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Sacraments

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Baptism is the first sacrament we celebrate and one of three Sacraments of Initiation.  In Baptism, we receive new life in Jesus Christ as children of God the Father. We become members of the Church, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we are freed from original sin and all personal sins we may have committed.

An adult who wishes to be baptized in the Catholic faith needs to go through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process to prepare to celebrate the sacrament

REQUIREMENTS

Parents need to be registered parishioners of St. John the Evangelist and are expected to attend one reflective session on the meaning of Baptism. Attendance before the birth of the child is suggested.

In most cases, a person is baptized when they are an infant.  The child is represented by his godparents; being a godparent is a spiritual commitment and the church requires that people meet certain criteria to be a godparent.

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Jesus gave us the sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper.  Jesus told His disciples to “Do this in memory of me”.  Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we do what Jesus did at the Last Supper.  Eucharist is a Sacrament of Initiation in which we share in the Paschal Mystery of Christ.  We receive the Body and Blood of Christ and we are joined most fully to Christ and to the Church, the Body of Christ.

An adult who has been baptized in the Catholic faith and wishes to receive the Eucharist needs to go through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process to prepare to celebrate the sacrament.

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The sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the graces of Baptism. Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation. Our new life in Christ is sealed by the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, we read that one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is fire. In Confirmation we are filled with the Holy Spirit and our hearts are ‘on fire’ to live out our Baptism.  We are sealed with the Holy Spirit and we are strengthened to continue the work of Christ.

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If you or someone you know is in need of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office. It is advisable that arrangements be made as soon as possible as a priest may not always be available immediately.  In a hospital situation, the Catholic Chaplain on duty may also be of assistance.

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For more information about the Deacon Formation Program in the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit their website at this address.

www.usml.edu/education/diaconate

For more information about becoming a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, please visit their website.

www.ChicagoPriest.org

For more information about vocations please visit the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocations Association at their website.

www.vocationscava.org

We invite you to celebrate these signs of God’s love for us with the parish family of St. John the Evangelist.

The Seven Sacraments were given to the Church by Jesus Christ to serve as liturgical signs.  They make His saving work present to us and they allow us to share in the life of God, the Holy Trinity.  The word liturgy means “work of the people”.  Each time we celebrate the sacraments we are doing what God has called us to do and we share in God’s life and love.  Our life with the Holy Trinity is strengthened and the sacraments put us in contact with the saving work of Jesus Christ.

Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation are called Sacraments of Christian Initiation.  In these sacraments, we become full members of the Church and we are joined to Christ.  We share in God’s life and receive strength to live as God’s followers.

Reconciliation, or Penance, and Anointing of the Sick are the Sacraments of Healing. When we receive these sacraments we celebrate and share in God’s healing love.

Matrimony (Marriage) and Holy Orders are the Sacraments of Service.  Through these sacraments, some members of the Church are consecrated or set aside to serve a holy purpose to serve the Church (Holy Orders) or to serve the Church through their love for each other (Matrimony).

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