Worship Schedule

Weekend

Saturday

Confessions
3:00-3:45 PM
Mass
4:00 PM

Sunday

Mass
9:00 AM
11:00 AM

Weekday Masses

7:30 AM

(Check Bulletin for Special Masses)

Anointing Information

By appointment.
Call Parish Office 920-336-1813.

Sacraments

What are Sacraments?

Sacraments are experiences that connect us with Christ and help form us as community.

"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions" The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1131).

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism
First Eucharist
Confirmation

Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation
Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments of Vocation

Marriage
Holy Orders

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Sacraments of Initiation

What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?

Baptism is the first Sacrament received and one that begins the initiation process into the Christian faith. Through this Sacrament, God pours out grace on the person through the Holy Spirit, frees the person from all sin and makes the person a member of the church community, the body of Christ. Symbols in the rite of Baptism include water and spoken words to celebrate coming to life in the family of God.

What are the steps to be baptized?

For Infants to Children through Age Six

Children are baptized on the faith of their parents who strengthen and nurture the faith of their child as they grow. Godparents also help the child grow in their faith, as does the whole faith community. Parents, Godparents and the whole community need to prepare for these challenges.

Parents who wish to have their child baptized are required to participate in a preparation program and provide a copy of the birth certificate of the child to be baptized. Baptism classes are generally held the second weekend of the month, and we encourage you to plan ahead. It is not necessary for the baby to be born prior to taking the class. In fact, many parents find it easier to take the class while expecting.

Parents must be registered members of the parish prior to baptism, and Godparents / Sponsors for the children must be confirmed, practicing Catholics. Information on expectations for Godparents / Sponsors and how to choose one is listed below.

Choosing a Godparent for your Child

These are the qualities needed for someone to serve as a sponsor:

  1. Is a baptized Catholic who has received the Eucharist and has been Confirmed.
  2. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  3. Is a practicing Catholic who participates in the Eucharistic celebration on Sundays.
  4. Gives good example of living their Catholic faith
  5. Willing to encourage the child to develop and grow in the Catholic faith.
  6. If there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other female.
  7. The two Godparents do not necessarily have to be of the same marriage.
  8. A baptized non-Catholic may not be a sponsor but may serve as a witness alongside a Catholic. Together they carry out the role of Godparents in the baptism. Non-baptized persons may not serve the role of sponsors or witnesses.

Further information about the role of a Godparent / Sponsor can be obtained from the parish office.

Infant through age six Baptisms are celebrated after the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday or after the 11:00am Mass on Sunday.

Contact the parish office for more information or to schedule a baptism class or baptism.

For Adults and Children Age Seven and Above

Baptisms for adults and children age seven and above can be celebrated through our RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.) Click here to go to information on our RICA process.

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What Is the Sacrament of Eucharist?

"The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life" Catechism of the Catholic Church #1324.

The Eucharist gathers us as community, nourishes us through Word and Sacrament in mind, body and soul, deepens our relationship with Christ and strengthens us in living the Gospel in our daily lives. Catholics believe the bread and wine offered at Mass is transformed into the real presence of Christ, the body and blood of Christ. Full participation through active listening, prayer, song and reception of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, transforms us more fully into the Body of Christ and energizes us to live the mission of Christ. The food that is Christ given for our journey in life.

What are the steps to receive First Eucharist?

For Youth

First Eucharist is generally celebrated with Catholic students in the second grade. A First Eucharist curriculum is part of our School and Religious Education program. Click here to go to the First Eucharist information for youth who have received Catholic baptism.

For Adults and Youth Age Seven and Up

First Eucharist is part of the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.) Click here to go to information on our RICA process.

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Confirmation

What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

This sacrament offers us the chance to affirm our identity as Catholic Christians.

Confirmation is necessary for completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed" Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285.

Symbols of confirmation are the anointing with oil that signifies an indelible spiritual imprint or character with the words "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and the laying on of hands. Sponsors are chosen by those seeking confirmation to provide witness to the candidate's faith and to serve as a model for continued growth.

Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor

These are the qualities needed for someone to serve as a Confirmation sponsor:

  1. Is a baptized Catholic who has received the Eucharist and has been Confirmed.
  2. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  3. Is a practicing Catholic who participates in the Eucharistic celebration on Sundays.
  4. Gives good example of living their Catholic faith.
  5. Willing to encourage the candidate to develop and grow in the Catholic faith during their lifetime.
  6. The sponsor and their pastor must sign a Confirmation Sponsor Certificate obtained from our parish.

