Sacraments

These are the ways that we grow closer to Christ

Baptism

Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism – Confirmation – Eucharist.

You may search in your Bible and read:
“Jesus approached and said to his disciples ‘all power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)

You may also read:
“Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus, whom you crucified. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, ‘What are we to do, my brothers?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.’ He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them. ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day.” (Act of the Apostles 2:36-39)

Baptism is the means of entrance into our Church, the community of the risen one, and through it we participate from the life of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

When Baptizing the Priest or Deacon says:

I baptize you in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

For your consideration:

The great question in the former Bible passage is: “What are we to do?”
Perhaps you are questioning yourselves: “What am I to do?

  • If you want to be baptized in Christ and become a member of our Catholic Church.
  • If you wish your child be baptized.
  • Please, call to the Parish Office and we will gladly offer you information regarding baptism of adults and children.

We say in the Profession of Faith at Mass: “We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.”

Confirmation

The word confirmation means strengthening.

Search in your Bible and read:
“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit.” (Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17)

The newly baptized at Samaria received the strength of the Holy Spirit by the prayers and lay of hands of the apostles Peter and John.

All baptized have part in the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus. Those who are baptized as adults receive along with Baptism, the sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion. However, those who are baptized as a child must follow all the way through First Communion to Confirmation. The sacrament is called Confirmation, because the faith given in Baptism is confirmed and made strong. Confirmation means accepting responsibility for our faith.

Normally, only the Bishop confirms the Catholics in his diocese. However, priest can be delegated by the Bishop to confirm.

This is the prayer the Bishop (or delegated priest) says at Confirmation:

All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit
you freed your sons and daughter from sin
and gave them new life.

Send your Holy Spirit upon them
to be their Helper and Guide.

Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.

Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/. Amen

Then, the bishop (or delegated priest) makes the sign of the cross with the holy Chrism on the forehead of the one to be confirmed and says:

N., be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen
Peace be with you. R/. And with your spirit.

If you have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation you can still do it and so complete all the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. Call the Parish office and we will let you know how to proceed.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Penance, also known as Reconciliation or Confession, is for spiritual healing.

Though essentially good, we are also sinners. No one can say that she or he has no sins; that is why we must pray with the Lord’s Prayer and say: “forgive us our sins.”

Search your Bible and read:
“If we say, “we are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, “we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”” (1 John 1:8-10)

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, peace be with you.” When he had said, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20:19-23)

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)

It is not expected from a disciple of Jesus to lie, cheat, hate, steal, having immoral or unethical behaviors, take advantage of the vulnerability of others, being unfair, being rude, and discriminating others by reason of their belief, race, language, culture or any other reason. These are some among many others behaviors, which are sinful because they show a great disrespect for God’s commandments and deny Jesus’ message.

God’s mercy is the remedy for our sins.

The bishop or priest can help you to get reconciled with God, the Church (community of believers) and yourself.

Telling sins to a priest is not as scary as people think, because the priest has a shepherd’s heart. His mission is to bring God’s healing to people.

Act of Contrition:

My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.

Absolution:
When the priest offers us absolution for our sins, he extends his right hand and says:

God, the Father of mercies
through the death and resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen.

For your consideration:
If you feel that you need to go to confession, call the parish office and ask for the time of confessions; you may also make an appointment with the priest. The priest will be happy to help you reconcile with God, the Church and yourself.

Holy Communion

A full Christian believer is one who has received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist or Holy Communion. These are the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

You may search in your Bible and read:
The Lord’s Supper: “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26: 26-28)

You may also read the following passage from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians:
“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” 1Cor 11:23-26)

This is the earliest written account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament.

We meet on Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection, to celebrate the Eucharist (the Mass) and fulfill what the Lord commanded us to do. Celebrating the Eucharist is something extremely important for Jesus’ disciples. Jesus commanded us to do it: “do this in remembrance of me” –he said.

At Mass we eat his body and drink his blood to have life in him and updating the mystery of our salvation.

Who is not fed spiritually, cannot be spiritually strong!

For your consideration:

  • We invite you to consider completing the Sacraments of Christian Initiation if you need to do so. Please call the Parish office and we will be glad to offer you information.
  • If you have a child age of preparation for First Communion and/or Confirmation, enroll him or her in our Religious Education Program (CCD); we will help you with that. Please call the Parish office for information.
  • If you did your First Communion, but for some reason you have left the Church, it is time to go back and reconnect with Jesus Christ and your Catholic Church! We are your Christian family. St. Columbkille is a community of good, simple and cheerful people. We welcome you with open arms, merciful hearts and big smiles. Come home, please!!!

Look in the Mass schedule for Sunday. We are waiting for you!

Holy Matrimony

By referring to human beings, the Book of Genesis says: “The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.” (Gen 2:18)

Loneliness does great harm to humans; for this reason we are called to live in community. Marriage is like a cure for loneliness!

True love demands fidelity and exclusivity. When a couple gets married by the Church, they promise to love and be faithful to each other until death.

