Sacraments

The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. (CCC 1113)

While we believe that human life is infused with the sacramental goodness of God, the Catholic Church has defined seven sacraments - instituted by and through the life of Jesus Christ. It is through sacramental ritual that we are infused with God’s grace. The Sacraments nourish and strengthen us as they express and build up our faith.

Sacrament of Baptism

cleanses people from original sin, incorporates them into the Church, and sanctifies them with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Adults interested in learning more about the Church participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). 

Sacrament of the Anointing the Sick

is available for anyone who is in danger of death. It is also intended for those dangerously ill because of sickness or old age, for patients undergoing surgery, for elderly persons, even if they are not dangerously ill, and for children who are seriously ill. 

Sacrament of Confirmation

is available after preparation in as part of our school program, our PSR program or through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.  Candidates are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation through study, prayer, service, witness and commitment.  The candidates and sponsors participate in liturgies, meetings and retreats and they take time for faith sharing sessions so that both our youth and adults can examine how to be a witness for Christ in their everyday lives.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is generally celebrated in the spring for our students and is celebrated at the Easter Vigil for adults who participated in our R.C.I.A process.

The Eucharist

is the center and heart of Christian life.  Christians are fully joined to the Body of Christ in the Eucharist.  The Eucharist celebration is a holy meal which recalls the Last Supper, reminds us of our unity with one another in Christ and anticipates the banquet of God's kingdom.  The Eucharist is celebrated daily at 6:30a.m. and 8:15 a.m. during the week and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30a.m.,  9:00a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.  For the elderly and sick, a priest or Eucharistic minister will bring Communion to their home.  Preparation for children to receive their First Eucharist is part of our school program, our PSR and part of our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.  For students, the general time for receiving First Eucharist is in the second grade.  The classes are designed to help enrich the student's understanding and experience of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Faith formation is offered through study, prayer, encouragement and the support of parents and teachers.  Adults who are preparing for First Eucharist will receive the Sacrament at the Easter Vigil.

Sacrament of Matrimony

is a covenant relationship established by God in his creation of humankind.  Through the grace of this sacrament there is an indissoluble bond created between a man and a woman. 

Anyone desiring to be married at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church by one of our priests or deacons must contact the Pastor or Assistant Pastor six months prior to requesting to be married at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

offers the forgiveness of sins, restores the gift of God's grace, and reconciles us with the community, inasmuch as our sins harm our brothers and sisters. First Reconciliation is held each year for our second grade students and PSR Students. Reconciliation is held in Church every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. or by appointment with one of our parish priests. 

Please contact the Parish Office at 314.524.0500 to make arrangements to receive any of these Sacraments.

 

Learn More About the Sacraments of the Catholic Chuch
 

Sacraments of Initiation

Sacraments of Healing

Sacraments of Vocation