Sacred Heart Eldon

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Sacraments & RCIA

Sacraments

The Catholic Church celebrates seven Sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. The seven Catholic Sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence.

  • Baptism: Please contact the Sacred Heart Office for arrangements.
  • Reconciliation: Celebrated on Saturdays prior to Mass and any time by appointment (in Chapel, in the front of the Church).
  • Marriage: Six months notice required; Please contact the Sacred Heart Office for arrangements.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

In addition to receiving the Sacraments as a regular part of the Catholic faith formation process (from childhood through adulthood), parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  

This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study and discussion. Included in the process are several Rites, which take place within the context of the Mass. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) describes the RCIA as a process in which participants "undergo ... conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments ... The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism." 

The RCIA is a process for 1) adults considering becoming Catholic, 2) people baptized Catholic but not raised Catholic, 3) Catholics considering returning to the practice of the faith, 4) Catholics wanting to re-learn or learn more fully their faith. If you know anyone in any of these categories, encourage them to contact Deacon Gary, Deacon Chet or Monsignor Lammers.

The sessions are full of learning, happiness, friendship and prayer. After talking with those who wish to participate, we will decide the best day and time for the weekly sessions. Non-Catholics who participate are asked to make a final decision about becoming Catholic around the beginning of Lent, after their questions have been answered and they have learned very much of the teachings of our faith. Invite others that they, too, might experience the holiness, the presence and the love of God that we experience in the Catholic Church!

At Sacred Heart, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults usually begins in the fall. The study uses the “Symbolon” video series, and there is typically a total of 20 sessions. See more about that program at www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/symbolon. The sessions are led by Deacon Chet Zuck and his wife, Marilynn. They look forward to sharing the faith with all who are anxious to renew their faith or to discover the core beauty of Catholicism. For additional information or questions, contact the Sacred Heart Office.