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God lavishes His graces in loving and limitless ways all day, everyday. Those graces fall like gentle rain from the sky, giving growth and goodness to all it touches. But occasionally, God pours out those graces in buckets, and Catholics call those divine downpours "sacraments," such as Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. The sacraments don't just touch our lives, they transform us, and make us more like our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you're wandering through the desert of dryness and doubt and feel distant from the Lord, draw near the oasis of the Church, and come and soak in the sacraments.
The first of the seven sacraments, and the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the "sacraments of initiation" by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 867
If you attend Mass at St. Joseph and plan to baptize here or obtain a letter of permission to baptize elsewhere, please ensure you have registered in the parish. (If you receive monthly envelopes, you are registered.) To register, click here.
If your child is seven years or older, please click here to learn about our RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program.
Baptismal preparation is for parents of children up to six years old. Both parents are requested to attend the baptismal preparation class. The class is typically offered on the first Tuesday of the each month at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room. Parents are welcome to attend before the birth of their child. If you have baptized a child within the last three years, it is not necessary for you to repeat the preparation class. To enroll in the class you plan to attend, please call Lydia at 479-442-0890 x202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Godparent requirements and obtaining a letter of permission to be a Godparent
The norm is to have two Godparents, one male and one female. At least one Godparent must be Catholic. All Catholic Godparents must send (fax or snail mail) a letter of permission to be a Godparent from their current parish. The letter is sometimes called a letter of good standing.
Catholic Godparents must be sixteen-years-old, have received all of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation,) and be in good standing. Good standing means a person attends Mass regularly, if married, is married in the Church, and observes the other precepts of the Church.
Scheduling the baptism or obtaining a letter of permission to baptize elsewhere
If your child's Baptism will take place at another Catholic Church, you will need a letter of permission from our pastor to Baptize elsewhere. The letter can be obtained from the church office after you have attended the baptismal preparation class if preparation is necessary.
Typically, at St. Joseph Baptisms in English are done the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 a.m. Occasionally, the time may vary. Baptisms in Spanish are typically done the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For information on Spanish Baptism click here. If you prefer to baptize on Sunday, one of our deacons will probably be available. Sunday baptisms are usually done at 10:30 a.m. between the two morning Masses. To request a letter or schedule a Baptism in English, please call Lydia at 479-442-0890 x202 or email email@example.com, or for Spanish Baptisms or letters, please call Lucy Morlet at 479-442-0890 x242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Communion is the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist and, more generally, our fellowship and union with Jesus and other baptized Christians in the Church, which has its source and summit in the celebration of the Eucharist. In this sense, Church as communion is the deepest vocation of the Church.
Eucharist is the ritual, sacramental action of thanksgiving to God which constitutes the principle Christian liturgical celebration of and communion in the paschal mystery of Christ. The liturgical action called the Eucharist is also traditionally know as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is on of the seven sacraments of the Church; the Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, pages 871 and 877.
For more information on Holy Communion, please call Maria Vazquez at 479-442-0890 x150 or email email@example.com.
Penance is the liturgical celebration of God’s forgiveness of the sins of the penitent, who is thus reconciled with God and with the Church. The acts of the penitent—contrition, the confession of sins, and satisfaction or reparation—together with the prayer of absolution by the priest, constitute the essential elements of the Sacrament of Penance.
Reconciliation is the sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, pages 892 and 896
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturday afternoon, Wednesday evening, and following First Friday Mass.
Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00-5:45 p.m
Thursday 5:00-5:45 p.m
First Friday Following 8:30 a.m. Mass
For more information on Penance, please call Maria Vazquez at 479-442-0890 x150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation is one of the ensemble of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 872
Youth and Adults
Preparation for Confirmation in handled through two different programs: Confirmation and RCIA.
Young people who attend Saint Joseph enroll in Confirmation preparation at the beginning of 8th grade. The Rite Confirmation takes place during Spring of the 9th grade year. For more information, click here.
Adults who wish to be Confirmed participate in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. For more information, click here.
Marriage is a covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 887
Before beginning marriage prep, first determine that both parties are "free to marry." If either the bride or groom has a previous marriage and civil divorce decree, an annulment must be obtained. Please see the information below and don't be intimidated by the process. You will have an advocate who will step through the process with you.
To begin preparation for marriage, please contact the church office to make an appointment with the pastor at least six months before your proposed date. Catholics wishing to marry must provide a new copy of their baptismal certificate at the appointment with the pastor. At least one of the engaged couple should be registered in the parish. To register, click here.
To understand more about annulments, please see 12 Myths about Annulments.
If an annulment of a previous marriage is needed, please contact Lydia Worden at 479-442-0890 x202 or email@example.com (English) or Lucy Morlet at 479-442-0890 x242 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Spanish)
The marriage preparation process, including Pre-Cana and Sponsor Couple programs, as well as information about fees and other valuable information, is detailed in the Wedding Planner.
If you need information of Weddings in Spanish, click here
Holy Orders is the Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands. This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest, and bishop. All three confer a permanent sacramental character.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 890
If you are discerning a call to religious life or the priesthood, please call Lydia at 479-442-0890 x202 to set up an appointment to talk with the pastor or associate pastor.
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments. Anointing of the Sick is administered by a priest to a baptized person through prayer and the anointing of the body with the oil of the sick. This sacrament provides a special grace of healing and comfort to the Christian who is suffering the infirmities of serious illness or old age, and the forgiving of the person’s sins.
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 866
Anointing of the Sick is appropriate if a person is very ill or anticipating surgery. Please call Lydia at 479-442-0890 x202 or email email@example.com. Scheduling is easier to do over the phone. If you have a loved one who is ill, it is very helpful to let the pastor know before the illness becomes an emergency.
If you were baptized or made a Profession of Faith at St. Joseph, then St. Joseph is your Church of Record. We will gladly provide you with a copy of your baptismal certificate or Profession of Faith certificate. If you are preparing for marriage, we will provide an anotated copy of your baptismal certificate.
If you received First Communion or Confirmation at St. Joseph or were married at St. Joseph, we will also provide you with proof of the sacrament you have received here.
To request a certificate, please call the church office at 479-442-0890 x202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information below:
Sacrament certificate requested (baptism, confirmation, etc.)
Full name at the time the sacrament was received
Date of birth
Date sacrament was received
Name of the person to whom the certificate should be sent along with address, email address, or fax number.