Sacraments

Sacraments are visible, concrete signs of God’s love relationship with us and are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church. Through them we mark and celebrate sacred moments of our relationship with Jesus and they make present and visible God’s unwavering love for us.

Sacrament of Baptism

Introduction

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step towards affirming our intention to belong to Christ and to live out our choice within a vibrant Christian community.  We emerge from the waters of Baptism filled with the Holy Spirit, initiated into a life-long journey of faith, of grace, and of Discovering the Sacred Within all of God’s creation.

In asking to have your child baptized you are accepting the responsibility of training him or her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him or her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbors. The Baptism preparation program offers an excellent opportunity for you, the parents to renew and/ or deepen your faith, strengthen your commitment to the Church, seriously reflect on the responsibilities of Christian parenting, and come to a better understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.

It is with great joy that our Catholic community of Holy Cross and the Baptism team welcomes you to this program and we look forward to welcoming your new child into the family of God through the faith filled celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.

Steps in the Preparation

Choose a couple to act as godparents for your Child

  1. It is convenient to have discerned with friends or family members the possibility of them acting as godparents before beginning the preparation program. Here are some criterion to keep in mind:
  2. Only one godparent is required and only two are permitted. If there are two they need to be a male and a female.
  3. The godparents must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  4. The godparents must not be bound by canonical penalty. They cannot be in an irregular marriage or cohabitating (seek consultation with a priest or deacon if there are doubts concerning this).
  5. They should be practicing Catholics, giving an example of prayer and regular worship with their parish community.
  6. They should be able to share with the parents the task of handing on the faith to the child; actively giving Christian witness in their lives.
  7. The godparents cannot be the parents of the child.
  8. They must be at least 16 years of age.
  9. If one godparent is chosen there is the possibility that a baptized Christian of another denomination may take the role of a “Christian Witness.”
  10. If the godparent cannot be at the baptism another Catholic may stand as a proxy.

Adults seeking to be baptized will enter the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Click here to access information on RCIA.

Parents seeking to have their child baptized are required to attend a Baptism workshop prior to their child’s receiving the Sacrament.  Godparents are also required to attend the Baptism workshop with the parents.  These workshops are held on Sunday afternoon usually during the months of March, May, July, September, November,  at 2:00 pm in Building D. (contact the Main office)  The Sacrament of Baptism is usually conferred twice a month.

To request the Sacrament of Baptism for your child, please contact our office 337.984.9636.  Parents are reminded that, because the godparents will aid you in the faith formation of your child, at least one of the godparents must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic.  Once we receive your information, the church office will email you concerning an available date and time for your child’s baptism.  (Please reply to this email within 2-3 days.)

Sacrament of the Eucharist

For us as Roman Catholics, our celebration of the Eucharist/Mass is our most profound prayer.  Through the prayer of the Church, our Church models the way of God’s love and challenges and empowers us to make a response within and beyond our parish church.

For questions regarding this sacrament for children contact Kristi Graham at 337.984.9643, ext. 1104, KGraham@holycrosslafayette.com.

Adults seeking to receive this sacrament enter the process of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Click Here to access information concerning RCIA.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an invitation to restore wholeness and the sacred within ourselves and in our relationships for brokenness caused by sin. In its fullest celebration, this sacrament is about receiving the mystery of God’s grace, mercy, love, and freedom.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Sacrament of Penance) can be received 30 minutes before weekday Masses, on Saturdays from 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, and by appointment with the Pastor.

For questions regarding this sacrament for children, contact Kristi Graham at 337.984.9643, ext 1104, KGraham@holycrosslafayette.com.

Adults seeking this sacrament enter the process of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Click Here to access information about RCIA.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation reaffirms what God has already given us in Baptism as we receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Through Confirmation, all of us as the people of God, are empowered to practice our faith in the ordinary circumstances of our lives: at home, at work, and in the social and political arena.

Click Here for information about sacramental preparation for young adults still in high school.

Adults seeking to receive this sacrament enter the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Click Here for more information on RCIA.

Sacrament of Marriage

In a sacramental marriage, a baptized man and woman enter into a covenant in which their love is sealed and strengthened by God’s love. In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, the priest or deacon, the two official witnesses, and the congregation all witness the exchange of free consent by the couple who themselves are considered to be ministers of the Sacrament.

Please contact our office at 337.984.9636 at least six months prior to the expected date of the wedding.

Click here to review our wedding policy

 

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is primarily an ancient rite of healing of illness through the laying of hands, prayer and anointing with blessed oil in which the Church continues Christ’s ministry of compassion to the sick.  The sacrament can be received more than once and is beneficial to a person who is struggling with illness, in danger of death, or prior to a serious operation.

If you would like to be included in the prayers by our faith community, please call our office with your prayer request.  If you are in need of a visit by a Deacon or of the Sacrament from our Pastor, please contact our office at 337.984.9636.

Sacrament of Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders consecrates men for a special life of sacramental ministry to the body of Christ, the Church.  In Holy Orders priests are consecrated and ordained to preach the gospel, to celebrate the sacraments, and to guide the members of the body of Christ under the authority of the bishop.

Deacons also share in the mission of Christ through the grace of Holy Orders. Their service to the Church is expressed in many ways: assistance at the celebration of the Eucharist, assisting at and blessing marriages, proclaiming of the gospel and preaching, presiding over funerals, baptizing candidates, and in works of service and charity.