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Sacraments

Baptism

Baptism

In Baptism, God claims us as daughters and sons and brings us into the Body of Christ, the Church.  

Baptisms are held the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month after the 10:30AM mass. First time parents must attend a Baptism Preparation class held the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM in the OLIH Library.  Please contact the church office to register for the class and to reserve a date for your child's baptism.

Baptisms for adults joining the Catholic Church typically occur at the Easter Vigil.  If you are an adult desiring to be baptized, or have a child over the age of seven to be baptized, see our Becoming Catholic page or contact Sister Susan.

Confirmation

Confirmation

Confirmation, a seal on baptism and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, reminds us of God's presence with us in every moment of our lives.

Our students experience confirmation in the 10th grade.  All preparation is covered through the High School Faith Formation.

Adults seeking Confirmation meet for four weeks starting mid-January.  Contact Sister Susan to learn more.

Eucharist

Eucharist

Our Christian lives find their source and summit in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, particularly at Mass.  In the Holy Eucharist, we share the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearance of simple bread and wine.

Here at OLIH, children in second grade Faith Formation prepare for their first Reconciliation and Eucharist.  For information on preparation, visit our First Communion page.  If you, or your child who is older than second grade, have not had their first Communion and wish to do so, please contact Sister Susan.

Reconciliation/Penance

Reconciliation/Penance/Confession

We all sin and fall short of the lives God calls us to lead.  Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance, we confess our sins and experience anew the complete forgiveness of our loving God.

Reconciliation is available every Saturday afternoon from 4:00 to 4:45 pm. The Reconciliation Room is located just inside the Daily Chapel.

Parish Reconciliation Services are held during Advent and Lent - watch the bulletin for dates and times.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

The Church celebrates the healing grace of God in this sacrament with us when we face illnesses of mind or body, when we are preparing for surgery, or when we are near death.  The anointing assures us and our loved ones of Christ's presence with us during a time of pain and suffering.  It hods out for us the hope promised in baptism that God is a God of life and that eternal life is the ultimate gift of healing.

If you are having surgery, you may contact Father Steve to ask for the sacrament of anointing.  Any time you or someone you know is in the hospital please let the OLIH office know so that Father Steve or Sister Susan can visit.

Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony

The love of God poured out for humanity is sanctified in the sacrament of matrimony when, as we read in Genesis 2:24, "two become one".  If you are preparing for marriage, congratulations! Your parish family shares your joy and welcomes you to the sacrament.

Arrangements for weddings are to be made at least six months in advance of the wedding date. Please contact Fr Steve to set a date and begin marriage preparation.

If you are interested in renting space for your reception at OLIH contact Joan to discuss and make arrangements.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders

Through this sacrament men are called by the Church to a life-time commitment of servant leadership.  They are to preach the Gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and encourage and support the people of God in their mission of service especially to the poor and needy.  There are three “orders” to the sacrament:  deacon, priest and bishop.

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