Parents wishing to have their child baptized at Holy Name Catholic Church and its missions are asked to attend a Baptismal Preparation class prior to setting a date for the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism.
Classes are offered monthly; the next class date is Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Name Pastoral Center with Father Louis Shea. Call the parish office to register. We strongly advise parents to attend the baptismal preparation class during their pregnancy.
Baptismal registry form
Our parish offers the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation on Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. This healing sacrament is to be seen within the context of conversion from sin and a turn to God. Sin harms our relationship with God and damages our communion with the Church. Conversion of heart is the beginning of our journey back to God. Conversion must involve a change of heart as well as a change of actions. Neither is possible without God’s grace.
Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance in the 21st century pamphlet
Examination of Conscience for children
Explore the connection between Penance and Eucharist
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, #11).
When Jesus instituted the Eucharist he gave a final meaning to the blessing of the bread and the wine and the sacrifice of the lamb. The Gospels narrate events that anticipated the Eucharist. The miracle of the loaves and fish, reported in all four Gospels, prefigured the unique abundance of the Eucharist. The miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana manifested the divine glory of Jesus and the heavenly wedding feast in which we share at every Eucharist.
Preparation for the Reception of Communion for the First Time
Preparation for the Reception of Communion for the First Time takes place in the parish school and religious education classes for children in the second grade or older. Celebration of the First Eucharist is the first Sunday of May annually. All students wishing to receive Communion need to have two years of faith formation prior to the reception of the Sacrament.
For Holy Name parishioners, the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place each spring with the Bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne.
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized Catholic is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ (the Church).
When you get married in the Catholic Church you enter into a covenant with one another through God. A covenant is different from a contract. In a contract, you focus on the specific conditions, whereas in a covenant, you focus on the person unconditionally. Your marriage is a solemn, life-long covenant.
Marriage Preparation classes are done with a priest several months in advance of the planned wedding day. Church law asks that Catholics seeking marriage, "who have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation are to receive it before they are admitted to marriage..."(Canon 1065, §1). Please contact the parish office for more information.
Anointing of the Sick
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person’s condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention (cf. Rite of Anointing, Introduction, nos. 8-10).
Those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders — as a deacon, priest or bishop — are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the Church by the word and grace of God.” If you believe you may be called to the priesthood or religious life, please contact Fr. Jim.