For the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist & Confirmation for children birth thru 8th grade please contact Mrs. Mary Beth Blum at the Religious Education office 810-329-7801.
Adult formation: Please contact Richard Yamin at the Parish Office 810-329-2255.
Sacrament of Baptism: 4th Sunday 1PM
Parents should contact the Religious Education office 329-7801 to schedule classes and the sacrament with Mrs. Mary Beth Blum It is recommended parents seeking Baptism should be active parishioners prior to setting a date and attend two baptismal preparation classes. Note: Baptism process scroll down
Reconciliation: Children are prepared for Reconciliation in Grade 2. Students learn about the formation of his/her own Catholic conscience, so as to grow in moral awareness. The student is taught to examine his/her own life actions in light of Jesus’ examples. Bible stories are used to present examples of the effect of sin and to understand the difference between accident, mistake, and sin, and how important it is to choose God’s way-the right way. All children in 2nd grade who will be celebrating First Eucharist will celebrate First Reconciliation in 2nd grade as well.
First Eucharist: In addition to the material covered in the textbook, the 2nd graders will learn to celebrate the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The importance of the Mass is stressed throughout the year. The two principle parts of the Mass, Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist, will be explained. Each student will grow in his/her desire to receive Jesus. Individual readiness will determine the reception of the Holy Eucharist. All 2nd graders and their parents will participate in a First Communion retreat as well as a Reconciliation retreat.
THE CONFIRMATION PROGRAM
The Confirmation program at St. Mary’s consists of several components which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Faith-Sharing Program
- CHOSEN by Ascension Press
- Service Projects
- An interview with Fr. Michael or a member of the leadership team
- A retreat
- Reconciliation celebrated as an 8th grade group about a week before.
Sacrament of Marriage: contact parish office 7 months prior to date
In accordance with the guidelines of the Province of Michigan, engaged couples must contact the Parish Office six months prior to the desired date and complete required preparation. The Parish expects couples to be active parishioners at least 2 months prior to setting the wedding date. Contact the Parish office to begin marriage preparation.
Sacrament of the Sick: Notify the Parish Office of any need for hospital or home visits.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults:Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of people are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA.
What are the steps of RCIA? Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.
What is meant when by coming into full communion with the Church?
Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Although some preparation may be with Catechumens preparing for baptism, the preparation for Candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities. The Candidates may be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil or at another Sunday during the year depending on pastoral circumstances and readiness of the Candidate.
Baptism: Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a baptismal preparation class? Can’t we just show up and have our child baptized?
Baptism is a major event and therefore careful preparation is needed. Baptism places serious responsibilities and demands upon parents and godparents. You have a right to know about these responsibilities and the baptismal preparation class will provide you with the answers.
When and where is the baptismal preparation class?
The baptismal preparation class is usually held once a month on a Thursday at 6:30pm. (Please call the Religious Ed. Office for the exact date and location, as this varies month to month). You must call the Religious Ed. (810-329-7801) office and register for the class.
Are parents required to attend the class?
Yes, parents are required to attend a baptism preparation class.
What can we expect to learn from the baptismal preparation class?
Parents and godparents will be given practical guidance in introducing their small children into our Catholic Faith. You will also learn about the elements of baptism, as well as the ritual, signs, and symbols of the sacrament.
Do we have to be registered parishioners?
You must be a registered, actively participating parishioner to baptize your child at St. Mary’s. If you would like to baptize your child at St. Mary’s and are a parishioner of another Catholic parish, you must have a letter from your pastor granting you permission to baptize your child here. We would also ask for a letter of completion once you have concluded your baptism preparation classes in your home parish.
Do the godparents have to attend the class?
We ask that godparents make every effort to attend the class, as much of the information presented and discussed will pertain to them as well.
What are the requirements to be a godparent?
A godparent must:
- Be a baptized and Confirmed Catholic
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Be practicing their Catholic faith regularly
What do we need to do after we participate in the preparation class?
Simply call the Religious Ed. office to schedule your child’s baptism.
When is the sacrament of baptism celebrated at St. Mary’s?
Baptisms are celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every month at 1PM. (Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent.)
Is there a fee or cost for baptism?
The Church does not charge for sacraments, so there is no fee. Expenses for baptismal candles, garments, etc., are covered by the parish, so your weekly support of the collection is crucial and greatly appreciated.