The Sacraments

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS



Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213)

Schedule:
Saturday
8:30 AM Registration
11:30 AM Celebration of Baptism

Sunday
8:30 AM Registration
11:00 AM Celebration of Baptism

Requirements:
1. Birth Certificate of the candidate.
2. At least one or two godparents who are practicing Catholics, not below 16 years old.
3. Attendance of both parents of the child.
4. A non-parishioner must present a permit to be baptized outside the parish, from the parish of origin.



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. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (CCC 1285)

Schedule:
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month
8:00 AM  Registration
10:00 AM Pre-Confirmation Catechesis
11:00 AM Confirmation

Requirements:
1. Candidate must be 12 years old or above.
2. Baptismal Certificate
3. At least one godparent, preferably the same godparent in Baptism.
4. Attendance of both candidate and godparent in the Pre-Confirmation Catechesis and the Confirmation proper.
5. Participants must be in formal or semi-formal attire.



“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (CCC 1601)

Schedule:
By appointment.  All weddings are to be registered and scheduled five (5 )weekends before the intended wedding.  Upon registration the following papers must be submitted:  Marriage License or Marriage Contract and the Baptismal Certificate of the couple marked “for marriage purposes.”  All other required documents must be submitted at least five (5) days before the wedding.

Requirements:
1. From the City/Municipal Hall
a. Marriage License  [licenses are usually given 10 DAYS after registration at the city/municipal hall
Or if the couple is already civilly married:
b. Marriage Contract (photocopy)

2.  From the Parish of Origin
a.  Baptismal Certificates for bride and groom, with a note:  For Marriage Purposes. The certificate should be new and issued six months before the wedding.
b.  Confirmation Certificates for bride and groom
c. Publication of Banns for bride and groom
d.  Freedom to Marry for the Groom
e.  Permit to Marry for the Bride

[The Permit and Freedom to Marry are asked if  the Bride and Groom are not from this parish (parish of Jaro).  For the Publication of Banns, a letter will be sent by this parish, through the couple, to the parish of origin where the Banns will be published for three (3) consecutive Sundays.  After the publication a Certification from the parish of origin will be sent back to this parish, through the couple.]



“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.” It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. (CCC 1422 & 1424)

Schedule:
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Tuesday to Friday
On Wednesdays, after the 5:30 PM Mass



“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” (CCC 1499)

Schedule:
By appointment, or in case of of emergency, anytime.

Requirements:
1.  The guardians shall see to it that the patient is prepared both psychologically and physically:
a. the patient is made to understand that in the Sacrament of the Sick the community gathers to pray for its sick members;
– that this is NO longer  called “Extreme Unction” or the “final anointing” as a preparation for death
– that this is a prayer for God’s accompaniment (and the community too) during the time of sickness.
b.  the patient is prepared for Confession and Holy Communion (the sick are exempted from the communion fast)
c. the patient is prepared physically, i.e, a change of clothes and linens if necessary and the room is cleaned.
2. An altar covered with linen, and on top of which is a crucifix, a lighted candle, a bowl of water for washing, a glass of drinking water for the sick, and a hand towel.  The altar is placed beside the bed or near the sick.  A chair for the priest is also provided.
3.  It is highly encouraged that members of the family are gathered to pray for the sick with the priest.



The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. the Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is “away from the body and at home with the Lord.” For the Christian the day of death inaugurates, at the end of his sacramental life, the fulfillment of his new birth begun at Baptism, the definitive “conformity” to “the image of the Son” conferred by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and participation in the feast of the Kingdom which was anticipated in the Eucharist – even if final purifications are still necessary for him in order to be clothed with the nuptial garment. (CCC 1681 & 1682)

Schedule:
By appointment, except on Sundays.

 

Requirements:
1. Death Certificate (Hospital/Attending Physician)
2. Burial Permit (Municipal/City Hall)
3. Exhumation Permit (Municipal/City Hall) – required if remains are to be buried in an occupied tomb.