Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives us access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission (Catechism of the Catholic Church, [CCC,] 1213.
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian Life.” All ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostles are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. The Eucharist is contained within the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Paschal Mystery.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, [CCC], 1324.
The revised Rite of Confirmation permits the Conference of Bishops to designate the age when confirmation will be celebrated. The U. S. Bishops have stated that the sacrament may be conferred anytime between the ages of 7 and 19 with each Bishop establishing the norm for his diocese. The Diocese of St. Augustine confirms youth who are in eighth grade or higher. The content of the preparation is to have at its core the format/ structure of the Eucharistic celebration. Themes should include “sharing, listening, acting, conversing, giving, thanking and celebrating.” (NCD, #133).
Weddings are by appointment. Please contact the parish priest at least 8 months before the wedding date. All couples must participate in the Engaged Encounter program sponsored by the Diocese.
The sacrament celebration in which, through God's mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ's Body, which is wounded by sin.(Catechism of the Catholic Church, [CCC], page 896) The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the "prodigal son" and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest.
Anointing the Sick
Pastoral Care of the Sick: Please email Admin@StMarkCatholic.org if you or someone you know is sick, in a hospital or nursing home, or homebound. We will be happy to take care of them through the Anointing of the Sick and making sure they receive visits for Holy Communion.
For emergencies, please call or text Father Tom directly at 904-295-8129.