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Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier.

Matrimony

If you know someone who is thinking of entering into Matrimony, ask them to consider putting God in the middle of their lives. They should contact their pastor once they have decided to get married. The Church has a definite way to prepare people for Matrimony. It is a dynamic and involved process. The Church community accompanies and supports the couple along the way. The process takes up to eight months.

The marriage ceremony must take place in the church building and not in some other venue. In this way the couple gives witness to the Faith. Contact Fr. Bob at the rectory office. (954) 565-1010

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Sacraments of Initiation

In the case of: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Faith,
children and adults must be prepared. These sacraments bring one
progressively into a fuller communion with the priesthood of Jesus
Christ and His Church. Christian living is a lifelong journey.


Infant Baptism: Please contact the rectory in advance of an expected
birth or adoption process. Parents and Godparents participate in a
pre-baptism preparation. This gives them an opportunity to reflect
on the meaning of Baptism and to have questions answered
concerning the Sacrament and the ceremony.


First Eucharist

Yes, the Eucharist is initiation into the faith, each time we receive it. The first time one is to do so means one is ready through an internal understanding of the Sacrament. Generally, one is at least seven years of age when receiving for the first time. Thus, the child must have been in our religious formation program for two years.
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Confirmation

Confirmation is the next step into the sharing of Christ’s priesthood. It demands more knowledge and understanding of the faith by the person. Thus, here too, the youth is expected to be in our religious formation program for two years prior to Confirmation.
Parent participation is expected and provided for throughout the process of initiating children and youth. Adult education is offered throughout the year by announcement.
 

Adult Initiation Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The process of initiation in the Roman Catholic Church for an adult or older youth is that of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA.

Adults and youth learn differently than young children. The RCIA respects that reality. Further, it is more than a mere classroom educational process. It is a formation of one’s life in a walk with the Lord God and His faithful community. Over the course of one year, the candidate for initiation into the Faith Community that we call the Church explores his or her own life journey thus far and that into the future. This is done with other adults who help guide and mentor. This pastor of this parish, Father Bob, is much involved in the process, too.

If you are aware of some yearning or urging from within yourself that says, “I need greater fullness and fulfillment of life,” perhaps it is the loving Lord who is calling you. Call or write to the pastor, Father Bob, and talk with him about this yearning. From there you will be guided to the formation that will help you along the way.
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