One of the distinguishing features of being Catholic is our sacraments, which celebrate the mystery of God’s action in our lives and in the world in a rich, symbolic way. As a faith community, we take preparation for sacraments very seriously. Any individual considering participation in a sacramental preparation program must be a registered and participating member of the parish for a minimum of three months.
Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated several times a year. Adults are baptized at the Easter Vigil, while infants are baptized throughout the year. Adults wishing to be baptized must participate in the Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA). FOr more information, please contact Connie Kaczynski at 662-6861.
Infant baptisms are celebrated at the weekend liturgies on the second weekend of the month, except during Lent. At least one of the child's parents must be a registered, participating member of the parish. Parents are required to attend a preparation class prior to the baptism. Attending class during pregnancy is encouraged. For more information, please contact Sandy DesJardins at 662-4335.
Confirmation and First Eucharist Baptized children of our parish who have received instruction in the Catholic Faith may join a class to prepare for Confirmation and First Communion. The class typically begins in December to early January, with celebration taking place during the Easter season. Eligibility to participate in the sacramental programs is dependent upon the following factors: - must be registered parishioner with evidence of family participation at weekend liturgies - current enrollment in parish-sponsored religious education program or Auburn Area Catholic School - participation in a religious education program the previous year - family participation in various church ministries including financial stewardship - commitment to church attendance after reception of first-time sacrament For more information and to register for a class, please contact Sandy DesJardins at 662-4335
Adult Confirmation Baptized adults who have also received First Eucharist may be confirmed after attending a 4-week preparation class. Please contact Sandy DesJardins at 662-4335 for more information.
Sacraments of Healing
Reconciliation Confessions are scheduled on Saturdays at 11:00 am at St. Gabriel - East Campus or any time by appointment. Please call 662-6861.
Anointing of the Sick Communal anointing of the sick is celebrated yearly in the Fall. Individual anointing is year-round by appointment. Please call 662-6861. We encourage parishioners to notify the parish when experiencing serious illness, accident, or hospitalization.
Sacraments of Commitment
Marriage The parish preparation program for marriage must begin at least six months prior to the wedding date and must be completed before the wedding takes place. At least one of the engaged persons must be a registered member of the parish. Arrangements are made by contacting the Parish Office for an appointment with the Pastor.
Holy Orders Parishioners sensing a call to religious life and wishing to explore that desire further can do so by contacting the Parish Office for an appointment with the Pastor.