Sacraments

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Baptism:

The Sacrament of Baptism is generally celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. It may also be scheduled during our weekend Masses. A Baptismal preparation class is required. The schedule for this class fluctuates. Call the Parish Office to make arrangements.

First Communion/Eucharist, First Penance/Reconciliation:

Children and parents take part in a preparation program before these Sacraments. Contact the Family Faith Formation Office for further details.

Confirmation/RCIA:

Confirmation is typically received in 8th grade by students who have completed the Family Faith Formation Program.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the Church process for bringing adults into full communion with the Catholic Church. It is also for those who may have been baptized Catholic but missed receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Contact the Family Faith Formation Office for more details. (810-796-4701)

Marriage:

Contact the Parish Office to arrange for an interview at least six months prior to the intended wedding date. In accordance with the guidelines of the Province of Michigan, a pre-marriage instruction program is required for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Two Become One – Marriage Preparation Program:

Journey of Hope Counseling is a faith-based counseling practice located in the St. Cornelius Parish Office. Tina Klave is a licensed and nationally certified counselor. Tina has an additional certification as a FOCCUS facilitator to provide the marriage preparation course which is required for couples being married within the Catholic Church. If you would like more information, please contact Tina Klave at (810)706-0081.

Anointing of the Sick:

The Sacrament of Anointing is celebrated three times a year in our Clustered Parishes during a Mass for Healing. It is also celebrated individually any time a person is seriously ill.
Please notify the Parish Office before scheduled surgery or if hospitalized. Anyone who is homebound or unable to attend mass for a significant length of time may make arrangements to receive the Eucharistic by contacting the Sick and Homebound Ministry.

Decree of Nullity (Annulment):

There is much misunderstanding about the status of Catholics who have experienced divorce.
We want to assist such Catholics to clarify or, if necessary, resolve their relationship with the church.

Catholics who are divorced, but not remarried, are in good standing with the Church.
There is nothing to prevent you from receiving the Sacraments or participating fully in the life of the Church. A Catholic who was married out of the Church is no longer excommunicated. All that isnecessary is to receive the Sacrament of Penance, and everything may be resolved.
Catholics, who have married again, without the blessing of the Church, may be able to
rectify their situation through the annulment process. The Metropolitan Tribunal is very much pastorally oriented and will assist to the fullest extent possible.

If you have experienced divorce and have any questions or concerns, please call the Parish Office for an appointment and explanation. We will be happy to talk with you and assist in any way we can.