baptism pic The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. The other two are Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The theologian Karl Rahner described baptism as "the sacramental entrance into the church and thus into the fullness of Christian life." Its importance is highlighted in Jesus’ parting words to his disciples, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:18).


The parents and godparents of a child who is to be baptized need to refresh themselves on the consequences and responsibilities that accompany the celebration of this sacrament with their child.


The following are some guidelines to follow when celebrating the sacrament of infant baptism (infancy through six years old). If your child is older than six years old, he or she will be enrolled in the order of Christian Initiation of Children (OCIC), and will follow a different preparation format and time period.


Important Information
  • • Parents are to be active and contributing registered members of St. Matthew for a minimum of three months.
  • • Parents and sponsors are to participate in preparation classes for the child’s baptism.
  • • A godparent chosen by the parents must be a fully initiated Roman Catholic (Baptized, Confirmed and receiving the Eucharist), at least 16 years of age, Confirmed, and, if married, is married in the Church. If unable to attend class at St. Matthew’s, they may attend class in their local parish and provide proof of attendance.

  • Registrations for Infant Baptism Classes

    Parents may register for classes in the parish office Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You must register for class before attending. Parents and sponsors must attend classes.


    Classes
    • In Spanish are on the first Saturday of the month.
    • In English on the first Monday of the month.

    The celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism is on the third Sunday of the month.


    PDF Baptism Enrollment Form


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Family Catechesis Program

  • • Based on intergenerational process. Generations of Faith, in which all catechesis flows from events in the church year.
  • • Monthly sessions catechize families for church year events.
  • • Curriculum covers major areas of Catholic teaching in six years’ time: church year, morality, sacraments, creed, prayer and spirituality, justice and peace.
  • • Monthly sessions are based on a yearly theme.
  • • Families complete take-home activities each month and return them at the next month’s gathering to be checked by the coordinator of faith formation.
  • • Children, grades 1 through 8, attend monthly sessions with parents.
  • • Parent’s attend mandatory retreat.

PDF Catechesis Adult 2014 Registration Form

PDF Catechesis Child 2014-2015 Registration Form

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Sacramental Preparation

The Sacraments of Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, and Reconciliation


communion pic HOLY EUCHARIST is the "source and summit of all Christian life." As the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood, the Eucharist is the real presence of Jesus Christ. It is the Memorial of Christ's passion and resurrection. It is the breaking of the bread at the Last Supper. It is the holy sacrifice. It is the holy and divine liturgy. It is Holy Communion. It is the Mass. It is the Sacrament of Sacraments.



confession pic THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION / CONFESSION is celebrated the year before, in the second grade. However, if the young person is in third grade or higher and needs to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this will be done the first year and the preparation for Confirmation/Holy Eucharist the following year.


We believe that in the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation we celebrate the unconditional love and forgiveness of God. We experience this unconditional love of God throughout our lives, making the time to make an examination of conscience and coming to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at various moments in our lives. Having been forgiven, we are empowered to forgive ourselves and forgive one another, heal one another, and celebrate the fact that together we have come a step closer to the peace, justice, and reconciliation that make us those who announce the kingdom of God on earth.


confirmation pic CONFIRMATION is one of the three "Sacraments of Initiation." Through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, a person is born again, strengthened, and nourished in order to live fully the Christian life. Baptism is celebrated at the time of infancy, while Confirmation and Holy Eucharist are celebrated together when the child is in third grade.


Confirmation is the sacrament that strengthens the baptized, obliges them to give witness to and defend the faith, and enriches them on their continuing path of Christian initiation by the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Contact: Ms. Anna Lucas

602.258.1789

or Email

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marriage pic The Sacrament of Marriage

For Christians Marriage is a Sacrament. Like Baptism and Holy Eucharist, marriage between Christians is a sign of God's presence and power in the world. Anyone who seeks assurance that God is always faithful, loving and forgiving should find it lived out in a Christian marriage. Because it is a sign of God's love, marriage is for a lifetime. When Christians marry, they're making a commitment not only to their marriage partners but also to Christ. And Christ in turn makes a commitment to them.


Here at St. Matthew Parish we follow the diocesan guidelines for Marriage preparation that aim not only to deepen the couples understanding of the sacrament, but to give them the skills to work through the challenges that come with two becoming one. There are a series of workshops, some counseling and documents to be collected.


Important information
  • • For couples choosing to prepare for the sacrament of marriage in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • • Couples wishing to marry at St. Matthew’s must be registered members of the parish.
  • • Couples need to contact the parish (Sr. Margaret) one (1) year in advance of wedding date for an interview. This interview explains to the couple all the requirements and how they can best fulfill them.
  • • Must have celebrated sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)
  • • Couples are to take FOCUS a pre-marriage inventory to help couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.
  • • Couples are required to attend Natural Family Planning Classes.
  • • Couples are to attend an engaged couples retreat before wedding.

Contact: Sr. Margaret Campbell, SNDdN

602.258.1789

or Email