We are happy to help anyone grow closer to Christ by receiving the sacraments of the church.
Below are the diocesan and parish requirements to prepare for the reception of these sacraments:
Anyone not baptized and over the age of 8 participates in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), or the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children).
The RCIA process includes four formation periods which prepare the participants to take part in the rites that conclude the first three periods:
*** Eventually you will be asked to find a sponsor, someone of the Catholic faith to walk with you on the journey of becoming a Catholic. Also, you will have the opportunity to choose a confirmation name that is a Saint who you would like to imitate or is significant to your spiritual life.
*** Exceptions may be made by the Pastor for significant reasons. For instance, if the couple is of two denominations, one Catholic and one another form of Christianity, an exception is possible.
Any baptized Christian can prepare to receive Holy Communion. Yet, only Catholics in good standing can receive Holy Communion.
Adults baptized in the Catholic Church are to be confirmed by the Bishop. There is a special confirmation Mass at the cathedral for them. They also can be confirmed with the other members of the parish.
Adults and youth baptized in other Christian denominations receive confirmation usually at the Easter Vigil since this is your entrance into the Catholic Faith. They will receive first communion that evening as well. They will attend classes as a "candidate" alongside the "catechumens" on Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. They are also encouraged to attend the Wednesday night classes with Deacon Larry at 7 p.m.
Youth baptized in the Catholic Church may be confirmed if they are in the sixth grade or older. Proof of baptism is required. If they have made first communion, then that too needs to be demonstrated. Classes begin in the fall and end in May. Once confirmed, it is expected for the youth to continue with future faith formation and be a part of the youth group.
This is a private sacrament received prior to making one's first communion. Preparation is part of the RCIA/RCIC and first communion/confirmation preparation.
The sacrament of marriage is a deep blessing and St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish is willing to do whatever it can to assure a positive experience of this important sacrament.
All couples are required to attend marriage preparation sessions prior to the wedding.
The type of preparation depends on the circumstances. Normally it is at least six classes, once per month prior to marriage. We use a video, a guide book, and personal testimonies in helping the couple to be ready for the sacramental life together.
Call the office when needed. Anytime someone is facing a medical procedure that requires hospitalization, it is good to receive the sacrament. Several times during the year the sacrament is available after Mass.
You may be called to priesthood, brotherhood or sisterhood. These vocations are needed in the church. Ordination to the priesthood or deaconate is a sacrament. The call to religious life, even through not a sacrament, is a precious calling.