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.” (CCC 1213)
Baptisms of infants and young children
We joyfully invite expectant parents to share the beauty and wonder of their child by registering for Baptism at least three months before the birth of their child. The child’s initiation into the Roman Catholic Church begins when parents attend a Baptism preparation class. Parents must be registered in one of the parishes, and commit to the responsibility of raising their child as a Catholic.
The Baptism Preparation Class for parents is designed to familiarize them with the history of baptism and to reflect on the Faith of their child. Parents will also learn about the liturgy so they are comfortable when the baptism takes place. Both parents are asked to attend. After completing the preparation session, parents may schedule their child’s baptism.
The classes are typically held approximately once a month, on a Wednesday evening at 7 pm. Attendance at one class is required.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)
The sacrament of Confirmation is offered to the youth of our parishes after proper formation is completed. Formation for the is offered through our Faith Formation Program.
These young people come together not only to learn about the Church and their faith, but to live out their faith and their call to serve as Jesus served. We emphasize their involvement in the community of faith and their personal decision to say “yes” to the faith into which they were baptized. Candidates for Confirmation are required to show an understanding of the Catholic faith and be active participants in parish worship and community. Parents and sponsors are expected to be involved in students’ preparation.
Catholics usually are confirmed as young people. However, some people are baptized Catholic, receive First Eucharist, and attend religious education programs but, for a variety of reasons, don’t receive the sacrament of confirmation when they are young. Adult Confirmation Formation is designed for Catholics seeking to “be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” through the sacrament of Confirmation. Formation includes an overview of the essentials of the faith and prepares adults to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. The formation is typically offered once a year, during the winter months. Candidates for Adult Confirmation must have been baptized Catholic, received First Eucharist in the Catholic Church and be 19 years of age or older.
Contact Sister Susan Hetebrueg at (920) 452-0129
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men and women offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit (CCC 1324-1325)
TThis Sacrament preparation is offered though our Faith Formation Program. Children in our parishes make their First Eucharist as second-graders in the spring, when all formation is completed. Preparation for First Eucharist includes instruction on the Mass and Eucharist.
Communion for the Homebound & Nursing Home
The Tri-Parish Community has ministers who visit those who are homebound or reside in a Nursing Home. They will also bring Communion if desired.
Contact the Tri-Parish office if you would like to arrange for visitation and Communion to be brought to your home or Nursing Home.
Immaculate Conception (920) 457-3967 email
St. Peter Claver (920) 457-9408 email
SS. Cyril & Methodius (920) 457-7110 email
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. (CCC 1422).
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Immaculate Conception Saturdays at 2:45PM – 3:30PM
SS Cyril and Methodius Sundays 7:45AM – 8:30AM
St. Peter Claver Saturdays at 3:15PM – 4:00PM
Communal Penance services in Advent and Lent. Dates are announced in the Tri-Parish bulletin.
By appointment — Contact: Fr. Paul (920) 918-7021
This Sacrament preparation is offered though our Faith Formation Program. Children in our parishes make their First Reconciliation as second-graders prior to First Eucharist, when all formation is completed. Formation for First Reconciliation includes teaching on mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The classes are offered through our Faith Formation Program.
Contact: Judy Dillman (920) 208-7043
“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.” (CCC 1601)
Congratulations! Our Tri-Parish community is dedicated to making this time for marriage preparation an experience that will be beneficial and one that will remain with you through the years. Your decision to enter into the relationship of married life is a serious one, and serves as a wonderful sign of hope and strength to our faith community. While your decision has been reached only after much discussion and prayerful thought, it is but the first step in the process of building a successful marriage. The love you have privately come to realize and share is now made public as your family, friends, and parish prepare to support and encourage you in the celebration of your wedding. Engagement is a special time – a time of love and preparation. It should be a happy time, a time for enjoying each other and storing up precious memories. It is a time of richer dialogue, greater trust and fuller sharing of your deepest and most personal values. It is a time for reflection and prayer.
Because the Catholic Church and your parish community wants couples to form strong, lasting marriages, all engaged couples wishing to marry at one of the Tri-Parishes are required to:
- Contact the pastor, Fr. Paul (920) 918-7021 at least six, but preferably twelve, months before the wedding to set an initial appointment and to start the marriage preparations at your parish.
- Participate in the Tri-Parish marriage preparation program called FOCCUS.
- Attend an approved Engaged Day of Enrichment at least three prior to the wedding.
- Additional steps may be necessary, and will be discussed as your marriage preparation begins.
Weddings at the Tri-Parish churches are typically performed early on a Saturday afternoon. Other times and days can also be arranged. Your wedding ceremony can be done within a Mass setting, or at a separate ceremony, outside of Mass. This will be discussed and decided early in your marriage preparation process.
Contact Fr. Paul (920) 918-7021 at least six months, but preferably twelve months, before your planned wedding date to set an initial appointment and to start the marriage preparation process.
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: bishops, priests and deacons. (CCC 1590)
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Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ (CCC 1499).
Receiving the Sacrament
Those who are suffering from serious illness, the elderly and those who are anticipating surgery may receive the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. There are opportunities to receive the sacrament after Mass during the year at each of the parishes.
If you are seeking the graces of this sacrament, please participate in the regularly scheduled anointing at one of the parishes, or contact the Tri-Parish office to make arrangements for Fr. Paul (920) 918-7021, or another priest to anoint you, or a loved one.