Baptism is the welcoming of a new member into the Catholic faith community through the anointing with blessed and consecrated oil, the pouring or immersion in water, and baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptisms are usually celebrated by an ordained priest, but in emergency situations any person can baptize.
Baptisms are scheduled with one of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Priests. They are usually celebrated on the weekend. For first time parents, a baptismal preparation class is required. To schedule your child’s Baptism contact one of the priests at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Holy Communion is receiving the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist that is consecrated at Mass by the priest. Holy Communion is received in the Body of Christ, the consecrated host and/or the Blood of Christ, the consecrated wine. Most Catholics receive their first Holy Communion around the age of seven or during the second grade. The religious education program at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish and the religious education classes at St. Mary’s Grade School prepare the youth to receive their First Holy Communion and are part of the requirement for youth to receive their First Holy Communion. First Communion is scheduled each spring for the English and the Hispanic communities. Before receiving their First Communion, children are required to have celebrated their First Reconciliation.
A Catholic may receive Holy Communion each time they attend Mass, as long as they have not committed any mortal sins.
The sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates God’s forgiveness in our life through the individual celebrating the sacrament with a priest in which the person confesses their sins, receives and completes a penance, and is forgiven through the prayer of absolution. Children of the Catholic Faith celebrate the sacrament of First Reconciliation around the age of seven and the preparation for the sacrament is given in the second grade parish religious education program and at St. Mary’s Grade School. First Reconciliation is scheduled in the winter for the English and Hispanic communities.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated regularly at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Confessions are offered on Friday mornings from 7:30 AM to 7:50 AM, Saturday from 4:30 PM to 5:20 PM and in Spanish from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM to 10:20 AM and in Spanish from 12:00 PM to 12:20 PM. An individual may also contact the priest to set up a time for the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Matrimony or the Sacrament of Marriage celebrates the union of a man and a woman as they are joined together as husband and wife. The Salina Diocese requires engaged couples to contact their parish priest at least six months in advance of the anticipated wedding date. All wedding dates for Sacred Heart Cathedral must be arranged with one of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Priests. Couples preparing for marriage complete the diocesan marriage forms, complete the marriage preparation program which usually includes completing the FOCUS inventory, attending an Engaged Encounter and Natural Family Planning session, meeting with the parish priest for instructions and planning of the wedding ceremony. The couple must also obtain a Kansas Marriage License from their local county court house before the wedding may be witnessed.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is offered to individuals seeking God’s healing graces through the anointing with the blessed Oil of the Sick. Anyone who is facing a change in their health condition such as surgery, ongoing treatment, or in risk of death, may receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. In the parish, the individual may contact the priest to set up a time to celebrate the sacrament. If entering the Salina Regional Health Center, a Catholic priest is on staff that will offer the Anointing of the Sick to those who request it. The Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish holds an Anointing of the Sick Prayer Service in November.
Holy Orders is the ordination of Catholic men to serve as deacons and priests in the Catholic faith. We continue to pray for all vocations in the Catholic church, but especially that more young people will answer the call to serve in religious life. If you are thinking about a religious vocation contact your parish priest to discuss God’s call and to seek further information.