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Baptism

At St. Katharine Drexel, we welcome our youngest members into the Christian faith as a community and celebrate Baptisms during weekend Masses.

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, and the "door" that gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sin because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism is considered a sacrament of initiation by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the body of Christ. 

The rite of baptism consists of pouring water on the head while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers information about baptism in sections 977, 1213, 1275, 1278.

To begin preparations for your child’s baptism, call the parish office to set up an informational meeting. Please keep in mind, membership is required for baptism, either at St. Katharine Drexel or another parish. (If a family is from another parish, we must have a recommendation letter from that parish pastor).

Older children and adults interested in Baptism, please see our RCIA page.

Reconciliation

Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is often a child's first memorable experience with the sacraments and a powerful opportunity to understand the healing power of God's forgiveness.

Requirements:

1. Be in second grade or older
2. Attend Generations of Faith with their family.
3. Registered member of St. Katharine Drexel 
4. Baptized Catholic
5. Attend First Reconciliation classes

Preparation for First Reconciliation is offered once a year in the fall.

Schedules and Forms
More Information
Registration Form
Schedule
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Older children and adults wishing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, please see our RCIA page.

First Eucharist

Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our lives as Christians.  Each Easter season, our faith community celebrates the children receiving their first Eucharist during our weekend liturgy during the Easter season. 

Requirements:

1. Must be at least in 2nd grade
2. Attend Generations of Faith with their family
3. Registered member of St. Katharine Drexel
4. Baptized Catholic
5. Attend required classes and liturgies

Schedules and Forms

More Information
Registration Form
Schedule
Register Online

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist  

Older children and adults wishing to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist please see our RCIA page.

Confirmation

“In Confirmation, through the Sacramental sign of anointing with sacred chrism, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to be more closely conformed to Christ, God’s "anointed one.”  We are also strengthened – "confirmed” – in the grace of our Baptism and in our mission of bearing daily witness to Christ and his love. The working of the Holy Spirit in our lives is reflected in the seven spiritual gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. “ Pope Francis

Youth Confirmation Preparation
Schedule
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Requirements

Must be at least in 10th Grade

Adults who are considering Confirmation in the Catholic Church, please see our RCIA page.

Marriage

The love between two people is truly a gift from God. We welcome engaged couples to prepare for their life together and to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Katharine Drexel.

To begin planning your wedding, please note the following:

  • Couples (or parents) should be registered in the parish for at least 6 months
  • Contact parish at least 6 months in advance of the desired wedding date
  • Catholic couples please contact Fr. Paul
  • Interfaith couples please contact Deacon Randy or Fr. Paul

Anointing of the Sick

In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament.  ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

To receive the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the parish office.