Baptism is a sacrament. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. Jesus tells us that we must be baptized. Throughout the Bible, God has saved mankind through water. Noah in the flood, as well as Moses in the story of the exodus from Egypt, God uses water to save. As God saved His people, He made for them a new beginning. We believe that God creates a new person through baptism. All sins are forgiven, and God permanently marks the candidate as His own forever. Baptism cannot be undone, and nobody should be baptized twice under any circumstance.
Baptism is available through Fr. Bolin. If you are a member of your family desires to be baptized, please just talk to Father after mass, or call him.
MOST SOULS want the love and joy and peace which come from Absolution, but they lack practical instruction as to how to prepare themselves. Here is a very simple way in which to prepare for a confession.
- Go to a place where you can be alone for an hour. A church is the best place. But it is essential that you be quiet and alone with God. For the first few minutes, think about God. Try to realize how much He loves you and the pain He suffered on the Cross in order to redeem you.
- Now consider your life. What a failure it has been in many ways; how different from the life of Jesus! Tell him that you are sorry for your sins and that you are resolved to face them all and cleanse yourself of their stain.
- Think, now, of some of the chief faults of your life; the sins (some of them perhaps as far back as your childhood) of which you are especially ashamed. Take a sheet of paper and note down the sins you can recall. But remember the great difference between temptation and sin. Temptation is the impulse to think, to say, or to do that which is wrong; but when you overcome the impulse, there is no sin. A sin is surrender to the impulse.
- After—but only after—you have noted down all the sins you can recall, it may help you to check up on your list by referring to the Examination of Conscience that follows. (But get everything noted down on paper, for it will save time for others who may be waiting if you can read the sins off readily in your confession.
- If possible, state how many times you have committed each sin, or at all events the greater ones. If you cannot remember the number of times, at least say you have committed the sin often.
Confessions by appointment.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of every Christians life. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
(2177) The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. “Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.
The Blessed Sacrament is available every Sunday for Catholics, please come and join us. If you are not a confirmed Catholic in good standing, please let Father know and he will make certain you are receiving soon.
The sacrament of Confirmation is best described by it's affects:
— it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
— it unites us more firmly to Christ;
— it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
— it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
— it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:
Catholic Church. (2000). Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Ed., p. 330). Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.
Catholic Church. (2000). Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Ed., p. 383). Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference.
Holy Matrimony (Marriage)
Marriage in the Catholic Church is between a man and a woman. This union is not something to entered into haphazardly, therefore, preparation is required for marriage in the Catholic Church. Please see Fr. Bolin if you wish to be married.
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.” Please contact Fr. Bolin if you need anointing.
Catholic Church. (2000). Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Ed., p. 375). Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference.