From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1114 "Adhering to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, to the apostolic traditions, and to the consensus . . . of the Fathers," we profess that "the sacraments of the new law were . . . all instituted by Jesus Christ our Lord."
1115 Jesus' words and actions during his hidden life and public ministry were already salvific, for they anticipated the power of his Paschal mystery. They announced and prepared what he was going to give the Church when all was accomplished. The mysteries of Christ's life are the foundations of what he would henceforth dispense in the sacraments, through the ministers of his Church, for "what was visible in our Savior has passed over into his mysteries."
1116 Sacraments are "powers that comes forth" from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving.
They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are "the masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant.
The sacraments, especially the worship of God and sanctification of the world through the celebration of the Holy Mass, are central to the spiritual life of St Mary's parish.
"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)
Children should be baptized within the first few weeks after birth if possible. Infants are baptized with the expectation that their parents and godparents will help them to be raised as practicing Catholics. Please call the rectory (660) 338-2053 to make arrangements.
Children age seven and older as well as adults seeking baptism must be instructed in the rudiments of the Catholic faith prior to baptism, unless it is an emergency situation. Please call the rectory to make arrangements.
Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:- it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";- it unites us more firmly to Christ;- it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;- it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;- it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303).
In 2019, the Jefferson City Diocese issued new guidelines for confirmation. Please check with Jefferson City diocese's website for more information: https://diojeffcity.org/confirmation/
The Bishop of Jefferson City, as the ordinary minister of the sacrament of Confirmation, is normally the one to administer the sacrament to those baptized as children in ordinary circumstances. Adults who are baptized or received into the Catholic Church normally receive Confirmation from the priest who baptizes or receives them. In an emergency situation where there is danger of death, any priest can administer Confirmation
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the life of St Mary's parish. The celebration of Mass on Sundays and weekdays allows the faithful to participate in Christ's self-offering to the Father. The worthy reception of Holy Communion offers to them the spiritual nourishment to grow into a fuller union with Christ. The Blessed Sacrament remains in our church in the Tabernacle as the living heart of the church building where the faithful can be in the presence of the Lord in prayer.
Preparation for the first reception of Holy Communion normally takes place in second grade.
During the school year, we have the opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on First Fridays, with Benediction concluding the period of Adoration in the afternoon.
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:
- reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
- reconciliation with the Church;
- remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
- remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
- peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
- an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1496)
The sacrament of Penance is also called Confession or Reconciliation. Confessions are available every Saturday from 4:00 - 5:00 PM, Sunday's from 9:15-9:50 AM, and upon request. Booklets are available near the confessional to help you make an examination of conscience and prepare for confession.
Confession is necessary for the forgiveness of mortal sins committed after Baptism, and if one has committed a mortal sin, he should make a good confession prior to receiving other sacraments such as Holy Communion.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is available upon request. If you or your family is going into the hospital, please inform the rectory.
Those members of the faithful who are seriously ill, injured, or suffer from the infirmity that comes with old age are urged to request the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. In addition, those preparing for surgery due to a serious illness or condition are encouraged to receive Anointing prior to surgery, and those who are in danger of death or dying are strongly urged to receive Anointing and the other last rites.
Please call for a priest at the rectory if there is an emergency: (660) 338-2053.
"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536)
Men who are interested in the priesthood or the diaconate are encouraged to speak with the pastor.There are opportunities for boys, young men of high school or college age, or older men to visit the seminary or to receive help in discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
For more information, visit http://www.discoverthepriesthood.org .
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601)
Under ordinary circumstances, Catholics must be married in a Catholic ceremony and receive preparation with a priest. Couples wishing to be married should call the rectory at least six months prior to their desired wedding date so that they can make arrangements with a priest.