7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Jesus touches our lives through the sacraments. Our celebrations of the sacraments are signs of Jesus’ presence in our lives and a means for receiving his grace. The Church celebrates seven sacraments, which are divided into three categories.


Sacraments of Initiation - These sacraments lay the foundation of every Christian life.

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Eucharist

Sacraments of Healing -These sacraments celebrate the healing power of Jesus.

  • Reconciliation/Confession
  • Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments at the Service of Communion - These sacraments help members serve the community.

  • Matrimony
  • Holy Orders

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism, we receive new life in Christ. Baptism takes away Original sin and gives us a new birth in the Holy Spirit. Its sign is the pouring of water.


The Sacrament of Baptism for infants & toddlers requires a baptismal preparation class and registration for the baptismal date. 

Call the parish office at 414-453-5192.


Generally, Baptism is celebrated  during or after Mass on:

  • The Second & Fourth Sunday of the Month 
  • Other times may be arranged by talking with one of our priests

Baptism for children, youth, and adults (older than 5 years) requires participation in a baptismal preparation program.


For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 414-453-0300 ext 26 or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org 


Reconciliation / Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is when we receive God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness requires being sorry for our sins. In Confession we receive Jesus’ healing grace through absolution by the priest. The signs of this sacrament are our confession of sins and the words of absolution. 


Reconcilation (confession) is offered 

  • The First Saturday of the month at 8:30 am at the 92nd Street site
  • The Third Saturday of the month at 3:30 pm at the 106th Street site  

1st Reconciliation is generally prepared for and received during the second grade and is done in conjunction with preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. Parents and children will work together throughout the year to prepare for these sacraments. Reconciliation for children, youth, and adults (older than 2nd grade) requires participation in a preparation program.  


For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 414-453-0300 ext 26  or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org  

Eucharist / Communion

The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (Communion) nourishes our life of faith. Its signs are the bread and wine we receive—the Body and Blood of Christ. 


First Holy Eucharist (Communion) is generally received by second graders enrolled in Catholic Day School or our Sunday Religious Education Program. 


First Eucharist /Communion for children, youth, and adults (older than 2nd grade) requires participation in a preparation program.  


For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 

414-453-0300 ext 26  or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 

414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation  seals our life of faith in Jesus. Its signs are the laying on of hands on a person’s head, most often by a bishop, and the anointing with oil. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once. 


For those under the age of 18, (who have been baptized and have had both their first communion and first reconciliation), in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, receive this sacrament at the age of 16-17 (11th Grade) through the Religious Education Program. As with all sacramental preparation programs for youth, individuals must be in formation for at least the entire year prior to the year the sacrament is celebrated. The program follows the school year calendar with registration in August


Adults – Seniors in high school or older, including all adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, go through the Adult Confirmation Program. This process begins with a meeting with the Adult Formation Director, which may happen at any time of the year so the process may begin at any time of the year. The length of the process and meeting times will vary with each individual’s circumstances. Registration is ongoing and questions are welcome at any time. 

 

 

For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 

414-453-0300 ext 26  or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 

414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org

Matrimony / Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage  is a baptized man and woman uniting with each other as a sign of the unity between Jesus and his Church. Matrimony requires the consent of the couple, as expressed in the marriage promises. The couple and their wedding rings are the signs of this sacrament.


A process of preparation, including participation in an Archdiocesan Engaged Encounter, is required of all couples seeking marriage in the church.


Call the Parish Office at 414-453-5192 

to make arrangements 

no later than 6 months prior 

to your anticipated wedding date

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, is administered for the recovery of health and for spiritual strength. This anointing can be received more than once. It is appropriate to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.  


This sacrament unites a sick person’s suffering with that of Jesus and brings forgiveness of sins. Oil, a symbol of strength, is the sign of this sacrament. A person is anointed with oil and receives the laying on of hands from a priest. 


Anointing of the Sick

is celebrated communally:


  • The  First Saturday of the month after the evening mass at the 106th and 116th Street sites 

Individual anointing may be requested by talking to one of our priests or calling the Office at  414-453-5192

Holy Orders of the Diaconate and Priesthood

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is men being ordained as priests, deacons, or bishops. Priests serve as spiritual leaders of their communities, and deacons serve to remind us of our baptismal call to help others. Bishops carry on the teachings of the apostles. The signs of this sacrament are the laying on of hands and anointing with oil by the bishop.

 

In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, The Office for Diaconate Formation (ODF) provides distinct ministry preparation for Catholic men discerning a vocation calling to the permanent diaconate. The ODF counsels, guides and forms men who through adult formation programs, advanced theological education or some other experience encounter Christ and seek a deeper, permanent response to a perceived call to be servants of God's people through ministry in the Church.


Diaconal ministry works hand in hand with both priestly and lay ministry as a sacrament to bring about the kingdom of God. Deacons are men with a charism and a calling to radical availability for service to the People of God, the Church. The deacon’s vocation calls him to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in an exercise of a ministry that is not of their own but the Word of God — calling all to conversion and holiness. It is a ministry of reconciliation, of outreach to the most marginalized and those most in need of care, of education and justice.


The Diaconate was not re-instituted because we have a shortage of priests or lay ministers but to relieve the shortage of ordained deacons. It was restored as “a living icon of Christ the Servant within the Church...a visible sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself.”


For Information please visit:  https://www.archmil.org/offices/Diaconate.htm

For Information Contact Our Office at 414-453-5192 or office@mphwa.org