The sacraments include:
- Holy Eucharist
- Anointing of the Sick
- Holy Matrimony
- Holy Orders/Vocation
- Funeral Liturgies
The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.
Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the modes of grace.
Infant/Child* Baptism at Immaculate Heart of Mary (*Younger than 8 years old)
Congratulations on the birth of your child, and thank you for choosing to offer your child the greatest of all gifts, the life of grace and the hope of eternal life. Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments and is the “door” which allows one to have a spiritual life in the first place, and grafts us onto Christ.
Typically, baptism are held on Sunday’s, after the 10:15 a.m. Holy Mass. Although we try to schedule one baptism at a time, there are times where multiple children will be paired.
To schedule and prepare for this Sacrament, you will need to:
- Be a parish member. If you are new to the parish, you will need to complete a registration form. Forms are available in the church at the information table, or on our web site (ihmcatholicparish.org) under “About Us” and then “Joining Us.”
- Contact Jodi Murphy, Secretary at 608-221-1521, or by e-mail at email@example.com to select an available date/time.
- Fill out the questions on the form included, which is necessary for the baptismal certificate.
- Schedule a baptismal preparation session with Father Chad prior to the date of the baptism if this is your first child.
Stipend for Priest Suggested stipend/gift for priest is $10.00 or whatever you are able to give, payable to the priest. You may give this to him in person the day of the baptism.
Godparents/Sponsors: Please read pages 3 and 4 of our 2017 Baptism Booklet for information about and for baptismal sponsors.
Baptism of Older Children
Children who have reached the age of reason (we consider this to be 7 years old – the age children prepare to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) are old enough to understand the Sacrament of Baptism, and must attend baptism preparation sessions, along with their parents/guardians, prior to being baptized. Children of this age are able to speak on their behalf during the baptism rite, and need to be prepared so they understand what the Sacrament of Baptism is all about.
We highly encourage parents to have children baptized when they are infants. We also strongly encourage parents to enroll their children in our Catholic School or Religious Education programs, where they will be taught the Catholic faith and prepare for the reception of the Sacraments following a timeline that is appropriate for their age level.
Baptism for Adults
Baptism for Adults Adults who have never been baptized and are desiring to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church must attend the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Preparation sessions for adults begin with an inquiry session and interview. RCIA sessions begin in the fall and continue through Palm Sunday, with the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. For more information, contact Kathy Marshall at 608-221-1521, ext. 308, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation for Confirmation is offered for students in their junior year of high school or older. Sessions are held on Sunday evenings in the Church Meeting Room, beginning in the early fall. (6 sessions in the fall, 6 sessions on the winter).
For more information, contact our Youth Minister, Eileen Hribar – Grades 6-11:
VOLUNTEER TO TEACH! If you’d like to be a catechist or assist with our Religious Education program, let us know – we would love to have your help! THANKS!
First Eucharist (Communion) and First Reconciliation (Confession)
In 2nd grade or older, we prepare children to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The students prepare for both sacraments through either Religious Education classes or at IHM School.
The preparation for First Reconciliation gives children a beginning experience of what it means to know right from wrong, to be sorry, and to make up or reconcile. It helps them understand everyone’s need both to ask for and to give forgiveness. The aim is that early positive experience of this sacrament as one of peace and forgiveness will also motivate them to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis.
The First Communion preparation is rooted in the Mass so the children and their families will develop a deep and abiding love for Holy Eucharist through celebrations shared in the family and the parish. The Mass is presented as the central expression of our Catholic faith in which Christ is really present to us. The children are prepared to celebrate Holy Communion with reverence, understanding, and hope.
Families also play a large role in the preparation process. Throughout the year, there are several meetings/retreats for parents and children to learn more about their faith and the particular sacrament.
If you have any questions about the Sacrament of First Reconciliation or First Communion, please contact Laura Soldner at 221-1001 ext. 313 or email@example.com.
Communion Ministry to the Homebound
IHM offers regular Communion distribution by trained lay ministers. Frequency depends upon the desire of the home-bound person. If you are in need of receiving Communion in your home, or if you’d like to assist with taking Communion to our home-bound parishioners, please contact the parish office (608) 221-1521.
Weekly on Wednesday mornings, following 7:00 Mass in the church, then through 8pm in the Adoration Chapel.
- Private confessions are available for 30 minutes before each daily Mass or for 40 minutes before each weekend Mass in the church Reconciliation Room.
- Communal celebrations take place seasonally.
- The sacrament can also be requested by calling Rev. Droessler at 608-620-5849.
Anointing of the Sick
In the revised rite of the Church, this sacrament may be administered to a Catholic prior to a special operation, in the event of serious illness, for anyone who needs the Lord’s healing power, or because of the immediate possibility of death.
Families or friends are asked to contact the parish office to request a private celebration of this sacrament. Call 221-1521.
Getting married in the Catholic Church involves several steps, making it necessary that you begin the process at least six months before the wedding date. Please contact Fr. Droessler at 608-620-5849 to learn more about the preparation process and what the requirements are for marriage in the Catholic Church.
Please contact Father Chad if you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming a priest, brother, sister, deacon, or lay church minister. Please pray for more vocations to the priesthood and all religious ministries!!!
Our Parish Seminarians
The Diocese featured our “parish son” seminarian
Andrew Showers on their Facebook page in
January of 2013.
Tim Mergen: “Called to Discern . . . and Act!” by Tim Mergen
Pope inspires Mount St. Mary’s seminarians Read this article…and click on the picture of Tim by his plane and see how he made the news!