A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The seven sacraments instituted by Christ and celebrated by St. Agnes Catholic Church are Baptism, Confirmation (chrismation), Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. These seven touch all the important stages and important moments of life and are further divided as follows:
Sacrament of Baptism – Parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class before having your baby baptized. It is recommended that you take the class prior to your baby being born. Information on being a Godparent for Baptism or Sponsor for Confirmation
Sacraments of Eucharist & Confirmation – Children preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation must attend Faith Formation classes starting in 1st grade. Pre-K and Kindergarten programs are also available for those who wish to take advantage of these programs.
Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation – Confessions are heard in church every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. or anytime by appointment
Sacrament of Marriage – Please contact the parish approximately one year in advance so as to have time for all the paperwork and prenuptial classes to be completed.
Anointing of the Sick: The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. Anyone in need of this Sacrament is asked to call the parish office at 724-863-2626 to speak with the priest or our Pastoral Care Office at 724-863-9621 about setting up a visit.
Holy Orders – Persons interested in learning more about Vocations are welcome to visit the diocesan website or call the parish priest for more information.
In reading the “Catechism of the Catholic Church“ we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God… — Pope John Paul II