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Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification. Sacraments are mysteries; they are signs of the sacred presence of our God we cannot see. They are more than mere signs, however. Sacraments actually give grace. For instance, Baptism is more than just a sign of union with Jesus; it actually washes away sins and gives the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The sacraments fortify us and call to a life of holiness.
REGISTRATION AT OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
Fill out a visitor’s card in the pew and return it, or call the Parish Office to have a registration form sent to you.
CONFESSIONS AT THE CHURCH
Saturdays before the Vigil Mass 3:45-4:15 pm
Sunday mornings 8:45-9:10 am
or by appointment.
BAPTISMS FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN
Baptisms are by prior arrangement. Parents must attend a preparation class and are encouraged to plan well before the anticipated date of birth. Sponsors are also encouraged to attend the classes. Please call the Parish Office. (For non-parishioners, a letter of permission from your pastor is necessary.)
BAPTISM FOR OLDER CHILDREN OR ADULTS
Please contact the church office to arrange for preparation. Godparents are also urged to attend the sessions.
FIRST CONFESSION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
This year-long class is usually for children in the 1st or 2nd grade. Students must be at least 7 years old to receive First Holy Communion. Classes begin the 1st Sunday after Labor Day and follow the same weekly schedule as CCD. Regular attendance is very important. First Communions are at the end of April.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS RCIA
Adults interested in learning more about the Catholic faith should contact our RCIA instructor, Deacon Mark Baker. Classes are taught Sunday morning. If you have a friend or neighbor who is Catholic but has been away from the Church for whatever reason, please invite them to Mass and to RCIA classes.
Confirmation class is a one-year program for our youth 11-12 years of age, taught on Sunday mornings at the same time as other CCD classes. Regular Mass attendance is mandatory.
Those wishing to marry within the Catholic Church should contact the OLW Wedding Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org at least six months before the anticipated wedding date to arrange to begin the marriage preparation process.
HOLY COMMUNION TO THE SICK & HOMEBOUND
Anyone unable to attend Mass, please call the Parish Office. We will be happy to arrange for the Holy Eucharist to be brought to you. If you have a Catholic friend or neighbor who would like to receive the Eucharist or the visit of a priest, please contact the Parish Office.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please do not hesitate to call the pastor to receive the sacrament of healing. It may be received in times of illness, before surgery, children who are ill, for an ongoing condition, or for the weakness due to age. Also, if you have a friend or neighbor in need of Anointing, ask if they would like the pastor to visit them.
Intentions for Masses may be scheduled by contacting the parish secretary or by filling out a Mass Intention envelope found in the narthex. To be fair to everyone, Mass intentions are scheduled on a first request basis.
Civilly divorced and remarried Catholics are encouraged to seek an annulment so that they may return to full communion with the Church and receive her sacraments. The annulment process is completely confidential. Please call the Parish office to make an appointment to begin the process.