The sacraments are signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament.
Los sacramentos son signos sensibles y eficaces de la gracia de Dios a través de los cuales se otorga la vida divina; es decir, ofrecen al creyente el ser hijos adoptivos de Dios. Fueron instituidos por Jesucristo y confiados a la Iglesia.
In baptism, a person is welcomed into the Christian community, claimed for Christ, and forgiven of all sin.
Baptism is to be completed soon after the birth of a child. In order to be baptized, parents and godparents must complete pre-baptismal classes that prepare them for their role in a child’s baptism.
People of all ages are welcomed into the Christian community. The process for welcoming adults to the Catholic faith is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). After completing a process of preparation through classes and rites, an adult is normally baptized on the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday).
Preparando para el Bautismo
Se celebran bautismos los últimos 2 sabados de cada mes a las 9:30am.
Lo que es necesario para un bautismo de un niño:
- Certificado de nacimiento
- Los padrinos necesitan ser católicos practicantes
- Es necesario que los padres y padrinos cumplan platicas pre-bautismales (en la Iglesia de San Miguel Arcángel o en cualquier otra iglesia).
Hay una cuota de $30 (feligreses registrados) o de $50 (no registrados). Se necesita pagar ANTES del día de bautismo.
Se ofrecen las platicas bre-bautismales el segundo viernes de cada mes a las 6:45pm en la iglesia. Esto es una oportunidad para aprender los papeles de los padres y padrinos en el bautismo de su niño/niña. Las clases son muy importantes y no se permite celebrar bautismo sin esas.
The Eucharist, instituted by Jesus Christ, is the bread of life and is a symbol of community and sacrifice. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith. In order to prepare for their First Communion, children are required to take two years of catechesis.
For more information about these classes, click here.
Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing in which a person restores his or her broken relationship with the Lord by confessing sins to a priest. The sacrament of Reconciliation not only prepares one to receive the Eucharist, and as such, children making their First Communion will ordinarily also perform their First Reconciliation shortly beforehand. The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every First Friday of the month during Adoration in the Church (7pm-9pm). If you wish to receive the sacrament at another time, please call the rectory to schedule an appointment.
Confirmation, in addition to Baptism and the Eucharist, is a sacrament of initiation. Upon receiving all three sacraments, a person is received fully into the Church. Confirmation, ordinarily performed by a bishop, involves an invocation of the Holy Spirit, a laying on of hands, and an anointing with sacred chrism to seal the recipient with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Normally Confirmation requires at least two years of catechesis, and a child must be at least 12 years old to receive the sacrament at St. Michael.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. The anointing of the sick can be administered to a member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age.” When new illness develops or first illness relapses or worsens, the patient may receive the sacrament a further time. Anointing of the Sick may also be given numerous times in the case of old age or chronic illness based on the pastoral judgment of the priest.
The sacrament of anointing can be administered to an individual whether at home, in a hospital or institution, or in church. Several sick persons may be anointed within the rite, especially if the celebration takes place in a church or hospital. The celebration may also take place during a Catholic Mass.
It is highly recommended that a sick parishioner call the parish office to schedule an anointing as soon as possible and not at the last minute. The process involves conversation and accompaniment in one’s sickness in addition to the rite of anointing. The sacrament strengthens one for his or her journey to the Lord, whenever it may come, and, if possible, should not be left until the last minute.
Please contact the parish office to schedule an appointment for this important sacrament.
The sacrament of Marriage is a symbol of unity between man and woman, a lifelong commitment of love.
For more information on preparation for marriage at St. Michael the Archangel, please visit our Weddings page or call the parish office.
By means of the sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is ordained to the sacred diaconate, priesthood, or episcopacy. For more information on becoming a deacon or priest, talk to the pastor or visit the Institute for Diaconal Studieswebsite or Chicago Priest website. If you are in high school and are considering the priesthood, learn more about the Quigley Scholars program, which includes financial assistance for high school men and regular meetings with other high-school aged men discerning a call to the priesthood.