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The Seven Sacraments

Sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. Members of the Catholic Church call seven of their religious ceremonies 'sacraments'. Sacraments are celebrations of Christian tradition, of Christian life and of Christian hope. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred."


Baptism

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. At Baptism we receive and celebrate God’s free gift of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ. In Baptism we are reminded that God has chosen us to live and grow with God’s people. As the first sacrament of initiation (Eucharist and Confirmation follow), Baptism is also the sign of a life long relationship with God and with the Church. The Catholic community welcomes all to Baptism with open arms and extends its love and support in living a life that reflects Jesus Christ to the world. 

Baptisms are celebrated every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm. Please contact the parish office at (952) 469-4331 to register for Baptism and sign up for Parent Formation Classes. Preparation For Baptism 

Reconciliation (Confession)

The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. It is important that we make the reflection of lives and our sinfulness are part of our regular experience of prayer. It is also important for us to seek out the grace Sacramental forgiveness through Reconciliation. For this reason All Saints provides ample opportunity to receive this Sacrament.

The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. It is important that we make the reflection of lives and our sinfulness are part of our regular experience of prayer. It is also important for us to seek out the grace Sacramental forgiveness through Reconciliation. For this reason All Saints provides ample opportunity to receive this Sacrament.

This Sacrament of Reconciliation is often called the:

  • Sacrament of Penance since it calls the sinner personally to repentance.
  • Sacrament of Confession since in confessing our sins we acknowledge the need for God and we praise His loving mercy.
  • Sacrament of Forgiveness since absolution grants us pardon and peace.
  • Sacrament of Conversion because it has the capacity to change our hearts.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation because it imparts to each of us the love of God who heals and reconciles us to God himself, to the Church, and to our loved ones. Regardless of the name, the purpose is the same, to receive the grace of God’s mercy by the acknowledgement of our sinfulness, and the desire to reconcile ourselves to God and the Church through prayer and action.

Reconciliation as private confession is available Saturdays from 8:30 - 9:30 am (after the morning Mass) and 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Saint Mary's Chapel and by private appointment.

Reconciliation as community prayer with a number of priests hearing private confessions is available seasonally during Advent and Lent.  Preparation for First Reconciliation 

First Eucharist

The Eucharist is celebrated within the context of the Mass. In the celebration of the Mass, during the Eucharistic Prayer, Christ becomes present, body and blood, soul and divinity, under the forms of bread and wine. At consecration, Christ's saving action, His passion, death, and resurrection are once again enacted and offered, so that we the faithful, acknowldege and celebrate the saving action of Christ. The reception of Communion at Mass is a sign of our belief in the redemptive power of Christ in our personal lives, in the Church, and in the world.

The Mass is celebrated Sundays and weekdays at All Saints. The desire of the Church is for all of the faithful to gather on Sundays and Holy Days. The faithful are also invited to daily Mass.  Preparation for First Eucharist

Confirmation

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, initiation in the Christian life is completed so that believers are strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life that bear witness to Christ in word and deed. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the profession of faith, the laying on of hands, and anointing with Chrism.

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, the normative age for the celebration of Confirmation is 16 years of age or older. The celebration of this Sacrament usually takes place at the Cathedral of St. Paul, enhancing the understanding of this Sacrament as grace given and received by the broader Catholic Church.

The 2014 Confirmation for All Saints' confirmands is tentatively scheduled to be celebrated on May 19th.  Preparing for Confirmation  

Marriage 

Christian marriage is distinct from secular marriage from the start. Our secular understanding of marriage begins with the relationship of the two individuals. In Christian marriage, we begin with God. As Christians, we believe that two people can accept each other in obedience, fidelity, and love, only because God has already unconditionally accepted them and loves them. We are only able to enter into binding human relationships because God has entered into a covenant relationship with us. In accepting this prior bond with God, a married couple accepts and welcomes the God covenant into their marriage covenant. Christian marriage does not exist without the presence of God.  

Archdiocesan policy indicates that engaged couples should begin formal preparation for marriage at least 6 months prior to the scheduled wedding date. In most cases this would suggest that contact with the parish take place 9-12 months in advance of the wedding. Please call the parish office at (952) 469-4481 regarding your first appointment with our clergy. Marriage Preparation 

Anointing of Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is appropriate any time a believer becomes ill, is in danger of death, is suffering from a decline due to advanced age, or is facing serious surgery. It is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical illness, but also for mental and spiritual sickness illness. For example, one ought to request this Sacrament before undergoing serious surgery or any procedure where there may be some risk either because of advanced age or because of the invasiveness of the procedure. The Sacrament can be repeated, even during the same illness, when the illness is prolonged or when it becomes more serious.

The Anointing of the Sick is ministered by priests by a laying on of hands and an anointing with blessed oil. The prayer of blessing is as follows:
"Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up."
If you wish to be anointed, please call the church office at (952) 469-4481or a priest if you would like to arrange Anointing of the Sick for yourself or a loved one. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) can take place at this time as well.
 
Either Fr. Thomas Wilson or Fr. Jonathan Kelly can be reached for this purpose at (952) 469-4481. In case of an emergency, please call as soon as possible. Outside of office hours, an operator will contact one of the priests.

Holy Orders 

By Baptism, all of the faithful share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. This means we are all called to be ministers of the Gospel in the world. Based on this common priesthood of the faithful, some are called to particular ministries of leadership and service - orders - within the Church. 

There are three "degrees" of Holy Orders: bishops (the episcopacy), priests (the presbyterate) and deacons (the diaconate).  

  • Bishops are ordained to a ministry focused on teaching the faith and serving as the leader and chief pastor of a local Church (diocese).
  • Priests assist bishops in their ministry by serving as pastoral leaders in parish communities. With their bishop they bear responsibility for the pastoral leadership of the local Church.
  • Deacons are ordained to a ministry of service and justice under the pastoral leadership of their bishop.
     
“What will you do with your life? What are your plans?
Have you ever thought of committing your existence totally to Christ?
Do you think that there can be anything greater
than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?”
- Pope John Paul II
 

Is God Calling Me?
If you feel you might be discerning a religious vocation, we invite you to contact any of our clergy members for some converation. Both Fr. Tom Wilson and Fr. Marcus Milless can be reached at (952) 469-4481, as well as Deacon George Nugent and Deacon Jim Marschall.

 

 

RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults