A sacrament is an "efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 774, 1131).
"The seven sacraments touch all the stages of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life" (Catechism 1210).
According to the Second Vatican Council, "The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called ‘sacraments of faith.' They do indeed impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity" (Sacred Constitution on the Liturgy, 59).
Anointing of the Sick
Our Priests are more than happy to anoint you or your family member following any of our weekday or weekend Masses, at the hospital or you can make a special appointment. Please call the Parish Office or see Diane Schafer to schedule an appointment to receive this sacrament.
Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1216).
St. Luke Baptism Policy (PDF)
For more information about this sacrament at St. Luke, please contact Diane Schafer at 259-4373, extension 218.
Confirmation is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It is the Sacrament in which one enters into full membership in the Catholic Church.
The Confirmation Class of 2017-2018 will celebrate confirmation at St. Luke on August 25, 2018, at the 5:30 PM Mass. (Practice will be conducted on Saturday, August 18, following the 5:30 PM Mass.)
The Confirmation Class of 2018-2019
Parents of 8th grade students in Sunday Morning Religious Education (SMRE) should click here for the online Confirmation registration form. Parents of 8th grade students at St. Luke School, please click here for the online Confirmation form. Parents should review the 2018-2019 Confirmation Handbook.
N.B. The registration forms for SMRE and St. Luke School students should be submitted to Sister Diane in the Parish Office no later than Monday, August 20.
First RECONCILIATION (PENANCE) AND First Communion
The Eucharist is one of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation. The sacraments of Christian Initiation are: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Once a baptized child has reached the age of reason, he or she may be prepared for first confession and reception of First Holy Communion.
5:00 PM Monday through Saturday
11:00 AM Sunday
Marriage is a "covenant or partnership of life between a man and woman, which is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children. When validly contracted between two baptized people, marriage is a sacrament" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601). Please download our general preparation guidelines.