Sacraments

Sacramental Overview

The seven sacraments embody a progression that touches life’s most important moments.   

The Sacraments can be subdivided into the following

  • Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Eucharist, & Confirmation
  • Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick
  • Sacraments of Vocation: Holy Orders & Matrimony

Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism

For Christians, the Sacrament of Baptism represents the first step in a lifelong journey of discipleship. Whether baptizing infants or adults, the Church celebrates the tender embrace of Christ who commanded His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and baptize those who embrace the Gospel.

The Church sees Baptism as the first important step on the Christian journey. On the day your child was born, he/she was welcomed into their family. On the day of Baptism, they are welcomed into the bigger family of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In Baptism we enter into a unique and special relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, and we try to live out that relationship in and through the people around us. Or put another way, in Baptism we become:

  • A son/daughter of God the Father
  • A brother/sister of Jesus Christ
  • A temple of the Holy Spirit
  • A member of God’s family, the Church
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Infant Baptism

Your child’s Baptism is a time of celebration and joy. Naturally, you want the best for your child. We want to help you plan and prepare for the Baptism in the best possible way.

In preparation for Baptism, parents will first complete a preparatory class.  Contact the Church Office @ 601-467-5620 for information and to register.

Following completion of the preparatory class, parents will arrange the date/ details directly with the Parish Priest.  Please contact the parish office @ 601-467-5620 for baptismal scheduling

Adult Baptism

Adult Baptism is offered to individuals participating in the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) who have not previously been baptized.  For more information on R.C.I.A. process, click here RCIA Information

For further information regarding sponsors, scheduling, and baptismal preparation, please call the parish office at  601-467-5620.

Eucharist

In the words of the Second Vatican Council, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, number 11)

The word “Eucharist” means Thanksgiving.  When Christians celebrate the Eucharist, they are thanking and praising God, in the context of a sacred meal, for all the good things that God has given them, through Jesus.

At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me”. (Lk 22:19) In the same way He took the cup, gave it to them and said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you.” (Lk 22:20) Here we see Jesus sharing his last meal with his closest friends and telling them that He was giving his very self so that they would have life.

Every time we celebrate Mass and share Communion, we are joined with Jesus and share in his life.   The Catholic Faithful are encourage to take Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.

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 First Communion

First Communion is the introduction of the sacrament known as Holy Communion or the Holy Eucharist. First Communion is a great celebration that takes place within the Catholic Mass and involves the communicant, the family and the participation of the entire Church.

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is one of the three sacraments of initiation in the Church.  The other two are Baptism and Confirmation. First Communion is preceded by the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

First Communion Preparation at Saint Fabian Catholic Church is a 2 year program that is completed along with Religious Education Classes beginning in 1st grade and with the Sacrament of Reconciliation being celebrated in the 2nd grade.

For older children, training classes are available.  Please contact the church office @601-467-5620 for additional information.

Confirmation

Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2, verses 1 to 13, we read of the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit. They had been hiding after Jesus’ death, afraid and uncertain. The coming of the Holy Spirit with his gifts inspired them and enabled them to take the step of preaching the good news.

We are made members of God’s family at Baptism. At Confirmation, our Baptism is completed or “sealed” by the Holy Spirit, and we are called to be a Christian witness, just like the apostles. All of our Christian living and the life of the Church, too, are sustained by the same Spirit.
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Who Can Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Any baptized Catholic wishing to advance on the path of developing their faith.  Saint Fabian Catholic Church Confirmation Preparation  is a 3 year program that ends in the 11th grade with the Rite of Confirmation.  Confirmation Preparation is completed along with Religious Education.

For adults who were not confirmed as youth, Confirmation is offered as part in the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

Sacraments of Healing

Reconciliation (Confession)

The purpose of  Reconciliation is to bring us back to being one with God. When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. And by doing so, we make it even easier to sin some more. The only way out of this downward cycle is to acknowledge our sins, to repent of them, and to ask God’s forgiveness. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, grace can be restored to our souls, and we can once again resist sin.

Canon Law spells out that all the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.   But because celebration of this sacrament, as with all others, is a privilege and an opportunity to grow closer to God, all individuals are encouraged to regularly participate in reconciliation, even when no grave sins are present.

“The regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ Jesus and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently, through this sacrament, the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful.”

Reconciliation Times:  The sacrament is offered 45 minutes prior to each weekend Mass or By Appointment.  Please contact the Parish Office for additional information.

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First Reconciliation

Preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession) for the first time is an exciting time.  It is a time for focus on God’s mercy, how we forgive among our family, friends, and community, and how we celebrate forgiveness.

First Reconciliation Preparation at Saint Fabian Catholic Church is a 2 year program that is completed along with Religious Education Classes beginning in 1st grade and with the Sacrament of Reconciliation being celebrated in the 2nd grade.

For older children, training classes are available.  Please contact the church office @ 601-467-5620 for additional information.

Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is a remarkable sign of God’s great love for us. In his merciful efforts to bring us safely to Himself in Heaven, God seems to have gone to the very limit.  As with other Sacraments,  the Anointing of the Sick allows for the conferral of God’s Grace.

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness. Anyone in ‘serious illness’, those who are sick, in advanced years, or anyone prior to surgery can receive the Sacrament of the Sick. It is NOT only for when a person is in “danger of death”.

 If you or a family member is hospitalized or in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office at 601-467-5620.

For an after-hours emergency, please call 601-467-7660.

Sacraments of Vocation

Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Holy Orders continues Jesus Christ’s priesthood, which He entrusted to His Apostles. The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as “the sacrament of apostolic ministry.” From St. Peter and St. Paul through the ages, every ordination in the Catholic Church finds its origin in the 12 Apostles who Christ sent forth to administer the sacraments to the world. Ordination comes from the Latin word ordinem, which means to incorporate into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopacy for a bishop, the presbytery for a priest, or the diaconate for a deacon.

If you have an interest in finding out more about the path to priesthood or the permanent diaconate in this diocese, you are very welcome and encouraged to contact our Diocesan Vocations Director, Rev. Adam Urbaniak at 228-283-5252.

 

Matrimony

The Catholic Church believes and teaches that marriage is a sacrament, a symbol of the love of Jesus Christ for his people, the church.  As a sacrament, marriage is also a covenant by which a man and a woman establish a partnership of the whole of life.  Marriage is also ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children.  It is meant to be a life-long commitment, until death.

Marriage Preparation should begin no less than 6 months prior to a planned wedding date based upon Diocesan Guidelines.

Additional information and details related to Matrimony, Marriage Prep, and Guidelines for Wedding Planning, click here.

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