Baptisms are by Appointment
Please contact the Parish Office at 941-497-2931 for additional information.
Baptism is a sacrament of initiation. Baptism incorporates us into the Church and gives us rebirth as sons and daughters of God. The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants of adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
BAPTISM OF INFANTS—Call the Parish Office. Baptisms of children under seven years old are normally administered at the 12 noon Mass on the third Sunday of the month. Baptism classes for parents and godparents are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Education Building. Pre-registration is required. Call the Parish Office to obtain all the necessary forms and requirements and to register for the class.
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Children must have completed at least one year of Faith Formation before beginning preparation for First Eucharist. First Eucharist is usually celebrated in the second grade.
Requirements for First Eucharist include:
- Attends weekly class sessions prepared with completed homework assignments
- Age appropriate understanding of the mystery of Christ (Real presence)
- Recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary
- Attends Mass regularly
- Be familiar with the Mass responses
- Can make the Sign of the Cross, saying the words: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Read about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Parishioners who wish to take Holy Communion to their spouses should contact the Parish Office at 941-497-2931.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered each Saturday from 2 pm to 2:45 pm and from 4 pm to 4:45 pm in the Chapel AND by Appointment.
Children must be in their second year of Faith Formation before beginning preparation for Reconciliation. Children usually celebrate First Reconciliation during the second grade, if they are properly prepared.
Can make the Sign of the Cross, saying the words: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary
- Know the Act of Contrition
Be familiar with Sunday Liturgy
In a letter dated May 15, 2009, Bishop Dewane writes to inform us of his decision concerning the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation and how that will affect all the parishes in the Diocese of Venice.
Upon the arrival of Bishop Dewane to the Venice Diocese, he found a variety of approaches in each parish concerning the age for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Some of the parishes were adhering to the “Restored Order” process for celebrating the “Sacraments of Initiation” and many were not. Bishop Dewane has judged that the practice of “Restored Order” while theologically sound, has been problematic. It has not produced an enrichment of the sacramental life of the parishes nor addressed concerns about effective catechesis.
For these reasons, Bishop Dewane has stated that “Restored Order” for “Sacraments of Initiation” will be discontinued as a practice throughout this Diocese. Preparation for the reception of Confirmation will be a two year process, beginning in grade 9, culminating in the reception of the Sacrament at the end of grade 10.
Please call the Director of Religious Education for more information 941-497-2931
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE—Contact Fr. Martin in the Parish Office. If you are a registered parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes and plan to marry in our parish, please contact Fr. Martin at least six months prior to the tentative wedding date. All dates are tentative until the marriage preparation process is complete and a determination is made about the freedom of the parties to marry.
For more information about our Marriage Preparation requirements
please call the Parish Office 941-497-2931
Anointing of the Sick
If you or a loved one should need Anointing of the Sacrament of the Sick please call the Parish Office at 941-497-2931
The Sacrament of the Sick is a common name used for one of the Seven Sacraments, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength.
A person does not need to wait until the point of death to receive this sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious. For those who are about to depart from this life, the Church offers the person Penance, Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as Viaticum (food for the journey) given at the end of life.
from the Catechism of the Catholic church regarding the Sacraments of Healing
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