Baptism is the washing away of original sin, as well as all actual sin if any exists; remits all punishment due on account of such sins; imprints the character of a Christian; makes us children of God, members of the Church, and heirs to Paradise, and enables us to receive the other sacraments.
Parents must submit their child's birth certificate, choose one or two godparents, and take a preparation class prior to the child being baptized. Except in cases of emergency, baptisms should not take place during Lent or Advent.
If you are interested in being baptized and are an adult or have at least attained the age of reason (normally age 7), you will be prepared for baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Please contact the parish office at 360-425-4660 for more information.
Baptized children, ages seven and above, are prepared for the sacrament of First Eucharist. Parents are to present their children for preparation, take an active part in their own children's catechists, and determine, with our assistance, the readiness of their children to receive the sacrament. Preparation begins with First Reconciliation classes in the Fall. After receiving First Reconciliation, students begin preparing to receive First Communion in the Spring.
Catholics who have received their First Sacraments, who are not conscious of grave sin, and who have fasted for at least one hour are encouraged to devoutly and frequently receive Holy Communion.
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601
Please contact the parish office at least six months prior to your intended wedding date to begin marriage prep.
Some men are called to serve the Church through the sacrament of Holy Orders. Holy Orders include deacons, priests, and bishops.
Please contact a priest or the Archdiocese of Seattle's Office of Vocations for more information.
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Reconciliation are: reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace; reconciliation with the Church; remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins; remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin; peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation; an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1496
Baptized children, ages seven and above, are prepared for the sacrament of reconciliation and provided the opportunity of reception prior to their First Eucharist. Preparation begins in the fall, with First Reconciliation occurring around December, prior to preparation for First Communion.
We have scheduled times for Reconciliation every week. You can also make an appointment with the priest by calling our office.
Teenagers who were baptized into the Catholic Church as young children and are in the 8th grade or older, may prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation preparation for adolescents begins in the fall, and ends with the celebration of Confirmation Mass in the Spring. Teens are required to regularly attend Youth Group during the year they prepare for Confirmation. Adults who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, receive preparation separately from teenagers.
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is for anyone of serious illness, elderly, or prior to major surgery. Through the sacrament, the power of the Holy Spirit will give the sick person spiritual healing, and if it is God's will, physical healing.
"By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1499
Please call the office to schedule an anointing. You do not need to be in immediate danger of death.