faithSacramental Preparation

As Catholics, we live out our faith life in a most special way through the seven Sacraments of the Church. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Sacraments of Service are Marriage and Holy Orders. The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.

As Catholics, we live out our faith life in a most special way through the seven Sacraments of the Church. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Sacraments of Service are Marriage and Holy Orders. The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.

We offer monthly classes for parents and godparents of infants who will be baptized in the Catholic Church. All other Sacraments involve two years of general religious education specific to the individuals age and developmental level and regular Mass attendance at Holy Cross. During the second year of preparation in addition to general religious education and Mass attendance individuals also attend preparation classes specific to the Sacrament being requested. In addition to these parish offerings we usually host an Adult Confirmation only class in the Spring. Please contact our parish office at 423-4182 for further information.

Baptism

The sacramental life of the individual and for the community begins with Baptism. All other sacraments flow from this great beginning. All candidates for baptism need a sponsor who is a confirmed, practicing Catholic to accompany them on their journey of faith.

If a child is under the age of reason, which the Church establishes at about 7 or 8 years of age, the child to be baptized is guided by parents and sponsor(s) (also called godparents) as each child begins the life journey of faith and is welcomed into the eternal family of God. Parents are asked to register their child for baptism at least three months prior to the month desired for baptism. For more information, please contact our Faith Formation Office at 458-3041.

If youth (7 years of age and older) and adults would like to be baptized, the Rite of Christian Initiation offers a process for initiation into our faith. While designed for adults, a special process is available for the children of families who attend Mass regularly. For more information, please click here.

Eucharist & Reconciliation

These sacraments also have been known by other names. Eucharist is our Communion with God and with God’s People. Reconciliation is the Confession of our sins and the reception of Penance, that we might improve our lives and our world.

Children wishing to receive these sacraments participate in a two-year process of preparation. This includes regular Mass participation with their families, plus specialized classes to understand better these two sacraments that draw Catholics into deeper communion and healing with God, with the community, and with the world. For more information, please contact our Faith Formation Office at 458-3041.

Baptized adults who have never received Eucharist are invited to enter into the Rite of Christian Initiation. The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in preparation for the reception of Eucharist, and preparation is done in conjunction with this.

Confirmation

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process for high school students who will be at least 16 at the time of Confirmation. Separate sessions (on the same night) are held for first year and second year participants.

Catholic adults who have received Baptism and Eucharist and would like to be confirmed have a special opportunity to prepare with similar adults from neighboring parishes. A special period of preparation is offered each year, beginning during Lent and reaching its fulfillment usually during Easter season. Please contact our Youth Ministry Office at 457-2724 for more information.

Marriage

We rejoice with couples engaged to be married, and we look forward to supporting their journey for preparation not just for the wedding but for the life of their marriage. A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime — so we are happy to help engaged couples prepare for both.

For a copy of our booklet on preparation for weddings and marriage, please click here.

Vocation to Holy Orders and Religious Life

A great source of blessing to the life of the Church comes from those individuals who are considering a special vocation to religious life or to orders as an ordained minister (priest or deacon). Our Diocesan Office of Vocations will be happy to work with anyone interested.

For additional information: Email: Vocations@dioceseofmonterey.org
Website: http://www.dioceseofmonterey.org

Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is available not only for those in danger of death, but for all who are suffering from serious chronic illness, those of advanced years who are experiencing the fragility and decline of health, and those who are soon to undergo serious surgery.

One misunderstanding that priests and pastoral ministers who minister in hospital settings often encounter is a request from family members to administer the Sacrament to someone who has died. The Church clearly teaches that the Sacraments are only for the living, and a priest may not anoint a dead body. However, in such cases, the Church provides a set of beautiful prayers, and encourages priests to bless the body of the deceased.

There are several reliable websites providing useful information about this important Sacrament, one example can be found at Catechism of the Catholic Church (online version).