Sacraments at Christ the King
"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions." (CCC #1131)
God forms our life together as a parish through prayer and the sacraments, especially our celebration of the Sunday Mass. As we seek to deepen our participation in the sacramental life of the Church, Christ the King offers many opportunities for sacramental preparation and common prayer:
- The Eucharist is celebrated on Sundays and holy days with the entire parish community. Other Eucharistic celebrations throughout the year also bring the parish together to mark special occasions. Morning Mass is offered Monday through Saturday.
- Infant baptisms are celebrated for children ages 6 and younger. First-time parents attend a baptismal preparation session with a member of the pastoral team to learn about this sacrament and the responsibilities for raising their child in the Catholic faith.
- Sacramental preparation programs are available for second-grade students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion as well as eighth-grade students preparing for Confirmation.
- The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) serves non-Catholics who would like to explore the Catholic faith or possibly become Catholic. This preparation process also serves those baptized in other Christian denominations seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Weekly confession times are available as well as individual confessions by appointment with a priest.
- Anointing of the Sick is available upon request for all those suffering due to advanced age or illness, preparing for surgery, or nearing death.
- Couples preparing for marriage meet with the priest or deacon for several months of sacramental formation prior to the celebration of their wedding.
- Several parish initiatives are designed to support and encourage vocations to priesthood and religious life, including our Vocation Chalice prayer ministry and visits to experience prayer and community life with men in formation for the Congregation of Holy Cross.