Sacraments at St. Michael’s Church

 

Sacrament of Baptism

Baptisms are to be arraigned between the priest and the parents. This is a very important sacrament and opportunity for the family to become more aware of and involved in their role within the parish community. A pre-Baptismal class is required for all first-time parents. This class is presented by the priest and scheduled at your convenience. Contact us to schedule a Baptism for your child.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

This is a sacrament of healing, and is meant to restore one’s relationship with God. Ideally, Catholics will celebrate this sacrament on a regular basis. At St. Michael’s, we are encouraged to regularly go to confession. Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm — or any time by request.

Also offered seasonally during Advent and Lent in collaboration with other area parishes. Consult Bulletin for details.

Sacrament of Marriage

This is a sacrament of commitment between a bride and groom that represents the deepest love of each for the other. Ideally, preparation for the marriage ceremony requires a minimum of six months planning in advance of the date. Couples must complete certain minimum requirements including meeting with the pastor and a marriage preparation program. Please contact the Pastor for more information.

First Eucharist (First Communion)

This is the second phase of the initiation program. Children will be prepared for this sacrament during the course of a comprehensive classroom experience. Children must be in at least 2nd grade and enrolled in parish Faith Formation program. Please contact Jim Gorman for details.

Confirmation

This is the third phase of the initiation program. For the Diocese of Albany, it is required that the candidate must be in at least the 10th grade and 15 years of age and be enrolled in a comprehensive Confirmation preparation program. Please contact Jim Gorman for details.

Sacrament of the Sick

This is also a sacrament of healing which finds its origin both in the Gospels and New Testament. It is meant to invoke God’s tender healing presence for those who are in need of healing, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological. It is not exclusively meant to be considered “the Last Rites” but is offered at any time and to any one who wishes to receive this special Sacrament. At St. Michael’s, this Sacrament is offered two times per year, anytime by request, and whenever Fr. Tony visits hospitals, nursing homes or the homebound. Contact Fr. Tony to request annointing.

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