Sacraments

The Sacramental life of our parish is our deepest expression of who we are. All sacraments are community celebrations of our encounters with the risen Lord in the most important moments of our lives. Since sacraments are so important to us as Catholic Christians, we take them very seriously and prepare to receive them carefully.

Each time we receive a sacrament, we respond in a fresh way to Jesus' call to discipleship. Therefore, the decision to receive a sacrament belongs to the individual. However, in the case of children, readiness to receive the sacrament is discerned by the child in concert with his/her parents and the priests of the parish. Careful preparation, catechesis, and prayerful attention to growth in faith must precede the decision to receive a sacrament for the first time. Accordingly, the parish provides programs for preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation and Matrimony. Policies and programs which meet diocesan and parish requirements for the reception of individual sacraments are summarized in this section.

BAPTISM OF INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church welcomes you and your child on this joyous occasion. Baptism is the foundation for all sacramental life. Through baptism we are freed from sin and initiated into the Christian community of believers.
Parents seeking Baptism for their child are encouraged to contact the Director of Christian Formation for more information about how to register, the role of godparents and the dates available for the celebration. Baptisms are celebrated throughout the year. Parents are asked to attend a preparation session. During the session, parents will be invited to consider their own Christian faith, the responsibilities that come from decision to baptize their child, their role as the first educators of the faith for their child and become familiar with the role of godparents and the Rite of Baptism for Children.
Children who are 7 years or older and have not been baptized are invited to participate in RICA Process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children) at OLMC. See our RCIA page for more information.
For more information or to register, please see our Baptism webpage or contact Christa Blomstrom, 595-0385, ext. 107 or cblomstrom@olmc.org.

FIRST PENANCE & FIRST EUCHARIST

Parents seeking First Penance and First Holy Communion for their child are encouraged to contact the Director Christian Formation for more information about registering. Children must at least be entering the second grade to begin preparation. The role of parents as the first and best educators of their children is emphasized. A parent attends the preparation sessions with the child.
Children preparing for the sacraments are to be enrolled in the parish Christian Formation process OR attend a Catholic School during the current year in addition to sacramental preparation. Children prepare for the Sacrament of Penance prior to preparation for First Holy Communion. Children may prepare for both sacraments within the same calendar year.
Children who are 7 years or older and have not been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church are invited to participate in RICA Process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children) at OLMC. See our RCIA page for more information.
For more information or to register, please see our First Sacraments page or contact Christa Blomstrom, 595-0385, ext. 107 or cblomstrom@olmc.org.

TEEN CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is available for high school students who are at least 15 years old (at reception of the Sacrament) and in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Registration for Confirmation will take place in the fall. For more information about Confirmation go to OLMC's Confirmation webpage, or contact Ken White, 595-0385, ext. 106 or kwhite@olmc.org for information.

ADULT CONFIRMATION

Are you an active practicing Catholic who missed the Sacrament of Confirmation? We have ongoing formation programs through which adults can prepare and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. This process is for Catholic baptized adults who celebrated their First Eucharist. The process takes approximately three months. Consider completing your Sacraments of Initiation and call Janet Hassan, 595-0385, ext. 110 or jhassan@olmc.org for further information.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

The marriage preparation program is for couples planning to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please begin this process a minimum of six months before your scheduled marriage date.

The first step is to set up an appointment with the Pastoral Associcate, Janet Hassan, at 595-0385, ext. 110 or jhassan@olmc.org. At this appointment you will be able to request the date and the priest for your celebration. You will also receive information concerning preparation. Finally you will be put in touch with our Wedding Coordinator who will help you plan your Marriage ceremony according to the Church guidelines. Our wedding coordinators will walk you through the process and be present on the day of your celebration.

C.I.C.C.A. (CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN)

This program is for teens and children above the age of 7 who have never been baptized, or were baptized in another faith and wish to prepare to join the Catholic Church. The program is also for upper grade Catholic students who have not attended religious education and wish to complete the Sacraments of Initiation. Students attend classes and participate in the Rites of Initiation with the R.C.I.A. community. For further information, please contact Janet Hassan, 595-0385, ext. 110 or jhassan@olmc.org.

R.C.I.A. (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS)

The R.C.I.A. process is for those interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. For those who choose, the process leads to full initiation in the Catholic Church through the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings approximately three times a month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. The journey varies according to individual needs and Sacraments are celebrated throughout the year. This process is intended for: Unbaptized persons; those Baptized in another faith tradition or Catholics who have not been fully catechized in their faith and wish to complete the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Consider this important journey of faith. Contact Janet Hassan for further information, 595-0385, ext. 110 or jhassan@olmc.org.

CATHOLICS COME HOME

This program is for Catholics who have been away from the Church for a while. Your parish community misses you and is incomplete without you. No matter what the reason or how long you have been away, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church. OLMC will begin a series for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the Church.

Please call or e-mail to get started. Contact Janet, 757-595-0385, ext. 110 or catholicscomehome@olmc.org

ANNULMENT MINISTRY

This program assists and ministers to divorced members within our parish community. An annulment is a statement proclaiming that a marriage was not valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church. The annulment process is a process of story telling, gathering information, sharing and healing. Annulment advocates educate and encourage the divorced as they guide and assist them through the annulment process. For further information, call the parish office, 595-0385, ext. 110 or jhassan@olmc.org.

ANNOINTING OF THE SICK

The Sacrament of Anointing is the proper sacrament for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. One seeks the Sacrament for support in struggle against illness and to seek healing from Christ. Those who desire to celebrate this sacrament should contact one of the priests.

HOLY ORDERS

Our pastor, Fr. John David Ramsey, will be more than happy to discuss religious life and ministry with anyone who wishes to know more about this exciting vocation. Please feel free to contact him via phone (757-595-0385) or e-mail.