The Sacraments – Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance, Marriage (Matrimony), Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders – continue Jesus’ salvation that he won through his Paschal Mystery.

In order to believe that mystery, we have to learn it and welcome it into our hearts. Holy Family’s Faith Formation helps children and adults study about the mysteries of the Trinity, the saints, and church fathers. PREP offers instruction in the Sacraments to enter you more deeply into the Body of Christ. For more information on Faith Formation, click here.

Adhering to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, to the apostolic traditions, and to the consensus . . . of the Fathers,” we profess that “the sacraments of the new law were . . . all instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus’ words and actions during his hidden life and public ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery. They announced and prepared what he was going to give the Church when all was accomplished. The mysteries of Christ’s life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for “what was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries.” Sacraments are “powers that comes forth” from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They 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.

CCC, #1114-1116

Where do you go for sacrament instruction?

Baptism

To discover how you can prepare infants for Baptism, click here. If your child is 7 years old or older, the child will journey to baptism through the catechumenate. For these children, and for adults seeking baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process, click here.

First Communion

In the Diocese of Orlando, First Communion (Eucharist) preparation is a two-year process for children and consists of two parts: religious education classes and First Communion workshops:

  • If the child is enrolled in Holy Family Catholic School (HFCS), they will attend religious education classes through the school.
  • If the child is not enrolled in HFCS, they will attend religious education classes through the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP).
  • ALL HFCS and PREP students will be required to attend workshops and other meetings to complete preparation to receive the sacrament.

The process typically starts in First Grade, with the student receiving First Reconciliation and First Communion in Second Grade.

Reconciliation

Preparation to receive First Reconciliation is conducted in religious education classes either in HFCS or PREP. This sacrament is received before First Communion. For (First) Reconciliation / Confession information, click here. Dates and other information for First Reconciliation is TBA.

Confessions are heard after the 8:30am Mass, Monday through Saturday and at 4:00pm on Saturday afternoons.

Confirmation

Preparation for Confirmation is conducted through Faith Formation.  Typically preparation for Confirmation begins in seventh grade with Pre-Confirmation.  After completing the year of Pre-Confirmation the young person will move to the Confirmation program.  At the end of the second year of instruction the candidate will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Requirements for Confirmation preparation are, but not limited to:

  • The Mass is the cornerstone of our faith and therefore, Mass attendance every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation is imperative.
  • Attend classes through Holy Family Catholic School (HFCS) or Parish Religious Education Program (PREP).
  • Attend the annual Confirmation Retreat.
  • Must complete Service Hours

For Confirmation information and preparation, click here.

Marriage

Marriage Preparation instituted within the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Orlando is a three-phase process completed over a four to six month period. (This is important for engaged couples to keep in mind as they prepare their pre-wedding “to-do” list). The goal of this process is to provide engaged couples with the skills or resources needed to enhance their sacramental marriage and strengthen this indissoluble covenant to one another. Ordained priests and deacons, the marriage prep advisor, and trained married couples implement this process. (click here for more information from the diocese.)

First Phase:  Assessment – this phase is an assessment time at the parish of the engaged couple with a FOCCUS survey and follow up sessions.  This survey, while not predictive of the future for this relationship, is indicative of what is happening presently with the couple and provides direction for discussion of the indicated differences. The administration of FOCCUS should be done prior to the second phase; follow up sessions may be completed after the second phase.


Second Phase:  Workshop – The second phase is a completion of a Pre Cana Seminar, Engaged Couples Weekend, or a Diocesan approved parish based preparation program.  The approach is based on the significance of family as a system, the influence of our family of origin and the skills needed to maintain a successful marriage.


Third Phase:  Follow Up – The third phase happens at the parish and involves individual sacramental preparation, the planning of the wedding ceremony including selection of readings, vows and completion of the paperwork.  Please read this document before beginning the wedding process.

For more information about Marriage preparation, click here.

Anointing of the Sick

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially (though not necessarily) near the time of death.

For information about Anointing of the Sick, click here. If you or a loved one are sick and homebound and wish to receive Holy Communion, click here.

Holy Orders

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

Holy Family supports prayerful discernment for those seeking to become a member of the clergy (Deacon or Priest) other religious vocation. To aid in more intentional prayers, Holy Family offers the loan of a special Vocations Cup that helps direct and focus a prayerful attitude for a period of time. For more information, visit our Vocations page.

For information about the sacrament of Holy Orders, click here.

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