The Seven Sacraments of the Church
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
“Holy 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/daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” –CCC 1213
If you are seeking baptism for your infant, please call Fr. Gary Luiten in the Parish Office, 701-282-3321. Classes are scheduled as needed by couples and conducted by Lucy Elshaug.
Older Children not baptized will be catechized in a small group RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children); contact Fr. Gary.
"The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." 136 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself." 137 -CCC 1324 “For by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” –CCC 1285
Children in Grade 3 prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist. Instruction includes: parent meetings, handouts for at-home instruction, retreat or interview with Faith Formation Director. Parents are asked to contact Lucy at the Parish Office, 282-3321, to make arrangements for this instruction.
Children older than grade 3 seeking Confirmation, contact Lucy at the Parish Office, 282-3321.
Children not baptized will be catechized in a small group RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children); contact Fr. Gary.
For adults seeking to join the church through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), contact Fr. Gary.
RCIA is on Tuesdays during the school year.
The Sacraments of Healing
In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance. --St. Thomas Aquinas
First Reconciliation: Students in Grade 2 prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
If your child was not baptized at Blessed Sacrament, copies of their birth and baptismal certificates are also needed in order to receive this sacrament.
Call Lucy at the Parish Office, 282-3321.
Weekly Reconciliation: Saturday’s 4-4:30PM or anytime by appointment with Fr. Gary.
Anointing of the Sick
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” –CCC 1499
Anointing is offered at Masses one weekend in the Fall & Spring. See Fr. Gary for an appointment at any other time.
The Sacraments of Vocation
Couples are to set appointments with Fr. Gary at least 6 months before the proposed date.
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“Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: "It is not good that the man should be alone." 92 The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate"; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. 93 "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh." 94 The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been "in the beginning": "So they are no longer two, but one flesh." 95 -CCC 1605
“We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.” — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton