SACRAMENTS

Sacramental life of our parish is of the utmost importance.

The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center. The Church celebrates seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

 

The sacramental life of our parish is of the utmost importance. We take very seriously the preparation for and celebration of each of the sacraments administered at St. Michael. In this page you will find guidelines and specifics for the celebration of each sacrament.

Baptism

Baptism is one of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation (along with Confirmation and the Eucharist) through which Catholics are incorporated as full members of the Church.

  • Baptism is the foundation for the Christian life;
  • Gives sanctifying grace, that is, God’s life;
  • Gives the baptized a new birth in which he or she becomes a child of God;
  • Cleanses people from original sin and any personal sin (older children & adults);
  • Incorporates members into the life, practices and mission of the Church;
  • Imprints on their souls an indelible character that prepares them for worship, and is necessary for the salvation of those who have heard the gospel.

Infant Baptism

  • Infant Baptism (for children up to age 7) is celebrated several Sundays each month at 3:00 P.M. Baptism is also celebrated at the 12:00 Mass one Sunday a month.
  • The Baptism rite in Spanish is celebrated once a month on Sunday afternoon, and twice a month at the 1:30 PM Spanish Mass.
  • The Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their child in the faith. In keeping with this belief, parents presenting an infant for Baptism must participate in a Baptismal Preparation session.

Baptismal Preparation

Offered at St. Mike’s one evening a month in English, and once a month in Spanish. Preparation focuses on the spiritual and practical aspects of Baptism. The months of pregnancy, or waiting for an adoption to finalize, are perfect for preparing yourselves to become the faith-filled parents that your new child will need.

 

Preparation sessions are scheduled from 7-8:30 pm during the year. Contact the parish office for dates.

 

Topics covered:

  1. Role of parents and godparents;
  2. Reflection on needs of the family and expectations of the Church;
  3. History of the Sacrament;
  4. Meaning of the Sacrament;
  5. Explanation of the Rite of Baptism and the symbols that are used.

 

To register for the Baptismal Preparation session, and to make arrangements for the Baptism of a baby or child under 7 years old, please call Marcia Farrell or Helen Moran in the Parish Office at (708) 349-0903.

Baptism for children age 7 through 8th grade

Baptism for children age 7 through the completion of 8th grade is celebrated following the completion of a preparation process similar to the adult preparation.

  • At St. Michael Parish, parents participate in our CSI (Catholic Sacramental Initiation) preparation sessions along with their child.
  • To make arrangements for the Baptism of a child age 7 through 8th grade, and for more information on the preparation process, contact the Religious Education Office  (708) 873-4633.

Baptism for High School Teens (8th grade through Senior year)

Baptism for teens is celebrated at the yearly Easter Vigil liturgy the evening before Easter Sunday. These adults receive their First Eucharist and Confirmation at that same liturgy

  • Preparation takes place through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
  • To make arrangements for the Baptism of a teen and for more infomration on the RCIA process, contact the Teen RCIA Director, Pat Chuchla at (708) 873-52, or email at pchuchla@saintmike.com

Baptism for adults (High School age and up)

Baptism for adults (18 and up) is celebrated at the yearly Easter Vigil liturgy the evening before Easter Sunday. These adults receive their First Eucharist and Confirmation at that same liturgy.

  • Preparation takes place through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
  • To make arrangements for the Baptism of an adult and for more infomration on the RCIA process, contact the RCIA Director, Sr. Marietta Umlor at (708) 873-4634

If an adult or child has been baptized in another Christian faith whose Baptism is recognized by the Catholic Church, that person enters the Catholic Church by making a Profession of Faith in what our Church believes and professes. Depending on the age of the person, information regarding Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church can be obtained through the person listed above who is responsible for that age group.

Reconciliation

Our Christian life is an ongoing journey. On this journey we often wander off course. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we celebrate God’s mercy and God’s willingness to forgive us for our sins and failures to live as children of God. TheSacrament of Reconciliation recognizes our honest acknowledgement of our need for God’s mercy and our desire for ongoing conversion.

1st Reconciliation for Children

  • First Reconciliation is received in Grade 2 prior to First Eucharist.
  • The sacrament is received on a Saturday morning, usually in February.
  • The children are prepared as part of their School Religion or Religious Education classes.
  • In the family, children learn attitudes of forgiveness and sin and experience God’s love and forgiveness through the love of their parents and families. Parental participation and involvement is essential for our children to understand this Sacrament, therefore one parent-child preparation meeting is required.
  • This parent-child meeting is held in the evening, usually in January.
  • In years following first Reconciliation, children will receive annual preparation for this sacrament as is appropriate to their maturity.
  • Preparation is also available for those who do not speak English.

 

For more information on the Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation, please contact the Religious Education Office at (708) 873-4633.

Reconciliation for Children after 1st Reconciliation

Our school and religious education children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at a communal service at least once during each catechetical/school year.

Individual Reconciliation

All parishioners may come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation each Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. Individual Reconciliation is also available by making an appointment with a priest as needed.

Parish Communal Reconciliation Services

  • Form 2 of the Rite of Penance is celebrated communally in Advent and in Lent.
  • The assembly gathers for Scripture, Reflection, Examination of Conscience and Song, and then come forward individually to the priest to confess their sins.
  • Our communal services are scheduled during Advent and Lent. More information will be provided at a later date.

Eucharist

The celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians. Preparation for receiving the sacred Body and Blood of Christ begins at birth as parents teach their children the importance of our Sunday celebration. Coming to the Eucharist (Mass) is central to our faith-life and provides the nourishment needed to live our daily lives.

 

There are many opportunities at St. Michael to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.

 

  • Daily Mass: 6:30 and 8:00 AM – Monday through Friday and at 8:30 AM on Saturday
  • Saturday (anticipatory for Sunday): 4:30 and 6:00 PM
  • Sunday Mass: 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 AM, Noon, 1:30 in Spanish and 5:30 PM

 

To accommodate all who wish to attend, additional Masses are scheduled for Easter and Christmas.

First Eucharist for Children

When a child reaches the age when she/he understands the meaning of the Eucharist, and asks to come to the Table of the Lord, the baptized child is welcomed to our family table. The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist continues the initiation begun at Baptism. The initiation process continues through the conferring of Confirmation, the final sacrament of initiation.

 

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation precedes First Communion.
  • Second grade is the usual age to receive First Eucharist at St. Michael, and the children are prepared through their school and Religious Education classes.
  • Information and formational meetings for both parent and child are required during the year.
  • Other preparation prior to First Communion Day includes: a retreat day for the children and a rehearsal for the sacramental day.
  • The Sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated early in May.
  • Children from 4th grade through 8th grade who have not received their First Eucharist participate in our parishCSI (Catholic Sacramental Initiation) preparation process with their parents, These classes are in addition to their regular Religious Education Sessions or School Religion Classes. The Students will receive their First Eucharist at another Sunday liturgy.
  • Preparation is also available for those who do not speak English.

 

For more information on First Eucharist, contact the Religious Education Office at (708) 873-4633

First Eucharist for 13-18 Year Olds

Young men and woman (ages 13-18) who have not received First Eucharist and/or Confirmation are invited to contact Pat Chuchla, Pastoral Associate and Director of Worship, at (708) 873-4652 to discuss their situation, the preparation required, and time of reception.

First Eucharist for Adults

Adults (19 and older) who have not received their First Eucharist are invited to contact Sr. Marietta Umlor (708) 873-4634to discuss their situation, the preparation required and time of reception.

Confirmation

The Christian life is an ongoing journey. In the Sacrament of Confirmation we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and reaffirm our baptismal commitment to the Mission of Christ. The Spirit comes to us, enabling and empowering us to live as fully initiated members of the Catholic Church and sons and daughters of God who extend the message of Christ to the world.

Confirmation for Young People

At St. Michael Parish, Confirmation is usually celebrated in the Spring of 8th grade

  • Preparation begins in Grade 7 with the study of the message and mission of Jesus Christ. Candidates receive a packet and can begin their Christian Service requirement.
  • Formation continues in 8th grade through the student’s school or religious education classes.
  • With their families, 8th grade candidates participate in a Confirmation enrollment prayer service and a candidate/parent formation session.
  • A Day of Reflection (called Spirit Day) assists the young people in discerning their readiness for the sacrament.
  • Candidates choose a Confirmation/Saint name and do appropriate research on their saint.
  • Candidates engage in twenty-five (25) hours of Christian service as as explained in their packet.
  • Preparation is also available for those who do not speak English.

 

For more information please contact  Religious Education Office at (708) 873-4633 or download the Christian Service Packet.

Confirmation for 13-18 Year Olds

High School Students who are seeking to be Confirmed are invited to contact Pat Chuchla, Pastoral Association and Director of  Worship, at (708) 873-4652, to discuss your faith journey and to determine the appropriate preparation and the timing for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Confirmation for Adults

Adults who are seeking to be Confirmed are invited to contact Sr. Marietta Umlor, Director of the RCIA, at (708) 873-4634, to discuss your faith journey and to determine the appropriate preparation and the timing for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Marriage

Weddings are usually celebrated on Saturdays at 12:00 Noon or 2:30 PM or on Friday afternoon or early evening. Due to the busy Sunday Mass schedule, no weddings are celebrated on Sundays at St. Michael.

 

Please contact Marcia Farrell or Helen Moran in the Parish office (708) 349-0903 for information on booking a Wedding.

“By reason of their state in life, Christian spouses have their own special gifts in the People of God. This grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children. Christ is the source of this grace. Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to .. submit to one another out of reverence for Christ and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. In the joys of their love and family life he gives them here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1641-42

Your Wedding Liturgy

A wedding liturgy/music planning workshop is offered several times a year to explain all choices for the wedding Mass or ceremony. The liturgy is also discussed with the priest during preparation meetings.

 

Wedding liturgy/music workshops will be offered this year on Saturday mornings from Noon to 1:30 PM. Please contact the parish office for dates.

 

The Planning Wedding Worksheet can be downloaded and used in conjunction with the Together for LIfe book to finalize liturgy and music choices. This sheet must be returned to the parish office one month before your wedding.

Wedding Rehearsal Facilitators

We are in need of women or men who are organized and like weddings to conduct our wedding rehearsals. Rehearsals usually take place at 6:00 PM on Friday evenings or at 5:00 PM on Thursday afternoons. Facilitators are also encouraged to attend the wedding to assist the couple and their family and friends and ensure that the wedding goes smoothly. If you would like to join this joyful ministry, contact Mary Beth Mallet at mathangel3@aol.com or Pat Chuchla, in the Worship Office, at 708-873-4652, pchuchla@saintmike.com.

Marriage Preparation

For further information, see the booklet above. Statistics show that those who engage in serious pre-marital preparation are more likely to enter into lasting marriages. The Church requires marriage preparation for all who are getting ready to marry in the Church. St. Michael parish offers engaged couples a two-session Marriage Preparation process. In the two evening sessions, a group of engaged couples meet with a married “leader” couple to discuss relevant topics to set the foundation for a successful and happy marriage.

 

Before coming to a Marriage Preparation session, couples take the FOCCUS premarital inventory online. This helps to lead the subsequent preparation discussion. FOCCUS results are interpreted with a parish FOCCUS coach, one-on-one, at a third evening session arranged individually with your assigned coach. Marriage Preparation group sessions are offered at St. Michael.  Please contact Pat Chuchla, Pastoral Associate, at (708) 873-4652 for specific dates and times.

 

Please call Marcia Farrell or Helen Moran in the Parish Office (708) 349-0903 to register for a Marriage Preparation session.

 

Couples may also attend one of the marriage preparation programs offered through the Archdiocese of Chicago or call 312- 534-8201. Programs offered are one-day Pre-Cana Workshop or an online program that can be taken by couples unable to attend classes together due to being separated by distance. In-person marriage preparation is preferable.

 

The Archdiocese of Chicago also offers Natural Family Planning (NFP) workshops and an online NFP course. Contact the Office for Family Ministries for more information.

 

We always welcome happily married couples who wish to serve as a part of this ministry. As a Leader Couple you’ll get the opportunity to mentor young couples while bringing yourselves closer in your own relationship. Call Pat in the Worship office if you would like to join this ministry. pchuchla@saintmike.com or 873-4652.

Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries

If you are celebrating a milestone in your marriage and wish to renew your vows or receive a blessing, please contact Marcia Farrell in the parish office for more information. (708) 349-0903.

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, thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. Holy Orders in the Catholic Church includes three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon. The Church regards ordination as a Sacrament. In the phrase “Holy Orders,” the word“holy” simply means “set apart for some purpose.” The word “order” (ordo, in Latin) designates an established civil body or corporation with a hierarchy, and ordination means legal incorporation into an ordo. In context, therefore, a Holy Order is simply a group with a hierarchical structure that is set apart for ministry in the Church.

 

If you are contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life, please contact any one of our parish priests for guidance, or contact the Archdiocesan Office for Vocations.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the “Anointing of the Sick” is administered to bring spiritual and physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. This Sacrament offers peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that are associated with disease, illness or dying.

 

People of all ages can avail themselves of the grace of this sacrament. Anointing of the Sick is encouraged for anyone that is in danger of death from sickness or old age, and also immediately before a serious operation. Those suffering from severe mental disorders are also encouraged to seek the peace of Christ in the Anointing. This Sacrament can be repeatedly administered to a person if his/her condition becomes worse, or a new serious condition develops, and is recommended for the elderly as they become more and more frail.

Individual Anointing of the Sick

If you or someone you love wishes or needs to receive the Anointing of the Sick, please contact Sr. Marietta Umlor in thePastoral Care Office at (708) 873-4634, the Parish Office at (708) 349-0903 or any of our Parish Priests.

Communal Anointing of the Sick

Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered during the 8:30 AM Saturday Mass. This year’s Communal Anointings schedule will be provided at later date.

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