SACRAMENT FAQ

Baptism

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR BAPTISM?
Children under the age of 7 may be baptized without any instruction of the child. Once the child is seven or older, he or she must attend religious education before being baptized. Parents and godparents must attend one or more classes before the Baptism occurs so they understand fully their obligations. They may attend this class prior to the birth. Infant Baptism classes are held on the first Monday of the month.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE GODPARENTS? 
A godparent should be a continuing part of the child’s life by being an example of living a good Catholic life. Consequently, godparents must be mature and actively living a life consistent with the faith of the Catholic Church. They will commit to assist in providing the training of the child in the faith. There may be one godfather and/or one godmother. The godparents must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and must be living a faithful life as the church instructs.

DO I HAVE TO BE A PARISHIONER OF HOLY NAME?
Parents registered in other parishes who want their child baptized at Holy Name or godparents who are not living locally should have their instruction completed at their home parish and must provide Holy Name with a certification from the pastor/deacon to that effect.

SCHEDULE A BAPTISM: Contact Deacon Don Schaefer at 720.284.2203 or denverdeacondon@comcast.net

Confirmation

Confirmation seals baptized Christians with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, strengthening them in their Christian life.

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD A PERSON BE CONFIRMED?
In the Archdiocese of Denver we have embarked on a process of restoring the order of the sacraments of initiation to the traditional order: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist. In the next years we will undergo a transition until, after receiving Baptism, the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist will be received at the same Mass, in third grade. The sacrament of Confession will be administered for the first time in second grade. For First Confession, Confirmation and First Communion, the classes are held on Sundays from 9 am to 10:15 am

For teens who have not yet been confirmed, classes are held Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

For more information about the restored order, read Archbishop’s Aquila Pastoral Letter Saints Among Us.

RECONCILIATION

WHEN ARE CONFESSIONS AVAILABLE? 
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available from 3:30-4:00pm on Saturdays, and from 7:30-8:00am, and 9:45-10:30am on Sundays; at special reconciliation services during Lent and Advent, or upon request of the pastor.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR CONFESSION?
It is important to make a good examination of conscience before going to Confession. We recommend to prayerfully reading the small pamphlets about Confession available in the back of the church or in the confessional. 

WHY DO I NEED TO CONFESS TO A PRIEST?
Jesus said, “receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (Jn 20:22–23). This commission given to the apostles and their successors is the reason for going to confession with a priest, who through ordination has received the power to administer God’s mercy.

Eucharist

HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST?
It is important to arrive early to Mass and have some time to prepare our hearts. Paying attention to the treasure of the prayers and the Word of God opens the door to the mystery: God gives us his Son; the sacrifice of Christ is renewed before our eyes. If we are prepared, our participation reaches its fullness in sacramental Communion. If not, we can also participate through a spiritual Communion. Praying, adoring and giving thanks are essential attitudes. Singing and being aware of the signs and gestures also help for a more conscious participation. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT IS REALLY JESUS’ BODY AND BLOOD?
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Lk 22:19) Jesus was very clear about this, and the tradition of the Church has unequivocally, since the early days, understood the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist not as a symbol but as a powerful reality. 

CAN I RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST IF I AM NOT CATHOLIC?
Our fellow Christians are welcome to our Eucharistic celebration. However, because we believe that the Eucharist is the fullness of faith and sacrament of unity, non-Catholics are invited to participate spiritually without receiving sacramental Communion.

Anointing of the sick

WHO CAN RECEIVE THE ANOINTING?
The Anointing is offered to those who are gravely ill – whether physically or mentally. If you or a loved one is gravely ill, if you plan to have an operation, or are in danger of death, call the parish at 303.781.6093 to request the anointing.

WHO MINISTERS THE ANOINTING?
The pastor visits local nursing homes periodically to provide the Anointing of the Sick. He is available on an emergency basis by calling the parish at 303.781.6093. In evenings or weekends, dial extension 12. 

IS SOMEONE AVAILABLE TO COME AND PRAY WITH US? 
Deacon Don Schaefer is available to pray with families prior to the death of a loved one or immediately afterwards. Contact him at 720.284.2203.

Marriage

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO GET MARRIED IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
The process of engagement is one of discovery and preparation that is meant to help you build a solid foundation for your marriage, so that it lasts a lifetime. For that reason, the Church has developed a set of classes to will explore the meaning and purpose of marriage, the gift of sexuality, natural family planning and provide you with tools to ensure a healthy, joy-filled marriage. See the Archdiocese of Denver MARRIAGE PREP REQUIREMENTS.

HOW DO I RESERVE THE CHURCH FOR A WEDDING?
The first step in preparation for a wedding is to set up an interview with the priest or deacon. To ensure adequate time to accomplish these steps, please contact the parish at least eight months before a planned wedding.

Holy Orders

The Lord calls, from among his people, some men to serve his Church through the sacrament of holy orders, so that, acting “in the person on Christ” they may be ministers of his grace, celebrating the sacraments, sanctifying the people of God and teaching them about the faith. Questions about the priesthood? Contact Fr. Daniel Cardo pastor@holynamedenver.org

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