Sacraments


BAPTISM

baptismBaptisms are celebrated on Sundays at the 12:00 noon Mass. Parents and Godparents are required to attend a Baptismal preparation class before their child receives the sacrament. Both Godparents need to be practicing, Confirmed Catholics.  If they live out of state, they can attend a Baptismal preparation Class in their home parish or submit a letter from their parish stating that they are Catholics in good standing. Baptismal preparation classes are conducted here at Ascension on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 am. To register for the class and obtain additional information, please contact the parish office at 561-997-5486. When the Baptismal preparation class has been completed, parents can schedule the day for their child’s Baptism.

RECONCILIATION

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays in the church from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. To schedule an appointment please call the office at (561)997-5486.

HOLY EUCHARIST

holy_eucharistHoly Eucharist is distributed at every Mass. Click here for our Mass Schedule. Communion is also available to those who are home-bound. Please call the parish office for additional information at 561-997-5486.

First Eucharist: Children of registered parishioners must complete two consecutive years of formal religious instruction in the parish Religious Education program. During the second year, they will make their First Penance and complete the final preparations for First Holy Communion. Children receive their First Eucharist at a special Mass celebrated on the first Saturday in May. For more information about sacrament preparation for children, contact Debbie Cramsie, Director of Children’s Religious Education, at 561-866-3482 or via Email at rel-ed@accboca.net.

If you are an adult seeking to participate fully in the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy, please call Jocelyne Carrigan at 561-997-5486 or via Email at adult-ed@accboca.net to discuss taking part in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).

CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred annually by the bishop to parishioners who have completed the required preparation. Students in our religious education program typically receive the sacrament in the ninth grade; however, two consecutive years of formal religious instruction is required. For more information about sacrament preparation for students, contact Debbie Cramsie, Director of Children’s Religious Education, at 561-866-3482 or via Email at rel-ed@accboca.net.

If you are an adult seeking to be confirmed, please contact Jocelyne Carrigan at 561-997-5486 or via Email at adult-ed@accboca.net to discuss taking part in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA).

HOLY MATRIMONY

marriage_ringsMarriages are celebrated on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. At least one member of the couple must be a registered and participating member of the parish. Marriages must be scheduled through the parish rectory at least six months in advance of the desired date. Engaged couples will meet with a priest during the mandatory four month waiting period and will also attend a marriage preparation class such as Engaged Encounter. This group seminar is conducted regularly throughout the diocese. It is designed specifically for engaged couples and covers a variety of topics including communication, family planning and finances. The FOCCUS program is also available. It prepares engaged couples for marriage by pairing them with married couples for two sessions of discussing various aspects of married life. Parishioners contemplating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony are urged to contact the parish office as soon as possible.

HOLY ORDERS

Is God calling you to a vocation in the Catholic Church? The Sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred upon candidates who have successfully completed their training for entering the priesthood or diaconate. Please visit the diocesan website at www.diocesepb.org and click on the Vocations link for more information about the programs available to help as you prayerfully consider your decision to enter the priesthood or diaconate.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Sacrament of the Sick is available on the first Saturday of the month during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Priests will also visit parishioners who are hospitalized, confined to nursing homes or home-bound to administer the sacrament. The oil used in the sacrament has been blessed by the bishop during the annual Chrism Mass. The priest will recite a prayer while applying the oil to the sick person’s forehead. If you cannot attend the service on the first Saturday of the month, please call the parish office at 561-997-5486 to arrange a visit by a priest.