Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist


“Through baptism men and women are incorporated into Christ. They are formed into God’s people, and they obtain forgiveness of all their sins. They are raised from their natural human condition to the dignity of adopted children. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence they are called, and are indeed, the children of God.”                 Romans 8:15; Galatians 4

Baptisms for Infants and Youth are celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at the 12:15 p.m. Mass and on the third Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the church. Pre-baptism workshops are held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:45 pm in LL Room 3 (Lower Level of Church).  Older Children are incorporated into the Parish School of Religion, under the guidance of the Director of Religious Education.  Adults attend the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process by which they are both instructed and formed in the faith.



“Signed with the gift of the Spirit in Confirmation, Christians more perfectly become the image of their Lord and are filled with the Holy Spirit.  They bear witness to him before all the world and eagerly work for the building up of the body of Christ.”
 Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity

Youth are prepared for Confirmation in the Catholic School and in the Parish School of Religion following the Diocesan Graded Course of Study.  Bishop Fredrick Campbell is invited to St. Paul to celebrate the Sacrament (normally on a Saturday during the Easter Season.)

Adults celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Fredrick Campbell.



“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharist sacrifice of his Body and Blood.  This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.”.
 (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1323)

First Holy CommunionYouth are prepared for First Holy Communion in the Catholic School and in the Parish School of Religion following the Diocesan Graded Course of Study and Diocesan Guidelines for celebrating the sacrament with children (usually on a Saturday in May).  Adults preparing to be received into the Church celebrate all of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) generally at the Easter Vigil Liturgy. (RCIA)


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