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Holy Orders / Religious Life

Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life

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 or diaconate, please contact any one of our parish priests for guidance by calling the parish office at 708-349-0903 or contact the Archdiocesan Office for Vocations.

Consecration to Religious Life


If you are contemplating a vocation to religious life as a sister or brother, please contact Sr. Marietta or any one of our parish priests for guidance by calling the parish office at 708-349-0903 or contact the Archdiocesan Office for Vocations.

Our Sacramental Celebrations

Baptism

Initiates new members into the Body of Christ.

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Penance/Reconciliation

Celebrates God’s mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

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Eucharist

The Source and Summit of Christian life memorializes the death and resurrection of the Lord.

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Confirmation

Seals Baptism and Reaffirms the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Marriage

Witnesses the couple’s indissoluble covenant of love.

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Holy Orders

Consecrates and appoints men to shepherd God’s people.

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Anointing of the Sick

Brings spiritual healing to the sick and dying.

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Funerals

As we celebrate the funeral rites, Catholics affirm our hope for eternal life.

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