of the Church
Sacraments of the Church: What are they
and how do I
The sacraments are instituted by Jesus Christ as the
uses to bring us to salvation. The sacraments are visible
and instruments of God’s invisible power and grace. They
make concrete the power of God in our lives. There are seven sacraments
in the Catholic Church:
and make disciples of
all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them
to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt
In Baptism we are born again by water and spirit to be
forgiven of sin and
reborn as sons and daughters of God. Through this beautiful
become members of the Church and share in its mission - to spread the
through our lives in the world. Baptism is only given once and
indelible spiritual mark that can never be erased.
Catholics will most often be baptized as infants. When a
is baptized the
parents and godparents speak for the child, expressing the desire for
baptism. Infant baptism emphasizes Christ’s desire to
“let the little
ones come to me” and emphasizes the important role of family and
our life of faith.
Some people are also baptized as adults through a
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This beautiful journey
you to Christ and the faith community, who walks with you as you grow
and seek Baptism at Easter.
Interested in having your child baptized?
Congratulations on your new baby! Those parents interested in having
their child baptized at our parish must become registered members of
parish, or have permission from our parish and their home parish to
child baptized here. For a first child, parents must attend a
session. Plan ahead!
encouraged to begin the baptism preparation process
before you have your baby. You can spiritually prepare for your little
one's arrival before his/her birth!
Baptism Preparation Sessions - Monthly on
N. Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee
from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. You can register for an upcoming session at tinyurl.com/baptismprep.
At this session we walk throught the rite of baptism and lay our the
process for scheduling a baptism within our family of parishes. If you
have any questions, please contact Rachel McGrew at email@example.com or call
414-962-2443 x19. If you are unable to make a Monday night work, you
may contact Rachel to set up an individual meeting.
For a first child, parents must attend a baptism preparation
session. Sessions are held at the Old Saint Mary Parish
a Baptism at Old St. Mary Parish
To begin the process to have your baby baptized, contact
the Old St. Mary Parish Office by calling 414-271-6180.
Please note that in observance of the penitential
there are no baptisms
done during Lent, except in cases of emergency. During Advent, baptisms
are not done during Mass.
Are you an adult interested in being
Every year adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church through the
Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). RCIA is the preparation process
people interested in being fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
prayer, worship, classes on Catholic basics, and Bible study, members
RCIA seek the living God and grow in faith together with the Old St.
Mary Parish community and worldwide Catholic Church.
The process begins in early September and runs through
Baptism and the other sacraments of initiation are held at the Easter
Call anytime during the year to get started or for more
The RCIA is a process of seeking and growth. We invite you to
out. You don’t have to be sure you want to finish the process to
Put on Christ ~ all interested people are welcome!
For more information, call Chad Griesel, our Director of
Faith Formation at the parish office ~ 414-271-6180 ext. 111, or email
Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacrament of
“Now when the apostles at
that Samaria had received the word of God,
they sent to them Peter and
John, who came down and prayed for them that they
might receive the
Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they
only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Then they laid
their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit”
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a strengthening of the
received in Baptism - just as the Holy Spirit descended upon the
Apostles at Pentecost, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are strengthened in
those who receive Confirmation, so that they are better able to witness
to Christ in the world. Confirmation completes our initiation
into the Church and strengthens us for our Christian life.
Adult Confirmation Preparation for Teens
Confirmation preparation for youth (those in high school) in our parish
at Eastside Child and Youth Ministry (ESCYM). For more
contact Ralph Stewart at 414-263-8230 or email@example.com.
For those adults already
joined to Christ
in Baptism and
the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confirmation deepens and strengthens
our relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit. This
Sacrament imparts many spiritual gifts that help us live our Christian
lives and be witnesses to Christ in the world. The process to
prepare for Adult Confirmation begins in January, and Confirmation is
received at Pentecost.
For more information contact the parish office at
The Holy Eucharist
“I am the living bread that came
if any one eats of this bread, he will live for
he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life
and…abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:51, 54, 56).
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Church’s
life. In the Eucharist, the Church is joined to the sacrifice
Christ on the Cross, partakes of Christ’s Body and Blood, and is
brought into communion with Christ and one another. In the
Eucharist, the Lord is present in a true, real and substantial manner
in his Body, Blood, soul and divinity. Because Christ himself
present in this sacrament, it is to be honored with the worship of
For the guidelines on receiving communion, go to
Preparation for First Communion for
Parents interested in finding out more about First
for their children should call Ken Gardinier at 414-271-6180 ext. 113
The Sacrament of
Reconciliation (Penance or
“On the evening of that day, the
day of the week,”
Jesus showed himself to his apostles. “He breathed on them, and
said to them: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the
sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are
retained’” (Jn 20:19, 22-23).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called
“Confession” or “Penance”) is a beautiful
encounter with our Lord and the Church, in which the mercy of God is
poured out for us, and we received forgiveness for our sin.
Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God forgives our sin, and we
also are reconciled with the entire Church.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be received on
Tuesdays and Fridays - 11:30 a.m. before the 12:05pm daily
Preparation for First Reconciliation for
First Reconciliation preparation is done through the
Education Program. Please contact Ken Gardinier at
ext. 113 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
of the Sick
“Is any among you sick? Let him call the presbyters of
the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and
the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be
forgiven” (James 5:14-15).
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick gives those experiencing the
difficulties inherent in grave illness or advancement of years special
grace and comfort. Each time someone falls seriously ill, he
she is encouraged to receive this sacrament, and he or she may receive
it again each time the illness worsens. The strength and peace of the
Lord that may be received in this sacrament helps the ill to be united
to Christ during their trials.
The Sacrament of Marriage
“The matrimonial covenant, by
which a man
and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of
life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the
procreation and education of children; this covenant between baptized
persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a
sacrament” (Gaudium et Spes, 48).
The Sacrament of Marriage is the sacrament by which a
a woman pledge a lifelong commitment to one another, and which God
joins them together by an unbreakable bond. A couple discerns
marriage over a period of time, and can come to see that God wills that
they spend their lives together, helping one another grow in holiness
and living in service to their family and the world.
The preparation process to receive the sacrament of
helps a couple grow in love for one another, and open their lives to
God’s love and grace.
To be married at our parish, one or both of the couple
registered, practicing members of Old Saint Mary Catholic
If you are a member of another Catholic parish, a letter of parish
membership and permission from your pastor is necessary.
Each couple must meet with the pastor before a wedding
can be set. For more information, please contact the parish
office at 414-271-6180.
Sacrament of Holy Orders
“Holy Orders is the sacrament
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 deaconate”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church,
The Sacrament of Holy Orders ordains those men who have
called by God to receive it to be a deacon, priest, or bishop.
For more information on vocations to the deaconate and
priesthood in the Church, go to http://www.archmil.org/vocations/voc_opp.asp