Sacramental Liturgies: Policies and Practices


1. Baptism

“Are you not aware that we who are baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (Romans 6:3)

Parents of children below the age of five who seek Baptism for their children should be registered members of the parish.  They are asked to call the Parish Office to make their desire known for their child’s Baptism. In preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament, we ask one or both parents to attend a mandatory meeting which is scheduled each month.

Usually the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during the Mass on the last Sunday of the month. For our Spanish speaking community Baptism is celebrated during the Spanish Mass on the last Saturday of the month.  No baptisms are celebrated during the season of Lent.

In selecting Godparents for their child, parents should choose someone who can bring a Sponsor Certificate from his or her home parish.  This certificate states that the Godparent is a baptized Catholic and is registered in a parish.

Parents of non baptized children who are five years old or older should enroll

them in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children program (RCIC)

2. RECONCILIATION

“Reform your lives and believe in the good news.” (Mark 1:15)

The Church calls us from sin to conversion, and by the celebration of Penance, to show the victory of Christ over sin.  We celebrate using the revised Rite of Penance mandated by Pope Paul VI in 1973. Twice a year, during Advent and Lent we celebrate a communal penance service.

3. EUCHARIST

“Is not the cup of blessing we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ?  And is not the bread we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” (1Corinthians 10:16)

In coming together to celebrate the Eucharist, we believe that we are not a collection of strangers, but a celebrating community of faith.  We believe that singing hymns, listening to God’s Word, and responding to it are important. Non participation limits the expression of the faith of the community.

We participate fully in the Saving Mystery that we are celebrating with enthusiasm. We greet each other and extend mutual hospitality before the Liturgy. We shake hands during the Liturgy to recognize Christ in our fellow worshippers.  We extend our hands during times of prayer. We state our first names as we approach the minister of the Eucharist; we are encouraged to drink from the cup of salvation (the Blood of Christ) as well as to eat the bread of life (the Body of Christ).

4. CONFIRMATION

Jesus said to his disciples: “This much I have told you while I was still with you, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will instruct you in everything and remind you of all that I have told you.” (John 14:26)

We usually celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring.  All those preparing for Confirmation attend special Confirmation Classes.

5. MATRIMONY

Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Brides and Grooms should remember the overall general rule:  Contact the parish office before making any arrangements.  At least six months notice is required.  There are three main steps in the process:

Step One-Discernment Phase

Step Two-Educational Process

Step Three-The preparation of the Wedding Ceremony.

6. ANOINTING OF THE SICK

“Is there anyone sick among you?  He should ask the elders of the church.  They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord.” (James 5:14)

According to Vatican II, this is a sacrament meant not only for those who are at the point of death, but also for everyone who is seriously ill.  Since the Sacraments are actions of Christ and His Church, we celebrate a communal Anointing of the Sick each year.  The Sacrament is also celebrated when the need arises; i.e., before surgery or at the beginning of a serious illness.

7. HOLY ORDERS

Jesus said: “I am the Good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” (John 10:11)

All baptized Christians share in the priesthood of Jesus. Each of us shares in it as a member of the Body of Christ. We were gifted with this priesthood of the believers at the time of our Baptism. This priesthood enables us to make holy the world by living as Jesus would in our circumstances.

Some baptized Christians, experience a call to serve the church which is Christ made visible in the world. They wish to preach the Word of God, lead their community in liturgical celebrations, and build up and strengthen their community’s Christian spirit.

Those who are accepted by the Church to learn how to serve in the priesthood are trained for several years in a seminary. When the training is complete, the bishop ordains the candidate he’s called to priesthood. The new priest has received a Sacrament called Holy Orders.

Those who are interested in learning more about receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders should call the Vocations Office (305-757-6241, ext. 271).  There are two seminaries in the state of Florida:

St. John Vianney College Seminary, Miami and
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach.