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In baptism, the first
sacrament of initiation, we welcome new members into the
Christian faith. Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey
of faith. While infant baptism is the norm in the Catholic
Church, one can be baptized at any age.
Infants and children ages
Parents wishing to have their child baptized need to
complete two baptism preparation sessions if they have not done so
in the past three years. This session will help parents come to a
deeper understanding of the sacrament and the commitment they
themselves make in bringing their child for baptism. For a
schedule of baptism preparation sessions or to schedule the baptism itself, contact the
Children older than
Children 7 and older who are preparing for baptism enter into a
program of preparation similar to adults who are asking for
baptism. When they are initiated into the Catholic Church at the
Easter Vigil, the night before Easter, they are not only
baptized, but they are also confirmed and receive First
Eucharist. Contact our Director of Christian Formation for more
Adults who wish to be baptized enter into a process of
preparation that we call RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation
of Adults). This process begins with inquiry sessions that let
you ask your questions and help you decide if the Catholic
Church is the church for you. If you decide to pursue initiation
into the church, you will be part of a group of people who will
meet to study more fully our Catholic teachings and the
Christian way of life. You will then be baptized, confirmed and
receive Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Contact our Director
of Christian Formation for more information.
Children prepare for first Reconciliation
(penance or confession) prior to First Communion. Contact our
Director of Christian Formation for more information.
First Eucharist, or First Communion, is
typically celebrated in second grade. However, the sacrament can
be celebrated at any age. Contact our Director of Christian Formation
for more information.
During high school:
Confirmation is celebrated in the junior year of high school or
later. Our program is done in collaboration with Our Lady of
Good Hope and St. Bernadette. For more information on preparing
for this sacrament, contact our Director of Christian Formation.
As adults: Adults who have been baptized in the
Catholic Church and who have already received First Communion,
but have never been confirmed, are encouraged to complete their
initiation through the sacrament of Confirmation. Contact the
Director of Christian Formation for more information.
INITIATION INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
As children: If your
children were baptized in another Christian faith and you would
like them to now be part of the Catholic Church, please call our
Christian Formation Office. Depending on the age of your
children, there are different routes to take to welcome them
into the church.
As adults: If you have never been baptized, or
if you were baptized in another Christian church, or were
baptized in the Catholic Church, but never raised in the faith,
we welcome you. A process we call RCIA (the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults) is for you. Inquiry sessions are held to
let you ask your questions and help you decide if the Catholic
Church is the church for you. If you decide to pursue reception
into the church, or if you wish to complete your initiation, we
prepare you for Baptism (if you have not already been baptized),
Confirmation and Eucharist. Contact our Director of Christian Formation for more information.
Marriage in the Catholic Church is a
sacramental event that gives a visible sign of God’s presence in
our lives. Together, a bride and groom enter into a relationship
with God when they come before the church community and enter
into marriage. Their bond becomes the symbol of the covenant
that unites God and God’s people.
Because of the sacredness of this relationship, marriage cannot
be entered into lightly. Marriage preparation is essential.
Engaged couples need to contact the parish office at least six
months prior to marriage. Once the date of the wedding has been
set, the couple will meet with the parish director and the
priest or deacon who will officiate at the wedding. They will
also meet with our music minister to select music for the Mass
or service. In addition, the couple must attend a day for the
engaged offered by the archdiocese.
Those married at St. Catherine need to be members of the parish.
Or, if they are members of another parish and wish to be married
at St. Catherine, permission from their own pastor is needed.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
If there is a person in your family who is
ill, chronically sick, growing weaker or disabled, he or she
should receive the Sacrament of the Sick. In hospitals, a
chaplain may be requested. If a family calls a priest, it is a
great support for the sick person to have his or her family and
friends present for the sacrament. To consult a priest about the
need for the sacrament of the sick, please call the parish
office. (Or, if the individual is at the hospital, you may want
to contact the hospital chaplain’s office.) A suitable time will
be arranged with a priest.
If families feel there is no need for the sacrament to be
celebrated at home, in a nursing home or in the hospital, they
are encouraged to bring the sick person to the communal
celebration of the sacrament of the sick, which takes place
monthly at alternating weekend Masses. Watch the bulletin for
WHEN SOMEONE IS
SICK OR HOSPITALIZED
If you or a loved one are hospitalized, in a
nursing home, or homebound and would like to be visited and/or
receive communion, please call the parish office. Due to the
HIPPA privacy laws, we can no longer call institutions and
receive a list of parishioners who are patients or residents. We
would like to be able to offer pastoral care to all our
parishioners who are in need.
You are also welcome to take communion home with you for a loved
one who is homebound or hospitalized. If you do, a special
container, called a pyx, should be used to carry the Eucharist
in a dignified way. We have a supply of pyxes in the sacristy
for parishioners to borrow. If you are in need of one, simply
come to the sacristy before Mass and ask for one. There are also
prayer books there that can be used when you share Eucharist
WHEN SOMEONE IS DYING
While the Sacrament of Anointing and Pastoral
Care of the Sick place emphasis on the Lord’s compassion and
forgiveness during the struggle against illness, Viaticum and
the ministry to the dying places emphasis on trust in the Lord’s
promise of eternal life.
The reception of Eucharist by the dying person and his or her
family and the prayers for the commendation of the dying make up
the Sacrament of Viaticum. This ritual is provided by the Church
for spiritual comfort of the Christian who is close to death.
The ordinary minister of Viaticum is the priest, deacon or other
lay pastoral minister delegated by the parish for the care of
Our Catholic way of life teaches us that
death is not an end of life but a change. In the burial of a
Christian, we celebrate the faith of a deceased person and
Christ’s victory over death and suffering. Christian burial is a
time for family and friends to console each other with the words
of Christ and the liturgy of the Church.
WHEN SOMEONE DIES
When someone dies, you can begin your funeral
preparations with the funeral home. They will contact the parish
to make arrangements. Our parish director or another staff
member will assist in making plans for the funeral and burial.
Choosing suitable readings and hymns can assist a family to
remember and share faith with its departed members. Several
funeral options are available; i.e., morning, afternoon or
evening funerals with visitation in Church or at the funeral
home. The pre-planning of a funeral is highly encouraged.
Funeral Planning Resources:
Catholic Funerals: Frequently Asked Questions
Catholic Church and
Readings for Funerals
(Prayer of the Faithful) for Funerals
Health Care Planning
In March 2014, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference published a
form aimed at helping individuals convey their desires regarding
health care decision-making in a manner that aligns with
Catholic principles. It was designed as an addendum to the State
of Wisconsin's Power of Attorney for Health Care (POAHC)
document. You can access this form by clicking