The Sacraments

The Sacraments have been instituted as a special means through which we are to receive the grace merited for us by Christ. As Christ is the giver of the grace, He has the right to determine the manner in which it shall be given, and one who refuses to make use of the Sacraments will not receive God's grace.

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Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of heaven.

Father is the usual minister of Baptism, but in danger of death, anyone else may baptize.

Please contact Father after your child is born to schedule their baptism or as necessary in case of emergency.

Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine.

Children may receive their first Holy Eucharist at the age of reason, usually seven years, and after meeting with Father to assess their readiness.

First Communion classes begin at age 5 and are offered during the school year. Please sign up your child for class when announced.

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Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament through which the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way and enables us to profess our faith as strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation is available to children in 6th grade and older after being catechized and tested by Father and is administered at St. Damien Church by the Archbishop of Oklahoma City. Confirmation class is offered during the school year. Please sign up your child when announced.

Adults who have not been confirmed should contact Father to prepare for this sacrament.

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Penance

Penance, also known as Confession, is the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven through the absolution of the priest.

Confession is offered before most Masses and at other times as scheduled by Father. Please see the bulletin.

Matrimony

Matrimony is the sacrament by which a baptized man and a baptized woman bind themselves for life in a lawful marriage and receive the grace to discharge their duties.

There is a 6-month marriage preparation required and both Catholics should have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Please contact Father to arrange your marriage preparation.

Extreme Unction

Please contact Father immediately if you or someone you know is in danger of death in order to receive Extreme Unction also known as Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites.

The Sacramental Emergency phone number is (405) 593-8286.

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