In Baptism we celebrate the wonderful gift of God by which we are made holy, become God’s children, receive gifts of the Holy Spirit. “Living out one’s Baptism is a lifelong responsibility. Growing in holiness and discipleship involves a willingness to continue to learn throughout our life about the faith and how to live it. It also involves a willingness to support & encourage others who share the faith and who have committed themselves to the ongoing process of conversion of heart and mind to God, which results in the holiness to which we are called." U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, p. 196-197
Baptism is a sacrament in the Church and requires that one of the parents must be baptized as Catholic and both must agree to raise the child in the Catholic Faith. The process includes naming sponsors that will care for the faith health of the child should something happen to the parents. Begin by contacting the Parish Office (507) 835-1222 to make an appointment, with Father Leif, and set the date for the Baptism.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
This sacrament of healing sacramentally makes present Jesus’ call to conversion. Within this sacrament the penitent acknowledges sinfulness, accepts a penance, and satisfaction for sin. Following confession of sins to a priest, the penitent receives pardon for sins through the loving mercy of God.
Reconciliation is celebrated regularly Saturday evening from 4:00-4:30 pm and 30 minutes before the Sunday Masses. Additional times are posted during Advent, Lent, and a few other times during the year. See the right hand side of the Home Page for Confession times.
Children of second grade or older prepare to celebrate First Reconciliation. Students are expected to be enrolled in either Sacred Heart School or Wednesday evening Faith Formation Session here at Sacred Heart Parish. Parent involvement is an integral part of all of our programs. Parents are always, first and foremost the students primary teacher in learning to live their faith. Parents' involvement includes, but is not limited to, parent-child interaction at Reconciliation Learning Centers. Reconciliation for these youth and families is celebrated within a December parish communal Reconciliation celebration.
Return of the Prodigal Son , Rembrandt
Sacrament of Eucharist: The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the life of the Church.
The term, Eucharist, means "thanksgiving."
The Mass is made up of two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Church of Sacred Heart celebrates Mass on Saturday evenings at 5:15 pm and on Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
Weekday times are normally 8:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday as well as 7:00 am Thursday. On Thursday, Mass is also celebrated at 9:15 am in the Garden Room at Lakeshore Inn Nursing Home in Waseca.
First Communion will typically be celebrated the second Sunday after Easter. Children are either enrolled in our Sacred Heart School or Wed. evening classes. In addition parents and First Communicants are expected to participate in the First Communion Faith Sharing Centers.
Individuals entering the church thru RCIA will receive first Communion either at the Easter Vigil or as arranged by Father Leif. Call the Parish Office (507) 835-1222 if you have questions.
The Last Supper by Ramil Roscom Guerra
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
We at Sacred Heart Parish confirm our young people the spring of their 11th grade. Most students begin the immediate preparation in their 9th grade year, but it is not limited to the grade.
Faith Formation in Preparation for confirmation includes these 6 components:
Knowledge of the Faith
Liturgical Formation, Mass-youth involved
Teaching to Pray
Missionary Initiation (Service)
During the year we accomplish this by providing numerous programs, events and opportunities for our students. This preparation shows that they are not only willing to be confirmed and become full members of the church but that they are able to be active members of the church because they have proven they can learn and practice what they learn by truly being disciples of Jesus Christ. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
The Confirmation Procession by Detti Cesare Auguste
Confirmation Preparation Includes:
Attending Sponsor/Candidate Sessions
The majority of preparation for Confirmation will take place during 6 monthly sessions for the Sponsors and Candidates to attend together. At these sessions they will be digging deeper into the theology of Confirmation and their roll as adults in the church.
Choosing a Sponsor
Each candidate should choose a person to guide them through their confirmation preparation. This person will be a role model for them of a life of faith. They should pick someone who they are comfortable sharing and spending time with and who they can model their faith after. A sponsor must be at least 18 years of age, a Confirmed, practicing Catholic and cannot be the candidate's parent.
Attending Sunday Mass
All Confirmation Candidates should attend Mass every Sunday for liturgical formation, community and teaching to pray.
Attending Weekly Faith Formation Classes-Sunday night from 6-8pm in Emmaus Room in the Parish Center.
All candidates are required to attend all confirmation sessions.
Choosing a Saint Name
Candidates will choose a saint to model after and this will be the name that they will take for Confirmation.
Choosing a Ministry (Service)
A large part of the Catholic faith is our dedication to service of God's people. To fully understand this each Candidate will be asked to choose 2 ministries to participate in. At least one of these ministries should be done with your sponsor. One should be something to serve the church and one should be to serve in the community.
Attending a Retreat
Each candidate will participate in a Catholic retreat. "A retreat allows the candidate to reflect on faith in an age- appropriate environment and removes the candidate form daily routine to consider a more purposeful and profound relationship with God and God's family of believers."
To determine readiness to be confirmed and build leadership skills the candidate will do an exit interview with the Pastor at the end of their preparation.
Writing a Letter to the Bishop
A letter to the Bishop stating the candidate's intent to be confirmed is required of all candidates.
Final Blessing to Confirmation Candidates
We look forward to accompanying you on this important journey of Faith. Our prayers are with you that your heart be open to the working of the Spirit and trusting of the path He is leading you on. Our deepest prayer is that this time of preparation leads you closer to Christ and to understanding the extraordinary gift we receive in the Holy Spirit.
Catholic marriage, also called matrimony, is a "covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. It has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized."
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant relationship. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. For practical marriage arrangements and information click on"How do I..." Get Married
Sunset by Norman Rockwell
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Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God.
A bishop is given the grace to teach in the Name of Christ, to sanctify the Church through the celebration of the Sacraments; to guide, govern, and defend the Church; and to be a sign of the unity of the Church.
A priest is given the grace to proclaim the Gospel and preach, to celebrate the Sacraments (except Holy Orders) and to shepherd the people entrusted to him.
A permanent deacon is ordained to proclaim the Gospel and preach, to baptize, to assist the bishop or priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, to assist at and bless marriages, to preside at funerals, and to serve the community through works of charity.
The Sacrament of Ordination by Nicolas Poussin
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing.
Here at Sacred Heart, a Communal Anointing of the Sick is celebrated during a weekend Mass in October and again during a weekday Mass in the Spring.
In addition this sacrament is celebrated by request before surgery, illness, or older age. Please call the parish office or Father Gregory Leif at (507) 835-1222 to arrange for this precious sacrament when you are in need.