Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism Our Lord, Jesus Christ said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word." (paragraph 1213)
Baptism is celebrated with the children of registered, active members of St. Leonard Faith Community or residents of St. Leonard Senior Living Center. Arrangements for Baptism should be made in advance as preparation is required for parents. Contact the Faith Community Office for more information.
Confirmation is celebrated with 7th and 8th grade students every year. Students should be active participants in the PREP Program. See the Religious Education Tab for more details.
Eucharist for second grade students is celebrated during the Easter season each spring. Students receive instruction as part of their regular class time. In addition, parents attend Sacramental preparation meetings, retreats for each sacrament and other activities as advised at the beginning of the year.
The Vatican Council II stated well that the Mass is "the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows." (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 1029)
The USCCB has put together a document entitled "Happy are those who are called to the Supper" that helps us to enter more profoundly into the Eucharistic celebration, receive Holy Communion more worthily, and obtain more fully the grace of communion with the Lord Jesus. View the document by clicking HERE!