Diaconate Formation, Deacon John Ebel at ebelj@archmil.org or 414-758-2212.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally referred to as Last Rites, is administered both to the dying and to those who are ill or are about to undergo an operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. This anointing can be received more than once. It is appropriate to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.

Anointing of the Sick is celebrated communally on the First Saturday of the month after the 4:30 PM Mass at MQH; on the first Saturday of the month after the 4:00 PM Mass at IHM; and on the second Sunday of the month after the 10:30 AM Mass at St. Aloysius. Individual anointing may be requested by talking to one of the priests or calling the tri-parish office.

 

Please see the  Sacrament Prep flyer for information on how to sign up your child for a sacramental program. Contact the Director of Religious Education for program details: Becca Bojarski, (414) 453-0300 or via email at becca@ihmwestallis.com. If a person over 18 years old wishes to receive the sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, or Confirmation, they can do so by participating in the RCIA program.