Sacraments

 


Baptism: Are celebrated monthly on Sunday afternoon at either parish. Please contact the inter-parish office at 568-8280 for more information.  At OLGH: Baptisms are celebrated at 1 PM, At St. Theresa, following the 11:30 AM Mass (12:30 PM).


Confirmation:  Confirmation is celebrated once a year, usually during the Easter Season. OLGH & St. Theresa offers a two year program, beginning in Grade 8. 


Penance: This sacrament is offered on Saturday afternoon from 3:30 until 4:15 PM at the church where the Saturday Vigil Mass is offered. OLGH: October- May, St. Theresa: June- September.  


Anointing of the Sick / Last Rites:  The sacrament may be celebrated at any time for someone who is seriously ill. Call the rectory at 568-5272.  


Sacraments of Vocation - Marriage:  The sacrament of marriage is celebrated throughout the year. In order to properly prepare for this sacrament, a couple must contact the parish nine to twelve months prior to the anticipated date.  Required preparations include a “Pre-Cana” conference and interviews with the pastor or deacon.


Holy Orders:    Any man interested in discerning the call to the sacred priesthood should contact the Diocesan Office of Vocations (831-8011) or speak with Father McMahon.  


 

FUNERAL REGULATIONS: Please consider the following regulations when planning a funeral Mass at either OLGH or St. Theresa Shrine. It is the obligation of every parish to provide for a dignified Catholic burial that respects the integrity and sacredness of the Liturgy:

 · Eulogies are never permitted during any funeral Mass. However, this may be done during the committal ceremony or wake service. The same applies for the reading of poems or any extra-liturgical requests.  

· The family may choose and deliver readings that are only the approved liturgical texts for a funeral Mass. Only one reading is necessary prior to the Gospel, but two are permitted. Lectors must be Catholics in good standing. Generally, the Prayer of the Faithful will be done by the deacon or priest celebrant, if the priest chooses to incorporate this in the Mass.

· The use of outside musicians/soloists is not permitted. We employ a highly skilled organist and soloist who are contracted to provide sacred music. However, by rare exception, qualified pastoral musicians from outside the parish may work in conjunction with the parish organist to provide music at the discretion of the pastor and parish organist. All hymns must be liturgical and appropriate to Holy Mass. Secular hymns or recorded music is never permitted during the Liturgy itself.