Sacramental Preparation

SACRAMENTS

There are seven sacraments:  Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.

Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist

Sacraments of Healing:  Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments of Service:  Marriage and Holy Orders

 BAPTISM:

“By Baptism, we share in the redemptive act of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, are freed from Original Sin, and are strengthened against the power of sin and death.  We are reconciled to God and made members of his holy people, the Church. “(United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)

“Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ.  In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.”  (CCC, no. 1277)

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CONFIRMATION & FIRST EUCHARIST:

CONFIRMATION:  “The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace… by the sacrament of Confirmation [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC, no. 1285)

EUCHARIST:  “The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation… The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of the communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being.”  (CCC, nos. 1322 and 1325)

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RECONCILIATION:

“In this sacrament we are reconciled to God and the Church.” (CCC, Nos. 1420-1498)

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MARRIAGE:

“The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they come from the hand of the Creator.  Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes.”   (CCC, no. 1603)

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SACRAMENTS FOR THE HOMEBOUND:

Lay ministers are available to visit and bring Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend church due to illness or age.

Contact Person:  Kathy Lombardozzi at 406-656-5800 or  kathy@stthomasbillings.org

ANOINTING OF THE SICK:

“The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death.  Hence as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”  (CCC, no 1514)

Contact Person:  Fr. Steve at 406-656-5800 or  sjzab@stthomasbillings.org

 

HOLY ORDERS:

“The essential rite of the sacrament of Holy Orders for all three degrees [Bishop, Priest, Deacon] consists in the bishop’s imposition of hands on the head of the ordinand and in the bishop’s specific consecratory prayer asking God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and his gifts proper to the ministry to which the candidate is being ordained.”  (CCC, no 1573)

Anyone who is interested in discussing priesthood or religious life can visit with Fr. Steve by making an appointment at 406-656-5800 or sjzab@stthomasbillings.org

Diocese Website:  http://www.diocesegfb.org/

Click on the link for vocations:  Holy Orders/Vocations (link)

       Prayer for Vocations:

Jesus, High Priest and Redeemer Forever,
We beg you to call young men and women
to your service, as priests and religious.
May they be inspired by the lives of
dedicated priests, brothers and sisters.
Give to parents the grace of generosity
And trust toward you and their child
So that their sons and daughters
May be helped to choose their vocation
In life with wisdom and freedom.