Sacraments & Catholic Funeral

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law.

There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders (which includes the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life), and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all stages and all important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing, and mission to a Christian’s life of faith.  Thus, there is a resemblance between the stages of your natural life and the stages of your spiritual life.

The Catholic Funeral

The death of one of our sisters and brothers is a significant event for us as the Church.  It is a time when we, who loved the deceased person, mourn our loss.  It is a time when we as a Church celebrate God’s gift of life and mark, with special rites and gatherings, the return of that life to our loving God.  It is a time when the Church earnestly seeks to minister with compassion not only to the deceased but to the living which includes their family, friends, and parishioners as well.  If you need assistance with a funeral at Holy Trinity, contact the Parish Office at 255-3162 ext. 1128.  For an overview of the Catholic Funeral, please CLICK HERE

 

Sacraments

In Baptism, we are recreated as the children of God and brought into the Life of God through Jesus Christ.  In Baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit who makes a dwelling within us, bearing the gifts of Faith, Hope, and Love.  Baptisms may be celebrated during the weekend Masses or outside of Mass.  There are no Baptisms during the Season of Lent.  A Pre-Baptismal Preparation Class for parents, offered once each month, is required.  Please contact the Parish Office at 255-3162 ext. 1128 to sign up for class or schedule a Baptism.

The reception of the Eucharist initiates or brings us into a closer relationship with God.  Unlike Baptism or Confirmation, the Eucharist is the on-going nourishment which takes us into the Life of God and binds us together with our brothers and sisters in Love. Our nourishment in the Sacred Meal of the Eucharist is a Living Person, the Person of Jesus Christ.  Sacramental preparation for First Eucharist normally takes place in the second grade for children baptized in the Catholic Faith.  First Eucharist is generally celebrated during the season of Easter.  Please contact Paulette at pchapman@holytrinitydm.org or call 255-3162 ext. 1124.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Reconciliation Room located at the back of our Church in the North East corner.  Individuals may also schedule an appointment to celebrate the Sacrament by contacting Fr. Michael at 255-3162 ext. 1126.  In Addition, during Lent and Advent, the community celebrates the sacrament at an evening Penitential Service.

First Reconciliation helps children appreciate that God loves them and is always ready to forgive them.  Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation normally takes place in the second grade.  Essential for First Reconciliation preparation is attendance at Sunday Mass and preparation in faith formation classes either as a Holy Trinity School student or in Wednesday Night Faith Formation classes for public school students.  Please contact Paulette at pchapman@holytrinitydm.org or 255-3162 ext. 1124.

Confirmation is a Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of Baptismal gifts.  The preparation process for Confirmation provides a time to explore one’s Catholic identity and what it means to be an adult follower of Christ.  Holy Trinity Parish will celebrate Confirmation in the fall of one’s junior year of high school.  During their freshman and sophomore years of high school, young people will enter into the preparation and formation for the Sacrament.  Please contact Paulette at pchapman@holytrinitydm.org or 255-3162 ext. 1128.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is intended for those who are ill in body or mind.  The Rite consists of the “Laying on of hands” and the anointing of the hands and forehead of the sick person.  The illness need not be life threatening to receive the Sacrament. If someone is older or suffering with a chronic disease or addiction, it is common practice for people to be anointed and receive the special graces of this Sacrament.  This is not to be confused with “last rites” which are reserved for those in danger of death.  Twice a year, we celebrate a communal Anointing of the Sick in the Church.  Watch the calendar for dates.  Individuals may make an individual appointment for the Anointing of the Sick by contacting Fr. Michael at 255-3162 ext. 1126.  

Arrangements for marriage must be made at least 6 months in advance.  One of the parties to be married must live within the parish boundaries, be a registered parishioner, or be an immediate family member of a parishioner.  Weddings are celebrated on Friday evenings or Saturdays in the early afternoon. At Holy Trinity, we utilize Sponsor Couples who act as mentors to the engaged couple.  Our marriage process consists of meeting with a Sponsor Couple who will conduct marriage preparation meetings as well as taking a Pre-Marriage Inventory. Upon completion of these, you meet with Father Michael or a Deacon to finish your Marriage Preparation Program.   Please contact the Parish Office at parishoffice@holytrinitydm.org or 255-3162 ext. 1128 to begin the marriage process.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders aligns the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for his Church.  In the heart of the individual, a vocation to the priesthood manifests itself by a combination of appropriate talents and a God-given inclination to use those talents in the service of Christ and the Church as priest.  Holy Trinity Parish as well as the Diocese of Des Moines’ Office of the Priesthood and Religious Life enthusiastically encourage and support men and women discerning or pursuing a vocation of service to our Catholic Church.  Please contact the Diocese of Des Moines Vocation Office at 515-237-5014 about your vocation questions or the discernment process or visit www.vocationsonline.com .

A Deacon in the Catholic Church is an ordained minister. Deacons have a three-fold ministry: Minister of Charity-serving people in need; Minister of the Word-to live the Gospels daily through action, prayer, study, and preaching; Minister of Liturgy-serving at the altar, including performing Baptisms, witnessing marriages, and officiating at funerals.  The Diaconate Program is a process of formation that brings reality to a man’s call to the Church. Please contact Diocese of Des Moines Director of Deacons at 515-237-5037 or mercpa@hotmail.com.

Individuals in religious life are consecrated to God by the public profession of poverty, chastity, and obedience, in a stable state of life (meaning a community) recognized by the Church. For some women and men, this might mean they will profess (take a vow) as a member of a religious community.  Others may seek to become a lay professional in the Church.