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Sacraments

The Catholic Church teaches that the seven sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification.

Baptism — We are formally received into the Catholic Community through Baptism.  Specific arrangements are made in advance by calling the Rectory.  You need to be a registered parishioner before a baptism is scheduled. Please contact Deacon Kevin in the parish office at 877-4146.

Confirmation — In Confirmation, young adults receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit like the Apostles at Pentecost.  Confirmed members, with the help of the Holy Spirit, continue to evangelize others and build up the Body of Christ. If you are an adult who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation and would like to be confirmed, please contact Deacon Kevin in the parish office at 877-4146.

Holy Eucharist — Holy Eucharist is celebrated at Mass as we receive Jesus in the consecrated bread and the Precious Blood.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are specially trained to assist in distributing Communion during Mass and to bring Eucharist to the sick and homebound.

Reconciliation — We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins through the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Private confession is available every Saturday in the chapel from 3-3:30 p.m.  Communal penance services take place twice a year at various churches in Decatur during Advent and Lent. First Reconciliation is celebrated by children in the second grade in preparation for First Eucharist, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time. Catechetical preparation is given through the Religious Education Program held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Anointing of the Sick — The sacrament of the sick is a healing sacrament of anointing for persons seriously ill, facing hospitalization that may involve surgery, or other life threatening procedures.  Reception of this sacrament involves forgiveness of all sin.  The sacrament is administered by our priests during healing Masses and also privately. Please contact Phyllis Howley, pastoral care coordinator, at 877-4404 to request this healing sacrament.

Marriage — In sacramental marriage, a man and a woman make a lifelong gift of themselves to each other.  Roman Catholics are required to be married in church by a Priest or Deacon.  To insure understanding of all that their gift involves, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois requires 4 to 6 months preparation time.  Couples seeking the sacrament of Marriage need to be registered parishioners.  Please contact Deacon Kevin in the parish office at 877-4146.

Holy Orders — Holy Orders is the sacrament in which a person’s call by God to be of special service to the Church is ratified by the bishop. The bishop ordains the person for service to the community and the Church as a whole. For more information on discerning a call to Holy Orders, please speak with our pastor, Fr. Rick Weltin at 217-877-4404 and visit the vocations area of the diocesan website.

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