The Sacraments

The Sacraments are “actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church.  They are the ‘masterworks of God’ in the new and everlasting covenant” (Catechism 1116).  “The purpose of the Sacraments,” wrote the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, “is to sanctify human beings, to build up the Body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God…. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.”

In the Catholic Church there are seven sacraments:  Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance (or Reconciliation), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

Baptism of Infants and Young Children

At our baptism we pass through the waters of font, passing from death to new life in Christ Jesus.  We are anointed a priest, a prophet and a king.  Baptism is the first stage of Christian Initiation, continued at confirmation, and reaching its culmination in the celebration of the Eucharist.

At Christ Our Hope, baptisms of infants and young children (up to age 6) are celebrated during the Sunday Mass.  It is celebrated during Mass to highlight the connection between baptism and Eucharist, so the parish community can welcome its newest member and support the family of the newly baptized.

To schedule a baptism, please contact Deanna Tighe.  Attendance at baptismal preparation sessions is required.  Parents are encouraged to contact the parish while still awaiting the birth of their child.

(For children 7 and older, please see “RCIA-Adult Baptism.”)


Reconciliation

Repentance and reconciliation are essential to the mission of Jesus Christ on earth.  He travelled through Palestine preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God and the forgiveness of sins.  For Catholics, there is the opportunity to celebrate the active presence of God’s love and mercy through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Individual celebrations are scheduled Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 8:30 am.  Communal celebrations with the opportunity for individual Reconciliation will be celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Additionally, please contact Father William Heric to schedule the sacrament at a time that fits into your schedule.


Eucharist (Communion)

Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic Christian faith.  Our youngest members begin their journey to the Eucharistic table at their baptisms.  At first communion they are able to fully share in the Eucharistic banquet, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.

The usual age for First Communion in the Roman Catholic Church is age 7, often during Grade 2.  First Eucharist will be celebrated during Sunday Masses in the Easter Season.  There will be a period of preparation for both your child and the whole family.

In the Archdiocese of Seattle, First Reconciliation is to be celebrated shortly before First Communion.  Preparation for First Reconciliation will be included in the preparation for First Communion.   Please contact the parish for more information.

(For children who aren’t baptized, or were baptized in a non-Catholic Christian Church, there is a special process.  Please contact Deanna Tighe for more information.)


Adult and Youth Confirmation

For anyone baptized as a Roman Catholic, the final step in Christian Initiation is the sacrament of Confirmation.   During Confirmation, the bishop “confirms” what began at baptism and seals us with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

In the Archdiocese of Seattle, the usual age of confirmation is age 16 or older.  Confirmation usually will be celebrated during the Easter Season, depending on the availability of our bishop. 

For adults who aren’t baptized, were baptized in a different Church, or were baptized Catholic but not raised in the Catholic Church, confirmation may be celebrated at a different liturgy. 

To learn more about confirmation, please contact Deanna Tighe at the parish office.  Attendance at preparation sessions is required.


RCIA  (Adult Baptism & Receptions into the Church)

Adults who feel called to join the Catholic Church and want to join fully in the celebration of the Eucharist are a great blessing for our parish.  The process can be several months or even a year or two, depending where you are on your faith journey.

Anyone age 7 and older who isn't baptized will be fully initiated (celebrate baptism, confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter).  The Roman Catholic Church has a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) with various stages and celebrations as you proceed on your faith journey.

For anyone age 7 and older, who was baptized in a different Christian Church, the process will reflect your life experience.  You can make a Profession of Faith, be received into the Church, be confirmed and celebrate First Communion any Sunday after adequate preparation.

To learn more, contact Deanna Tighe.


Marriage

The love of husband and wife is one of the clearest signs and symbols of God’s love for us.  At a Wedding Mass we pray “Love is our origin.  Love is our constant calling.  Love is our fulfillment in heaven.”  At Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, we welcome the celebration of your love for each other in the Catholic Church—even during our regular celebrations of Sunday Mass.

The Archdiocese of Seattle requires a minimum six-month preparation period from first contact with the parish to the intended wedding date, including a combination of catechesis, interviews, retreats, pre-marital assessment tools, and planning a wedding according to the Rite of Marriage of the Catholic Church. There are various ways of completing these requirements, based on your own situation. Depending on the couple, additional time, preparation, or paperwork may be necessary.

Please contact Pam Thompson, as soon as possible, to begin a conversation about celebrating your wedding at Christ Our Hope. 


Anointing of the Sick

The purpose of the Anointing of the Sick is to pray for healing.  Since the time of the apostles, we have turned to God asking for healing of mind, body and soul through a personal anointing with oil.  We remember the healing the Jesus Christ offered on earth, and we pray for strength and the grace of perseverance.  This sacrament is meant to provide those with serious illness the comforting reassurance of God’s healing grace---please discern your participation in this sacrament based on the severity of your illness. 

During the course of the year, there are communal celebrations of Anointing of the Sick during Mass, so the entire parish community can offer its prayers for the sick.  Otherwise, please contact Father William Heric to receive this sacrament in private, at your home, in a hospital, etc.  The homebound may also want to request the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation. 


Funerals at Christ Our Hope

For those who have died, Christians believe that life has changed, not ended.   At Christ Our Hope, we want to be there to support you in your time of loss, to celebrate the life of a loved one, to commend a loved one to God’s mercy, celebrating their participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Funeral rites may include a vigil service, a funeral Mass, and a burial service, depending on the wishes of the family.  The various rites allow for ways to remember your loved ones.

Please contact the parish office.


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