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Celebrating the Sacraments

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• Eucharist

In the celebration of the Mass our parish family comes together to grow in understanding of God’s Word and to share the gift of Christ himself in communion. The Eucharist is the foremost way in which people of St. Joseph Parish demonstrate and celebrate their oneness with God.

MASS SCHEDULE

Monday – Friday – 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Saturday – 8:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday – 7:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon
Spanish Mass – Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Holy Days of Obligation – Please consult the weekly Bulletin

First Eucharist is normally celebrated when a child is in the second grade, has received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, has completed a full year of religious instruction, and is currently enrolled in a Catholic school or in a religious education program. Parent participation in the preparation program is expected.

• Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism joyfully celebrates the entrance of new members into the Christian community. This celebration for the newborn or other children is regularly scheduled on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. A baptismal preparation meeting for first-time parents and godparents takes place each month. Please call the Parish Office to schedule an interview and to register.

• Confirmation

The Sacrament of the Spirit to assist in growth to personal Christian maturity is offered annually to 8th grade and high school students. Students who request this sacrament are prepared through a special pre-Confirmation program. Adults may arrange for Confirmation by contacting a parish staff member.

• Children’s Initiation

Children’s Initiation is offered for older children who have not been baptized, have been baptized in another faith tradition and would like to join the Catholic Church, or who are baptized Catholics who have not received First Reconciliation or First Eucharist. The children and their families are welcomed into the parish and gradually learn more about the Catholic faith and traditions.

• Anointing of the Sick/Mass of Healing

The healing sacrament is for those in need of strength during a sickness. It is not necessarily related to death. The parish priests will be happy to administer the sacrament upon request.

The healing sacrament is offered during the fall, spring and summer seasons, usually on a Sunday afternoon Mass. During this celebration, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is administered. Watch the Bulletin for scheduled dates and times.

Parishioners are encouraged to make contact with a parish priest prior to admission to the hospital for reception of the Sacrament of the Sick and to discuss spiritual care during their time of illness.

• Matrimony

Preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony is one of the most important times of faith in a person’s life. Before deciding to be married in the Catholic Church, a couple should enter a time of prayer and consideration. If the couple wishes the Church to witness and bless their marriage, they should follow these steps:

1. Schedule an appointment with one of the parish priests or deacons at least six months prior to the wedding date to make necessary arrangements.
2. Participate in a marriage preparation program.

Married couples are invited to contact Deacon Ed Sullivan (410-683-0600) to be trained to serve as leaders of the four-week marriage preparation seminar or to serve engaged couples in their marriage preparation by being a “Sponsor Couple.” A Sponsor Couple meets with an engaged couple at mutually convenient times.

• Wedding Anniversaries

Wedding anniversaries are celebrated on the fourth Saturday of each month at the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Couples who celebrate their wedding anniversaries during the month are invited to renew their wedding vows at the Mass. Please call the Parish Office to make arrangements.

• Reconciliation (Confession)

A priest is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m, 5:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. in the church. Priests are also available in the Parish Office by appointment.

The parish preparation program for First Reconciliation begins when a child is in the second grade or older and is separate from the preparation for First Eucharist. Parent participation is expected.

Days of Reconciliation are scheduled during Advent, Lent, and in September.

Parishioners are invited to contact a staff member to arrange times for personal spiritual direction.