These are the words exchanged in the wedding vows:

I, take you, to be my wife/husband.
I promise to be true to you
In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.
I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

It is beautiful to find a couple, who are in love with each other!​

Search in your Bible and read:

  • “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Matthew 19:6)
  • “Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.” (Hebrews 13:4)

If you are looking for a Church to get married, you are very welcome at St. Columbkille. We are glad to give you our support. Please, call the Parish office and ask for information, and know that we feel blessed with your choice of St. Columbkille Parish to begin here, your married life.

Facts on Marriage:

  • It is a fact that some catholic couples got married only by civil law, have created a beautiful family, and they also desire to be married by the Church. We can help you to make your wish come true! Please, call the parish office to receive the information you are seeking.
  • It is a fact that some young Catholic couples are living together without engaging in marriage. Although the Church discourages this practice, we recognize the value of love for each other. God knows how much kindness and generosity is in their hearts. We encourage them to formalize their relationship by blessing their love through the Sacrament of Matrimony.
  • It is a fact that some Catholic couples, married by the Church, could not achieved the ideal of remaining attached to each other to the end of their lives. The Church is aware that divorce involves a lot of frustrations and pain. Given the need to give a new direction to their lives, some have gone through a new civil marriage. We encourage them to consider the petition of an annulment of their previous marriage. If so, the Church will be able to bless their new relationship. Nonetheless, be aware that you are part of our family and by no way you are considered second-class members of our community.
  • It is a fact, too, that some brothers and sisters feel the need to ensure adequate integration between their particular sexual orientation, their catholic faith, their love for the Church and the need for “not experiencing loneliness.” We are aware of the complexity of this fact and how much frustrations it brings to them. We want to assure you that you are part of our family through baptism, and our community, with its merciful treatment, wants to be a place where all may experience the unconditional love of God.

The Bible says: “No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love

Holy Orders

When baptized, the priest or deacon anointed us with Holy Chrism and said:

“As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you live always as a member of his body sharing everlasting life.” So, in Jesus we partake of the “common priesthood of the faithful.”

There is also in the Church “the ministerial priesthood.” In this “ministerial priesthood’ participate bishops, priests and deacons, each one at a different level. They are consecrated by means of a special sacrament called Holy Orders.

The bishop is the shepherd of the diocese with the responsibility to guide the flock to meet the “great shepherd”, Jesus Christ. His ministry includes “teaching” the message of the Church, which is the message of Jesus, and administering the sacraments.

​​Bishops ordain priests and deacons by the imposition of hands and the prayer of the Church and they are their closest collaborators. The original purpose of Holy Orders was not to create an upper class in the Church, but to provide spiritual leadership for the benefit of God’s people; they have being called to serve God’s people. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the Last Supper simultaneously with his institution of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. (John 13:1-15; Mark 14:22-26)

Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit. 

(Pope Francis)

Search your Bible and read:

“And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20: 22-23)

“Paul and Barnabas “They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.” (Acts 14:23)

“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word* with the imposition of hands of the presbyterate.” (1 Timothy 4:14)

“For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6)

Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus!
We ask that you send your people
servers you need.
Choose from our parishes,our homes,
our schools and universities
an abundant harvest ardent apostles of your Kingdom: Priests, religious, deacons, missionaries and
lay apostles; and have called for You
never lose consciousness greatness and necessity of their vocation.
Oh! Virgin Mary,
Mother of the Church,
He teaches to respond all calls
for the Lord, a yes with joy,
as you said at the Annunciation.
Amen.

 

Anointing of the Sick

Jesus was very sensitive to human suffering. Whenever he found someone who suffered, He healed him or her. (Matthew 8:1-18) So good is Jesus!

Jesus’ disciples continued this practice inspired by Jesus’ healing ministry.

Search your Bible and read:
“Now there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where he was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, ‘Lord. If you wish, you can make me clean. Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him no to tell anyone, but ‘Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.’ The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments.” (Luke 5:12-15)

You may also read:
“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:13-15)

God does not send us diseases. He wants us to be healthy, so Jesus healed the sick and thus proved us that the Kingdom of God had arrived. The first disciples followed the example of Jesus and in his name they cured people. The Book of Acts of the Apostles tells us this beautiful story about Peter and John:

You may read this story in your Bible:
“Now Peter an John were going up to the temple area for the three o’clock hour of prayer. And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called ‘the Beautiful Gate’ every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.’ Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.” (Acts of the Apostles 3:1-8)

The Church prays for the sick, looking for spiritual and physical healing.

The formula of the rite of the anointing of the sick says:

Through this holy anointing,
may the Lord in His love and mercy
help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen.

May the Lord who frees you from sin
Save you and raise you up.
R/. Amen.

Relief for the body and the spirit is asked. The grace of God, which is received in the sacrament, makes the sick person spiritually strong.

Do not wait until the patient is unconscious to call the priest. The priest will bring with the Sacrament, the very life of God to the sick person.

How to proceed?
Call the nearest parish office and ask for a priest. If the patient is in the hospital go to the nursing station and ask for the catholic chaplain or find out the nearest catholic parish responsible to serve that hospital.

If you want to register your child or yourself for Religious Education (CCD) in preparation for First Communion or Confirmation, Please contact the Parish Office during normal business hours.