Preparation for the Sacraments

The Sacraments, so vital to our lives as Catholics must be properly explained, understood and embraced by the recipient. To facilitate the proper reception of the Sacraments, the parish of Saint Thomas à Becket offers programs through which registered parishioners may undergo preparation before celebration of the Sacraments .

The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism of Children: Preparation may begin at any time but should begin one month prior to the date desired for receiving the sacrament of Baptism. The sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated by the Baptismal ceremony which is celebrated one Sunday afternoon a month as needed.

Baptism of Adults: Preparation for adult Baptism is included in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) with the Sacrament of Baptism being received during the Easter Vigil. At this time, the newly baptized also receives Confirmation and First Eucharist.

The Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Baptism |   Confirmation |   Holy Eucharist

Preparation of children to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and Confirmation is accomplished in the course of the parish’s Religious Education Program, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD).

Adult Sponsors

Adult sponsors who have been chosen for Baptism, Confirmation, or Matrimony should contact the parish office immediately for assistance with preparing for this very important ministry. Registered parishioners who wish to better prepare to be a sponsor are asked to call the parish office to schedule an appointment with Fr. Bill or the Director of Religious Education.

(Sponsors must be practicing Catholics.)

The Sacraments of Healing

Penance (Reconciliation)

In faithfully observing the centuries-old practice of the Sacrament of Penance—the practice of individual confession with a personal act of sorrow and the intention to amend and make satisfaction—the Church is therefore defending the human soul’s individual right: man’s right to a more personal encounter with the crucified forgiving Christ, with Christ saying through the minister of the sacrament of Reconciliation: “Your sins are forgiven” (Mk 2:5); “Go, and do not sin again” (Jn 8:11). As is evident, this is also a right on Christ’s part with regard to every human being redeemed by him: his right to meet each one of us in that key moment in the soul’s life constituted by the moment of conversion and forgiveness.

Anointing of the Sick

Any Roman Catholic may request the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick by Fr. Bill by calling the parish office. There is no special preparation required to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

The Sacrament of Marriage

Our priest and staff are pleased to be working with you in preparing for the celebration of your marriage. Many other members of our Parish Community will also assist you in this important time of preparation and the beginning of your living the Marriage Vocation.  Marriage is central to the meaning of the Church.  You are beginning a new call in the Body of Christ through your commitment in Christian Marriage and we want to be of every assistance to you. Our program of preparation is designed to give you the best in guidance and support within our diocesan guidelines which require that those wishing to be married participate in a six-month program of preparation, personal instruction by a priest and a marriage retreat sponsored by the diocese.

Please contact the parish office to schedule an interview with Fr. Bill to begin your preparation to celebrate the sacrament of marriage and to schedule a meeting with a Minister of Music to guide you as you plan liturgical music for your Nuptial Mass or Wedding. We have a wide range of liturgical musical traditions from which you may select music which reflects your style and personality while also is in keeping with liturgical form, tradition and law.  While we are blessed with many fine musicians in our area, it is important to make certain that the musicians and their repertoire compliment your Nuptial Mass or wedding. It is, therefore, essential to have a trained liturgical musician involved in this selection process.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. [Bishops, Priests and Deacons]

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