A Sacrament Is:

A VISIBLE SIGN

First, an action is performed by a minister (usually a priest). For example, when a baby is baptized in the church the priest pours water over its head and at the same time says the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” That is a visible sign.

INSTITUTED BY CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His church to offer the seven sacraments. “Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”Matthew 28:19

TO GIVE GRACE

Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with God’s work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church.

Learn More About The Sacraments & Take Part in Their Mystery

Sacraments are the most profound experiences of encountering God’s grace. For whatever reason if you, or your child, missed one or more sacraments and you would like more information about the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Confirmation please contact our Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, Patrick DeLorenzo at p.delorenzo@sacredheartsaratoga.org or 408.867.1530 x302

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The Sacraments of Initiation

About Baptism
Baptism marks the entry of the believer into the Christian community. Along with Confirmation and Eucharist, it is one of the Sacraments of Initiation, giving access to the full sacramental life of the Church. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and joined with Christ, sharing in His divinity and destined for eternal life.

Contact
Patrick DeLorenzo at p.delorenzo@sacredheartsaratoga.org (408) 867-1530 ext 302.

About The Eucharist
The Eucharist is the sacrament in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. The Church teaches that Christ is really present in the bread and wine that have been consecrated by the priest at Mass.

First Eucharist Preparation
First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation begins in the first grade and is a two-year process. These two years help the children and parents have a deeper understanding of the sacraments. The children and parents have special meetings during the second year of preparation, which concludes with a retreat for the children the Friday prior to First Communion. For more information, contact Faith Formation Office.

Contact
Patrick DeLorenzo at p.delorenzo@sacredheartsaratoga.org (408) 867-1530 ext 302.

About Confirmation
When we are confirmed, we receive the Holy Spirit, through the anointing with oil and the laying on of hands by the bishop or a priest appointed by him.

When we receive this sacred seal we show that we belong to God. By their anointing, the prophets, kings and priests of the Old Testament were elevated to a special position in their service of God. So it is with us when we receive the holy oil on our foreheads; we become part of the priesthood of all believers, witnesses to Christ and heirs to His throne.

Confirmation Preparation — Decision Point (One Eight)
One look at the materials for DECISION POINT and it’s clear, it looks different because it is different. But it’s not just different in how it looks and feels. The way it was developed by Dynamic Catholic was very different from how Catholic programs have been developed in the past.

And it’s not just different for the sake of being different. It’s different for a reason. Let’s be honest—the old way isn’t working. Eighty-five percent of young Catholics stop practicing their faith within ten years of their Confirmation.of the faith, students are invited into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and challenged to become life-long disciples. For more information, please contact Faith Formation.

Contact
Patrick DeLorenzo at p.delorenzo@sacredheartsaratoga.org (408) 867-1530 ext 302.

Vocational Sacraments

About Marriage
All love comes from God, and all love reflects the love that God has for His creation. The Sacrament of Marriage is, first and foremost, a sign and symbol of this love. Marriage is a sacrament of the self-giving love which two people offer to each other. The love which a couple have for each other mirrors the love God has for men and women. The minister of the Sacrament of Marriage is the couple themselves. The priest serves as a witness.The joy and mutual support of married love can be a source of strength which enables married people to serve others in a very powerful way. It should spill out to their children and to those around them and become a source of life, hope and comfort for others. This is reflected in the blessing which the priest often gives the newly-married couples, saying: “May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends and welcome you into the joys of Heaven.”

Marriage Preparation

Contact
Please contact the parish office (408) 867-3634 for more information.

About Holy Orders
As people of God, we all share in the priesthood of Christ, and so the Church speaks meaningfully of “the priesthood of all believers.” Each of us is to exercise our priesthood by strengthening and serving one another. Within the Church there are many means of service. One way of service stands out as a sacrament, namely Holy Orders, which ordains the recipient to the office of bishop, priest or deacon.

The priest’s special calling is first and foremost to preach the Good News of God’s love and humanity. In offering himself as a candidate for the priesthood, he must give evidence of wisdom and spiritual maturity, as he is called to lead the Christian community with patience and kindness. The priest celebrates Mass and administers the Sacraments, taking an active role in offering Christ’s gift of Himself.

From earliest times, deacons have had a special place in the pastoral work of the Church, preaching, ministering at baptisms and weddings, and caring for the poor and hungry on behalf of the whole Church. Nowadays, married men are more and more frequently ordained to the diaconate, where they have a strong role in assisting priests and bishops and serving the people.

Finally, bishops are chosen and ordained to supervise and lead priests and deacons, to unify, bless and teach the people and act as a sign of Christ in the local church and community.

Contact
Fr. Joe Kim at vocations@dsj.org

 

The Sacraments of Healing

About Reconciliation
Reconciliation is available Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Reconciliation is above all a place of healing, not a place of judgment or punishment. When we make our reconciliation to a priest in the confidentiality of the confessional or reconciliation room, we experience healing and liberation, discovering again and again how much we are loved by God, how precious we are to Him, and how great is our dignity as His children. Once he has heard our confession, the priest says a prayer of absolution for our sins.

What the penitent makes known to the priest remains “sealed” because the confidentiality of reconciliation is absolute. Nothing said by the penitent in reconciliation will ever be repeated. This is an experience of mercy and reconciliation, where we can lay down the burdens of guilt and shame that we carry with us. No matter what we think of ourselves or of God, we can still be certain that God forgives us, loves us and wants only to heal us.

A priest is available each Saturday from 3:30-4:30 pm and by appointment. Additionally, communal celebrations of Penance are celebrated during Advent and Lent.

Anointing of the Sick
Part of Jesus’ ministry was to heal the sick, and He went about curing those who were ill or disabled, showing that suffering and death have no place in the Kingdom of God. By His sacrifice of Himself, He took hold of suffering and death and eliminated their power to separate us from each other or from God. Our faith tells us that, indeed, God suffers with us. Through Jesus’ suffering and death, God joins His suffering to the suffering of human beings. And by doing this, He transforms and gives it a new meaning.

Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick we are assured that God will raise us up, like Jesus, from our bed of pain and sickness and lead us to eternal life.

Quarterly Healing Masses
Held the 3rd Thursday of the Month during, March, June, September, December at 4 PM. Please confirm the date with the parish office.

Contact
the Parish Office 408-867-3634 for more information or to make arrangements.

Weddings

The staff of Sacred Heart congratulates you on your forthcoming marriage and we are happy to make our facilities and ourselves available to help you. We hope that the occasion of your wedding will be one of joy and happiness, the memory of which you will always treasure.

We want your wedding day to be one of reverence, of beauty and of dignity. We are hopeful that your period of engagement will be a time of serious and thoughtful preparation for married life. We therefore ask that arrangements for weddings at Sacred Heart be made 6 months in advance. Please call the Parish Office so we can help you on this journey.

Funerals

Please call the Parish Office.