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Baptism

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Parents and Godparents/Sponsors are required to attend all of the classes chosen before or after the baby is born. St. Michael’s Parishioners need to take the classes at St. Michael’s. Pre-registration is required. The child’s state birth certificate is required. Godparents/Sponsors from another parish may attend classes in their own parish if they bring a letter or certificate of completion. Contact the Parish Life Coordinator to register at plc@saintmichaelparishfg.org

 

Eucharist

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. We provide free training for current and new Eucharist Ministers quarterly.

 

Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
 
St. Michael’s celebrates two Parish Reconciliation services annually; one during Advent, and the other one in Lent. We also provide confessions before Masses or by appointment. Contact the PLC for more information.

 

Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
 
Confirmation preparation classes are required to be confirmed. Children and adults prepare for Confirmation by attending Religious Education weekend classes. Contact the Religious Education Coordinator to register if you need more information at recoordinator@saintmichaelparishfg.org

 

Marriage

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
For any couple the decision to marry is a life-changing step. The Sacrament of Matrimony blesses their union and brings the gift of the Holy Spirit, and this grace is a support throughout their lives, in times of joy and times of trial. Couples planning to marry should make an appointment to see the Senior Pastor at least six months before the proposed wedding date, as a great deal of administration must be completed before a Catholic marriage can take place. They will also attend a course on Marriage Preparation. This focuses on their relationship and their hopes, gives an understanding of the Sacrament of Matrimony and a deeper awareness of their future, life-long, commitment. Contact the PLC to schedule an appointment plc@saintmichaelparishfg.org
 
 

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
If you have received the call to serve the Lord, and you are considering in becoming a priest or a nun, you may contact our Senior Pastor for spiritual guidance.

 

Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.