“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).
Children and adults baptized here become new people, but also become new members of Holy Name of Mary. We delight in this joyous opportunity to say, “welcome to the family!” We do all we can to grow our children into faith-filled members of God’s church, and to help adults learn about and deepen their faith.
Parents are encouraged to contact the parish office to schedule their child’s baptism. If it is their first child, parents are required to attend a baptism class, and should call the office to learn when the next one is scheduled. Older children and adults wishing to be baptized will receive instructions privately with the pastor or the deacon.
“When he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God’s merciful love for the sinner.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1465)
“Going to confession” is a time when Jesus is made present in a loving way for people who need forgiveness for serious sin in their lives, or who simply want to work on correcting bad habits before they become serious. The Reconciliation Room in the back of church is set up to allow for either private or face-to-face confession.
Confession times are 5-6 p.m. each Thursday, or any time by appointment. Penance services, with more than one priest, communal examination of conscience and individual confession and absolution, are held during Advent and during Lent.
Children normally make their first confessions in the second grade, and are prepared for it through the weekly religious education program. More information about this program is on the Religious Education Page.
“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord’s command, the Church continues to do, in his memory and until his glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion: “He took bread… .” “He took the cup filled with wine. . . ” The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1333)
The Tabernacle is found at the very center of our sanctuary, where all eyes can fall upon it as people enter the church. Our Eucharistic liturgies are always carefully planned so that whatever happens during the Mass enhances, but never distracts, from this prayerful celebration.
The choir provides music and a family room provides a comfortable space for those with small children who find it difficult to sit still or remain quiet.
Mass is at 9 a.m. on Sundays with Daily Mass at 8 a.m. Fridays; special times for holy days will be listed in the bulletin.
Parish members who are not able to be with us for Mass due to physical limitations should contact the parish office to coordinate a home visit.
Parents and students are required to do a retreat as part of the preparation. Parents aren’t required to attend classes, but they are expected to help children learn their prayers
“The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285)
We make every effort to insure that Confirmation is not simply a sacrament automatically received, but one which youth have been prepared for and have learned to desire. A vibrant quad-parish Life Teen program (in cooperation with St. Joseph, Corpus Christi and Sts. Peter and Paul parishes) helps in this goal, as do classes that teach our young people about their faith and about the challenges to that faith that they can expect to face as they move into the adult world.
For more information, see the Religious Education page.
“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 offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601)
Marriage is a major step in the lives of two people, and engaged couples are carefully prepared for this longed-for event so that they can fully appreciate its serious nature, the challenges and joys that can be involved, and the responsibilities to themselves and their children.
Couples seeking to be married at Holy Name of Mary should contact the parish office at least six months before the wedding to reserve the date and receive the necessary preparation.
“Holy Orders is the sacrament through 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 diaconate.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536)
“The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinand the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry. Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1597)
Vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life are encouraged at Holy Name of Mary. Anyone wishing to know more should feel free to contact Fr. Ryan Krueger or Deacon Mark Hibbs for an informal discussion.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil—pressed from olives or from other plants—saying, only once: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1513)
Anointing of the Sick includes (CCC 1519):
- The laying on of hands by the priest.
- Prayer over the person “in the faith of the Church.”
- Anointing with oil blessed by the bishop.
- This sacrament has a powerful effect upon the sick person (CCC 1520-21):
- Strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age”
- “Healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will”.
- Forgiveness of sin.
- “Union with the passion of Christ.” One’s suffering becomes “a participation in the saving work of Jesus.”
- Allows the sick person, by their suffering, to “contribute to the good of the People of God,” building up the holiness of the Church and all people.
- “A preparation for the final journey.”
This sacrament is primarily intended for any who suffer from serious or chronic physical or emotional illness or who struggle with the infirmities of age. One need not be in danger of death nor does the Church anoint one who has already died.
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for 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. Anyone who wishes to receive the grace of this sacrament formally administered is welcome to contact the parish office to arrange for a visit from the priest.