Baptism

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, and the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (CCC 977, 1278). 

Steps to have your child baptized at St. Mary's or Our Lady of Grace:

1.) Study the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1213-1284.  If you don't own a Catechism, you may find it online at http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/INDEX.HTM

2.) Schedule an appointment with Deacon Bill for a theological interview by calling him at 231-329-9504. 

3.) Be prepared to answer the following questions:

Why are infants baptized?

What are the effects of baptism?

In the rite of baptism, what do the parents provide on behalf of the child?

What responsibilities are the parents accepting at baptism?

What are the five precepts of the Church? (You will need to "search" on your own to find the answer to this question.)

Do you solemnly promise to adhere to the five precepts of the Church?

After your theological interview, the necessary paperwork will be completed and the date of the baptism will be set through the parish secretaries.  Please be sure to talk with them to set the date: 231-722-2803, ext. 11 or ext. 12.

Please note that there are no baptisms celebrated during Lent except in the case of an emergency. 

 

Requirements for Godparents

 

1.       Godparents must be at least 16 years old.

 

2.       If there is only one godparent, he or she must be a Catholic.

 

3.       If there are two godparents, there must be one male and one female.  At least one must be a Catholic.  The other may be a non-Catholic sponsor as long as he or she is a baptized Christian.

 

4.       Any Catholic who serves as a godparent must be confirmed.

 

5.       Any person who serves as a godparent or sponsor should be actively practicing their faith.

 

6.       Catholic godparents who are not members of St. Mary’s or Our Lady of Grace parishes must submit proof that they are active members of a parish and are suitable for the role of godparent.  They must ask their pastor to send written verification to the pastor of St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Grace.

Please call the Parish office for more information.

Contact

Fr. Matthew Barnum
Pastor
231-722-2803
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Reconciliation

Christ has promised us grace in this great sacrament.  You are not bound to go to confession to your
pastor.  You can go to confession to any priest you want—you can also go “behind the screen” so as to be anonymous.  See Fr. Matt's Brochure for more information. 

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Reconciliation Schedule

 

Monday: 11:40pm-12pm OLG

Tuesday: 8:00am - 8:30am OLG
Thursday & Friday: 11:40pm-12pm St. Mary
Saturday: 3:00pm-3:45pm OLG

Sunday: 4:15pm - 4:45pm St. Mary

 

Contact Fr. Matthew Barnum
Pastor
231-722-2803
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First Holy Communion

The first reception of the Eucharist is a special event in a child's life.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated in second grade and follows the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.  Please see the Sacrament Preparation link under Faith Formation for more information or contact Kacey Kersman, DRE with any questions.

Contact Fr. Matthew Barnum, Pastor or Kacey Kersman, DRE
231-722-2803
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Confirmation

With the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the eighth grade.  Please see the Sacrament Preparation link under Faith Formation for more information on 8th graders preparing for this Sacrament.

Adults interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation may contact Kacey Kersman, DRE for information on preparation.  Classes start in September each year and are held at Our Lady of Grace.  The sacrament is received at the Easter Vigil. 

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Matrimony

No matter where you are on your journey towards our loving God, I am here to help in any way I can.  My vocation, given to me by God, is to shepherd His people to His love and truth.  Please call the Parish office to schedule an appointment to meet with me prior to setting your date.

Contact Fr. Matthew Barnum
Pastor
231-722-2803
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Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: It is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

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Annointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death but also for any of the faithful who begins to be in danger of death from injury, sickness or old age.   

 

If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.

 

The Anointing of the Sick is offered for the elderly after the 12:10 Mass at St. Mary’s on the First Friday of every month. 

 

In case of an emergency, the pastor and parish encourages the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament. The Sacrament Emergency phone number is 231-670-3017.

 

Contact Fr. Matthew Barnum
Pastor
231-722-2803
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA classes are for those adults wishing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Sacraments include Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  These sacraments are received at the Easter Vigil.  Preparation includes regular attendance of class and Mass attendance on special days. Classes are held at the Catholic Center on Henry Street.  Please contact Sr. Mary Ann Thue for more information. Please check back soon for the 2014-15 calendar.

RCIA classes are also offered for school-aged children who have not been baptized. Please see the Sacrament Preparation link under Faith Formation for more information or contact Kacey Kersman, Director of Religious Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

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231-722-2803
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