Sacraments and Litrugical Celebrations
Sacraments happen in the context of the larger Church and the parish community of faith. They are not simply private exchanges between the believer and his/her God. If that were the case, the purpose of Church would be only to provide personal inspiration to our members. While inspiration may and should occur, that is only part of the sacramental picture. There must also be a sense of community that speaks loudly of our responsibility for one another in faith. It is this community that is initiating and welcoming others into full practice within it. The church is the People of God gathering together to praise God as His family in the world.
The first step leading to full incorporation with Christ and His Church is baptism. Parents accept a great deal of responsibility in presenting a child for baptism. They will be the child's first teachers of the faith. Prior to baptism, the parents must fulfill two requirements:
The first is to attend a class on the meaning of the sacrament. Classes are held on the first Sunday of the month after the 9:30 AM Mass. Please call the office to register.
The second is that at least one of the parents be baptized and also be a registered member of St. Clare Parish.
The sacrament is ministered on either a Saturday or Sunday when Fr. Ed will be presiding. To register for a baptism class and to schedule a baptism, please contact the parish office at 262-895-2729
Eucharist is the source and summit of Catholic life and celebration of First Eucharist is an exciting event for young Catholics and their families. Children are invited to prepare for the sacrament when they reach the age of reason, usually around age seven or in the second grade. A minimum of two years of Catholic instruction is required to participate in this sacrament. For more information, Contact the Director of Religious Education at the parish office.
Candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation must be baptized Catholics who are at least sixteen years of age. They should be ready to affirm their baptism with the celebration of their Confirmation. For more information, contact the Director of Religious Education at the parish office.
Our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program is for adults who want to become Catholic. For more information, contact the Director of Religious Education at the parish office.
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a women 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 offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Arrangements must be made with the Pastor at least 6 months prior to the wedding.