Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Baptisms will take place before, after or during the weekend Masses at the discretion of the pastor. Godparents need to be Confirmed Practicing Catholics.
To be a godparent to a godchild, the godparent has to be a baptized Catholic. More importantly, a practising Catholic who will guide the child in his/her spiritual journey in life in his/her Catholic faith. Only one Catholic godparent (male or female) is sufficient. However if two godparents are chosen, both are to be Catholics, a male and a female. Understanding the reason why godparents need to be Catholics who actively practice the faith to guide the godchild is important.
According to canon law: Can.872 Insofar as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it. Can.873 There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each. Can.874 To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must: 1. Be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function; 2. Have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause; 3. Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on; 4. Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared; 5. Not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
The RCIA or catechumenate is the Catholic Church's process for welcoming adult inquirers who are interested in becoming members of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a process which follows the Church's liturgical year and leads up to the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by this sacrament, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. This Sacrament will be given ordinarily to 10th and 11th graders by the bishop every other year, and by the Pastor for all who join the Catholic Church from another faith.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. Usually the preparation for this sacraments is given to second graders in our PSR program on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm. A child may receive his First Communion when he has completed the 2nd grade PSR class. The usual date for first Communion is the 2nd Sunday after Easter. First confession will be given before this, with a date to be announced.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (English) and Sundays from 11:30-11:50 a.m. (Spanish) and at other times by appoinement. Special penance services are also offered during Lent and Advent and will be announced in the bulletin and at Mass.
Contact the pastor BEFORE setting a wedding date. The Bishops of Kansas have determined that six months preparation is required before the marriage of a Catholic. The Bishops state that no absolute commitment on dates and times may be given before the completion of the requisite preparations. These preparations must be completed for those wishing to be married in St. Paul's Catholic Church: an Engaged Encounter weekend at the Spiritual Life Center or Evenings for the Engaged Series, counseling with the FOCCUS instrument (a pre-marital inventory), Natural Family Planning classes, and the customary completion of freedom to marry forms. If it is to be an inter-faith marriage, instructions on the beliefs of Catholics must also be given. (The non-Catholic need not become a Catholic, but he/she needs to know the basic beliefs of Catholics.)
The annulment of a marriage may be sought by contacting the pastor.
Anointing of the Sick
When a person is seriously ill, he/she should call for the priest to minister this wonderful sacrament. One need not be at death's door to receive the sacrament! Indeed, the sacrament is intended as part of the Church's healing ministry -- healing for body as well as for soul!
Communion to Sick and Shut-Ins
On the First Friday of each month the Pastor brings Holy Communion to any parishioners that are not able to come to Mass because of illness, age or both.