What are the steps to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Youth

Confirmation is generally celebrated with Catholic students in their Junior / Senior year of high school. A Confirmation curriculum is part of our Religious Education program. Click here to go the Confirmation information for high school Juniors / Seniors.

Adults

Confirmation for adults who have received the Sacraments of Catholic baptism, First Eucharist and are practicing members of a Catholic parish can be celebrated through a Confirmation preparation program. Click here to go to information on our Confirmation Program for Catholic adults.

Confirmation for adults wishing to become Catholic or adults who have been baptized Catholic, but have not received the Sacrament of First Eucharist or received education in the Catholic faith, can be celebrated through our RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.) Click here to go to information on our RICA process.

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Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick

What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Also called Confession, or Penance, the Sacrament of Reconciliation offers the free gifts of God's mercy and forgiveness. God is love and our call is to return that love to God and to others. When we fall short of returning God's gracious and abundant love, we recognize the need to turn back toward God. Feeling sorrow for and confessing our sins or wrongdoings, we are assured of God's forgiveness and given a penance to perform. Confession and penance are parts of the Rite of Reconciliation that restores the joy in our relationships with God, the Church, others and ourselves as well.

What are the steps to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

First Reconciliation for Youth

First Reconciliation is generally celebrated with Catholic students in the second grade. A First Reconciliation curriculum is part of our School and Religious Education program. Click here to go to the First Reconciliation for Youth information in Religious Formation.

First Reconciliation for Adults

First Reconciliation for adults can be celebrated through our RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.) Click here to go to information on our RICA process.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

A Parish Reconciliation Service is usually celebrated during the Advent and Lenten seasons. We gather together in church with song, scripture reading, examen of conscience, prayer and then make individual confessions with a priest.

Individual confessions are typically scheduled on Saturdays from 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. or by appointment with the priest. Contact the parish office for an appointment.

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What is the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

In the past, this sacrament has been associated so closely with those who are dying that it began to be seen as the "Last Rites." Vatican II has clarified the more proper understanding of this sacrament by declaring that "it is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. As soon as any one of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for that person to receive this sacrament has already arrived." Certainly undergoing surgery carries risks and can be seen as a proper reason to be anointed. Illness can include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges. If something is seriously interfering with your health or wholeness in any way, the time is right to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

What are the steps to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

Fr. Getchel is available to do anointing after Mass, or you can call the Parish Office at 920-336-1813 to schedule an appointment.

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Sacraments of Vocation: Marriage and Holy Orders

What is the Sacrament of Marriage?

Marriage comes from the loving hand of God, who fashioned both male and female in the divine image (see Genesis 1:27).

"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament" Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601.

"The Second Vatican Council, reflecting a more scriptural development of the theology of marriage, speaks of sacramental marriage as an intimate partnership, a community of conjugal love within which each helps the other to become a sign of God's loving presence to the other and to the Christian community. Sacramental marriage is the place where God's love becomes visible in the mutual love of the spouses, in the love of parents for their children, and in the love of children for their parents." Reflections on Sacramental Marriage, Tribunal, Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

www.ForYourMarriage.org is a helpful resource for married couples including marriage tips and short videos of on-the-street couples answering, " What have you done for your marriage today?" It is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops with links to other sites.

What are the steps to receive the Sacrament of Marriage?

Couples planning marriage should contact the Parish Office at least six months prior to your planned wedding date. Some of the steps include:

  • Sessions with the priest or deacon who will witness the marriage
  • The diocesan marriage preparation sessions are available through the diocese. Please register through the diocese. Click the link to go to this site www.gbdioc.org/marriage-prep.html.
  • FOCCUS is a tool used to help you think about some of the issues surrounding marriage that need to be discussed before the wedding. You can make an appointment with one of our FOCCUS couples. Please contact the parish office well in advance of your wedding date to make an appointment.

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What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

Men from the community are called forth to serve the Church as deacons, priests and bishops. Formation programs are required for deacons and priests. Bishops are appointed by the Pope.

Xavier House, located at St. Francis Xavier parish, is a diocesan house of discernment for men contemplating priesthood. They live in community and spend time in parish life while discerning their vocation.

What are the steps to receive Holy Orders?

Begin by talking with your pastor or contacting the diocesan vocations office. Click here to go to the Diocesan Vocations Office website.

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