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"The Masterworks of God"  ... The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

 

Sacraments are "powers that come forth" from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving.  They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in His Body, the Church.  They are the "masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant.
                                                                                                                   Catechism of the Catholic Church

Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick is intended for those whose life is in danger as a result of illness or old age.  This sacrament includes what we once referred to as the "last rites".  However, this sacrament is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death.  Instead, it should be administered as soon as someone is in danger of death from sickness or old age.  Among those who would normally be anointed are:  those undergoing surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the procedure; elderly people who have become noticeably weakened, and sick children seven years of age and older.
It is a serious mistake to wait too long, such as until the advanced stages of a disease, to anoint a sick person.  The fitting time for anointing is when the sick person begins to be in danger.  In this way, one of our priests can be present when the time of need arrives. In the event of an emergency, ask for a Catholic priest at the hospital.  the parish nearest the hospital usually has a priest call to respond to an emergency.
The anointing of the sick may be repeated whenever the sick person falls into a serious sickness after convalescence or whenever a more serious health crisis develops during the same sickness.

Contact:     Eleanor King at 264-3303

 

 

Baptism

The birth of a child is a special cause for joy on the part of the parents, family and friends.  the baptism of a child is a special cause for joy and celebration on the part of the Church, the whole community of faith!  Baptism is a birth into the Christian community and is in every way as solemn and important as birth itself.  It is an event that needs to be prepared for.  The very fact that you have asked to have your baby baptized shows that you recognize the importance of God in your life.  Baptism is a time of special joy and blessing, and it can serve as a reminder to you about your own faith and what it means to you.
In requesting and celebrating the baptism of your child, the Church will simply want to be assured, as with any other parent, of your own commitment to your child's Catholic upbringing.  Our Catholic faith essentially involves belief in the sacraments as the actions of Jesus present through the Church, especially His real presence in the Eucharist.  To have a child baptized at St. Paul's, parents are expected to be active participants in their worshipping community of faith by regular attendance at Sunday mass.  If you have been away from the Church for a while, our parish priests, deacons, staff, and entire faith community extend a sincere invitation for you to return and assure you a warm welcome!
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Baptism should begin before the child's birth.
It is important that the day of your baby's baptism doesn't become an ordeal but a family occasion to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone present.  we will assist with your preparation by scheduling baptism classes for you if you have not already done so in the past three years. 
Our Baptisms are celebrated on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Lizette Espel in the Parish Office to set up an interview and answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your child's baptism.

For your convenience, please click here to download a   Baptism Form Button     

 

Contact:     
Lizette Espel at 264-3311 - Infants & Children ages 0 - 6
Sue Sferra at 264-3337 - Teens, grade 6 through 12 and Children, Pre-K3 through Grade 8
Deacon Carlos Celaya or Deacon Ray Dever at 961-3023 - Adults via the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

 

 

Confirmation

Confirmation along with Baptism and the Eucharist constitute the "Sacraments of Christian initiation".  The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For "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."

Contact:     Sue Sferra at 264-3337 for adults or teens

 

 

Eucharist (Communion)

"At the Last Supper, on the night before He was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood."   The Eucharist is the "Source and Summit of our Christian faith".  "In the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the church; namely, Christ Himself, our Pasch."

For preparation for the first reception of this sacrament, please contact the individuals noted below.

Contact:     Sue Sferra at 264-3337 for elementary children or teens
                   Deacon Carlos Celaya or Deacon Ray Dever at 961-3023 for adults see RCIA

 

 

Holy Orders

Priesthood:  Those who receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ's name "to feed the church by the word and grace of God".  Is God calling you to the priesthood?  Talk to a priest ... call the Diocesan Vocations Office or go to http://www.spvocation.org/ at the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Diaconate:  Holy Orders is not reserved to the priesthood alone.  A Deacon is a man who is called to a ministry of service. Like Priests and Bishops, he receives the Sacrament of Holy Orders. At the same time he is "one among us," a man who has been called forth to live the Christian life visibly. He is an ordained person living in the lifestyle of the laity.
 
 

Contact:     Father Carl Melchior, Vocations Director at 727-345-3452 - Priesthood   

                   http://www.spvocation.org/

                   Diaconate office at 727-341-6826 - Deacons
                   
http://home.catholicweb.com/Deaconsofstpete/index.cfm?reinit=y
 
 

 

Marriage       

The Diocese of St. Petersburg calls for a six month preparation period to enable the couple, with the Church's help, to prepare spiritually for their wedding and more important, for their married life together. At least one member of the bridal couple must be a registered parishioner of St. Paul parish. Required paperwork needs to be complete before a wedding date can be confirmed. .
The decision to marry is one of the most significant decisions in a person's life. Within the Catholic church this decision is not only a personal high point, but a parish celebration as well. Human love accepts an invitation to become a sign of God's love for us. The couple promise to be signs of God's love for each other and together to be signs to the Catholic community that God loves us faithfully, forever. Marriage, then, is a commitment by the couple to the Catholic community, and of the Catholic community to the couple to support, nurture and enhance their efforts to live out their promise.

The following guidelines for marriage at St. Paul Parish flow from this belief in the Sacrament of Marriage

  • Because marriage at St. Paul's is a religious event, and for baptized persons a sacrament, we celebrate marriage with those who share this faith vision, those who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, those who want to profess their faith in and through this Sacrament.

  • We ask that a Catholic who wishes to prepare for the sacrament of Marriage at St. Paul Parish to have been an active, registered member of our parish before marriage preparation begins, and plan on worshipping with us regularly before and after the ceremony.

  • Children of St. Paul Parish parishioners may be married at St. Paul Catholic Church provided that they are active, registered members of this or another parish community.  They are expected to follow these guidelines for their marriages as well.

  • Interfaith marriages are certainly allowed.  They may be celebrated here or with authorization in the Church of the non-Catholic party.  A minister of another faith may also be invited to participate in a wedding celebrated at St. Paul's.

  • We ask six (6) months in order to help a couple prepare to receive the Sacrament of Marriage here.

  • Marriage preparation arrangements should be made with the parish before the wedding date is set, or reception is planned.  through a request for a wedding date and time may be made when marriage preparation begins, the actual confirmation of this date and time, and the scheduling for the wedding rehearsal take place with the priest after the preparation is completed.  The preparation usually includes two meetings with the parish coordinator of marriage preparation, some reading, preparation sessions (such as Engaged Encounter Weekend, Evenings for the Engaged, etc.), and a short retreat.

  • All couples 21 or younger, and those who have been together for less than one year, will be asked to experience some additional premarital counseling.  Other couples will be encouraged to use this resources as well.

For Information on Annulments, please call Eleanor King at the number below

Contact:  Eleanor King at 264-3303

 

 

Penance (Reconciliation / Confession)

"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."

For those who are to receive the Eucharist the first time, they are required to go to confession before receiving the Eucharist.  Please contact the individuals noted below for more information.

Contact:     Sue Sferra at 264-3337 - Elementary children and teens receiving for the first time
                   Deacon Carlos Celaya or Deacon Ray Dever t 961-3023- RCIA