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Sacramental Preparation
Ministries for Adults < Parish Ministries

Baptism
This ministry prepares parents for the sacrament of Baptism of their children from infancy to age 7.   The reasons and theology for having a child baptized and the role of godparents are discussed.  Assistance with completion of the proper registration forms is provided.  This is often an opportunity to influence the faith journey of the parents as well.  Instruction is provided according to the family’s schedule.

Holy Matrimony
Meetings with the Pastor and the engaged couple are scheduled in advance. Adequate time is given to discuss topics such as communication, children, finances, etc. in preparing for a spiritually informed and faith focused commitment to the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

RCIA
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a mentoring, sponsoring, educating and witnessing ministry to all interested in the Catholic faith and joining the Church.  We journey with catechumens and candidates as they prepare to receive the sacraments and continue to journey with them as a community of faith.  This involves faith sharing, welcoming, listening to their stories, teaching catechetical sessions, and sharing scriptures, sponsoring, preparing rites, introducing candidates to parish ministries and encouraging involvement in community.  Sessions generally occur year round following the Mass of their choosing.    This is an exciting ministry to participate in as individuals choosing the Catholic faith prepare for the culmination of their journey at the Easter Vigil.  Opportunities for helping are as inquiry leaders, leaders and facilitators of catechesis, decorators, hospitality ministers, seamstresses and sponsors.

 

 

4845 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205  Rectory 315-469-7789  
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