Receiving Sacraments at Resurrection

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The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required disposition.
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1131

There are seven sacraments:

Sacraments of Initiation - '...lay the foundation of the Christian life... The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity"           - CCC # 1212

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  • Baptism - "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 of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission" - CCC 1213

At our parish:

  • Infants & Children - parents are asked to attend preparation classes. For more details, click HERE.

  • Adults - the process for receiving sacraments is called "RCIA" or, the "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults".  To get plugged into this process, contact our RCIA coordinator, Brian Fink.

"The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop...For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism" - CCC #1253-1254

 

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  • Confirmation -  "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" CCC 1285

At our parish:

Regular preparation for Confirmation takes place during a teen's freshman year of high school. For more information, click HERE.

'Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation" - CCC 1306

If you are an adult who has never been Confirmed, please contact our parish offices so we can help you to complete your Christian initiation.

 

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  • Eucharist - In the Eucharist, we receive Jesus Christ - body, blood, soul, and divinity. This sacrament is the source and summit of our Christian life. "Christ gives us in the Eucharist the pledge of glory with him. Participation in the Holy Sacrifice identifies us with his Heart, sustains our strength along the pilgrimage of this life, makes us long for eternal life, and unites us even now to the Church in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints" - CCC #1419

At our parish:

Regular preparation for First Communion happens during the 2nd grade year, either through Resurrection School or preparation at home. For more information, click HERE.

There are daily opportunities to receive Holy Communion at Mass, as well as frequent opportunities for Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration (a consecrated host is exposed in a monstrance and placed on the altar for us to adore Christ). If you are unable to attend Sunday Mass and would like to have the Eucharist brought to you, please contact the parish office.

Sacraments of Healing - "We are still in our 'earthly tent,' subject to suffering, illness, and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin. The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing." - CCC #1420-1421

  • Confession - "The human heart is heavy and hardened. God must give man a new heart... It is in discovering the greatness of God's love that our heart is shaken by the horror and weight of sin and begins to fear offending God by sin and being separated from him. The human heart is converted by looking upon him whom our sins have pierced" - CCC #1432

At our parish:

Normal preparation for receiving First Confession happens during the 2nd grade year. For more information, click HERE.

The sacrament of Confession is available at our parish every day. If you are unable to avail yourself of the sacrament at the regularly scheduled times, please contact the parish office for an appointment.

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  • Anointing of the Sick -  "The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age" - CCC #1527

At our parish:

Anyone who is seriously ill, preparing for surgery, or suffering from the effects of old age is eligible to receive this sacrament. Please call the parish offices to schedule a time.

If someone you know is in an emergency situation and needs to be anointed, please call: 517-482-4749, ext. 106.

Sacraments at the Service of Communion and Mission of the Faithful - "Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others, if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. Through these sacraments those already consecrated by Baptism and Confirmation for the common priesthood of all the faithful can receive particular consecrations." - CCC #1534-1535

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  • Matrimony - "It can seem difficult, even impossible, to bind oneself for life to another human being. This makes is all the more important to proclaim the Good News that God loves us with a definitive and irrevocable love, that married couples share in this love, that it supports and sustains them, and that by their own faithfulness they can witnesses to God's faithful love. Spouses who with God's grace give this witness, often in very difficult conditions, deserve the gratitude and support of the ecclesial community" - CCC #1648

At our parish: 

Preparations for the Sacrament of Matrimony must begin 9 months before your proposed wedding date. To begin the process, please call the parish offices to set-up an initial appointment with Father Steve.

 

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  • Holy Orders- "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 (bishops), presbyterate (priests), and diaconate (deacons)... No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God" - CCC #1536, 1578

If you think God might be calling you to the priesthood or diaconate, we want to help you discern! Contact Father Steve, or the Vocations Office at the Diocese of Lansing.