What are the Sacraments?

The Sacraments are “actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are the ‘masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant” (Catechism 1116). “The purpose of the Sacraments,” wrote the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, “is to sanctify human beings, to build up the Body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God…. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.” In the Catholic Church there are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance (or Reconciliation), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

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Baptisms at Saint Cecilia ordinarily take place on the first Sunday of the month except during the season of Lent. Baptism is celebrated in the context of the Sunday Eucharist at either 9:30 or 11:15 or at a communal celebration at 1:15 p.m.
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Baptism and Christian Initiation of Adults

Unbaptized adults, adults previously baptized in another Christian tradition, and adults who were baptized in the Catholic Church but who never receive the sacraments of eucharist and confirmation participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

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First Reconciliation and First Communion

At about age, seven children can begin to prepare to celebrate the sacraments of reconciliation and First Holy Communion. First reconciliation occurs on a Saturday morning in February and First Communion is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

More information on our children’s faith formation program




The sacrament of confirmation is, with baptism and Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of initiation; confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace of baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism 1285). Confirmation is typically celebrated in the spring, with semi-monthly preparation classes for youth fourteen years of age and older.  For adults who have not been confirmed, we offer a five-week class beginning during the Easter season. Please contact Scott MacDonald for more information about this class. For more information about high school confirmation, please contact John Glynn.



The Church looks on marriage as a “covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life” (Catechism 1601). In the sacrament of matrimony, the married couple become, in their unity and in their love for one another, “an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (Catechism 1613). For more information please contact Mark Donohoe.


Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick—formerly known as ‘last rites’—is no longer considered a sacrament only for those at the point of death. Instead, this healing sacrament is for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic illness, or the weakness that comes with age. For more information or in the event of an emergency, please call the Parish Office at any time.

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