SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
Thank you for your interest in having your child baptized. We are excited to welcome your son or daughter into our parish family.
Baptisms are held on the third Sunday of each month, and the Saturday preceding (which could either be the second or third Saturday). The Church recommends that children be baptized at a weekend liturgy. Since the child is entering a faith community, it is always good to have the faith community present at the baptism. However, there may be reasons to have our Deacon do the baptism outside of Mass (mixed marriage family, work schedules, excessive number of baptisms on a specific weekend, etc.).
On Baptism weekend, you may have your child baptized at any of our three weekend Masses by our priest Fr. Gideon Buya. Our deacon is scheduled at one of the chapels in our cluster each month (third Sunday/Saturday preceeding). The first family to schedule a baptism with the deacon determines the location of the baptism.
A baptism class is required prior to having your child baptized. The class generally lasts about one hour and classes are planned every few months. Watch the parish bulletins or call our parish office to find out when the next class is offered. Please consider taking the class before your child arrives. This is more convenient for couples and also makes it easier to schedule the baptism once your baby is born.
Our cluster celebrates First Eucharist each spring with the second graders in our Catholic School and our Religious Education programs. This generally happens at the end of April. It is a wonderful day as we welcome so many children to the altar for the first time. We hope it is the first of many times these children gather with their families and our faith community at Mass.
If you are older, and an illness or disability prevents you from joining us for Mass, and you would like someone to visit you with Communion, please contact our parish office to make arrangements. We are happy to be of service to you.
Our juniors in high school celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our cluster parish, Our Lady of the Lakes in Random Lake, generally during the Easter season. Since we have nearly 50 candidates each year, there is limited seating and tickets are required.
Juniors must be enrolled in religious education classes for a minimum of two years prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
If you are an adult and have not been confirmed and would like to receive the Sacrament, please contact Pastoral Associate Deb Hamm to schedule preparation classes. Sometimes, these classes are offered in conjunction with other District 10 parishes, which include all parishes in Ozaukee County and Random Lake. Other times, classes are offered within our cluster.
RCIA – Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults
The RCIA program is for any non-Catholic adult who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, or who has already decided that he or she would like to become Catholic.
Preparation classes are held from 9-12 months prior to entry into the Church, depending on how familiar the candidate is with the Catholic faith and its beliefs. The traditional time for entering the Catholic Church is at the Easter Vigil, but other arrangements can be made, if necessary.
If you are an adult who is considering becoming Catholic, please contact Pastoral Associate Deb Hamm to discuss preparation.
SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
Our regular schedule for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the first Saturday of the month from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at Holy Cross Chapel. If you are not able to attend at that time, you may call Fr. Gideon Buya to schedule another time.
During Advent and Lent, there are extra times available for the Sacrament. Please watch our bulletins for more information on these additional opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Anointing of the Sick
Many of you may remember when this Sacrament was reserved only for the most gravely ill. Priests were called at the last minute to anoint someone as close to their death as possible. It was feared that if the priest came too early and the anointed person recovered, they could not receive the Sacrament again because it was a Sacrament that could only be celebrated once in a lifetime.
Since the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, this Sacrament has been made available to all who are ill. You may receive this Sacrament when you are diagnosed with an illness, whether that is a chronic or terminal illness, and prior to, or during, a hospital stay. You may also be anointed if you have mental or emotional illness, or if you are being called into active duty in the military.
This Sacrament is no longer a “once in a lifetime” experience. You can be anointed multiple times during your lifetime.
With the growing shortage of priests, you can imagine that it is harder and harder to find an available priest on demand. So, we invite you to consider scheduling the Sacrament after a regularly-scheduled Mass if you know you are going into the hospital or if you have been recently diagnosed with a new illness.
If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, please contact our parish office. We will add you to our prayer list and schedule a convenient time for the Sacrament of Anointing and see if there is anything else our parish can do to assist you and your family.
SACRAMENTS OF VOCATION
We are happy that you have chosen to get married in one of our chapels. We are glad that you want to include God in your marriage. It is our experience that couples who include God in their union have a stronger marriage.
The first step in planning your Church wedding is to call our parish office to talk to our priest, Fr. Gideon Buya. He will discuss with you any specifics that may be unique to your situation and determine if there are any issues that must be addressed prior to your wedding.
If both parties are Catholic, it is expected that your marriage would take place within the context of a Mass. If you are a mixed-marriage couple, you can have a wedding without a Mass. Generally, Deacon Gerry Malueg would preside over a wedding outside of Mass, but our priest can be available for that, if necessary. If you have a relative or friend who is a priest or deacon, and you would like that person to preside or concelebrate at your wedding, you must get permission from Fr. Gideon.
Regarding the marriage preparation, there are generally two meetings with the presider (whether that is the priest or deacon), two meetings with a married couple (FOCCUS couple) who helps prepare you for your new life as a married couple, and a one-day Retreat Day for engaged couples.
Please do not schedule a hall until you have contacted our parish office to inquire as to the availability of one of our Chapels for the wedding. When you contact our parish office, our secretary will share other information with you, such as setting you up with a FOCCUS couple, supplying a list of retreat days for engaged couples and fees, etc.
If you, or someone you know, think they might have a call to the priesthood or diaconate (deacon), you may wish to talk to Fr. Gideon or Deacon Gerry. You can contact them by calling the parish office.
You may also wish to speak to someone in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Vocations Office at St. Francis Seminary. Their number is 414-747-6437.
The vocations office can also provide information to young women who may feel called to be a religious sister.
If you are a lay person who is interested in working in parish ministry, you can talk to our Pastoral Associate, Deb Hamm, who can give you information regarding preparation options.