Sacraments

Sacraments are sacred symbolic actions arising from the ministry and life of Jesus which helps us to celebrate and be conscious of a God who is always present to us. Through ritual signs and symbols, sacraments put flesh on God and helps in the formation of the community into the people of God, the Church. Sacraments not only reveal and make God present to us but also remind us of how to live in Christ-likeness to others and to the world.

R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the normative process for welcoming new members [adults and children] into the Catholic Church. Sessions begin in September and continue through the Lenten and the Easter season, with the high point being the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The RCIA meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The entire parish community is welcome to attend. More information is provided in the Adult Education Ministry section.

Baptism

Baptism incorporates us into Christ, infuses God's Holy Spirit into us, and forms us into God's people. It is the first Sacrament of Initiation. The Catholic Church baptizes people of all ages from infants to adults. For more information refer to the Adult Education Ministry section.

Confirmation

Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiating and is closely interconnected with baptism as a deepening of our Christian identity. In the early Church when only adults were baptized, Confirmation was the final prayer at the baptism liturgy. For the Confirmation of adults or adolescents, contact the parish office or refer to the Adult Education Ministry section or the Youth Ministry section.

Eucharist

The Eucharist is the summit and source of the Church's life. It is a sacrament in which we are nourished by God's life through the Word of God in the Scriptures and the Body and Blood of Christ and are formed in Christ-likeness to one another. The Eucharist reminds us to live what St. Augustine taught in the fourth century when he said: "When you receive the Eucharist, receive what you are and become what you receive." For additional information on the first Eucharist of children visit the Child Education Ministry section. For additional information on first Eucharist of adults, see the Adult Education Ministry section.

Marriage

Marriage is a sacrament in which the man and woman are the primary celebrants and thus confer the sacrament upon each other. The priest or deacon is the primary witness for the Church along with the two witnesses for the bride and groom. Visit Adult Education Ministry for more information.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of the belief that our God-as modeled incarnationally [from the root word meaning "the enfleshment of God"] through Jesus-is a God of unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of many ways that we can experience God's forgiveness in our lives. At St. Kenneth Reconciliation is celebrated individually and as a community throughout the year. Call the parish office for more information.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is extended to those who are experiencing physical, emotional or spiritual difficulties and challenges. It is a concrete way for people who are suffering to remember that God is with them in their suffering and that the community of faith is praying for them. The sacrament includes the laying on of hands by the priest and an anointing with holy oil that comes to every parish in a diocese from the bishop. For more information on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, contact the parish office .