Preparation for, and celebration of Sacraments, is a pillar of Catholic faith life.
Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism - Baptism for infants and young children occurs during certain weekend Masses, as well as during a group Baptism ceremony.
Eucharist - Preparation for elementary-age children occurs during the academic school year. This Sacrament preparation program includes a parent meeting and parent/child gatherings to enrich the preparation. Materials are provided and families are involved in lessons at home. First Eucharist celebrations occur on designated weekends following Easter.
Confirmation - Confirmation is typically celebrated in the fall of the teen's senior year. Confirmation preparation is a process that typically occurs in Grades 11 and 12.
Sacraments of Healing
Anointing of the Sick - This healing Sacrament is scheduled in the spring and fall during weekend Liturgy for all who are afflicted with physical, mental or emotional conditions. Individual appointments can be made upon request.
Reconciliation - Preparations for elementary-age children occur during the academic school year. This Sacrament preparation program includes a parent meeting and parent/child gatherings to enrich the preparation. Materials are provided and families are involved in lessons at home. Reconciliation celebrations occur in December.
Baptism Sponsor Couples
We are fortunate here at St. Matthew to have great volunteer couples who teach our Baptism Classes. They rotate months during the year. Before the class date, one of the couples will contact the Baptismal family to introduce themselves and tell you where to meet them for class.
FOCCUS Marriage Couples
FOCCUS© Facilitators meet privately with engaged couples several times prior to their marriage to help them celebrate their relationship strengths and communicate positively with each other about important issues they may not have thoroughly addressed.The Facilitator utilizes the couple’s unique FOCCUS© Couple Report along with knowledge from the Facilitator Manual to help guide the couple’s discussion.
Group leaders facilitate discussion and activities as part of the larger meetings. Confirmation meetings are held on Sundays beginning in late January and continue through April.