Sacraments

THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” Prior arrangements must be made. Please call the parish office.

Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Prior arrangements must be made. Please call the parish office.

The Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is offered to all Confirmed Catholics at each full Mass.

THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

Reconciliation

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at St. Clement of Rome each Saturday at 3:30 PM. No prior arrangements need to be made.

Anointing of the Sick

By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. Call the parish office at any time to make arrangements for Anointing, Communion calls, or Visitations.

THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION

Matrimony

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. Arrangements must be made at least six months in advance of the wedding date. Please call the parish office.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. Catholics who may be discerning a call to Holy Orders or Religious life may speak to a member of our Clergy. Additional information may be found through the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Office for Vocations or Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

SAINTLY WISDOM

“The Mass is long,” you say, and I reply: “Because your love is short.”
Saint Josemaría Escrivá

“The greatness of the liturgy depends (we shall have to repeat this frequently) on its unspontaneity.” Pope Benedict XVI

“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without the holy Mass.”
Saint Padre Pio

“Well, if the Eucharist is a symbol, to hell with it.”
Flannery O’Connor

“There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious He would have given it to us.”
Saint John Vianney

“If the angels could be jealous of men, they would be for one reason: Holy Communion.”
Saint Maximillian Kolbe

“When you approach the tabernacle remember that God has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.”
Saint Josemaría Escrivá

“When you look at a crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Eucharist you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”
Saint Mother Teresa

“Since Christ himself said, ‘”This is my body”, who shall dare to doubt that it is His body?”
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

“Holy communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.”
Saint Pius X

“In a false person, sacraments do not produce any effect.”
Saint Thomas Aquinas

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